Application Deadline: April 20, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2018 (negotiable)
This position will promote 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) in South Carolina. This specific partnership includes QF, The U.S. Forest Service Sumter National Forest (USFS), and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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.
• Work closely with the USFS, DNR, FSA, NWTF, and NRCS to conduct landowner outreach and marketing for CRP, EQIP, SAFE and other relevant Farm Bill programs, especially in the Indian Creek and other identified priority areas.
• Assist USFS and other entities with habitat management planning and implementation on both public and private lands (burn plans, thinning, harvest, 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 between QF, USFS, DNR, 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 land holders, 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.
• Use the unique QF locally-controlled fundraising/spending model to create a program similar to PF/QF’s “Adopt a Wildlife Area” or “Habitat Share” which generates Pittman-Robertson match from chapters for habitat projects on State wildlife areas and other priority public lands. This would include engaging existing QF chapters to support habitat objectives on their local public lands, especially within quail focus areas. It would also include targeting new chapter starts in geographies where increased support is most needed. (This approach was recently implemented in Georgia and Florida; with the specific purpose of starting QF chapters centered in state quail focus areas. In less than 2 years, this approach has resulted in a dozen new chapters contributing over $75,000 for habitat work on state and federal lands.)
• Coordinate Stewardship Agreement/Contracting projects with the USFS in South Carolina.
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.
• 5 or more years of professional experience.
• 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.
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