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Grassland Conservation Associate
Application Deadline: 2017
Locations (2): TBD - 1 in Texas and 1 in Oklahoma Potentially
This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV). The position will work with OPJV partners including National Wild Turkey Federation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill, the OPJV partnership’s Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP), and other related wildlife conservation programs in focal counties in Texas and Oklahoma. Activities will include program promotion, technical assistance, contract coordination, conservation planning, site assessment, and reporting, as well as participation in population/habitat monitoring efforts for priority birds, monarchs, pollinators, and other grassland associated species.
Activities of the Grassland Conservation Associate (GCA) contribute to the goals and objectives of various major national and international bird conservation plans, and OPJV planning documents. The GCA works with regional OPJV staff, as well as other conservation partner organizations, to support conservation delivery and population monitoring efforts within the OPJV, and works to produce communications and outreach resources based upon these partner efforts. The GCA helps provide technical assistance and conservation delivery resources to local landowners to achieve on-the-ground priority bird population and habitat objectives. The GCA helps to administer the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill through the OPJV’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) agreement, the OPJV partnership’s GRIP, and other related wildlife conservation programs in focal counties in Texas and Oklahoma; assisting with technical guidance, proposal submission, review, agreement, and reimbursement processes. The GCA works to increase demand among landowners for grassland bird habitat restoration work by supporting and coordinating increased outreach and public communication (e.g. social media). The GCA, in cooperation with the OPJV Coordinator, develops and sustains bird monitoring partnerships between, relevant government agencies, private organizations, landowners, and corporations to support conservation efforts. For more information about the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partnership see www.opjv.org.
The GCA reports to the OPJV Coordinator. These positions are funded under a two-year grant.
1. Conservation program promotion which could include providing technical assistance, conservation planning, contract coordination, developing prescribed burn plans, site assessment, and reporting.
2. Coordinate, support, and conduct population monitoring protocols for grassland associated species, especially grassland and shrubland birds.
3. Work with OPJV staff to build and support a coordinated cooperative bird monitoring partnership working with partners across Texas and Oklahoma.
4. Provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners and partner organizations which include workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals.
5. Meet regularly with OPJV, NRCS, and partner staff to coordinate technical assistance efforts and for resource training.
6. Develop content for communications efforts based upon conservation delivery and population monitoring activities of partners and Staff.
7. Assist or coordinate activities and projects as needed for OPJV partners.
8. Other duties as assigned.
1. A bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in wildlife management, range management, or closely related natural resources field and related field experience. A combination of education and related work experience is acceptable.
2. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
3. Ability to provide excellent customer service, sales, and promotion to cooperators interested in conservation.
4. Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities and organizations.
5. Extensive knowledge of wildlife ecology, species identification, and population monitoring techniques, especially grassland birds and plants.
6. Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of WRP, CRP, SAFE, WHIP, CSP, etc), other state, & local conservation programs. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
7. Sound working knowledge of applying habitat management techniques, especially prescribed burning, to benefit target wildlife species. Practical application of practices preferred.
8. Excellent verbal and written communication. Good computer skills (Word, Excel, ArcMap) and experience using social media to promote conservation.
9. Strong organizational skills.
10. Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
$32-34,000/year DOE, plus benefits
Application review will begin May 9.
or send applications to HR@abcbirds.org