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Rangeland Watershed Initiative (RWI) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Partner Biologist/Range Ecologist
McArthur, CA Local Partnership Office
The ACEP Partner Biologist/Range Ecologist serves as a wildlife biologist/range ecologist on the Rangeland Watershed Initiative staff and provides technical assistance to NRCS Wetland Reserve Easement Implementation Team in Northern California. The Biologist/Ecologist is responsible for planning and applying conservation measures in all types of situations with emphasis on wildlife biology, grazing management and habitat restoration, especially for wetland wildlife species. The applicant is also responsible for carrying out NRCS environmental planning and evaluation for conservation easement programs in the area of assignment.
This position will focus on providing value added delivery of wildlife conservation programs on working lands through Farm Bill and other federal and state programs. In particular, they will seek to develop grazing management plans that are compatible with the wildlife habitat management objectives for wetland conservation easement properties. The Partner Biologist will also be involved with assessment and monitoring of conservation practices that have been applied on those working lands. This position is intended to be a full time position for a 3-year term with benefits. The position will be located in the NRCS McArthur Office, in the Southern Cascade Region of California.
- Works directly with landowners and operators, individually or in groups, in developing and revising grazing management plans for landowners with property enrolled in a Wetland Reserve Easement. Ensures compatibility between grazing management and wetland wildlife habitat objectives in support of NRCS’ conservation easement programs.
- Prepares grazing management plans for grassland Agricultural Land Easements to ensure that wildlife habitat considerations are compatible with grazing and livestock management objectives.
- Develops grazing and haying Compatible Use Authorization prescriptions that promote and support the restoration and enhancement of wetland and riparian ecosystems on NRCS enrolled easements.
- Assist in the ACEP enrollment process, including eligibility, ranking and gathering of any necessary information needed to evaluate the applications ecological value and feasibility.
- Assists in the application and evaluation of planned conservation measures as outlined in long-term contracts, including spot checking of applied grazing practices to ensure that they address the habitat objectives of identified target wildlife species.
- Provides technical assistance and biological guidance to field office staff to support the development of Resource Management System (RMS) level plans and contracts.
- Provides technical assistance to field offices on new and existing Wetland Restoration Program (WRP) Easements. Assists in the enrollment, restoration, and management of new easements, and provides coordination between field offices and the WRP team.
- Develop restoration plans that incorporate range conservation practices (such as cross-fencing, off-stream watering facilities, conservation cover, etc).
- Assists the field offices with monitoring existing WRP easements and provides technical support in the development of Compatible Use Authorizations.
- Participates in performing periodic review of plans and contracts and the progress made in applying conservation practices. Provides technical guidance to clientele and field office staff on mitigation and environmental procedures related to conservation program requirements.
- Monitors wildlife habitat change, including wetlands, and develops periodic reports on findings.
- Provide technical support for the incorporation of fish and wildlife habitat considerations into working land producers’ Compatible Use Agreements.
- Develop technical proficiency in the use of NRCS Conservation Planning process and NRCS technical tools such as Soil Data Mart, Ecological Site Descriptions, Habitat Assessments, and Stream Visual Assessment Protocol 2.
- Initiate and sustain cooperative working relationships with NRCS staff, working lands producers, other federal, state and local agencies, tribes, conservation groups and other resource professionals.
- Identify needs for and assist with the development of wildlife habitat-related education and outreach materials.
- Provide fish and wildlife habitat assessment, management, restoration, and monitoring-related training, workshops, and field sessions to NRCS staff, working lands producers, and other conservation partners.
- Prefer 3-5 years’ experience in working with planning, design, assessment, management, restoration, and monitoring of wildlife habitat, especially wetlands and rangelands on private, public, or tribal lands.
- Possess knowledge of wildlife and wetland management principles, rangeland management and ecology, soil and water conservation principles, and general knowledge of methods and techniques sufficient to analyze and evaluate environmental conditions, particularly for wildlife and wetland concerns.
- Knowledge of wildlife biology, range ecology, and engineering techniques sufficient to develop conservation plans and incorporate detailed wildlife and wetland development and management practices into conservation program contracts.
- Sufficient knowledge of NRCS environmental policy, and wetland and wildlife management to provide guidance and training to employees, as well as assist, in developing all needed environmental documents for the program.
- Knowledge and skill in oral and written communication methods and techniques sufficient to present and explain program environmental concerns and monitor efforts at formal and informal meetings involving elected board members, county and community conservation leaders, and representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies. Skill is needed in clearly presenting supporting facts and data justifying the rational for specific measures and alternatives.
- Prefer on-the-ground experience with fish and wildlife habitat management, range ecology, restoration and enhancement techniques, conservation practices and tools used on wetlands, and riparian areas.
