POSITION: Wildlife Biologist/101 Ranch Project Manager
PROGRAM: Fish, Wildlife & Parks
SUPERVISOR: Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director
SALARY: Grade 20 Step:1 $19.70
LOCATION: Owyhee, Nevada
Under the direct supervision of the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director, the incumbent will implement long-term mitigation actions on the 101 Ranch in Mountain City, NV. This mitigation property was purchased under Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Southern Idaho Wildlife Mitigation (SIWM) Program. This program was developed to mitigate for wildlife habitat loss es incurred due to the construction of the federal hydroelectric projects within the Middle Snake Province of the Columbia River Basin. The position requires interaction with the Bonneville Power Administration, Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC) staff, SIWM partners and others. This position requires extensive fieldwork during the field season (April – October).
- Plan, develop and implement long-term wildlife mitigation strategies for fish and wildlife habitat on the 101 Ranch.
- Periodically develop land management plan for the property including advertising for public meetings, preparing for and conducting public meetings, accepting public comment, and drafting and editing plan accordingly.
- Serve as the Tribal point of contact for the lOl Ranch property.
- Develop job descriptions, interview job applicants, train staff, prepare schedules, complete employee evaluations, and associated personnel-related tasks.
- Supervise seasonal wildlife/range technicians and temporary laborers.
- Provide guidance and develop agreements with agencies, organizations, and private individuals for funding and management of wildlife habitat projects.
- Prepare and present programs to public and private entities.
- Prepare and manage the budget for the property to including drafting budget with justification of expenditures, entering purchase orders, tracking salaries and expenses and ensuring that program does not exceed the budget.
- Develop project proposals, statements of work, property inventory, contracts and quarterly reports for BPA.
- Complete annual report with statistical analyses.
- Develop and update maps and digital databases.
- Conduct fieldwork including collecting biological data, surveying fences and water developments, conducting native plants, weed, breeding bird, and other surveys.
- Responsible for implementation of weed treatment strategy for the prope1iy including recordkeeping, GPSing treated areas, mapping, etc. Conduct on the ground weed treatment activities throughout season.
- Maintain irrigation system on property to include installation and removal of dams, irrigating parcels, coordinating with Duck Valley Irrigation Project and upstream and downstream water users, etc.
- Conduct habitat enhancement work including but not limited to bank stabilization projects, riparian plantings, weed treatment, construction and maintenance of fences and infrastructure, etc.
- Conduct habitat treatment activities to benefit including implementing native plant seeding, haying, grazing, prescribed burning, etc.
- Monitor water temperature at established sites on the East Fork Owyhee River and tributaries according to protocols.
- Analyze and disseminate database information to department staff and cooperators in written, map, and electronic forms for conservation and project planning.
- Draft and submit grant proposals to implement management plan activities.
- Conduct public outreach to include maintenance of webpage for property, conducting tours of the property, holding /field days at the ranch.
- Work cooperatively with Pole Creek property project staff.
- Other tasks assigned by Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director.
REQUIRED EDUCATION & WORK EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Resources, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, or closely related field -OR- professional wildlife research and/or habitat management experience equal to previously described education requirement
- Experience with developing statements of work, budgets and inventories.
- Demonstrated success in developing, writing, and applying for grants.
- Demonstrated skill in working on multiple projects and timelines.
- Must be in good physical condition.
- Must be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
- Must be willing to work in the field and on the Reservation during the field season.
- Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint applications.
- Experience with Google Earth Pro mapping products.
- GPS experience.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
- Must be available to travel within Idaho, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.
- Requires working independently in the field.
- Exposure to severe conditions and fieldwork involving foot travel on uneven ground.
- Requires a flexible work schedule to include early mornings and weekends.
- Requires use of 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, chainsaws, tractors, backhoes, haying equipment, ditchers, and generators to accomplish work tasks in the field.
- Requires understanding of ranching and fanning practices.
- Must have a valid driver’s license by the closing date of the job announcement and an acceptable driving record.