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  1. Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Coordinator Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture OPJV · Central Texas and Central Oklahoma American Bird Conservancy Position Summary: Title: Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Coordinator Supervisor: Central Regional Director Location: Central Texas and Central Oklahoma (within the OPJV region preferred) To apply visit: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=98 Introduction: The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partnership is seeking a dynamic conservationist with the drive and entrepreneurial spirit to serve as the OPJV Coordinator and lead the daily operations of the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture staff, under the direction of the OPJV Management Board and as an employee of the American Bird Conservancy. The Coordinator will co-supervise 10 full time staff employed by three partner organizations, as well as various seasonal technicians. The Coordinator will manage the highly successful Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP), which has provided over $2 million in incentive payments to private landowners to improve habitat for priority grassland birds on over 300 projects and 106,000 acres in Texas and Oklahoma since 2013 (see www.opjv.org ). The coordinator will work with staff, management board, and partners to develop additional programs and advance policies to address regional bird conservation objectives identified through OPJV partner planning activities and guided by international, national and state wildlife conservation plans. The person in this position serves as the Coordinator for the OPJV partnership, and assumes principal responsibilities for initiating, facilitating, integrating, coordinating, communicating, and directing the work and activities of the partnership. Work and activities relate to several primary functional aspects of Joint Venture implementation and administration, including biological planning, conservation design, conservation delivery, research, monitoring/evaluation, and communication/outreach. The Coordinator represents the interests of the OPJV and its partners in a variety of professional forums. The Coordinator plays a key role in developing, maintaining and advancing a strategic, landscape oriented, partnership-driven approach to integrated migratory bird conservation in the geography of the OPJV (Strategic Habitat Conservation), as a part of the international Bird Joint Venture network (www.mbjv.org). American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the only conservation group whose sole mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC accomplishes its mission through direct action and by engaging the people, groups, resources, and strategies needed to succeed. It undertakes the full spectrum of bird conservation issues using advocacy and habitat conservation strategies. Primary Duties · Develops and manages nearly $1 million annual budget through multiple partner organizations related to OPJV operations, implementing the strategies and tactics identified in the OPJV Grassland Conservation Business Plan and other relevant OPJV planning documents (see link at https://www.opjv.org/about_us). · Seeks external funding through significant grant writing, as well as through partners and cooperative arrangements. Ensures that all OPJV obligations are met/exceeded. · Clearly defines work assignments and priorities for OPJV staff, with guidance from Management Board and partnership members, outlining objectives and goals to be accomplished, and timelines within which to complete them; reviews work at critical junctures/phases, suggests necessary modifications, and provides appropriate oversight. · Coordinates the accomplishment of actions approved by the OPJV Management Board that contribute to the goals and objectives of state, regional, national and international bird conservation initiatives and plans and that relate to the OPJVs strategic approach to bird conservation. · Coordinates OPJV meetings/workshops; facilitates internal and external communication; provides oversight regarding the development and implementation of projects; and evaluates and reports results. · Facilitates cooperation and communications among government and non-government entities, as well as among private citizens and landowners — dealing with a variety of perspectives and potentially conflicting interests. And working to maximize OPJV partner organizations and the OPJV’s shared conservation objectives · Knowledge of theory, principles, and methods of priority bird management and research, and their application in the conservation of resident and migratory birds, and their habitats. · Knowledge of the