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Furbearer Biologist

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife

Location: West Kingston, RI
Salary: $71,487
Classification: Limited Term (35 hours per week)
Start Date: October 1, 2022
Duration: Five years
Recruitment: Internal/External
Application deadline: August 19, 2022


Work independently in a joint capacity with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Bureau of Natural Resources, Rhode Island Department of Environmental (RIDEM) to provide Wildlife Biologist services to RIDEM. The incumbent will work out of the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife headquarters in South Kingstown, Rhode Island and remotely as necessary to perform required responsibilities. The work area will be statewide; however, duties may require attendance at meetings in other Rhode Island counties and New England States.

Basic Job Requirements

Requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology or wildlife management, or closely related natural resource science degree and at least four years of professional work experience with a wildlife or natural resource management agency. A Master of Science degree may be substituted for two years of actual work experience, a Ph.D. may substitute for four years of experience.

The position requires extensive knowledge of wildlife and population management, wildlife habitat needs, life cycle ecology, wildlife diseases, of furbearing mammals. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively both orally and written with wildlife management professionals, supervisors, the media, and the public. Applicants need to possess strong organizational and project coordination skills and work independently on multiple tasks with overlapping deadlines. Applicant must be able to work collaboratively with others on cooperative projects and to resolve problems. The selected individual will represent Rhode Island and the Division on both local and regional committees related to furbearers and trapping around the Northeast.

Applicants should have a current, scientifically based, working knowledge of trapping and furbearer management in North America and have related field skills to implement wildlife management practices including; implementation of regulatory seasons and bag limits for trapping seasons, function and use of diverse trapping skills, harvest reporting strategies, habitat requirements, disease risks, survival, and anthropogenic impacts on distribution of furbearers.

Applicant will evaluate statewide wildlife abundance and population trends of multiple mammalian species for small mammals as well as targeted trapped and hunted species. Applicant must be able to evaluate data needs, design research, collect and compile, and analyze data derived from research projects, as both lead and in cooperation with partners. Must be able to synthesize and interpret information from research as the basis for resource management recommendations. This position will provide recommendations to both the state and the region for consumptively used species as well as those of greatest conservation need. This position will supervise seasonal, temporary and intern staff as necessary. Incumbent will regularly prepare recommendations for developing or modifying Rhode Island Code, other legal statutes, promulgation of regulations, or policies pertaining to wildlife resources.

This position will regularly assist the public dealing with wildlife conflicts. Communicating RI specific individual dispensations for private property management with compassion and authority will be critical. The ability to evaluate and balance species abundance with public safety and cultural carrying capacity is essential. Will be strongly encouraged to receive a rabies vaccination. This position will also coordinate and oversee the State direction of wildlife rehabilitation and regulation.

Must possess, or be able to obtain, a Class D Rhode Island driver’s license. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be willing to travel within and outside the state. Total travel is not expected to exceed 15% of time requirements. The incumbent performs duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.).

This position will be classified as a limited term employee of the WMI. Direct supervision of day-to-day activities will be provided by RIDEM.


Through WMI you will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement plan with match, paid time off, including state holidays. WMI will provide workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits. WMI will withhold taxes including social security. Health insurance is not an included benefit and is at the discretion of the employee to acquire.

This position is considered a DFW priority and perpetually renewable through WMI provided satisfactory job performance. You will be expected to work no more than an average of 35 hours per week in any 12-month period. Requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in wildlife management, surveys design and analysis of survey data, particularly with mammal species.
  • Experience designing and conducting wildlife research and publishing the results, particularly with mammalian species such as those gained through advanced education in an accredited wildlife management university program.
  • Experience planning, creating or developing, and/or managing wildlife habitat for mammals.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • A current, working knowledge of database management and Statistical software such as SAS or R.
  • Working knowledge and experience using GPS, GIS and ArcView or related GIS Software, especially for spatial modeling and mapping.
  • A clear appreciation of, or participation in regulated furbearer trapping.

