Resource Assistant

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Whetstone Creek Conservation Area., Williamsburg, MO, United States
  • Nov 23, 2016
Full time Biology/Ecology Forestry Natural Resources Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodpains Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities
Assists in carrying out wildlife management activities on conservation areas; oversees, on an annual basis, the manipulation of cropland, grassland, forest, wetland and other habitats; conducts prescribed burns on and off the conservation areas under the supervision of a qualified burn boss; participates in exotic plant species control efforts; supervises hourly employees in the performance of the above activities; operates gasoline and diesel tractors and ATVs; hauls equipment and farm implements including discs, planters, drills (native grass, grain), cultivators, and fertilizer spreaders that are necessary to conduct habitat management; sprays herbicides; determines acreage of habitat projects, checks permittee fields for compliance with harvest instructions, takes soil samples to determine fertility needs and works closely with personnel in other divisions implementing priority conservation work within the assigned districts; ensures that any needed building repairs are brought to the attention of the immediate supervisor; maintains all area public use facilities; maintains area signing, field roads and boundaries; carries out routine vehicle and farm equipment maintenance and repairs; checks on use of heavy equipment and/or other contract work for area development and maintenance; prepares monthly narrative reports including writing applicable sections of the annual narrative report, purchasing materials and supplies, fuel reconciliation reports and annual property inventory; maintains daily log of work activities and completes monthly time sheets and expense accounts; helps conduct wildlife surveys; helps monitor the public use and wildlife use on the areas and assists with other monitoring and evaluation projects as needed; assists the general public especially during the hunting seasons including daily drawings and managed hunts; occasionally gives presentations to groups and attends workshops, Division and District meetings, and Departmental training sessions; and performs other duties as required.

High school diploma or G.E.D./HiSET equivalent and one (1) year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Farming experience is highly desirable.

Special Ability Requirements
Ability to:
Obtain a valid Missouri Driver License by the date of employment.
Operate all types of vehicles, powered hand tools, chain saws, mowers and various types of farm equipment.
Work out-of-doors in extreme temperatures.
Work occasional Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Lift heavy objects.
Work with herbicides and pesticides.

Exemption Status/Special Notes
This position has been determined to be nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time off in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department’s Compensation Time Off and Overtime policy.

Smoking is prohibited in all owned, rented or leased Department of Conservation offices, buildings, and similar facilities, in Department aircraft, and in vehicles.

The Department of Conservation will hire only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.

Closes 12/9/2016
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Salary Range: $22680 - $39768 Beginning Salary: $22680 - $25452 depending upon qualification.