Madera Partner Biologist
Location: Madera, CA
Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits
The Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist is a partnership position between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Point Blue Conservation Science that will focus on providing value added delivery of wildlife conservation programs on working lands through Farm Bill and other federal and state funding programs. The Partner Biologist will actively participate with NRCS Field Conservationists, working lands producers, and other resource professionals in the development of ranch and farm conservation plans, including resources assessments, conservation practice design and implementation. In particular, they will seek to expand the adoption of prescribed rangeland management practices under NRCS Farm Bill habitat conservation programs. The Partner Biologist will also be involved with assessment and monitoring of conservation practices that have been applied on those working lands. This position will provide technical assistance with NRCS field conservationists to working lands producers whose primary focus is on the implementation of conservation in mountain meadow, forest and rangeland habitats. 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 Madera Field Office, in the San Joaquin Valley of California. The county extends from the valley floor through the Sierra foothills to the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The county elevations range from 180 feet above sea level in the valley to the peak of Mt. Ritter at 13,157.
- Provide technical assistance and program support to NRCS Field Conservationists and working lands producers on habitat conservation programs (e.g. EQIP, CSP, WRE, GRE, etc.)
- Build trust with and enroll working lands producers into conservation practices using Farm Bill and other federal, state, and local programs.
- 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, the Protracts and Customer Service Toolkit system, and Stream Visual Assessment Protocol2.
- Initiate and sustain cooperative working relationships with working lands producers, NRCS, other federal, state and local agencies, tribes, conservation groups and other resource professionals.
- Provide technical support for the incorporation of fish and wildlife habitat considerations into working land producers conservation plans.
- Identify 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 Field Conservationists, 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 on private, public, or tribal lands.
- Strong working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the range and forest lands of California, especially those surrounding the San Joaquin Valley.
- 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 and forest management principles and implementation of grazing management systems that are beneficial to both domestic livestock and fish and wildlife resources. Knowledge and experience working with hydrology or riparian restoration is a plus.
- Self-starter, with strong organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize objectives and tasks daily, as well as long term. Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills are critical.
- Strong communication skills (oral, written, and presentation) are required.
- Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to work collaboratively and remain flexible under pressure.
- 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 mapping software and Internet) are required.
- Ability to traverse various terrains on foot.
Compensation for this position is between $43,000-$48,000, depending on experience and education
100% medical and dental premium coverage for employees, and partial coverage (80%) for dependents including domestic partners. Other benefits include long term care insurance, optional vision, life insurance, short term and long term disability, flexible spending account, commuter plan and a 401k plan with an employer discretionary match.
Full time employees are given 3 weeks paid vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days and 7 holidays each year.
How to Apply:
Email resumes to: email@example.com by June 29th, 2018. Please include a 1 page cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Please put “Madera RWI Partner Biologist” in the subject line. No calls please. For additional information about Point Blue and highlights of current programs, see www.pointblue.org.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability status, membership or application for membership in a uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities, who are otherwise qualified, to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.