Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2017Organizational Profile/Position Summary
The LPC Range Coordinator helps to implement Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation on private lands through the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative (www.lpcinitiative.org/) and the WAFWA Range-wide conservation plan (www.wafwa.org/initiatives/grasslands/lesser_prairie_chicken/). The LPC Coordinator will provide range planning services for landowners interested in LPC conservation. Additionally, the LPC Coordinator will provide coordination among the other LPC Range Conservationists.Duties and Primary Responsibilities
• Provide technical assistance (range conservation focus) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, NGO’s and others. Training will be provided by NRCS, Pheasants Forever, Western Association Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), and other local and state agencies.
• Coordinate integration and application of biological sciences in cooperation with the local NRCS District Conservationist and consistent with the Field Office Technical Guide.
• Complete conservation plans and maps, contracts, applications and other required documentation for Farm Bill conservation programs (i.e. EQIP, ACEP, CRP and WRP) requiring biological and rangeland science expertise in cooperation with the partners.
• Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in conservation programs for the protection, restoration and enhancement of lesser prairie-chicken habitat.
• Coordinate and participate in field work activities for lesser prairie-chicken habitat project implementation and work with agricultural producers.
• Perform other related duties as assigned; including marketing and public outreach regarding LPCI and other programs benefitting LEPC.
• Coordinate workload, training, and reporting of LPCI SWAT staff.
• Plan and coordinate an annual field training of SWAT, WAFWA, and partner field staff.
• Coordinate regular teleconferences with SWAT staff, WAFWA, other partners and supervisors to discuss future workloads and needs.
• Compile and distribute SWAT progress reports to all partners.Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
• Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology including the ability to develop prescribed grazing plans that include wildlife habitat management objectives.
• Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.
• Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
• Valid driver’s license.
• Knowledge of computer skills is required and applicant should be familiar with Word and Excel.
• Ability to use ArcMap and Toolkit preferred
A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rangeland Science or Wildlife Biology/Management from an accredited university with an emphasis on developing prescribed grazing systems and course work and/or experience on integrating wildlife management principles into the management systems.
Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled
Application Deadline: December 4
Salary: $45,000 to $55,000 depending on qualifications and experience.