Job Announcement: Private Lands Wildlife Biologist in Wyoming
October 11, 2017
Location: Northeast Wyoming (Gillette preferred)
Reports To: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Application Due: November 5, 2017
Start Date: December 1, 2017
Salary: $42,000 annually + generous benefits
About the Organization:
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. We advance our mission through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org
The Private Lands Wildlife Biologist Program (PLWB) is a partnership among the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Pheasants Forever, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (Bird Conservancy) focused on delivering wildlife conservation programs on private lands in northeastern Wyoming. The program provides technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully
incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands. By integrating Bird Conservancy technical resources with NRCS, Working Lands for Wildlife-Sage Grouse Initiative (WLFW-SGI) and NFWF funding mechanisms and technical capacities, the PLWB partnership supports a collaborative and human-focused approach to private lands conservation.
Specifically, the PLWB will implement this work in sagebrush-steppe communities and focus primarily on conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse populations. Secondary work will focus on the conservation of grassland birds, their habitats and the working rangelands that they support. Currently, the Bird Conservancy PLWB partnership operates in four western states (Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Montana) and Mexico (Chihuahua), with opportunities for growth in New Mexico in the coming years (depending on funding). PLWBs succeed through direct and meaningful relationships with landowners and supported by NRCS incentives provided through US Farm Bill and other habitat enhancement programs. This position will be located in northeastern Wyoming (Gillette preferred) and will require travel throughout the region (including Thunder Basin National Grassland). This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Serve as part of a team involving agency personnel, wildlife biologists, funding partners, and individual landowners that strive to identify priority conservation landscapes, design and implement habitat enhancement projects, and deliver community education and outreach programs.
- Prioritize habitat improvement and enhancement projects within the sage-steppe and grassland systems that benefit Greater Sage-Grouse and other sage/grassland-obligate populations.
- Enroll privately owned lands into the USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs by utilizing partnership efforts such as WGFD, USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and others.
- Complete contracts, applications, and other required documentation for Farm Bill Conservation Programs. This includes providing technical and programmatic support, including recommending management prescriptions for wildlife conservation efforts, to NRCS and their clients.
- Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with landowners, conservation groups and other resource professionals.
- Use critical thinking to develop and implement conservation projects and habitat enhancement efforts targeting priority landscapes as outlined in various conservation plans (e.g. Wyoming State Wildlife Action Plan, Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan, etc.).
- Coordinate and participate in fieldwork activities for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats.
- Develop technical proficiency in conservation planning and agency business tools (e.g. Toolkit, Protracts, IDEA, Client Gateway, etc.).
- Manage existing habitat projects by conducting monitoring, status reviews, and prescribing management activities.
- Identify, develop and provide formal trainings and products to landowners and other stakeholders for information and outreach.
- Assist partner agency and other collaborators in conducting biological assessment.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Bird Conservancy or NRCS.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Deep and practical understanding of habitat restoration, ecology and land management with emphasis on upland birds, including sage grouse.
- Knowledge of northeastern Wyoming flora and fauna, particularly sage-steppe and grassland communities.
- Knowledge and confidence to implement wildlife habitat projects on a landscape scale.
- Working knowledge of US Farm Bill programs.
- Ability and desire to work with a diverse group of people including state, federal, and non-governmental resource professionals, agricultural producers and other community representatives.
- Motivated self-starter who is comfortable working independently under remote supervision.
- Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
- Valid state driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the landscape on a regular basis, often to remote locations in inclement weather or adverse conditions.
- Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
- Willingness to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting.
- Working knowledge of MS Office and GIS software is desirable.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree (M.S. preferred) in a conservation field (e.g. wildlife biology, ecology, human dimensions of natural resources, rangeland ecology, etc.).
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in one document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Last Name_First Name_PLWB_Wyoming_2017.” Microsoft Word or PDF files only.
Applications must be received by November 5, 2017 to receive full consideration.
For more information, contact Adam Beh via email at email@example.com or by phone at (970) 482-1707 x12.