Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever

In 1982, a group of pheasant hunters saw the connection between upland habitat loss and declining pheasant populations. An organization dedicated to wildlife habitat conservation was needed, and Pheasants Forever was formed. Pheasants Forever’s mission work quickly garnered it a reputation as “The Habitat Organization,” a tagline the nonprofit conservation group uses proudly to this day.

Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever USA
Jul 12, 2019
Full time
Location : To be determined Application deadline : July 21, 2019 Anticipated start date : August 19, 2019 Company Overview:  Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 149,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $867 million on 540,000 habitat projects benefiting 18 million acres nationwide. Responsibilities:  This is a new position within the organization and it will include the following three core areas of work: Content Creation :  This position will serve as the link between the organization’s Education & Outreach Department and the Marketing & Communications Department. As that link, this position will be responsible for creating content to engage new and emerging audiences in our hunting heritage, habitat education, shooting sports and conservation leadership programs. In collaborating with the Marketing & Communications team, this position will help disseminate this content through the organization’s media channels; including Pheasants Forever Journal, Quail Forever Journal, Forever Outdoors, websites, social media, email and special events.  Women on the Wing :  This position will coordinate the continued development and delivery of the organization’s relatively new Women on the Wing initiative. Within that initiative, there are four pillars: Women Caring for the Land workshops; Women, Wine & Wild Game events; Women on the Wing Chapters; hunter recruitment, retention & reactivation (R3) strategies. As the coordinator of the Women on the Wing initiative, this person will also be responsible for creating content in support of these events for all the organization’s communications channels.  National Youth Leadership Council :  This position will serve as the lead advisor, and program coordinator, for the organization’s National Youth Leadership Council (a group of about 30 high school aged conservation leaders from across the country who represent their age group on issues related to wildlife conservation and our outdoor traditions).  Additional Responsibilities : Coordinate team and volunteer training workshops  Play an active role in PF & QF’s comprehensive campaign and meet established fundraising goals Represent the organization at special events (National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, MN Game Fair, state fairs, etc) Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, marketing, public relations, natural resources, education, non-profit management or related field Excellent oral, public speaking and written communication skills Ability to work independently; as well as collaboratively within a team Successful small group facilitation and consensus building skills  Experience in leadership development and volunteer training High energy and strong organizational skills  Knowledge and experience about upland bird hunting, conservation and outdoor education Demonstrated ability to think strategically Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Whitmire, SC, USA
Jul 12, 2019
Full time
Application Deadline : July 17, 2019 Anticipated Start Date : August 19, 2019 (negotiable) Overview : This position will coordinate and enhance the on-going efforts of federal, state and private partners on the Indian Creek Woodland Savanna Restoration Initiative and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) Focal Area in South Carolina. Primary funding partners include The U.S. Forest Service Sumter National Forest (USFS), the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Quail Forever (QF). This individual will marshal efforts on the Indian Creek Initiative to coordinate habitat restoration and subsequent Northern bobwhite quail restoration for the area. The primary objective is to sustain and enhance project momentum.  Biologist Responsibilities : • Work closely with the USFS, DNR, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), QF local chapters, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to conduct landowner outreach and promotion of Farm Bill programs (e.g. CRP, EQIP, SAFE, CSP, etc.) primarily within the Indian Creek priority area. • Assist USFS and other entities with habitat management planning and implementation on both public and private lands (burn plans, TSI/thinning, timber harvest, timber marking, quail surveys, habitat monitoring, etc.) • Conduct habitat workshops demonstrating the need for management of our forested ecosystems and the methods that are effective to reach specific management goals (i.e. more diversity, more quail and other wildlife, better forest fuels management, improved aesthetics, etc.) • Collaborate and serve as a liaison among QF, USFS, DNR, NWTF, FSA, and NRCS concerning the Indian Creek Initiative. Serve on the SC Prescribed Fire Council, SC Quail Council Technical Committee, and the NRCS State Technical Committee. • Identify, develop, and implement new and innovative habitat initiatives and partnerships that accelerate habitat efforts (e.g. corporate landholders, energy industry, pollinator interests, philanthropic foundations and granting entities, agribusiness etc.) interested in maintaining a vibrant and diverse economy with high quality of life for current and future generations. • Seek and administer grant and other funding opportunities that help deliver the QF and partner mission priorities. Write grant proposals to leverage funds for additional quail habitat restoration.  • Administer and serve as the local contact for the QF food plot seed and native seed programs. • Work very closely with the QF Regional Representative and Regional Leadership Team to expand and strengthen QF chapters and provide leadership to chapters on state habitat and outreach initiatives and priorities. • Work with QF staff and chapters to use the unique QF local fundraising/spending model to develop state and local habitat delivery programs similar to PF/QF’s “Adopt a Wildlife Area” or “Habitat Share” to generate nonfederal matching funds that leverage habitat improvement on State WMA’s and other priority public lands.  • Act as the project manager for current and future USFS agreements within South Carolina, which may include Challenge Cost-Share and/or Stewardship Agreements. Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities : • A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science, Forestry, Agriculture, or related degree from an accredited university with an emphasis on forest ecosystem management and course work and/or experience on integrating wildlife management principles into pine dominated ecosystems. • M.S. in Wildlife, Forestry or related field, or equivalent experience is preferred.  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Demonstrated ability to lead and coach effectively. • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail. • Ability to work effectively with multiple partners and staff.  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities. • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by Federal (i.e. NRCS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.), state agencies, private partners and QF. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in a forested landscape is desired. • Able to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.  • Reasonable computer skills required, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite • Experience with GIS/ArcMap and/or NRCS Toolkit preferred. • Physical ability to; stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions. • Must possess a valid driver’s license. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
Jul 09, 2019
Full time
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (I or II)    Location:  Van Wert, Ohio - one position     Application Deadline :  July 16, 2019     Anticipated Start Date : August 2019     Overview :  This position will be an employee of and supervised by Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), with daily instruction, quality assurance, training, and workload prioritization provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW), and the PF Senior Farm Bill Biologist. One vacancy is available. The work area will include Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam, and Allen Counties, with the primary duty station located in the Van Wert USDA Service Center. Occasional service to counties outside the primary work area may be required to address annual workload variance and assist teammates and partners. The biologist will work in joint capacity with NRCS, DOW, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Primary workload will focus on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), plus other relevant Farm Bill programs such as Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP), and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).    Job Duties :      Provide technical assistance (wildlife-habitat focus) and guidance to private landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and other groups primarily through federal Farm Bill programs. Training provided jointly by NRCS, DOW, and PF.    Complete conservation plans, job sheets, wildlife habitat evaluation guides (WHEG) and other required documentation for the conservation programs requiring biological expertise in cooperation with the listed partners.    Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contract documents for applicants and participants of Farm Bill conservation programs and other local and state programs.    Review plans and specifications for feasibility for implementation under Farm Bill program contract rules, etc.    Specific activities for CRP may include new enrollment, re-enrollment, mid-contract management, maintenance, and status reviews.     Accelerate conservation program enrollment by conducting outreach such as workshops, field days, demonstration events, and habitat tours.    Provide on-site landowner technical assistance for conservation practice implementation.    Work with local PF/QF chapters to assist with habitat program education and outreach and provide technical assistance for habitat projects.      Required Skills and Abilities :      Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agency staff.     Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.     Knowledge of wildlife ecology, grassland, wetland and early succession habitat management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans. Specific knowledge of grassland/farmland associated wildlife species' habitat requirement is desirable.     knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided through the Farm Bill, as well as other federal, state, & local entities.     Knowledge of agricultural landscapes, common farming and land use practices, and basic agricultural economics is desirable.     Excellent verbal and written communication skills.     Strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.     Proficiency with ArcGIS is required.     Valid driver's license required; use of personal vehicle required with a mileage reimbursement provided.     Must be able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.      Education and Experience Preferred :  Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field is required. Proven experience working with USDA Farm Bill program is preferred. The ideal candidate will exhibit a balance of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills required to implement voluntary conservation programs on private lands. A successful applicant must enjoy working with private landowners to achieve their objectives.     Salary :  Commensurate with experience and qualifications + Health Benefits and Retirement Package    Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever are an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Vinton, IA
Jul 09, 2019
Full time
