Job Announcement | Sage Grouse Habitat Conservationist Position in Oregon
January 27, 2016
Collaborative Sage-grouse Habitat Conservationist position based in Lakeview, Oregon.
This position is part of a collaborative effort among the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to further the delivery of the NRCS Sage Grouse Initiative and associated Farm Bill conservation programs to agriculture producers and landowners. This position will be an ODFW employee based in the Lakeview NRCS office with daily instruction and leadership provided by an NRCS Designated Conservationist. Major duties and responsibilities are to:
>> Provide direct technical assistance (wildlife habitat and range conservation focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners. Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local conservation programs for the protection, restoration and enhancement of sage grouse habitat.
>> Coordinate the implementation and application of biological sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with NRCS Conservationists, ODFW District Biologist and others.
>> Complete contracts, applications and other required documentation for Farm Bill conservation programs requiring biological and rangeland science expertise in cooperation with the partners. Help ensure projects are planned according to NRCS planning procedures and are compliant with NEPA, ESA, NHPA and other state and local regulations.
>> Coordinate and assist landowners with sage grouse habitat project design, layout and checkout. Assist NRCS and agricultural producers with monitoring as needed, to ensure sage-grouse habitat needs are met and program outcomes achieved.
>> Market NRCS conservation programs to private landowners and others to implement the NRCS Sage-Grouse Initiative. Conduct outreach using various media, such as, writing articles for agricultural publications, giving oral presentations and organizing landowner workshops.
The Sage Grouse Initiative is a partnership-based, science-driven effort that uses voluntary incentives to proactively conserve America’s western rangelands, wildlife, and rural way of life. This initiative is part of Working Lands For Wildlife, which is led by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.