theories and principles of grassland ecology, ecosystem management, and adaptive resource management and their application to conservation planning at multiple spatial and temporal scales. · Stimulates technical and media support for Joint Venture activities and projects. · Exercises patience, tact, understanding and respect in addressing and balancing diverse perspectives and interests that influence the partnership's direction and priorities. · The OPJV Coordinator must be able to work independently with little supervisory oversight on a daily basis. In addition, must provide strong leadership and vision to implement the conservation priorities of the partnership. · Be a public spokesperson for conservation. · The Coordinator will be dual guided by OPJV Management Board and ABC. · The Coordinator will serve as the supervisor/co-supervisor of the 10 OPJV staff. Position Requirements: · A background in bird conservation, biology, landscape ecology or similarly related field, with at least 5 years’ experience. · Master’s degree or higher preferred, but others will be considered with relevant experience. · Significant travel required throughout the year (35%+ post COVID). · Office location is preferred to be located within the OPJV geography. · Demonstrated ability to translate strategic, visionary ideas into functioning, sustainable programs and initiatives that produce lasting results. · Experience in working with international partners, networks, and governments is beneficial. Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations. · Ability to build, lead, and manage multiple campaigns or projects concurrently, and meet deadlines. · Excellent oral and written communications skills. · Technical proficiency in writing and reviewing bird conservation plans and scientific research. Knowledge of basic geospatial analysis and basic statistics a plus. Benefits: · Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan. · Paid vacation days, holidays, and sick leave. · Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered. · Lodging and meals covered for travel away from home. · Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement where applicable. To apply visit: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=98 Application Deadline: April 7, 2021 American Bird Conservancy values qualifications and competency. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
  2. Black Capped- Vireo & Golden- Cheeked Warbler Point Count Technicians (2) https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=94 Agency: American Bird Conservancy Location: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge Duration: March 22 – May 22, 2021 Job Type: Temporary Salary: $2,240 per month + housing Application Deadline: Until Filled Job Description: Point count technicians (2) needed for Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler monitoring projects at Balcones National Wildlife Refuge as part of a cooperative agreement with USFWS. This is an opportunity to be involved with monitoring of an endangered species and recently de-listed species in a unique area of the Edwards Plateau of Texas. Primary duties: Early-morning point counts to survey for BCVI and GCWA Data entry and proofing. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) Equipment maintenance Managing databases Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun, rough terrain, lots of hiking). On-site Housing will be provided. Candidates should be flexible about housing. Candidates will be expected to adhere to health advisories. A field vehicle will be available, but individuals may need to use their personal vehicle to and from field sites. Mileage will be reimbursed. Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads. *Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather. Qualifications: Experience with identification of Texas birds (especially BCVI and GCWA) Experience conducting avian point counts Experience with distance estimation preferred Excellent time management skills Excellent navigational abilities Meticulous data collection skills The ability to work independently Good inter-personal skills A valid driver’s license Must be 18 years old or older and eligible to work in the US Selected candidate will need to be able to pass a hearing test Must be willing to undergo a background check. Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document: 1) A letter of interest 2) Resume 3) Names and contact information for three work references. https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=94 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org American Bird Conservancy values qualifications and competence. As an equal opportunity employer; ABC is committed to ensuring the employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities.
