Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist I or II - Kansas (4 positions)
These positions will be located within USDA Service Centers and will provide conservation technical assistance and conservation program delivery to private landowners within their assigned districts and other priority areas as appropriate. The incumbent will work in a joint capacity with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other State and Federal partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife related conservation programs, with primary focus on the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Working Lands For Wildlife (WLFW) initiatives, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Activities will include program promotion (workshops and one-on-one meetings), contract coordination, writing conservation plans, site assessment, and reporting. The individuals will work with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever (PF & QF) and other local partners to increase wildlife habitat management efforts, participate in regional and statewide habitat meetings, and assist or coordinate activities and projects with other PF & QF and NRCS staff. This position will be an employee of, and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. & Quail Forever, with daily instruction and leadership provided by NRCS and PF & QF.
- Provide technical assistance (biology focus) and guidance to private landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and other groups for USDA NRCS Conservation Programs. The positions will receive training on the USDA NRCS, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP), and other local and state programs.
- Coordinates the implementation and application of wildlife programs within target landscapes in cooperation with the local NRCS, KDWP biologists, PF & QF Biologists, and other state partners as appropriate.
- Completes contracts, applications and other required documentation for the conservation programs requiring biological expertise in cooperation with the listed partners.
- Communicates program requirements, completes site visits to determine eligibility, and develops contracts/plans for applicants/participants for the USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs and other local and state programs.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
- Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
- Knowledge of conservation and wildlife habitat programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
- Knowledge of or practical experience with agricultural systems and farming.
- Excellent verbal and written communication.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proficiency with ArcGIS and Conservation Desktop.
- Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle may be required (mileage reimbursement provided).
- Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (CRP, CREP, ACEP, EQIP and CSP) is preferred.
Starting Salary: $34,000-38,000 commensurate with experience + Health Benefits and 401k match (5%)
To Apply: Please combine your cover letter, resume and 3 references into a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our Recruitment website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs (benefit summary link also available on this page)
If you have questions, contact: Marina Osier, Kansas State Coordinator, 515-201-1873, email@example.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with disability, or any other category that may be protected by law.