Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist, Mariposa, CA
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 and forestry management practices under NRCS Farm Bill 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 rangeland, forest, wetland, and riparian habitats. This position, dependent on funding, is intended to be a full time position for at least a 3-year term with benefits. The position will be located in the NRCS Mariposa Local Partnership Office, in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills.
- Provide technical assistance and program support to NRCS Field Conservationists and working lands producers on implementation of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. 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 Web Soil Survey, ArcGIS based Customer Service Toolkit, Ecological Site Descriptions, Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Guides, and Stream Visual Assessment Protocol 2.
- Initiate and sustain cooperative working relationships with NRCS Field Conservationists, working lands producers, 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 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 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.
- Prefer on-the-ground experience with fish and wildlife habitat management, restoration and enhancement techniques, conservation practices and tools used on oak woodlands, grasslands, mixed conifer hardwood forest, and riparian areas.
- Strong working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the range and forest lands of California, especially those within the southern Sierra Nevada and adjacent foothills.
- 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.
- 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.
- Requires ability to work outdoors under variable weather. Requires mobility over various terrains.
- California driver’s license
- Requires the ability to travel overnight up to one week per month
Compensation and Benefits: Salary: ~ $45K/year, depending on education 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: email@example.com by February 26, 2017. Please include a 1 page cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Please put “Mariposa RWI Partner Biologist” in the subject line. No calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer.
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 of an otherwise qualified individual, 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 to complete the application and /or participation in the interview process.