  3. https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/wildlife/ Job Description https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/802/jobdetail.ftl?job=00011505&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FChicago TPWD - Program Specialist V (Conservation Delivery Specialist) (00011505) Organization: PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT Primary Location: Texas-Austin Work Locations: DW-TPWD Headquarters 4200 Smith School Road Austin 78744 Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00 Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time State Job Code: 1574 Salary Admin Plan: B Grade: 21 Salary (Pay Basis): 5,554.10 - 5,554.10 (Monthly) Number of Openings: 1 Overtime Status: Exempt Job Posting: Sep 17, 2020, 7:40:23 AM Closing Date: Oct 8, 2020, 11:59:00 PM Description TPWD MISSION To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. PLEASE NOTE: All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment (month/year) and hours worked per week, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application will be considered incomplete. Applications with “See attached" or "See resume" will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Omission of data can be the basis for disqualification; you may state ‘unknown’ for any incomplete fields. A scanned copy of official college transcript(s) issued from the registrar must be attached to the online application (if applicable). APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH WORK IN TEXAS: Work In Texas (WIT) applicants must complete the supplemental questions to be considered for the posting. To complete the supplemental questions go to CAPPS Recruit to register or login. CAPPS Recruit, https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY CODES can be found at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/CompensationSystem/JobDescriptions VETERAN’S PREFERENCE: If selected for a position Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen OR applicants claiming Surviving Spouse or Orphan veterans' preference eligibility, you will need to provide supporting documentation on or before the first day of employment. TO APPLY Application must be completed at: https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en PHYSICAL WORK ADDRESS: Within 100 miles of Austin Headquarters HIRING CONTACT: TPWD Jeff Raasch, (512) 497-5352, OPJV Jim Giocomo 254-652-7790 GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Conservation Partnership/Joint Venture Program Leader and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) Coordinator, the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Conservation Delivery Specialist (CDS) facilitates the overall planning, implementation, and evaluation activities of a coordinated bird conservation partnership in the Cross Timbers, Blackland Prairies, Post Oak Savanna, and Edwards Plateau Ecogregions of Texas. The CDS functionally serves as Assistant OPJV Coordinator for Texas Conservation Delivery, and is Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) primary contact for the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP) in Texas. The CDS assists in day-to-day supervision/mentorship of OPJV partner conservation delivery staff. The CDS provides daily management of GRIP Project Database, Contracting, Invoicing and Reporting to partner staff and landowner partners. The CDS works to achieve on-the-ground priority bird population and habitat objectives for priority bird species under an adaptive management framework, where possible. Provides leadership by developing training for TPWD staff, interested partners, and private landowners. Assists with identifying and procuring funds to provide financial leverage and support for research and conservation efforts. The CDS contributes to the goals and objectives of the Texas Conservation Action Plan and major national and international bird conservation plans by working closely with district and regional TPWD leaders and staff, as well as conservation partner organizations, to coordinate additional support and resources for technical assistance to local landowners. Communicates accomplishments to TPWD leadership and field staff, while communicating relevant information with the OPJV Coordinator to the OPJV Management Board, technical teams, partners, landowners, communities, other Non-Government Organizations (NGO) partners and interested parties. Serves as a technical committee representative or point of contact for bird conservation with state, regional and national technical committees and working groups, Joint Ventures to include the Oaks and Prairie Joint Venture Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wetland Reserve Program, and other related programs as may be assigned. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures. See OPJV.org for more information about the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture NOTE: This job requires a bachelor's degree, please ensure to attach your official transcript with your application. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, Range and Wildlife Management, or closely related field in Natural Resources Management. Major coursework from bachelor’s or post bachelor’s degree programs must include a minimum of 24 hours in Wildlife/Habitat Conservation, Wildlife/Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, and/or Research Methods. Experience: Five years experience with on-the-ground conservation planning and implementation, partnership building, and/or grant writing. Licensure: Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a class “C” Texas driver’s license. NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required license. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Wildlife Ecology or closely related field. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of grassland bird and Northern Bobwhite management requirements and techniques; Knowledge of grassland bird life history, ecology, and research issues relevant to Texas; Knowledge of Farm Bill programs and other landowner incentive programs; Knowledge of plant and animal taxonomy with special emphasis on grasslands; Knowledge of Migratory Bird Joint Ventures; Skill in the use of MS Word, Excel and Outlook; Skill in effective verbal and written communication; Skill in the use of personal computers; Skill in analyzing and presenting technical data; Skill in general knowledge in professional and public settings, Skill in reviewing technical documents; Skill in problem solving; Skill in identifying habitat management, research priorities and opportunities; Skill in building partnerships within the agency and externally; Skill in research design; Skill in meeting deadlines; Skill in technical and grant writing; Skill in establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with co-workers and work-related contacts; Skill in effective interaction with staff at all levels of the department and other State agencies and organizations; Skill in implementing effective and efficient work protocols; Skill in providing quality customer service in a courteous and professional manner; Skill in data entry and maintaining hard copy and electronic files; Skill in statistically analyzing data and preparing reports; Skill in managing several projects simultaneously; Ability to utilize GIS/GPS for field recording and database compilation; Ability to work independently with little or no supervision; Ability to work as a member of a team; Ability to effectively communicate with constituents, law enforcement personnel and personnel from other state, local or federal agencies and research institutions; Ability to re-prioritize work activities as a result of short and changing deadlines and numerous interruptions; Ability to interpret statutes and regulations; Ability to oversee and manage a program budget; Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare written correspondence; Ability to identify errors associated with complex data; Ability to review complex policies and procedures and identify necessary revisions for efficiency and effectiveness; Ability to plan, organize and accomplish work assignments and tasks effectively; Ability to design habitat management plans; Ability to conduct habitat and bird surveys, data analysis, complete scientific and popular publications; Ability to complete grant reports; Ability to communicate verbally and in writing on a range of bird, wildlife, and habitat management subjects; Ability to interact effectively and professionally with private landowners, land managers, advisory boards, universities, the media, consultants, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the general public; Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities; Ability to prioritize and accomplish multiple assigned tasks; Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 40 lbs.; Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program. WORKING CONDITIONS: Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; Required to work overtime as necessary; Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions and with heavy insect infestations; Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 40 lbs.; Required to operate a State vehicle; Required to travel 30% with possible overnight stays; Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles. TPWD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
  4. https://www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs Coordinating Wildlife Biologist - Precribed Fire Regular Full-Time In or near Austin, TX, US Requisition ID: 1687 APPLY PHEASANTS FOREVER & QUAIL FOREVER The Habitat Organization JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Coordinating Wildlife Biologist – Prescribed Fire Application Deadline: July 9, 2020 Anticipated Start Date: August 2020 Overview & Job Duties: Quail Forever, in partnership with the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV), and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is seeking qualified candidates for a Prescribed Fire Coordinating Wildlife Biologist position to coordinate, promote, and support the safe and effective use of prescribed burning on private and public lands throughout the State of Texas. The Prescribed Fire Coordinating Wildlife Biologist will work as a member of Texas Quail Forever Partnership Team and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture staff, with close coordination of supporting partners. The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop outreach materials and organize prescribed fire workshops for private landowners, resource professionals and fire enthusiasts. This position will provide outreach to local prescribed fire associations and fire departments to implement safe and effective prescribed burning through webinars, videos, and social media, as well as organize in-person workshops, when appropriate. This position will work closely with a wide range of individuals and resources professionals to meet their individual goals while addressing the goals of the partnership including promoting the development and implementation of prescribed fire training and standards to be utilized by both partners and private lands owners. Knowledge of relevant conservation programs, training, and other resources available to help private landowners to implement prescribed fire will be required. Depending upon experience and training, the applicant may help to write and review prescribed burn plans for private landowners and biologists. This position will require a self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills and a strong work ethic. This prescribed fire partnership effort will provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to the conservation of natural resources in Texas. Expected Duties: • Work with OPJV, Quail Forever, USFWS Staff, and other wildlife and fire management partners (e.g., Fire Districts) to identify safe and effective prescribed fire outreach and training needs. • Organize and prepare expert led webinars, website pages, social media campaigns, and eventually organizing in-person