Application Procedures

To apply via email, send a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and a resume to: david.kalb@dem.ri.gov

Applications via mail are accepted and must be received before the application deadline to be considered. Mail applications should be sent to:

David M Kalb Ph.D.
Supervising Biologist
RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife
277 Great Neck Road
West Kingston, RI 02892

For questions about WMI Limited Term Employee terms, contact:

Scot Williamson, VP
Wildlife Management Institute
4426 VT Route 215 N
Cabot, VT 05647

Application closes:
Friday, August 19, 2022 - 11:59 pm

Conservation and Agriculture Specialist

Conserving and Enhancing Flood-irrigated Waterbird Habitat & Livestock Production on Working Lands

Application Deadline: August 26, 2022
Location: Lakeview, Oregon
Anticipated Start Date: on or about September 15, 2022, TBD>/p>


This opportunity is part of a collaborative effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) to further conservation delivery of NRCS Conservation Implementation Strategies (CIS) and other working lands conservation programs in southeast Oregon. The position will provide technical assistance to NRCS for implementing the Working Lands for Waterbirds Habitat Conservation CIS and other wildlife habitat conservation efforts. The primary objective will be marketing and delivering Farm Bill conservation programs to livestock producers, flood irrigators and private landowners. This position will be administered by the IWJV and key funding partners. The successful applicant will be an employee of Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). WMI’s mission is: “dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and professional management of North America’s wildlife and other natural resources.” Daily guidance will be provided by the Lake County NRCS District Conservationists (DC). A team of contributing partner organization staff will provide additional oversight and guidance.


  • Provide technical assistance (conservation planning, livestock and flood irrigation management, wildlife biology, wet meadow management, waterbird habitat management, or other natural resource disciplines) and guidance to landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations and others. Training will be provided by NRCS, IWJV, USFWS, DU and other local and state agencies.
  • Coordinate integration and application of biological sciences and production agriculture within the conservation programs in cooperation with the local NRCS DC and others, consistent with Field Office Technical Guides.
  • Complete conservation plans and maps, contracts, applications and other required documentation for implementing Farm Bill conservation programs ((i.e., Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)), and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Program. The position requires expertise in biological sciences, surface-irrigated agricultural lands (i.e. flood-irrigated), aquatic invasive species management, invasive plant management and rangeland science in cooperation with private landowners and partners.
  • Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local conservation programs for the management, restoration, enhancement and protection of flood-irrigated pasture, hay lands, and associated wetlands and riparian areas to mutually benefit livestock forage production and wetland-dependent migratory birds.
  • Work with agricultural producers to develop and implement infrastructure repair projects on flood-irrigated pasture and hay lands. Provide information to landowners on emerging working lands conservation easement programs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including promotion, marketing and outreach activities related to USDA, NAWCA and OWEB projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively with private landowners, government agency personnel and conservation partner organizations.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge of ranch management, water resource management and wetland ecology, including the ability to develop and complete flood irrigation infrastructure rehabilitation projects that include wetland wildlife habitat management objectives.
  • Ability to obtain USDA Security Clearance and NRCS Conservation Planning certification.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • A general qualification guideline for this position is an Associate’s Degree, or equivalent, in Natural Resource Planning, Rangeland Science, Wildlife Biology/Management or Agriculture Technology, with an emphasis on developing prescribed grazing systems and course work and/or experience in working lands management systems is desirable. Funding partners may agree to substitute experience in ranching if that experience includes forage production using flood irrigation.
  • Computer skills are required and applicant should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use NRCS Conservation Desktop, GIS applications, and GPS systems would be beneficial.
  • Physical ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions.

Additional Information

The funds for this position are primarily of federal origin, managed through Cooperative Agreements with the hiring entity. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position is year-round. The work week will be 37 hours/week.

Training and Experience Guideline

Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


$49,500 per year, based on education and experience. Because the position does not include health insurance benefits, the advertised salary includes a 10% stipend to offset the cost of health insurance. The position will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement benefits and WMI will provide workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume and three references with contact information.


Send application materials to ccolson@ducks.org and ed.contreras@iwjv.org by the application deadline.

Application closes:
Friday, August 26, 2022 - 11:59 pm