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Easement Habitat Specialist, Central Platte NRD, Grand Island, NE

Easement Habitat Specialist, Central Platte NRD, Grand Island, NE

Posted Date: 
10/19/2018

Central Platte Natural Resources District

JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Easement Habitat Specialist
Location: Grand Island, Nebraska
Application Deadline: November 16, 2018
Anticipated Start Date: Negotiable

Position and Salary Information:
Three-year position with opportunity for extension, pending available funding. Starting salary $30,000 – $33,500/year increasing to $35,000 after 1-year of service with a favorable annual review. Full benefits package including health insurance, dental, vision, and retirement.

Duties:
Work in a joint capacity with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV), and Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) to promote, monitor, and assist landowners with management of lands with conservation easements. Responsibilities include landowner outreach and program promotion, site assessment, wetland restoration planning, contract coordination, easement monitoring, and complete reporting paperwork. Individual will provide technical assistance related to management actions to promote and maintain desired habitat conditions, land uses and assist with/or coordinate projects as assigned. This position will collaborate with staff the central Platte River, central Loess Hills, and Rainwater Basin to complete program outreach, wetland restoration, easement monitoring, and enforcement. Partners include: Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Provide information to interested producers or landowners about easement options through the Agriculture Conservation Easement Program.
• Assist landowners with completing application packages including: Conservation Program Application, securing deeds, and USDA forms.
• Conduct site evaluations and advise landowner on opportunities to implement management actions to promote desired habitat conditions.
• Develop grazing plans that outline stocking rates, timing, intensity, and duration to effectively incorporate grazing as a management tool.
• Complete paperwork to authorize management on easement lands (CPA 52, CPA 56, and Compatible Use Authorization).
• Develop maps and reporting forms to complete 

NRCS reporting for State and National Headquarters reports.

Duty Location and Supervision:
This position will be housed in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center located in Grand Island, Nebraska. This position will be supervised by CPNRD’s General Manager. Day-to-day activities will be outlined by NRCS’s Assistant State Conservationist for the Central Area and NRCS Easement Team Leader.

Required Knowledge/Skills:
• Excellent oral and written communication as well as organizational skills.
• Ability to provide exceptional customer service, sales, and promotion to landowners and agriculture producers interested in conservation programs and enrollment.
• Work effectively with diverse personalities, private landowners, government agency staff, and conservation representatives.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision and under adverse weather conditions.
• Knowledge of wetland habitat management, grassland restoration and wildlife habitat management techniques, principles, goals, and objectives.
• Knowledge of conservation program offerings, including USDA Conservation Programs (CRP, CCRP, ACEP, ACEP, CStP, etc.).
• Computer skills in: MS Word, MS Excel, and ArcGIS.
• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record and history.

Training and Experience Guideline:
Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable applicant to possess the required knowledge and skills. General qualification guideline is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management, wetland ecology, soil science, or closely related natural resources field; and 1-year related field experience. Wetland habitat management experience is preferred.

To apply, email application package (cover letter, resume, transcripts) to Lyndon Vogt vogt [at] cpnrd.org or mail directly to:
Central Platte Natural Resources District
Attn: Lyndon Vogt
215 Kauffman Ave
Grand Island, Nebraska 68803

For more information about the position, contact Andy Bishop, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Coordinator, at (308) 380-8691 andy_bishop [at] fws.govwww.rwbjv.org or Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, Central Platte Natural Resources District at (308) 385-6282 vogt [at] cpnrd.orgwww.cpnrd.org