Program: Working Lands
Locations: Merced, CA. (brief location description can be found below)
Hours/Benefits: Full time positions with competitive benefits, 1 year term with potential for additional years
About Point Blue:
Point Blue advances conservation of birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative research, restoration, outreach and extensive partnerships. Our highest priority is to reduce the impacts of habitat loss, climate change and other threats to wildlife and people, while promoting adaptation to the changes ahead. Point Blue achieves this by conducting research and developing and communicating science-based solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of these changes. Because of our work today, healthy ecosystems will continue to support thriving wildlife and human communities in California and beyond, on land and at sea.
The Working Lands 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, farm, and forestry conservation plans, including resources assessments, conservation practice design, and implementation. In particular, they will seek to expand the adoption of prescribed conservation 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 the NRCS field conservationists to working lands producers whose primary focus is on the implementation of conservation in mountain meadow, forest, rangeland and intensive agricultural habitats (working lands). These positions are intended to be a full time position for a 1 year term with benefits with potential for renewal of 1 to 3 additional years. The positions will be located in the NRCS Field Office in Grass Valley (Nevada County), Merced (Merced County), and Petaluma (Marin and Sonoma Counties).
Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Brief Description of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Field Office location:
Merced: Serves all of Merced County which extends from the low Sierra Nevada foothills on its eastern boundary across the northern San Joaquin Valley and extends west to the low foothills of the Coast Range of California. Elevations range from near sea level to 3,800 ft. on its southwestern border. The land is mostly private, but there are two National Wildlife Refuges (San Luis and Los Banos) as well as the Pacheco State Park that surrounds the San Luis Reservoir. Land use is intensive agriculture (Dairy, Almonds, chickens, tomatoes, silage, and hay), rangelands, (Mediterranean annual grasslands, oak woodland and savanna) primarily used for livestock productions and wildlife habitat, and an extensive wetland complex known as the Grasslands. County population center is Merced with the county-wide population of 272K people.
Compensation for this position is between $56,500 – $61,000 per year depending on experience and location.
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 accrue up to 3 weeks paid vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days and 7 holidays each year.
How to Apply:
Email resumes to: email@example.com. Please include a 1 page cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Please put “Working Lands Partner Biologist” in the subject line. Please indicate your choice of locations. No calls please. For additional information about Point Blue and highlights of current programs, explore this website. Application Deadline: Monday, June 29th, 2020.
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.