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Private Lands Biologist

State of Iowa
Atlantic, Iowa, US
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

The Department of Natural Resources encourages all applicants to upload a current resume and cover letter to their online application.

Inform Iowa landowners of conservation programs available to them with the goal of improving wildlife habitat on Iowa's private lands. Works with NRCS technical staff located in SW Iowa to provide assistance to private landowners to voluntarily plan and implement conservation practices. Provides biological training to 24 NRCS/SWCD field offices as well as local conservation partners on current wildlife research, principals, and practices of fish, forest, and wildlife management.

Provides technical support to 24 NRCS/SWCD field offices. Assist in designing prairie, wetland, and forest restoration projects and management plans.

Works with private landowners to provide consultation on specific wildlife species habitat requirements and the establishment and management of habitat practices in accordance with available USDA conservation programs and established best management practices and scientific principles.

Prepares oral and written reports to partnering agencies and for cost accountability and program tracking; including accomplishments, planning, budgeting, and other reports needed to meet administrative requirements of NRCS, SWCD, and IDNR.

Reviews practice standards and specifications in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide, and provide biological input to state personnel.

Develop informational handouts marketing wildlife habitat conservation opportunities for landowners, NRCS/SWCD staff and DNR staff.

Writes articles and conduct interviews for newspapers and radio stations, and gives public presentations to further the objectives of natural resource conservation with emphasis on wildlife and water quality issues.

Investigates and reviews existing biological based research that impacts farm programs, wildlife programs, and watershed programs, and the current knowledge for their delivery. Provides findings to field office staff, landowners, partnering groups and other NGO's to enhance and further agency goals and objectives.

Essential Functions

1. Advises technical staff and private landowners in formulating conservation plans that benefit wildlife and enhance wildlife habitat.

2. Trains NRCS technical staff on wildlife habitat management techniques and their implications for wildlife populations.

3. Prepares summaries of program accomplishments and assessments of cost effectiveness and effectiveness at achieving desired biological outcomes.

4. Interprets and summarizes new and existing research findings to provide recommendations on new habitat restoration and management techniques and their expected outcomes.

5. Knowledge of wildlife management techniques and the ability to perform techniques used to conduct basic wildlife management projects.

6. Work outside under any type of weather conditions and to withstand physically demanding work.

7. Knowledge of basic state and federal laws, rules, and regulations as they relate to wildlife resources.

8. Must display a high standard of ethical conduct.

Must have, or be able to obtain, the following certifications and licensure:

S-130/S-190 Firefighter Training Qualification

S-212 Chainsaw Safety Training Qualification

Driver's License

CPR/First Aid Certification


Critical Job Competencies

Competencies: Accountability, Integrity, High Productivity, Customer Focus, Team Player, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Self-Management, Technical Skills (wildlife management)

What You Get From Us:

* A competitive pay plan and rewarding work.
* Insurance benefits that start the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
* (Premiums can start as low as $61/month for single and $205/month for family coverage).
* Separate vacation and sick leave accruals that start on the first day and can roll over annually.
* Nine paid holidays/year.
* Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) retirement package with employer match.
* Optional deferred compensation (457/401A) plan with employer match.
* Professional training opportunities.
* Flexible schedules and opportunities.
* Family friendly and professional work environment.
* Employee Discount Programs (vision, cellular, fitness, recreation, season passes, travel, counseling)
* The State's total compensation package features benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation. For a list of additional benefits, please visit the DAS website for more information.

The Department of Natural Resources encourages all applicants to upload a current resume and cover letter to their DAS on-line application.

The starting salary for new state (Executive Branch) employees is expected to be at the base of the pay range. Additional salary increases may occur after the first six months, and then annually (if applicable). The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation. Visit the DAS website for more benefit information.

For more information about DNR Employment Opportunities and position specific notices, please visit the DNR Employment website.

The State of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The DNR seeks to hire individuals who wish to support our mission, which is to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organization, to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.901 Wildlife Biology

6 months' experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both.Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, including at least twelve semester hours (or the academic equivalent) in fisheries biology, or nine semester hours in wildlife biology, and the equivalent of two years of full-time work experience in professional fisheries work or two years of full-time work experience in professional wildlife work;


a master's degree in fisheries biology, wildlife biology, or fisheries management or wildlife management;


employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to thirty-six months of full-time work as a Natural Resources Technician 1 or 2 shall be qualified.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description.

* Certain designated positions in this job class require applicants to obtain the required Commercial Drivers License and endorsements within a period of time as determined by the appointing authority at the time of hire.
* Certain designated positions require the employee to be certified by the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a Pesticide Applicator within a period of time as determined by the appointing authority.

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