National Wild Turkey Federation
  • 07-Nov-2018 to 21-Dec-2018 (EST)
  • Conservation
  • Grand Island, NE, USA
  • DOE
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits Package


POSITION SUMMARY

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a District Biologist overseeing NWTF conservation program delivery in the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  The primary objective for this position is to help achieve the conservation mission, and goals and objectives of the NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.   This will be accomplished through strategic alignment of State and District activities in partnership with other NWTF staff, NWTF volunteers, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donors and corporate partners.  The work of the District Biologist will focus on both the maintenance and expansion of conservation delivery within the District resulting in the development of new partnerships, innovative matching fund sources and an efficient and effective investment of NWTF resources through the selection of quality projects.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Represents the NWTF at state & district meetings
  • Assists with coordination of NWTF state Hunting Heritage Super Funds and serves on Super Fund Committees for respective state(s), assists NWTF Regional Directors with chapter development activities, and assists Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated PR materials and marketing
  • Works closely with state and federal wildlife agencies: may include serving on state wild turkey committees, attending agency and commission meetings, partnering on hunting heritage programs, and collaborating on large-scale habitat conservation projects on public and private lands
  • Works closely with US Forest Service, State Forestry agency and NRCS in the development and delivery of conservation strategies and projects through Stewardship Authority, Good Neighbor Authority, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects as well as other delivery tools; may include participating in National Forest Plan Revision review, serving on district-level forestry committees and in meetings with forestry partners
  • Tracks important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, land use planning and policy within the district; communicates regularly with State Chapter President and NWTF Fundraising & Volunteer Relations staff and may serve as the NWTF Policy lead for states within the district
  • Identifies funding sources to support conservation delivery objectives; to include grants, contracts, donations, sponsorships and special game permit auction proceeds
  • Provides relevant information to NWTF staff, volunteers and Communications Department for promotion, marketing and awareness of district STH2 priorities and activities. Contributes to Turkey Country magazine & Turkey Call television, NWTF state newsletters, websites, blogs, etc. as requested
  • Other Functions: Position will assist in development & review of research projects, administers projects, assists state agency with wild turkey trap and transfer activities, assists Regional Directors with chapter development and outreach activities, and works with Development staff on major gift fundraising opportunities

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS This position reports to the Director of Conservation Operations for the Central Region.  The position will serve as the work leader for contractors working on conservation projects within the assigned district and will be responsible for contractor monitoring & oversight on specific project activities. 

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a natural resources related field and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master's Degree or equivalent
  • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of game and non-game species habitat management in the ecosystems where they will be working and a solid working knowledge of ecosystems and forest management within district of work
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision and ability to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required
  • Sound public speaking and presentation skills for both technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft office
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques and working knowledge of forest management and associated research techniques
  • Knowledge of wildlife population dynamics, knowledge of wildlife capture, monitoring and handling techniques in addition to accepted forestry practices
  • Ability to identify tree species, wildlife species, shrubs and invasive species within the district and to read, understand and keep abreast of wildlife research and management peer-reviewed journals
  • Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas, communicate with land managers and provide advice to agency workers in the field
  • Must be willing to incur moderate travel within respective state(s) and district including overnight stays of one week or more

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree and three (3) or more years of professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge of wild turkeys, big game or upland game birds
  • Able to meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist
  • Experience managing large projects with multiple objectives
  • Experience working with major gift contributors
  • Policy and legislative experience
  • Experience working with State and Federal agencies, and corporate / industry partners

 

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 without experiencing debilitating health problems

 

Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.  Application Deadline December 7th, 2018.  

 

Please visit the NWTF website (https://nwtf.applicantpro.com/jobs/) to apply

 

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