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 projects on private lands in WV, and (3) farm bill programs
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
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: 1/1/21 to 12/31/25
Pay rate: $16/hour; up to 1733 hours per calendar year. Annual pay increases averaging 5% through 5 years of employment.
To apply: Send completed application for temporary employment, resume, and cover letter to:
Attn: Richard Bailey
WVDNR - Wildlife Resources Section
738 Ward Road, Elkins, WV 26241