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Municipal Planning Biologist

Salary: $52,474 – $69,617 Annually
Location: Augusta, ME
Job Type: Full-time
Opening Date: June 3, 2024
Closing Date: June 21, 2024
Duration: One year


This is a contracted one-year position in partnership with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). This position will be classified as a contract biologist of the WMI. The Beginning with Habitat Program Coordinator within Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) will provide direct supervision of day-to-day activities.


Through WMI you will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement plan with match. WMI will provide health, dental and eye insurance, workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits. WMI will withhold taxes including social security.

Job Description

The Beginning with Habitat Program, within Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, equips Maine communities, landowners, and conservation partners with tools to protect, restore, and connect high-value habitats and ecosystems in a changing climate. A one-year position with Beginning with Habitat is available for a highly qualified individual to support engagement with municipalities in planning for at-risk species and habitats and to support GIS Data and map development and distribution.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to join the Beginning with Habitat team in its work assisting Maine communities with conservation planning.

Duties may include:

  • Engagement with communities to incorporate strategies to protect at-risk species and habitats in municipal comprehensive plans.
  • Support municipalities and conservation partners in the utilization of data served on the Beginning with Habitat platform
  • Support Beginning with Habitat outreach efforts at conferences, meetings, or other forums.
  • Support updates to outreach materials for Focus Areas of Statewide Ecological Significance, which are mapped concentrations of at-risk species and habitats of importance for conservation.
  • Providing technical GIS support that may include data development, coding, map production, webmap design, and other tasks in the ArcGIS Pro platform
  • Support for maintenance of the Maine Stream Habitat Viewer and other aquatic connectivity tools.
  • General programmatic GIS support

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Municipal or land use planning experience;
  • Effective communication skills with diverse audiences, including formal presentation experience;
  • Expertise in Geographic Information Systems, including ArcPro
  • Proficiency in computer operations including database management
  • Ability to function independently;
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with municipalities, landowners, NGOs and other partners
  • Familiarity with nongame and endangered wildlife, at-risk plant species, and Maine Biogeography.
  • Experience coding in Python, Model Builder or other software

Application Process

To apply via email, send a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and a resume to justin.schlawin@maine.gov.

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

Justin Schlawin
Program Coordinator
Beginning with Habitat, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
353 Water Street, SHS 41
Augusta, ME 04333

For questions about WMI contact positions:

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

Application closes:
Friday, June 21, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Range Safety Officer: Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife

Location: West Kingston, Rhode Island
Hourly Rate: $24
Classification: Limited Term/Seasonal
Start Date: Immediately
End Date: November 2024
Druration: Seasonal employment, three years, with possible opportunity for extension
Recruitment: Internal/External

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is looking for capable, knowledgeable individuals to maintain a safe and inviting shooting environment at the Great Swamp Shooting Range (GSSR).

As a Range Safety Officer (RSO), you will be directly responsible for the safety of all GSSR patrons. Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills are a must. The Range Safety Officer (RSO) is accountable for executing GSSR policies and procedures and, as such, must be able to perform in a fast-paced, high-volume environment while remaining constantly vigilant to ensure proper and safe firearm handling.

Upkeep and regular maintenance of the facility and grounds will be the responsibility of all RSOs, with scheduled and/or rotating chore assignments to be decided collectively upon hire.


Work independently in a joint capacity with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife to provide Range Safety Officer services to DFW. The incumbent will work out of RIDEM’s Great Swamp Shooting Range in West Kingston, Rhode Island. The work area will be limited to the Great Swamp Management area. This position will be classified as a seasonal, limited-term employee of the WMI. The RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife will directly supervise day-to-day activities.


