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NWTF Wildlife Biologist/Range Specialist South Carolina 11/27/2017 +

Categorized Under:

Organization:National Wild Turkey Federation

Location:Ardmore, South Carolina

Job Description:

Position SUMMARY

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a Wildlife Biologist position to serve as a Biologist/Range Specialist to implement conservation projects for the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) partners at the regional and local level.  This will be accomplished by working in partnership with other NWTF field staff, state and federal agencies, other NGO partners, and corporate partners.  This position’s work should result in improved investing of NWTF and OPJV partner funds in wildlife and range conservation efforts including quality project selection and procurement of matching funds for agreed upon work.



Location will be in the USDA-NRCS Field Office in Ardmore, Oklahoma in close proximity to the OPJV Northern Conservation Delivery Specialist.  For more information on the Oaks & Prairies Joint Venture, see    



1)      Administers regional habitat programs (e.g., GRIP and RCPP) in primarily Oklahoma and Texas, as needed.  Provides input on program guidelines and monitors success of program. (70%)

2)      Attends all OPJV Management Board and Local Initiative Team meetings, state chapter Board of Directors meetings, and other meetings as needed. (10%)

3)      Provides news and information to NWTF and other partner Communications Departments regarding conservation projects.  Also provides technical information about wild turkey and grassland bird biology and management to agencies and members (i.e., information requests).  Contributes to NWTF and partner state newsletters and websites. (10%)

4)      Identifies outside funding sources such as grants and implements projects using awarded funds, including state and federal grants. (5%)

5)      Assists with development of NWTF and partner grassland bird conservation programs and plans. (5%)



This position will report to an NWTF District Biologist and an OPJV Conservation Delivery Specialist, and will work as a part of a cross-organization team of staff from OPJV partner organizations to achieve shared objectives.  Day-to-day coordination with partner staff will be required for success of the position.  Employee might have contractors working under their observation/oversight on specific project activities.





  Minimum Qualifications

·         A Bachelor's degree or higher in Wildlife Biology, Range Management or a closely related degree

·         A valid Driver’s License

·         Employee to possess a solid working knowledge of grassland ecosystems

·         The ability to work independently without close NWTF supervision and as a part of a cross-organizational team to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required

·         Employee to have strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills 

·         Employee to possess basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, Microsoft office, and Power Point

·         Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of WRP, CRP, SAFE, WHIP, CSP, etc), other state, & local conservation programs. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.

·         Knowledge of accepted habitat practices and wildlife ecology within ecosystem of work

·         Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas and communicate with agency personnel, contractors, and workers in the field

·         Being a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision and guidance

·         Excellent organizational skills, and ability to work well as a team member

·         A willingness to travel including some overnight stays of 3 to 7 nights


  Preferred Qualifications

·         One (1) or more years of directly applicable experience as a biologist/range specialist

·         BS plus 2 years’ experience (Master’s preferred)

·         Experience in managing multiple projects in diverse locations

·         Experience working with state and federal agencies and diverse stakeholders



Applicant must be able and willing to:

·         Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted 


·         Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently without experiencing debilitating health problems 


Applications may be submitted at 



Apply By:2/27/2018


Posted By: Lisa Wart

Shooting Sports, Hunting Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation Coordinator - Arizona South Carolina 12/19/2017 +

Categorized Under:

Organization:National Wild Turkey Federation

Location:Phoenix, South Carolina

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a term limited (3-yr minimum), full-time coordinator position overseeing hunting and shooting sports recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) programs in the state of Arizona. This position is a
cooperative effort between the NWTF and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGF) and will be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with various partnership organizations to assess gaps
in current hunting and shooting sports R3 programming. The position will be located in the AZGF
Department Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. The coordinator will be responsible for implementing efforts to develop clear and measurable pathways for hunting and shooting sports R3 in Arizona. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.


·         Create a framework for collaboration between stakeholders that provides the foundation for

enhanced communication and coordination of hunter recruitment programs

·         Coordinate with existing hunting and shooting sports outreach staff in Arizona

·         Develop a mentoring coalition focusing stakeholder efforts on common goals

·         Assess the various gaps that exist in recruitment pathways in Arizona

·         Expand capacity within new and current stakeholders for programs that fill current gaps in recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts.

·         Develop tools to enhance the identification of potential participants for hunting and shooting sports outreach efforts

·         Align new and existing mentoring efforts/outreach programs with models of success

·         Coordinate efforts to evaluate current and new programs

·         Assist in the blending of the National Hunting and Shooting Sports R3 Plan with new and existing state efforts

·         Develop mentored hunting outreach (social networks) with key partners, youth and family organizations 

·         Maintain data matrix to monitor hunting demographics in Arizona for program analysis

·         Create tools for partners to help mentees to locate mentoring opportunities

·         Work with Hunter Outreach Coordinator to create and implement a template for mentor selection and development in Arizona

·         Volunteer development and management

·         Assist with various programs where applicable including: NWTF & other partner, education/outreach programs (Women in the Outdoors, JAKES, etc.), AZGF HAHWG program, Expos, Mentor hunts, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman/Family

·         Perform administrative duties as assigned


·         Undergraduate degree in education, fish and wildlife management, biology, conservation, natural resources management or similar related field

·         Experience in performing above or similar duties

·         An understanding of Arizona conservation organizations, hunting, fishing and shooting sports, and local/National hunting and shooting sports partnership efforts

·         Understanding of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

·         Ability to work irregular schedules including some weekends, evenings and overnight stays

·         Excellent communication and organization skills

·         Ability to work with limited supervision, self-motivated and able to motivate others

·         Able to meet requirements to operate a state of Arizona vehicle

·         Able to work with diverse audiences

·         Experience preferred in administering and coordinating outdoor education programming, partnership development and support, and volunteer management.

