The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has an immediate need for a full-time, term limited (minimum of 2 yrs.) Forester to work in Louisiana. The preferred central location will be in the proximity of Leesville, LA. This position will be responsible for completing forest management plans for private, non-industrial landowners in cooperation with conservation Partners including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Oversee, manage, and distribute over $100,000 to landowners in order to meet specified conservation needs such as prescribed burning and LLP plantings.
Work cooperatively with the NRCS state and local offices, agency partners, and other NWTF staff to provide technical assistance to landowners, primarily through the development of conservation plans and implementation of conservation practices via Farm Bill Programs.
Coordinate private landowner outreach via field days, workshops, and forestry / wildlife expos
Promote our cooperative work through landowner and Partner contacts
Generate landowner interest that leads to conservation plans being developed and subsequent contracts / producers for NRCS
Address significant forest health issues affecting important habitat for a suite of game and non-game species
Manage all aspects of planned project work including budgets, necessary reporting, and completion of established deliverables
Formulate geospatial aspects for all project work including the development of Arc maps outlining landowner properties, forest stands, and recommended conservation practices
Promote accomplishments via NWTF and Partners via public relations / media outlets
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Preferred candidates should possess experience working in southeastern pine ecosystems and a basic knowledge of upland wildlife species and their habitat requirements to include T&E species; knowledge of forest entomology, pathology, forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of the region; knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GIS/GPS technology, ArcGIS skills; ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned, ability to effectively communicate and work with private landowners, the general public, state / federal / NGO Partners, other cooperators and peers; skills in the use and operation of forestry field equipment; skills in communicating both orally and in written form to convey clear, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others; ability to collect and record metrics regarding their activities within the NWTF's reporting systems; proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications
Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree in Forestry from a SAF accredited program
Strong organizational skills, networking, communication (ex., verbal, presentation, inter-personal, writing), project management, and leadership ability is preferred
Experience working with private landowners as well as Federal / State agencies (ex. NRCS, LDWF, USFWS, FSA) with working knowledge of cost-share programs, such as EQIP (NRCS)
Experience with forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, and wildlife biology is desired
Able to work in a wide range of field conditions often requiring rigorous physical activity
Capability to work independently with little direct supervision
Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results, and meet deadlines; applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems
This position will require moderate overnight travel. Excellent benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience. Application Deadline October 19, 2018 .
Apply at www.nwtf.org and go to the job link.