  • Public Safety
    • Maintain diligent supervision of the GSSR facility, especially during periods of live fire.
    • Ensure unwavering control over the safety of all range patrons by observing all users respectfully and immediately, addressing any behavior that could be considered unsafe.
    • Stop dangerous safety violations with swift, respectful action.
    • Correct unsafe behaviors to prevent accidents.
    • Secure range facility and equipment from unauthorized access.
  • Range Education
    • Conduct regularly scheduled “Range Safety Briefings” to introduce groups of new and renewing range applicants to the facility and all current respective policies.
    • Encourage and inform prospective range users of the permitting process when approached for information while on duty.
    • Clearly and consistently explain range policies and refer to supervisors when faced with novel questions or concerns.
  • Range Maintenance
    • Inspect and secure down-range areas before and after daily shooting hours.
    • Maintain the landscaping, including but not limited to mowing (both with a walk-behind and ride-on mower), weed-whacking, hand weeding, applying organic topical herbicides, and hand watering small gardens during drought periods.
    • Maintain the shooting facilities, including but not limited to sweeping, dusting, scrubbing, vacuuming, raking, and using gasoline-powered blowers.
    • Maintain and replace shooting range consumables using supplies such as portable battery-powered tools and dimensional lumber.
    • Protect or store facility equipment during high wind, rain, or snow periods.


  • A High School diploma or GED
  • At least 21 years of age at the time of hire
  • RSO certification—NRA or USCCA (completable within 30 days of appointment when combined with satisfactory prior experience; equivalent military or police service may substitute)
  • CPR/First Aid/AED certification and Stop-the-Bleed certification (completable within 30 days of appointment when combined with satisfactory prior experience)

Required Skills

  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal de-escalation skills.
  • Experience working as an RSO in the public or private sector preferred.
  • Knowledge of modern firearm action types and general functional differences.
  • General knowledge of muzzle-loading firearms and black powder/black powder substitutes
  • General knowledge of archery equipment, both recreational and hunting.
  • Experience diagnosing firearm malfunctions and using appropriate safety precautions.
  • Experience clearing firearm or ammunition malfunctions and/or knowing when it is unsafe to proceed without professional assistance.
  • Personal confidence to be decisive and assertive when necessary for public safety.
  • Trustworthy and possessing the highest personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
  • Able to work a two-week repeating schedule, with shifts expected on weekdays and one weekend day.
  • Ability to traverse and climb range berms to set up a winch-assisted, remote-operated slope mower. Range berms are approximately 30 feet tall, 30 degrees steep, and covered in grasses, assorted weeds, and loose soil.
  • Familiarity with RI Fish and Wildlife’s general duties and programs preferred.
  • Familiarity with local hunting regulations, games, and methods of take preferred.

Conditions for Appointment

The incumbent must be physically qualified to perform assigned duties in various environments, including an office environment, a field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.), and must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Exposure to airborne and surface lead contamination is expected. No laboratory blood testing is provided as part of the employment terms. Surface and hand sanitation supplies are provided.

Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check is required.

Application Procedures

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Send a resume and cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications to Charles ‘Jim’ Tappero, Hunter Education Coordinator, Charles.Tappero@dem.ri.gov.

For questions about WMI Limited Term Employee terms, contact:

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

Application closes:
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Lands Program Resource Manager

Job Classification: Resource Manager – contractual (Forestry)
Number of Positions: 1
Work Region: Statewide (Maine)
Employer: Wildlife Management Institute (For Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)


The Lands Program with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife manages 120,000 acres from southern York County to northern Aroostook County for the development, maintenance and enhancement of wildlife habitat. The Department has an agreement with the Wildlife Management Institute to conduct forest management for the promotion of wildlife habitat. As such, the Wildlife Management Institute and the Department intend to fill one Resource Manager position to accomplish the goals of the agreement. The position will be a limited full time position for a term of one year with the potential for additional 1 year term extensions.

Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, this position requires a bachelor’s degree in forestry, preferably from an accredited university.

Job Description

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following:

Work with Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife personnel to develop and implement habitat management and utilization plans on Wildlife Management Areas throughout the state. The incumbent designs, develops, prepares and implements habitat management plans for forested and non-forested wildlife habitats; assists with identifying, evaluating, and mapping of important wildlife habitats; distinguishes various types of wildlife habitat and species relevance; cruises and evaluates habitat potential; estimates timber volume: inspects and oversees contractor performance of harvesting practices for habitat development and enhancement in accordance with Department standards, policies and Maine law; designs and oversees development of access roads within the Wildlife Management Areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Theoretical and practical knowledge of silviculture, silvics, forest mensuration, wildlife management, habitat development and enhancement activities, forest pathology and entomology, soils and geographic information systems.

