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  1. 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
  2. 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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