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  • Cerulean Warbler Partner Biologist

    • Employer: WV Division of Natural Resources
      Location: Summersville, WV
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 07/19/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job description - WVDNR/NRCS partner avian biologist

    Location: Summersville, West Virginia

    Scope of work:

    Under general supervision of NRCS District Conservationist and WVDNR State Ornithologist, conduct professional-level work related to Farm Bill implementation and outreach, management, research and conservation of cerulean warbler, golden-winged warbler and other nongame and game birds on private and public lands in West Virginia, and additional duties as assigned.

    Projects and tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: assist partners (NRCS, NWTF, WVDOF, consulting foresters) in coordination and implementation of the (1) Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement and (2) Golden-winged Warbler “Working Lands for Wildlife” programs on private lands in WV, and (3) farm bill programs


    Duties include:

    Assisting in private landowner outreach, education, and service

    Development of management plans on private lands based on established best management practices

    Administration of NRCS contracts

    Pursuing Cerulean Warbler and/or Golden-winged Warbler management opportunities on public and private lands - e.g., wildlife management areas, state forests, national forests as well as private lands within species focal areas.

    Professional development and education (e.g., participating in forest stewardship training workshops)

    Pre- and post-treatment species survey and monitoring

    Other duties as assigned  

    Up to 2-3 weeks/year, assist WVDNR with (1) annual surveys and monitoring of species of greatest conservation need, (2) conducting breeding bird surveys, (3) additional avian point counts, (4) preparing annual WVDNR project and progress reports and statistics, and (5) assist WVDNR staff with reporting




    Bachelor’s or graduate degree in wildlife biology or related field, with a focus on birds.

    Excellent networking and communication skills in a broad range of contexts

    Experience with project management and coordination

    Understanding of silvicultural practices, habitat management and conservation implementation

    Experience with diverse field survey/monitoring methods and equipment, including GPS

    Ability to identify by sight and sound all bird species native to West Virginia

    Demonstrated experience and skill with MS Office, ArcGIS and other software tools


    Employment Period: August 15th, 2019 through September 15, 2020 (position will almost certainly be renewed for 2 years past this date).

    Wage Rate: $16 per hour, up to 1733 hours per calendar year.


    To Apply: email (or postal if needed) completed Application for Temp. Employment to:


    Attn: Richard Bailey

    State Ornithologist

    WVDNR - Wildlife Resources Section

    738 Ward Road, Elkins, WV 26241



    Deadline to Apply:      July 19, 2019.

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