Must be able to: use forest measurement equipment, read and understand maps, communicate effectively, understand applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations; develop and implement forest resource plans according to habitat management objectives, use GPS, computers and related equipment, and use snowmobiles and ATVs for off road travel. Occasional overnight travel is expected as well as the ability to work and stay in remote locations.


Salary: $46,849.40/yr. for 1924 hours per year and a salary adjustment

A minimum contribution of 3 percent of the salary amount, with up to 8 percent possible, will be made to a 401k retirement account. Health, dental and vision insurance benefits are available.

Lodging for any overnight work-related projects will either be provided or expenses reimbursed. The successful candidate will be provided with a vehicle and equipment.

The successful candidate must qualify for forester internship though the Maine Board of Licensure for Foresters.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please provide a copy of your resume and a work history description. Feel free to contact the Lands Management Biologist with any questions you may have about the position.

Leigh E. Hoar III (Eric)
Lands Management Biologist
Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
270 Lyons Road
Sidney, Maine 04330

Application closes:
Tuesday, December 31, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) - Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Biologist

Application Deadline: Open until filled, preference will be given to applications submitted by May 31, 2024
Location: NRCS Field Office Eugene, Oregon, or NRCS State Office Portland, Oregon. Option to telework within Oregon negotiable.
Salary:$60,000-65,000 per year, depending on experience


This opportunity is part of a new collaborative effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), and Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) to accelerate land conservation through the NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program-Wetland Reserve Easements (ACEP-WRE). The incumbent will serve as part of the Oregon NRCS conservation easement team. The position will advance wetland conservation throughout Oregon by assisting with, technical tasks, administrative tasks, and ACEP-WRE outreach with direction from the Oregon NRCS Easement Program Specialist.


  • Assist NRCS Basin Easement Staff with development and implementation of Wetland Reserve Plan of Operations (WRPO).
  • Opportunities to apply wetland conservation on private land.
  • Provide technical support to NRCS Basin Easement Specialists and ACRP-WRE landowners with various activities associated with implementation of ACEP-WRE.
  • Effectively use NRCS contracting and planning software (NRCS Conservation Desktop, etc.) to plan and implement wetland restoration and related conservation practices on ACEP-WRE enrolled parcels.
  • Assist with administrative procedures of new ACEP-WRE applications and pre-obligation.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned; including strategic program planning, partnership coordination, and assisting NRCS staff across Oregon with ACEP related activities.
  • Coordinate ACEP-WRE outreach. Work closely with NRCS staff and conservation partners to boost ACEP-WRE enrollment.
  • Travel for trainings, meetings and on-site project visits.

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 wetland ecology.
  • Ability to obtain USDA Security Clearance.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • A general qualification guideline for this position is a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in natural resource planning, wildlife biology/management or ecology and related conservation work experience.
  • Computer skills are required, and the applicant should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability, or willingness to learn, NRCS Conservation Desktop and other NRCS planning and contracting systems.

About the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

The NRCS helps private landowners, soil and water conservation districts, and other partners protect and conserve natural resources on private lands throughout the United States. With approximately 2,300 Service Centers in communities nationwide, NRCS and other USDA employees work side-by-side with producers in every State and territory.

About the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV)

The IWJV mission is to conserve and enhance bird habitats at meaningful scales through capacity building, science, communications, and strategic partnerships. The funds for this position contributed by the IWJV are primarily of federal origin, managed through Cooperative Agreements with the hiring entity (WMI).

About the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI)

The successful applicant will be an employee of WMI. WMI is a professional conservation organization that works to improve the foundation of wildlife management. Their mission is: “dedicated to the conservation, enhancement and professional management of North America’s wildlife and other natural resources.”


The position is fully integrated into Oregon NRCS’s easement team to accelerate the pace of private land conservation. Daily activities will be supervised by the designated NRCS staff lead. The successful applicant will participate in annual job performance reviews with the IWJV Water 4 Coordinator and NRCS.