workshops concerning prescribed fire for training and outreach purposes starting in the Oaks and Prairies JV region, and eventually throughout the state Texas. • Coordinate the management and use of fire equipment for local Prescribed Burn Associations around the state and track fire inventory. • Where appropriate, help write prescribed burn plans for private landowners and provide guidance to OPJV partner and Quail Forever biologists in the writing of prescribed burn plans. • Communicate regularly with Texas fire practitioners across the state to build upon the use of prescribed fire. Knowledge. Skills and Abilities: • Firm working knowledge of prescribed fire standards of conservation partners within the state of Texas. • Extensive knowledge of wildlife habitat management techniques, principles, goals and objectives including knowledge of fire, grazing and habitat restoration. • Extensive knowledge and experience in the use and delivery of prescribed fire. • The individual must be able to work effectively with private landowners, agency and partner staff and other conservation organizations. • Ability to work and perform independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities. • Ability to accomplish goals with little supervision. • Ability to organize, develop, and implement educational and outreach activities including workshops, seminars, and publications. • Knowledge of conservation programs such as Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (GRIP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Environmental Qualities Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, ArcView/ArcGIS. • Strong coordination and communication skills, including use of social media and website management. • Valid driver’s licenses. Education and Experience Preferred: A minimum requirement for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree (MS preferred) in Fire Ecology/Wildlife Management/Range Management or closely related natural resources field and three years of relevant experience. Wildlife Society Certification and graduate work will also be considered. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill programs (i.e. EQIP, CSP, ACEP, CRP and CREP) is preferred. Fire qualifications and specific training (Red Card) highly desirable. Starting Salary: Commensurate with Experience + Health Benefits and Retirement Package To Apply: Please click on the blue APPLY icon at the bottom or upper right corner. For a complete list of current job openings, visit our website at: www.pheasantsforever.org/jobs ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please include your cover letter, resume and 3 references as a single Microsoft Word document or PDF file on the Recruitment website. Contact: Chris McLeland, South Region Director, 573-355-6530 Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled
  5. JOB SUMMARY The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a Project Biologist/Range Specialist to implement conservation projects for the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) partners at the regional and local level. This is accomplished by working in partnership with other NWTF field staff, state and federal agencies, other NGO partners, and corporate partners to accomplish on-the-ground work with private landowners (farmers and ranchers). This position's work should result in improved investing of NWTF and OPJV partner funds including quality project selection and locating matching funds. POSITION LOCATION Location will be in the USDA-NRCS Field Office in Ardmore, Oklahoma close by where the OPJV Northern Conservation Delivery Specialist is stationed. For more information on the Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, see http://www.opjv.org. ESSENTIAL FUNCTION 1) Administers regional habitat programs (e.g., GRIP and RCPP) in primarily Oklahoma and Texas, as needed. Provides input on program guidelines and monitors success of program. (70%) 2) Attends all OPJV Management Board and Local Initiative Team meetings, state chapter Board of Directors meetings, and other meetings as needed. (10%) 3) Identifies outside funding sources such as grants and implements projects using awarded funds, including state and federal grants. (5%) 4) Assists with development of NWTF and partner grassland bird conservation programs and plans. (5%) 5) Provides news and information to NWTF and other OPJV partners Communications Departments regarding conservation projects. Also provides technical information about wild turkey and grassland bird biology and management to agencies and members (i.e., information requests). Contributes to NWTF and partner state newsletters and websites. (10%) REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS This position will report to an NWTF District Biologist and an OPJV Conservation Delivery Specialist, and will work as a part of a cross-organization team of staff from OPJV partner organizations to achieve shared objectives. Day-to-day coordination with partner staff will be required for success of the project biologist. Position may have contractors working under their observation/oversight on specific project activities and will involve working with private landowners. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Position requires: Experience in bird/wildlife ecology and conducting accepted habitat management practices within grassland ecosystems , i.e. Rx burning, brush management, range planting, grazing systems A Bachelor's degree or higher in Wildlife Biology, Range Management or a closely related degree plus 2 years of relevant experience and/or Master's degree A valid Driver's License Employee to possess a solid working knowledge of grassland ecosystems The ability to work independently without close NWTF supervision and as a part of a cross-organizational team to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required Employee to have strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills Employee to possess basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, Microsoft office, and Power Point Working knowledge of wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of WRP, CRP, SAFE, WHIP, CSP, etc.), other state, & local conservation programs Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas and communicate with agency personnel, contractors, and workers in the field Being a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision and guidance Excellent organizational skills, and ability to work well as a team member A willingness to travel including some overnight stays of 3 to 7 nights PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS One (1) or more years of directly applicable experience as a biologist/range specialist Experience in managing multiple projects in diverse locations Experience working with state and federal agencies and diverse stakeholders Experience working with landowners and agricultural producers Direct experience with implementing Farm Bill (EQIP, WRP, CRP, SAFE, WHIP, CSP, etc.), other state, & local conservation programs in an agricultural landscape PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS Applicant must be able and willing to: Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently. To apply visit: https://nwtf.applicantpro.com/jobs/754384.html
  6. Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture Grassland Conservation Associate Employer: American Bird Conservancy Country: United States Last Date to Apply: April 9, 2018 Description: Grassland Conservation Associate Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma area (Flexible within the Oaks and Prairies Bird Conservation Region between Dallas, TX and Stillwater, OK) Introduction: This is a full-time one-year term position with American Bird Conservancy and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV). The Grassland Conservation Associate (GCA) works with regional OPJV staff, as well as other conservation partner organizations, to support grassland population/habitat monitoring and conservation delivery efforts within the OPJV. Primary activities will include design and implementation of population/habitat monitoring efforts for priority birds as well as other grassland associated species like monarchs, pollinators, and other grassland associated species. The GCA will also support the OPJV’s efforts to provide technical assistance and conservation delivery resources to local landowners to achieve on-the-ground priority bird population and habitat objectives, where needed. The GCA works to produce communications and outreach resources (e.g., print and social media) based upon partner conservation efforts, bird population monitoring, and habitat monitoring efforts. 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 Activities of the Grassland Conservation Associate (GCA) contribute to the goals and objectives of the OPJV (www.opjv.org) and various major national and international bird conservation plans. The GCA reports to the OPJV Coordinator and 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. This position is funded under a one-year grant. For more information about the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture partnership see www.opjv.org. Primary Duties: 1. Design, coordinate, and conduct project level population/habitat monitoring protocols for grassland associated species, especially grassland and shrubland birds, monarchs, pollinators, and prairie vegetation. This will focus on monitoring habitat improvement projects through the OPJV’s RCPP. 2. Support OPJV and partner efforts to enhance wildlife habitat on private land, which will include organizing workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals, and presenting at workshops and conservation conferences. 3. Meet regularly with OPJV, NRCS, and partner staff to review technical assistance efforts and to assess resource training needs. 4. Develop research and monitoring-based content for communications efforts supporting conservation delivery efforts of partners and Staff. 5. Assist or coordinate activities and projects as needed for OPJV partners. Other duties as assigned or as needed: 1. Assist OPJV staff with monitoring data analysis to help identify priority areas for future conservation work (Competency with R and GIS is a plus). 2. Conservation program promotion, which could include providing technical assistance, conservation planning, site assessment, habitat management (e.g. prescribed fire with training) and reporting. Position Requirements: 1. A bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in wildlife management, range management, or closely related natural resources field with relevant field experience. 2. Extensive knowledge of wildlife ecology, species identification, and population monitoring techniques, especially grassland birds and plants. 3. Working knowledge of applying habitat management techniques, especially prescribed burning, to benefit target wildlife species. Practical application of practices preferred. 4. Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of ACEP, CRP, SAFE, CSP, etc), other state, & local conservation programs. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired. 5. Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities and organizations. 6. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies. 7. Ability to provide excellent customer service, sales, and promotion to cooperators interested in conservation. 8. Excellent verbal and written communication. 9. Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, ArcMap) and experience using social media to promote conservation. 10. Strong organizational skills. 11. Valid driver’s license required; use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided). Salary: $32,000/year DOE, plus benefits Application review will begin April 2, 2018. Anticipated start date May 1, 2018. Please provide a cover letter, resume and at least 3 references in a single Word or PDF document. To apply visit: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/ or send applications to HR@abcbirds.org
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