Position Description and Application Information
Location: Fall River WA, Climax, KS
Application Deadline: June 10, 2022 (11:59 PM Eastern Time)
Anticipated Start Date: July 2022
Overview: This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) and Pheasants Forever. The incumbents will conduct habitat management work on public wildlife management areas. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWP Field Managers. This Habitat Specialist position will be based out of the Fall River WA office in Climax, KS, and will also conduct work on the Toronto and Frank and Frances Moss Wildlife Areas.
Duties: The incumbent will assist with all aspects of managing the assigned wildlife management area. Major responsibilities include:
- Directing, supervising, and implementing habitat management work on public wildlife areas;
- Procuring supplies and equipment;
- Supervising and participating in the construction, maintenance and repair of area buildings, equipment, and roads;
- Coordinating agricultural permits to insure positive benefits for wildlife;
- Providing public information;
- Participating in scientific field studies and surveys;
- Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Description of Area:
Fall River: The Fall River Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic area known as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country, with a wide fertile flood plain valley surrounded by steep rolling uplands. The area has very distinct habitats including 6 miles of Otter Creek and 14 miles of Fall River with 2300 acres of riparian timber, 2500 acres of native grass, 2988 acres of cropland and 960 acres of the Fall River Reservoir.
Toronto: The Toronto Wildlife Area is located in the physiographic region known as the Cross Timbers and is the far eastern extent of deciduous forest before the rolling prairies. The area consists mostly of riparian corridors with cropland between and narrow strips of native grass on the high ground. The timber on the south end of the wildlife area is post oak and blackjack oak dominated. There are also several small wetlands located throughout the area.
Frank and Frances Moss: The Frank and Frances Moss Wildlife area is located in the physiographic area known as the Osage Cuestas, in rolling prairie country in Greenwood County and consists of several properties. The properties total 1,429 acres collectively. Each property utilizes grazing as a management tool and future management will be directed toward grassland birds.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A basic understanding of environmental, agricultural and/or natural resource science. Education may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the partners. Preference will be given to candidates that possess a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in wildlife management;
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues and partner agencies;
- Ability to work independently with little supervision;
- Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management equipment and tools in the development of wildlife habitat;
- Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills;
- Valid driver’s license required.
Training and Experience Guideline: Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. One year of work experience in a wildlife management related job. A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience.
Pay: $33,000.00 Salary depending on experience and qualifications + Benefits