Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (Biologist 1)

  • Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
  • Sturgis, SD, USA
  • May 29, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

About the position:

Position Overview

The Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (PLWB) program is a partnership among the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), South Dakota Game Fish and Parks (SDGFP), National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (Bird Conservancy) focused on delivering wildlife conservation programs on private lands in western South Dakota. The program provides technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands. By integrating Bird Conservancy technical resources with NRCS, SDGFP, NFWF and Bird Conservancy funding mechanisms and technical capacities, the PLWB partnership supports a collaborative and human-focused approach to private lands conservation. Specifically, the PLWB will implement this work in mixed-grass prairie communities and focus on providing technical assistance to agricultural producers that complements agricultural production and protects, enhances and restores grassland bird habitat. Currently, the Bird Conservancy PLWB partnership operates in six western states (Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Montana) and Mexico (Chihuahua). PLWBs succeed through direct and meaningful relationships with landowners and supported by NRCS incentives provided through US Farm Bill and other habitat enhancement programs. This position will be located in western South Dakota (Sturgis field office preferred) and will require travel throughout the region. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Deep and practical understanding of habitat restoration, ecology and land management with emphasis on upland birds, including grassland species.
  • Knowledge of western South Dakota flora and fauna, particularly grassland communities. 
  • Knowledge and confidence to implement wildlife habitat projects on a landscape scale.
  • Working knowledge of US Farm Bill programs.
  • Ability and desire to work with a diverse group of people including state, federal, and non-governmental resource professionals, agricultural producers and other community representatives.
  • Motivated self-starter who is comfortable working independently under remote supervision.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Valid state driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the landscape on a regular basis, often to remote locations in inclement weather or adverse conditions.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and GIS software is desirable.

To apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in one document via email to  with the title “Last Name_First Name_PLWB_South_Dakota_2018.” Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Applications must be received by June 4, 2018 to receive full consideration.

For more information, contact Angela Dwyer via email at

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$42,000 annually. Generous paid time off (holidays, annual leave, and sick leave), a Simple IRA match, and health, dental, and vision insurance.