·         Knowledge of current R3 efforts both locally and National

·         Ability to think and act both creatively and strategically to further hunting & shooting sports R3

·         Experience with strategic planning, and leading diverse stakeholder groups in planning efforts

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

Excellent health and retirement benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application at 

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer


No telephone calls or agencies please



Apply By:2/1/2018


Posted By: Lisa Wart

Training Coordinator (Extension Instructor) Mississippi 12/19/2017 +

Categorized Under:

Organization:Mississippi State University

Location:Starkville, Mississippi

Job Description:

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a full time, 12-month non-tenure track faculty position at the Extension Instructor rank.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate a wide range of training activities for the USDA/APHIS – Wildlife Services National Training Academy (NTA), a partnership between USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at MSU.  Specifically, this position prepares, delivers, and evaluates professional development trainings for Wildlife Services employees nationally. The mission of USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist.  This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of organizing, developing, and conducting training programs for the new and existing employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to meet specific, prioritized training needs. Training programs include, but are not limited to, pyrotechnics, firearms, hazardous materials, immobilization and euthanasia drugs, pesticides, animal care and handling, land vehicles, watercraft, and zoonotic diseases. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, rigorous and ongoing assessment of training needs and identification of gaps in skills and competencies related to the profession of wildlife damage management and human-wildlife conflicts; collaborating between MSU and the employees of USDA/APHIS/WS to identify subject matter experts and instructional design of courses; and development of peer-reviewed course curriculum for all training activities. This position will facilitate learning through a variety of delivery methods, including, but not limited to, classroom instruction, field application, virtual training, and on the job training using recognized training techniques and tools. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning and leading meetings, workshops, and presentations necessary for training completion, including presenting to large groups of people in regional or national arenas. Position responsibilities also include design and application of assessment tools to measure training effectiveness and track/report training outcomes, and providing ongoing feedback to program participants and NTA directorship; coordinating logistics for on and off-site training activities including venues and equipment; and managing and maintaining in-house training facilities and equipment.

This position is on the main MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi, with frequent overnight trips to various training locations across the United States during peak training times. A description of the College of Forest Resources (CFR), the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture can be found at, and the Center for Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts at


QUALIFICATIONS:  Master's degree in wildlife, education,
natural resources, or training-related field. Extensive knowledge of
instructional design theory and implementation, curriculum development, and
modern training methods/techniques. Proven ability to complete full training
cycle (needs assessment, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate).
Adequate knowledge of learning management systems and web delivery tools.
Candidate should be highly motivated with the ability to work independently as
well as part of a team. Strong verbal and written communication skills are
essential. The successful candidate should have advanced organizational skills
with the ability to handle multiple assignments, proficiency in MS Office, and
familiarity with web-based training. Valid state driver's license required.  Ability to multi-task and perform routine
office work as well as field work in a variety of landscapes and conditions. This
job requires frequent, overnight travel with up to 50% travel required during
peak training times.

: M.S. or Ph.D. degree in wildlife-related or
natural resources field. Advanced knowledge of professional development, traditional
and modern training methods and techniques, curriculum development, program
evaluation, and learning management systems. Ability to successfully coordinate
multiple training events in a professional environment. Ability to
independently research, plan, develop, and coordinate training activities.
Demonstrated ability to partner with internal and external stakeholders
regarding employee training needs.


Salary will be commensurate with the individual's qualifications, background and experience ($55,000-$65,000). Position includes frequent overnight trips to various training locations. This position is a grant-funded position and continued employment past one year is dependent upon renewed funding.

Apply By:1/31/2018



       Applications must be submitted
online (;
position (PARF# 496327) and should include a cover letter and resume. 

  Upload official and complete college transcripts to application website,

or mail/e-mail to:

                        Anna-Marie Nickels

                        Business Coordinator

                        National Training

                        Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries and Aquaculture

                        Box 9690

                        MS State, MS 39762

                        (Office) 662-325-7245


State University is an AA/EEO employer  


MSU is an equal
opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex
(including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status,
age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any
other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and
applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share
our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our
student population.

Posted By: Raymond Iglay

Vegetation Sampling Crew Mississippi 12/19/2017 +

Categorized Under:

Organization:Mississipppi State University

Location:Canton, Mississippi

Job Description:

This is a 1 month seasonal position working with Mississippi State University. Technicians will work in a crew of 2-3 people, assisting a graduate student. Work will be conducted on private land in Yazoo and Madison counties in Mississippi. Duties include: 1) Vegetation sampling and cruising timber to better understand habitat selection by male white-tailed deer. Position begins first week of February and will extend through the end of February. Housing is provided.

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in forestry, wildlife biology, ecology, or related areas.

Required Experience:

Preference is given to candidates with experience cruising timber, identifying mast producing tree species, and vegetation sampling techniques.


Applicants must have valid driver's license and ability to drive the vehicle provided for work use. Candidates must possess the ability to record detailed information while following sampling procedures and must be able to walk long distances in heavily forested areas under inclement weather conditions.



Apply By:1/20/2018


Posted By: Colby Henderson