The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a forester position working out of a NRCS office in Lonoke, Arkansas. This is a cooperative position with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and will be responsible for implementing and promoting forest management on private lands in the Mississippi Delta Region of Arkansas. This is a full-time, term limited (minimum of three-years) position.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Monitor, evaluate, and plan conservation activities on Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE) and Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) easements, provide technical assistance to private landowners regarding timber management on re-forested hardwood plantations, identify additional management needs on ACEP-WRE/WRP easements, and assist partners with outreach efforts regarding bottomland hardwood management.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Preferred candidates will possess experience working in bottomland hardwood ecosystems and knowledge of wild turkeys, forest wildlife and their habitat requirements, to include T&E species; knowledge of forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of the region; experience with and understanding of the Farm Bill and its programs; knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GIS/GPS technology, ArcGIS skills; ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned; ability to effectively cooperate with private landowners, the general public, cooperators and peers; skills in communicating both orally and in written form to convey clear, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others; proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications
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