More than 50 percent of North America’s vast native grasslands, an area that once covered roughly 585 million acres, has been developed or converted to other uses over the past century. As a result, grassland birds are now among the suite of species in sharpest decline and are widely recognized as species of conservation concern. To protect these iconic American birds, Audubon has established the Conservation Ranching Program to work with private and public partners to create market-based solutions that help ranchers manage their land in ways that support healthy grassland ecosystems. Public partners and private sector experts have been enlisted to help spread and encourage these practices, and we are now connecting certified ranches to retail markets.
One of Audubon’s private sector partners is Precision Wildlife Resources, LLC in Gillette, Wyoming. Precision Wildlife Resources is a private consulting firm providing natural resource services including wildlife monitoring, mitigation, and research; biological permitting; impact assessments; and conservation and habitat management planning throughout the Great Plains and Rockies regions.
Precision Wildlife Resources is announcing an opening for a Range Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist located in Gillette, Wyoming to support their engagement with Audubon’s Conservation Ranching Program throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. The position will provide half-time support for the Conservation Ranching Program and half-time for other wildlife biologist tasks in support of both Audubon and other clients; the duration of the position is for 2 years, ranging from $40,000 to $44,000 per year, depending on experience. S/he will be responsible for networking and coordinating with ranchers; development and implementation of Habitat Management Plans; documenting and advising on the implementation of conservation actions; conducting vegetation identification and sampling, as well as numerous wildlife surveys (with a heavy emphasis on avian identification and ecology); scientific database management, including utilization of GIS; and report writing and mapping.
Duties will also include daily/weekly travel out of state for ranch visits and to remote areas for a variety of wildlife surveys, including daybreak and nocturnal surveys, throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions. Fieldwork will often require long and/or irregular hours and some weekends in potentially adverse and fluctuating weather conditions. The position will remain open until filled, but applications will be processed immediately. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter highlighting your qualifications and experience for the position to Bill Vetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
· A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology, wildlife management or biology, natural resource management, environmental science, sustainability, or related field.
· Knowledge and appreciation of the ranching culture, range management issues, and sustainable ranching practices; must also possess excellent listening and oral communication skills and interact positively with diverse audiences.
· Demonstrated, superb avian identification skills (visual and sound). Familiarity with IMBCR protocols, vegetation sampling methods and identification, diverse wildlife survey experience, and working knowledge of grassland ecology and habitat management is preferred.
· An operating knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS and demonstrated, strong writing skills.
· An overall dedication to excellence, high integrity, strong organization and problem-solving skills, a flexible ability to work both independently and with a team, and solid navigation skills using paper maps, spatial software, and a GPS.
· Must successfully pass initial and periodic random drug tests, possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record for safe operation of four-wheel drive trucks, and have the ability to walk uneven trails, drive on unpaved surfaces, and lift up to 50 lbs.