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Work jointly with the Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society (RGS/AWS), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to increase forest diversity and enhance habitat for forest wildlife by working with landowners to implement Federal Farm Bill and other wildlife conservation programs. The successful candidate will provide technical assistance to landowners to assist with the development of forest management plans and implementation of forest management practices via the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and other federal, state, and local programs. Duties will also include contract development and coordination, site assessment and monitoring, accomplishment reporting, and development and implementation of outreach and educational efforts that will lead to broader adoption of active forest management by private landowners and public agencies. Coordinate outreach and wildlife habitat management efforts with RGS, NRCS, WDNR, and other partner staff, especially as related to the restoration and enhancement of young forest habitats. Attendance at relevant RGS, NRCS, and WDNR meetings will also be required.

Required Skills:
• Superior communication (written and oral) skills. Must be comfortable both speaking in public and in engaging landowners on a one-to-one basis.
• Willingness to be a vocal advocate for young forests and active forest management to landowners and natural resource professionals.
• Ability to work independently.
• Knowledge of basic forest ecology and dynamics, especially related to the forest communities of northern Wisconsin.
• Knowledge of basic principles of wildlife management.
• Solid understanding of wildlife habitat management techniques and goals, especially those related to the management of forest wildlife habitat.
• Knowledge of relevant conservation programs, including Federal Farm Bill programs (EQIP and CSP), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish & Wildlife program, WDNR Managed Forest Law program, and other applicable federal, state, and local conservation programs.
• Ability to work long hours in the field and under adverse weather conditions.
• Familiarity with MS Word, MS Excel and ArcGIS.
• Valid driver’s license required with an acceptable driving record.

Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field. Preference will be given candidates who have professional experience related to forest and/or forest wildlife management. Experience working with private landowners to develop conservation plans is also beneficial.

Compensation: $39,894 annually, plus a competitive benefits package.

Location: Spooner or Medford, WI.

To Apply:
Interested parties should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references as a single Word or .pdf file, by COB on Friday, November 11, 2016 to:

Scott Walter, Regional Biologist
Ruffed Grouse Society/American Woodcock Society

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Scott Walter at (608) 538-3840.

Mission Statement

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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