District Biologist

National Wild Turkey Federation
Denver, Colorado, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 12, 2021
Land Management
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The primary objective for a District Biologist I is to help achieve the conservation mission, and goals and objectives of NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative (STH2). This should be accomplished through strategic alignment of State and District activities in Partnership with other NWTF field staff, NWTF volunteers, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), major gift contributors and corporate partners. The work of the District Biologist I should result in both maintenance and expansion of conservation delivery via improved investment of NWTF funds and time through quality project selection and identification of matching funds. The wildlife biologist might also serve as a project specialist for state and federal partners as well as NWTF volunteer leadership. The region of responsibility for this position is Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.

  • Administers projects and serves as Project Manager:
    • Completes assigned and agreed upon deliverables for contracts and agreements regarding specific project activities
    • May be responsible for the observation and/or oversight of contractors or specialists working on specific project activities
    • Check on project status and completion aspects in the field
  • Works closely with state and federal wildlife agencies: may include serving on the state's wild turkey committee, attending agency and commission meetings, partnering on hunting heritage programs, and collaborating on large scale habitat conservation projects on public and private lands
  • Tracks important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, land use planning and policy within the district and coordinates actions within their district. Includes issues such as agency hunting regulations, Farm Bill issues and state and federal land management planning
  • Identifies funding sources such as grants, stewardship contracts, major gifts, sponsorships and special game permit auctions, and implements projects using awarded funds. Includes state and federal grants, agency financial support of NWTF positions, and other matching funds for NWTF Super Funds
  • Assists with development and achievement of NWTF state and district strategic plans
  • Provides news and information to NWTF's communications department, Directors of Development, and Regional Directors regarding conservation projects within respective state(s) and district Provides technical information about wild turkey biology and management to agencies and members (i.e., information requests). Contributes to Turkey Country magazine / Turkey Call television, NWTF state newsletters, social media, websites, blogs, etc. as requested.
  • Provides relevant information to Field Operations, Development, state volunteers and NWTF Communications Department for promotion, marketing and awareness of district priorities and activities
  • Assists Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated PR materials and marketing
  • Other functions as assigned by supervisor

  • Attends NWTF state and district meetings, and leadership workshops
  • Assists with coordination of the Hunting Heritage Super Fund and serves on the Super Fund Committee for their respective state(s), assists regional directors with chapter development activities, and assists Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated PR materials and marketing
  • Assist in development / review of research projects
  • Assist state agency with wild turkey trap and transfer activities
  • Assist Regional Directors with chapter development and outreach activities, and works with Development staff on major gift fundraising opportunities
  • Assists with NWTF Partner and Volunteer hunts

  • May have contractors working under their observation oversight on specific project activities

  • Position requires a Bachelors degree in a natural resources related field.
  • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of wildlife and habitat management in the ecosystems in area of responsibility.
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision and ability to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills
  • Must possess basic computer skills such as use of e-mail, Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology / management and accepted forestry practices within ecosystem of work
  • Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas and communicate with agency personnel and contracted workers in the field
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision and guidance
  • Must have demonstrated leadership skills, possess excellent organizational skills, and work well as a team member
  • Must be willing to travel including some overnight stays of up to seven nights
  • Must have good public speaking and presentation skills for both technical and nontechnical audiences

  • Masters degree and three (3) or more years of professional experience
  • In-depth knowledge of wild turkeys, big game or upland game birds
  • Be able to meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist
  • Experience managing large projects with multiple objectives
  • Experience working with major gift contributors
  • Policy and legislative experience
  • Experience working with State and Federal agencies, and corporate / industry partners

  • Must be able and willing to work, often alone, in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, rain, snow, sleet, ice, biting insects, snakes, mountainous terrain, swamps, very remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted. Must be able to walk several miles per day in the conditions described above. Must be able to drive and/or ride long distances frequently. May be required to ride in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or watercraft. Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 20lbs.

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