Job Opening: Assistant Forester/Rangeland Fire and Wildlife Ecologist Position (BS or MS)

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Assistant Forester/Rangeland Fire and Wildlife Ecologist- BS or MS degree in Rangeland Management, Wildlife Biology, Forestry, Agronomy or related field required, BS or MS in Range Management or Wildlife Biology, experience in prescribed range/grassland fire planning and implementation to benefit wildlife preferred, term position. Screening of applications begins September 23, 2013 and continues until position is filled. Contact Jason Hartman 785-532-3316 or Cathy Sandoval 785-532-3301.

4559. Rangeland Fire and Wildlife Ecologist
Kansas Forest Service
Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources
Kansas State University

Description: Full-time, term appointment, position with the Kansas Forest Service, Kansas
State University subject to availability of grant funds. Under the programmatic
supervision of the Fire Protection Specialist, Kansas Forest Service the
incumbent will be responsible for developing prescribed burn plans for
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands and other range lands where
applicable in support of the State’s interest in protecting, enhancing and
expanding Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

Location: The position is to be located at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) Office, Scott City, Kansas or a mutually agreeable nearby city.

Responsibilities: The incumbent will be responsible for:
ï‚· Developing a working relationship with USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service District Conservationists, County/Multi-County Conservation Districts,
and Rural Fire Districts inside the current range of the Lesser Prairie Chicken in
Western Kansas.
ï‚· Identifying and subsequently collaborating with Kansas Department of Wildlife,
Parks and Tourism (KDWP&T), Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, and
other application partner group biologists in the current Lesser Prairie Chicken
range with habitat enhancement through prescribed fire planning and
implementation.
ï‚· Identifying and assessing both current and potential Lesser Prairie Chicken
habitat for the purpose of targeting strategic prescribed burn planning assistance
for habitat restoration and conservation.
ï‚· Identifying and contacting key individuals within counties of current and
potential Lesser Prairie Chicken range who own/manage Lesser Prairie Chicken
habitat for possible planning and prescribed burning assistance.
ï‚· Identifying and establishing a working relationship with organized grazing
groups for the purpose of informing them of the role of prescribed burning as a
Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat management tool and making them aware of
available prescribed burn planning and financial assistance in support of the
Lesser Prairie Chicken.
ï‚· Assisting Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) subscribers meet management
and maintenance requirements through prescribed fire and other appropriate
means.  Organizing and hosting tours throughout the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s current
range to promote habitat improvement through prescribed burning and other
planning opportunities.
ï‚· Identifying and completing planning opportunities prior to Lesser Prairie
Chicken Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) and Environmental
Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) signup periods for the purpose of having a
waiting list of customers for cost-share funding opportunities provided by those
programs.
ï‚· Working with the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and other grazing groups to
organize and assist in Lesser Prairie Chicken workshops and training
opportunities for ranchers and landowners.
ï‚· Working with KDWP&T to identify current Lesser Prairie Chicken breeding
grounds (leks) and potential breeding sites (leks) for the purpose of strategic
planning efforts.
ï‚· Identifying other ecological features that coexist with Lesser Prairie Chicken
habitat and are in need of conservation.
ï‚· Providing activity reports quarterly, and a final report within 90 days of the close
of the project.

Minimum Degree in Rangeland Management or Wildlife Biology (BS or MS) with
Qualifications: course work or experience in prescribed range/grassland fire planning and
implementation to benefit wildlife preferred. Training, education and
experience in closely related natural resource disciplines such as Forestry or
Agronomy will be considered. Incumbent must have the ability to conduct a full
service Range Management / Wildlife Biology program under limited
supervision. Incumbent must have documented and/or certified prescribed fire
planning and implementation experience. Incumbent must have the ability to
work effectively with others, both individually and in a team setting; organize
work priorities and carry them out; and communicate effectively both orally and
in writing. Incumbent must be able to perform physical work outdoors in a
variety of weather conditions. Incumbent must have or the ability to obtain a
valid Kansas driver’s license upon employment.

Salary: Commensurate with training and experience with a minimum of $35,000 per annum.

(I received this September 04, 2013 at 04:39PM)
--Dr. Park