Benefits and Additional Information

WMI offers health insurance for the employee and employee’s spouse and children, 401(k) retirement benefits, workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits.

To Apply

Send a cover letter that describes your conservation skills and interest in wetlands and conservation easements, a resume, and three references with contact information.


Send application materials to kasey.bader@iwjv.org with the subject line “Oregon ACEP-WRE Biologist" by the application deadline.

Application closes:
Tuesday, December 31, 2024 - 11:59 pm

Habitat Biologist

Application Deadline

The announcement is open until filled, and interviews will be scheduled as applications are received. The successful applicant can expect to start within 2-4 weeks after a job offer.

Position Duration

1 year. The position may be extended for additional years pending funding and job performance, up to 3-years.

Overview and Job Duties

A position is available for a highly qualified individual to work in a joint capacity with Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to carry out wildlife habitat restoration, protection, and enhancement activities. The successful applicant will assist with the planning, coordinating, managing, implementing, and reporting on fuels, stabilization, rehabilitation, and weeds projects.

The successful applicant will serve as an employee of Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and receive supervision from WMI with daily instructions provided by the NDOW. Work priorities will be determined by the NDOW Eastern Region Habitat Supervisor in conjunction with the BLM agreement funding the position. Training and support will be provided by NDOW. Duties will include:

  • Work with NDOW biologists and BLM staff to plan, implement, manage, report, and monitor the activities identified within the BLM/NDOW assistance agreement;
  • Planning, coordinating, managing, implementing, and reporting on Fuels, Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR), and Weeds Management Programs identified within the Agreement;
  • Conduct projects including, but not limited to, herbicide application, lop and scatter projects, seedling plantings, aerial seeding, renting equipment, helping in the seed warehouse, performing GIS and administrative duties;
  • Coordinate with partners including federal, state, local, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and private landowners;
  • Attend stakeholder meetings, workshops, and/or trainings, as appropriate;
  • Other tasks necessary for implementing projects;
  • Provide data quality control;
  • Provide GIS services and habitat data/information in digital format directly to NDOW, BLM and other partners, as needed;
  • Submit quarterly progress reports to NDOW.
  • Duties will also include contract development and coordination, site assessment and monitoring, data collection and regular tracking and reporting of accomplishments.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Superior communication (written and oral) skills. Must be comfortable both speaking in public and in engaging landowners and partners on a one-to-one basis.
  • Knowledge of basic vegetation management and habitat improvement techniques in the Great Basin to include fuels reduction and fire rehabilitation practices.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of wildlife management.
  • Attention to detail to provide optimal quality control for data management and reporting.
  • Ability to multi-task several competing projects with contending deadlines and tasks.
  • Familiarity with MS Word, MS Excel, and GIS.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field alone and under adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles in adverse terrain.
  • Valid driver’s license required with an acceptable driving record.


Minimum - Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or closely related field from an accredited academic institution. Preference will be given to candidates who have professional experience related to habitat restoration and wildlife management.


This salaried position pays $39,439/year ($20.50/hour equivalent). As a limited term employee of WMI, the incumbent will be expected to work no more than an average of 74 hours per two-week pay period. Work vehicles, office space, computers, etc. will be provided. The position will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement benefits and WMI will provide workers’ compensation, health, dental and vision insurance, general liability protection, and professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits. The positions are not eligible for vacation pay, sick leave, or disability benefits. WMI will withhold taxes including social security. The incumbent will be entitled to make voluntary contributions to their 401(k) retirement plan.


The location of projects will be focused within the administrative boundary of NDOW’s Eastern Region. Projects will be throughout northeastern Nevada, near Elko, Battle Mountain, Wells, and Ely, NV. Duty Station will be in Elko, NV.

To Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three professional references as one Word or pdf file to Marissa.murphy@ndow.org. Please be sure the subject line is titled “WMI Habitat Biologist Job Application” to be considered. For questions about the duties, location, etc., contact Marissa Murphy at NDOW. For questions about WMI, contact Scot Williamson at SWilliamson@wildlifemgt.org.

Application closes:
Tuesday, December 31, 2024 - 11:59 pm