National Wild Turkey Federation
  • 28-Sep-2018 to 27-Oct-2018 (EST)
  • Conservation
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits Package



The National Wild Turkey Federation has an immediate need for a full-time Director of Conservation Operations in the West Region of the United States.   This region would include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.  The selected individual must reside in one of the states within the region.

The primary objective of a Director of Conservation Operations (DCO) is to deliver the NWTF's conservation mission at the Regional, state and local level via the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. Initiative (STH2).  This is accomplished by working in partnership with other NWTF field staff, NWTF volunteers and chapters, state and federal agencies and corporate partners.  The work of the DCO should result in improved investment of NWTF funds through quality project development and selection, along with identifying and securing matching funds.  In addition, it's imperative that each DCO be familiar with regional conservation priorities and develop their work plan accordingly.   


Directors of Conservation Operations may also supervise district biologists, district foresters, and hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation coordinators in their respective region.   They may also supervise term wildlife biologists and foresters as needed.  They assist in development of annual work plans, monitor progress via annual evaluations, and assist in development and tracking of monthly budgets and budget forecasts for all staff under their direct supervision.  In addition, DCO's play an active role in developing and maintaining staff funding support, mentoring and training new field staff, answering  programmatic and procedural questions, assisting Senior Directors of Conservation (SDC's) with hiring new staff, and reviewing and analyzing accomplishment reports to ensure each direct report represents the NWTF in a knowledgeable and professional manner. 




  • Supervises district biologists, district foresters, hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation coordinators, wildlife biologists, and foresters in their respective Regions. Includes providing daily guidance to field staff, and assists SDC's in employee searches, interviews, work planning, annual budget and forecast development, annual employee evaluations, tracking grants and other revenue-related items in the district to ensure that district and regional revenue goals are achieved, tracking policy / legislative issues within the district, and tracking of State strategic plans for delivery of NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative 
  • Collaborates with corporate partners, federal, state, and provincial wildlife and forestry agencies to identify cooperative projects and positions, along with associated funding sources including grants, stewardship contracts and special hunting permit auctions to benefit wildlife and supplant national / regional NWTF programs
  • Work with Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated public relations and marketing materials
  • Assists and partners on Hunting Heritage Programs
  • Provides support and administration for regional habitat conservation programs, USFS Stewardship Program, and federal and state land management planning efforts while providing input on program guidelines and monitoring success of such programs
  • Provides news and information to NWTF's communications department, Directors of Development, and Directors of Field Operations (DFO's) regarding conservation projects within respective state(s) and Regions.   Provides technical information about wild turkey biology and management to agencies and members (i.e., information requests).  Contributes to Turkey Country magazine / Turkey Call television, NWTF state newsletters, websites, blogs, etc. as requested 
  • Provides oversight of NWTF funded research in the region as needed
  • Monitors and coordinates policy actions within their respective Regions
  • Represents the NWTF at various regional based meetings, workshops and events




  • Research review and analysis
  • Assist with NWTF Partner Hunts




  • Supervises field staff, up to and including District Biologists, District Foresters, Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Coordinators, Wildlife Biologists, and Foresters.
  • Reports to Senior Director of Conservation  




  • Requires at minimum a Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, forestry (SAF-Accredited Program) or related field along with at least eight (8) years of professional experience, and/or a Master's Degree with six (6) years of experience or equivalent and some supervisory experience
  • Requires prior professional training in Basic and Secondary Supervisory Training OR the ability and willingness to achieve the same within 1 year of appointment to this position
  • Knowledge of regional conservation issues and initiatives
  • Must demonstrate a team attitude, proven leadership skills, excellent organizational skills and an ability to motivate others through a positive attitude
  • Must possess a strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management, wildlife research techniques, forestry practices, flora / fauna identification including invasive species
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to write both for professional / general audiences
  • Must be a self-starter with ability to work independently with minimal supervision and guidance
  • Ability to use personal computer for email, word processing, spread sheet preparation, PowerPoint
  • Must be willing to incur moderate travel within respective state(s) and district including overnight stays of 3 to 5 nights or more









  • Master's degree and eight (8) or more years of professional experience, at least 3 of which should include staff supervision, along with certified training in basic and secondary level supervision.
  • Diverse knowledge of conservation issues, wildlife policy, regional wildlife and habitat management practices, and Federal and State Agency programs
  • An in-depth understanding of NWTF protocols, programs and procedures
  • Be able to meet the requirements for SAF Certified Forester or Registered Forester status or meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist




  • Must be able and willing to work, often alone, in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions, and within remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted. Must be able to walk several miles per day in the conditions described above.  Must be able to drive or ride in a vehicle long distances frequently.  Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 20lbs.
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