National Wild Turkey Federation
  • 27-Nov-2017 to 26-Jan-2018 (EST)
  • Conservation
  • Ardmore, OK, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits Package

Position SUMMARY

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a Wildlife Biologist position to serve as a Biologist/Range Specialist to implement conservation projects for the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) partners at the regional and local level.  This will be accomplished by working in partnership with other NWTF field staff, state and federal agencies, other NGO partners, and corporate partners.  This position's work should result in improved investing of NWTF and OPJV partner funds in wildlife and range conservation efforts including quality project selection and procurement of matching funds for agreed upon work.



Location will be in the USDA-NRCS Field Office in Ardmore, Oklahoma in close proximity to the OPJV Northern Conservation Delivery Specialist.  For more information on the Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, see    



  • 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%)
  • Attends all OPJV Management Board and Local Initiative Team meetings, state chapter Board of Directors meetings, and other meetings as needed. (10%)
  • Provides news and information to NWTF and other partner 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%)
  • Identifies outside funding sources such as grants and implements projects using awarded funds, including state and federal grants. (5%)
  • Assists with development of NWTF and partner grassland bird conservation programs and plans. (5%)



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 position.  Employee might have contractors working under their observation/oversight on specific project activities.



  Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in Wildlife Biology, Range Management or a closely related 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
  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of WRP, CRP, SAFE, WHIP, CSP, etc), other state, & local conservation programs. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
  • Knowledge of accepted habitat practices and wildlife ecology within ecosystem of work
  • 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
  • BS plus 2 years' experience (Master's preferred)
  • Experience in managing multiple projects in diverse locations
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies and diverse stakeholders



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 without experiencing debilitating health problems
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