Wildlife Habitat Manager: South Dakota

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Chamberlain, South Dakota
Job Category
Full time Positions
$26.22 to $28.09 per hour, depending on experience
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Last Date to Apply
This position will provide oversight, technical assistance, and expertise and guide wildlife habitat management primarily on State Game Production Areas in the southern half of Region 2, which includes the following counties: Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Douglas, Gregory, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Todd and Tripp counties. This position will supervise and provide work direction to Habitat Resource Biologists, Habitat Conservation Foremen, Habitat Conservation Technicians, as well as seasonal and intern staff.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have: • education and experience in wildlife habitat management; • knowledge of land management techniques and equipment used in the development of habitat for wildlife. Skills to: work effectively with agency staff, diverse members of the public, conservation organizations, and landowners in managing wildlife habitat; • • formulate Game Production Area Habitat Management Plans; • operate computers and various GIS/GPS technologies; report Game Production Area Management Plan accomplishments into an electronic database (Wildlife Inventory Land Management Application). • Ability to: • communicate effectively, both orally and written, and be able to work alone or as part of a team; oversee hiring and training of subordinate staff to ensure effective delivery of habitat management practices; ensure coaching is provided to all permanent and seasonal staff within the habitat section of Region 2; • provide recommendations and technical assistance to Regional Supervisor, Regional Terrestrial Resources Supervisor, and Conservation Officers on management and delivery of habitat programs; • promote the development of regional staff knowledge, ability, and skills to enhance their effectiveness and expertise in delivering habitat programs; • • set and enforce work standards, performance, and conduct for assigned subordinate regional staff; • recommend annual budget, supply, equipment, capital asset, and capital development needs; draft construction contracts for capital development projects and service contracts for annual weed control and other habitat related contracts; • review equipment specifications and initiate purchases or requisitions of equipment and supply items used by regional staff, including tractors, ATVs, UTVs, trailers, GIS equipment, and other specialized equipment used in the habitat program; • direct, coordinate, plan, schedule, and provide oversight on the implementation of regional Game Production Area habitat management plans, prescribed fire plans, land acquisition proposals, capital development projects, research, and other matters related to the habitat program; • • ensure necessary maintenance and care is accomplished on all equipment used within the habitat program; • coordinate and complete monthly and annual reports and annual and periodic leases for grazing, haying, and cropping; • answer inquiries regarding habitat matters and Game Production Area policies from the public and regional staff. • Post Hiring Licenses and Certification Requirements: • CDL will be required within 30 days of hire date; • South Dakota Department of Agriculture Commercial Pesticide Applicator License; • Fighter Type 2 certification.
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Nathan Baker
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