- Strong working knowledge of the flora (especially hydrophytic plants) and fauna of the wetlands and related range and forest lands of California, especially those surrounding the Modoc Plateau (Siskiyou, Modoc, & Lassen Counties).
- BA/BS degree in a conservation related field, preferably in wildlife biology, range or forest ecology.
- Basic experience and knowledge of USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
- Prefer experience and understanding of range ecology and management principles and implementation of grazing management systems that use domestic livestock as a tool to manage fish and wildlife resources.
- Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to work collaboratively and remain flexible under pressure.
- Strong communication skills (oral, written, and presentation) are required.
- Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize daily and long term objectives and tasks is required. Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills are critical.
- Ability and desire to work with a diverse group of people including state, federal, tribal, and non-government resource professionals, working lands producers, and the general public.
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS software and Internet) are required.
- Ability to traverse various terrains on foot.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary: ~ $60 K/year, depending on education, qualifications, and experience. Point Blue offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, 100% medical and dental premium coverage, partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners, long term care insurance, optional vision, life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as generous leave time and 401(k) Plan matching contribution, per conditions outlined in Point Blue’s personnel manual.
Email resumes to Wendell Gilgert (bio, e-mail) by November 1, 2014. Please include a 1 page cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Please put “ACEP Partner Biologist” in the subject line. No calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn more abouth the Rangeland Watershed Initiative at Point Blue.
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Point Blue Conservation Science seeks a dynamic and experienced fundraiser to create and execute a fundraising and communications plan to achieve the time-critical climate-smart initiatives in Point Blue’s recently adopted Strategic Plan. Point Blue has more than tripled in size over the past 12 years and is expected to continue growing over the next 5-10 years in response to the ever–increasing demand for sound science to assess and guide conservation investments in our rapidly changing world. If you have a demonstrated commitment to the highest levels of integrity and excellence, reflective of Point Blue’s core values—commitment to scientific rigor, collaboration, innovation, excellence, nature, complete integrity and shared responsibility—then please follow this link for more information on the position, and how to apply.
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Want to use your programming talents in a job that will address key environmental issues of climate change, habitat loss and environmental threats to our natural world?
We are looking for curious, smart, and enthusiastic people to join our Informatics team in developing and maintaining web applications and extensive databases in support of our scientific programs. We are a small team supporting a growing science organization working on the most important environmental issues of our time. The successful candidate will interact with Point Blue scientists and program developers, and with our partners, in a variety of projects that span the entire U.S. geography and beyond.
Point Blue Conservation Science advances the conservation of nature for wildlife and people through science, partnerships and outreach. Our scientists work closely with wildlife managers, private land owners, ranchers, farmers, other scientists, major conservation groups, and federal, state, and local government agencies and officials. Based in Petaluma, CA, Point Blue has more than tripled in size over the past 12 years and is expected to continue growing over the next 5-10 years in response to the ever–increasing demand for sound science to assess and guide conservation investments in our rapidly changing world.
Learn more about Point Blue at www.pointblue.org and the types of tools we build at www.pointblue.org/tools.
- Work as a member of our Informatics engineering team on a wide variety of projects.
- Code, debug, document and support software and database development projects as assigned.
- Provide online support for our existing customers and partners. Work with internal and external partners on new and ongoing projects.
- Gain exposure in all areas of software development, including requirements development, needs assessments, functional design, user-interaction design, graphic design, implementation, testing, documentation, release, revision control, and maintenance.
- SQL database experience (such as MySQL, PostgreSQL), including database administration and support. Programming with an object-relational mapping framework (such as Hibernate or Propel) a plus.
- Experience with web GIS and mapping development, such as OpenLayers, Google Map APIs, PostGIS and GDAL, a plus.
- 1+ years of web software development experience.
- BS, BA or equivalent college degree.
- A passion for wildlife, ecology, and conservation.
- Self-directed with a strong sense of curiosity and a passion for excellence.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Pay Rate, Benefits, Working Conditions and Funding
Salary is competitive, reflecting qualifications and experience. Point Blue offers a 401(k) plan with employer match contribution, 100% health care coverage, full dental care, and partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners. Point Blue headquarters in Petaluma, California, will be the base location for the successful candidate. This position might require very occasional travel (mostly in San Francisco / Sacramento area) and involve some weekends and evenings.
E-mail: (1) cover letter describing qualifications for this position and interest in Point Blue, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information (including phone numbers and e-mail addresses) for 3 references to David Adams (email@example.com) with “Informatics Engineer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applicants may be subject to background checks. Application deadline is October 17, 2014; the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Point Blue is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
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