Wildlife Biologist – Range Management-South Dakota

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks - Wildlife Division
Rapid City, SD
Job Category
Full time Positions
$20.29 - $26.39 per hour, depending on experience
Last Date to Apply
The overall purpose of this position is to plan, implement, and coordinate wildlife habitat restoration, enhancement and creation projects - including wetlands and multi-purpose ponds - and grazing management plans on private lands throughout western South Dakota using Wildlife Division programs, and by determining and utilizing the most appropriate and biologically sound management techniques and activities. Emphasis of this position is to implement such programs on range and riparian areas to benefit and balance livestock management, forage production, and wildlife habitat needs.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in biology or related field; and an innate ability to effectively communicate with and relate well to ranchers, farmers, and other private landowners are preferred. Knowledge of: - principles and practices of rangeland and riparian area management, monitoring and evaluation; - principles and practices of wildlife habitat and population management; - interaction between the public, resource management agencies, and wildlife and fisheries resources; - state and federal laws, regulations and programs affecting wetland and grassland conservation; - ecology of game and non-game wildlife species; - ecological and socio-economic factors affecting wildlife habitat and populations; - GIS and GPS applications and technology. Skill to: - use knowledge base to effectively evaluate, plan and implement wetland/pond development projects, grazing management plans and grazing infrastructure development projects in cooperation with private landowners/producers. Ability to: - organize and analyze available information and draw sound conclusions; - write clearly and concisely and in logical sequence; - relate to and communicate effectively with private landowners, ranchers, and farmers; - favorably present and promote departmental priorities, services, and actions; - effectively plan and organize work activities and prioritize task completion to meet schedules and deadlines; - budget time, monetary, material, and equipment resources; - communicate information clearly and concisely. Additional Requirements: To be considered, attach your responses to the questions below. Your responses must be clear, concise, and numbered. 1. Explain the importance of rangeland and riparian habitats to wildlife and fisheries resources in the Northern Great Plains region. 2. Explain in detail the role western South Dakota farmers and ranchers play in wildlife management. 3. Explain how livestock grazing on western South Dakota grasslands can maintain quality wildlife habitat.
Contact Person
Paul Coughlin
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