Habitat Specialist, Habitat Forever (Dodge City, KS; due 8/11)
Agency: Habitat Forever
Location: Dodge City, KS
Closing Date: August 11, 2020
Contact: Matt O’Connor, Habitat Forever LLC Coordinator, 563-926-2357
Term/Grade: Regular Full-Time
This position is part of a partnership between Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Habitat Forever, LLC (HF). Under the direction of KDWPT Staff, incumbent will conduct habitat management work on cooperating private land within designated priority geographies within Kansas as part of the state’s ‘Habitat First’ program. They are full-time, permanent employees of Habitat Forever and will receive daily leadership from KDWPT staff. This position will be located in Dodge City. The habitat specialist will be completing habitat improvement projects across southwest Kansas. Priorities include implementing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) mid-contract management practices, Wetland Reserve (WRE) habitat management, and Walk-In Hunting Area (WIHA) habitat projects. Additional duties include improving rangeland and riparian wildlife habitats, assisting in the management of 3 Public land properties (Herron, Stein, and Wild Turkey Playa Lake WA's) and other duties as assigned. This position will be responsible for operating and maintaining agricultural equipment that will include trucks, trailers, tractors, implements, skid steers, ATVs/UTVs, and sprayers.
The incumbent will assist with wildlife habitat management and manipulation throughout the respective district. Major responsibilities include:
• Supervising, and implementing habitat management work on cooperating private landowners which will include but not limited to edge feathering, herbicide application, prescribed burning, native grass establishment, shrubby cover establishment, moist soil management and brush management with skid steer and chainsaw.
• Procuring supplies and equipment;
• Providing public information;
• Participating in scientific field studies and surveys;
• Participating in training and evaluation of seasonal employees.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
• Job may require odd hours and travel/time away from home.
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;
• Upland habitat management, prescribed burning, operation of tractors and agricultural implements (disking, mowing, planting food plots, etc.), operation of skid loader with tree saw, brush grapple and other attachments, identification and control of noxious weeds and other undesired vegetation.
• Safe transportation/hauling of equipment.
• 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;
• Applicant may be required to obtain a CDL, private pesticide applicators license and prescribed fire training.
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