Application Deadline : July 24, 2019 Anticipated Start Date : August 12, 2019 Overview:   Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, local Soil and Water Conservation Districts and other partners to promote, accelerate enrollment, plan, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related state, local and non-profit wildlife conservation programs. Conservation planning and implementation support to farmers and landowners with an emphasis on soil, water and wildlife resources in agricultural landscapes. Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. Attend Farm Bill Biologist training and assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts.  The incumbent will work from a USDA Service Center office in one of the following counties: One Position) Linn, Buchanan, Benton and Tama Counties – home office located in Vinton, IA The incumbent is an employee of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and receive supervision from Pheasants Forever with daily direction provided by the local USDA-NRCS District Conservationist. The incumbent will serve as a USDA NRCS Conservation Programs Biologist providing biological/wildlife aspects of USDA NRCS Conservation Programs, IA Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and other programs.  Duties :  • Receive, maintain, and stay current with technical training with the goal of becoming and maintaining certified NRCS conservation planner status. • Set an example in making contacts with private landowners through personal contacts, referrals, and informational meetings.  • Develop long-term conservation plans to improve the natural resources of Iowa, including wildlife habitat and wildlife populations, and address all conservation needs on their properties. Assist the landowners in the development of conservation plans according to established policies and procedures in accordance with farm management decisions. Interprets soil survey maps, explains proper land use and recommends appropriate conservation measures to landowners in preparing plans. • Assist PF staff in training and mentoring new Farm Bill Biologists. • Deliver conservation practice implementation to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and wildlife habitat. Explain Federal, State, and local financial assistance programs to clients.  • Develop CRP burn plans as well as Mid-Contract Management Plans. • Provide monthly written reports on activities and accomplishments. • Plan and coordinate public information activities as appropriate, including news article writing, workshops, field day and other activities Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities: • Exemplary ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies. • Experience in providing high level of customer service to landowners and producers.  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele. • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.  • Collegiate level soil science classes a plus. • A thorough understanding of NRCS/SWCD soil and water conservation programs; agronomic, engineering, hydrologic, biology, and forestry concepts, principles and practices, and/or program requirements and procedures. • Proven experience with ArcGIS, ArcMap, and/or ToolKit. • Knowledge of Iowa farming and agricultural systems. • Exemplary verbal and written communication. • Strong organizational skills. • Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided). • Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance. Experience Guideline : A Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field is required. Starting Salary : Commensurate based on experience. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Nebraska, USA
Jun 19, 2019
Full time
Three Positions Open- Locations:  Lincoln, Broken Bow, and North Platte Nebraska    Application Deadline :  June 24th, 2019   Anticipated Start Date :  July 29th, 2019   Salary Information :  Starting salary range of $32,000 per year increasing to $34,500 after 1 year of service with a favorable annual review.    Duties :  Work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related wildlife conservation programs. Activities will include providing technical assistance to landowners regarding rangeland and wildlife management, habitat planning, precision ag conservation, contract coordination, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting. Conduct and coordinate training sessions that include workshops and tours for landowners and resource professionals. Provide technical assistance related to prescribed fire to private landowners and resource professionals. Provide technical assistance related to prescribed fire to private landowners and public organizations. Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to help coordinate habitat and rangeland management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. Implement conservation programs to improve rangeland management, grassland restoration, small grains and diverse cover crop use and wildlife habitat management on private lands. Assist or coordinate activities and projects as assigned.    Special Note :  It is expected that the candidates will enter into a 90-day introductory time period where training will consist of working in close contact with the PF State Coordinator, other Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Team members, NGPC and NRCS personnel while being housed at their NRCS duty station. After the introductory period, the candidates will continue to have regular contact and receive direction from the PF State Coordinator with guidance from the NGPC District Manager and the NRCS District Conservationist. Candidates will serve on interdisciplinary conservation teams with NRCS and other partners.    Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities :     Excellent oral and written communication as well as organizational skills.    Must be comfortable with public speaking and have excellent people skills.    Ability to provide exceptional customer service, sales and promotion to producers interested in conservation program information and enrollment.    Must be able to work effectively with private landowners, governmental agency staff and conservation organization representatives.    Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse personalities.    Extensive knowledge of habitat management, rangeland management, precision agriculture conservation, grassland restoration and wildlife habitat management techniques, principles, goals and objectives.    Knowledge of conservation program offerings, including USDA Conservation Programs (CRP, CCRP, EQIP, ACEP. CSTP, etc.) as well as state (NGPC) and local (PF) programs.    Sound working knowledge of wildlife ecology, habitat management and rangeland management including the ability to use various habitat management tools, such as fire or grazing, in the development of and implementation of a management plan.    Prescribed fire experience is preferred.    Ability to work under adverse weather conditions.    Good computer skills including knowledge of: MS Word, MS Excel and Arc View.    Valid driver's license required with an acceptable driving record and history.     Training and Experience Guideline :  Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and a 1-year related field experience. Experience with conservation programs and prescribed fire is preferred.