Location: NRCS office in Buckeye, West Virginia
Scope of work:
Under general supervision of NRCS District Conservationist and WVDNR State Ornithologist, conduct independent professional-level work related to Farm Bill implementation and outreach, management, research and conservation of golden-winged warbler, cerulean 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) Golden-winged Warbler “Working Lands for Wildlife” programs on private lands in WV, and (2) Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement, and (3) farm bill programs
Primary 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 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. Assist staff on a case-by-case basis with similar efforts for Cerulean Warbler.
- Professional development and education (e.g., participating in forest stewardship training workshops) related to Golden-winged warbler management, Cerulean Warbler management, and farm bill opportunities.
- 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) assist in providing technical assistance to private landowners related to SGCN habitat enhancement, (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, or commensurate work, 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
Term and Compensation:
Compensation is $16/hour for a total of 1733 hours in a calendar year (approximately 10 months at 40 hours/week), with substantial leeway for weekly schedule flexibility. This position’s term period is 1/1/19 to 12/31/20 (two years), with a possibility of extension beyond this period.
Applications must be received by 11/30/18. To Apply, please send cover letter, resume, and completed application for employment provided here to:
Richard Bailey, WVDNR State Ornithologist - Richard.S.Bailey@wv.gov