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Wildlife Biologist (Herpetologist)

Location: South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Classification: Limited Term (37 Hours per Week)

Salary: $53,000-$62,000

Start Date: January 28, 2018

Duration: 4 years

Overview: Work independently in a joint capacity with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Division of Fish and Wildlife, 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. The work area will state-wide; however, duties may require attendance at meetings in other states. 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.

Limited-term employees are defined as employees of WMI retained to provide a specific scope of services as defined within one or more grants or contracts awarded to WMI. WMI bases your employment upon your skills and knowledge and ability to achieve desired outcomes defined by RIDEM.

As a limited term employee:

  • You will be expected to work no more than an average of 37 hours per week in any 12-month period.
  • You 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. WMI will withhold taxes including social security.
  • Total annual compensation will reflect your base salary plus the amount contributed to your 401(k) by WMI. In addition to salary but contingent upon the funding available within the contract or grant that defines your scope of services, WMI will reimburse you for any travel expenses that are necessary and reasonable to perform the duties assigned to you.
  • Your employment will be “at-will,” which means that either you or WMI can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason, with or without notice.


  • Perform biological field, office, and laboratory work related to wildlife, to include the inventory and monitoring of wildlife species, particularly herptiles.
  • Assist and develop management programs and research studies to promote wildlife conservation.
  • Supervise and conduct field surveys of wildlife species.
  • Analyze and interpret data collected from biological research and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Develop new research techniques and methods for obtaining data.
  • Make recommendations for federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and management practices.
  • Plan and prepare technical reports, publications, and other documents, including those of a regulatory nature.
  • Analyze developmental project information and data to protect wildlife habitat resources.
  • Evaluate management techniques and actions, development proposals, as well as user activities and their environmental impacts on wildlife resources.
  • As necessary, represent the Division at meetings and conferences and serve as a Department expert on Rhode Island amphibians and reptiles.
  • Assist in the evaluation of proposals that may have an environmental impact on natural resources.
  • Assist in public education, as it concerns wildlife management and conservation.
  • Provide outreach to educate stakeholders, partner agencies, and the general public related to WSFR programs, activities, conservation, and management of wildlife species, particularly as it relates to herptiles.
  • Develop and produce signage, exhibits, and displays that inform Rhode Island citizens about WSFR-funded research related particularly to herptiles.
  • Work closely with the RI DFW volunteer program to educate and recruit volunteers to assist with herptile programs.
  • Organize and instruct training workshops and classes for volunteers to be educated in the tasks necessary for RIDEM projects.
  • Other related duties as required.

Qualifications: An advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D) in natural resources, wildlife, or related environmental sciences. Combination of education and experience in disciplines associated with wildlife conservation and outdoor sports activities including hunting and fishing.

Additionally required: Highly organized, excellent oral and written communication skills, extensive knowledge of principles of wildlife management, and ability to work independently.

Conditions for Appointment: must be physically qualified to perform assigned duties, as evidenced by a physicians’ certificate. Must possess and maintain a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License issued by the State of Rhode Island.

To Apply: Applications must be postmarked on or before the application deadline to be considered. Send a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and a resume to:

Jay Osenkowski
Deputy Chief
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:

Conservation and Agriculture Specialist

Conservation Program Delivery - Two Vacancies

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

Location: 1 Position in Hines, Oregon; 1 Position in Lakeview, Oregon

Overview: These entry level positions are part of a collaborative effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Harney Soil & Water Conservation District (HSWCD), Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to further conservation delivery of NRCS Conservation Implementation Strategies (CIS) and other working lands conservation programs in southeast Oregon. The positions will provide technical assistance to NRCS for implementing the Working Lands Habitat Conservation for Waterfowl CIS. The primary goal will be marketing and delivering Farm Bill conservation programs to livestock producers, flood‐irrigators and private landowners. Positions will be administered by the IWJV and key funding partners. The successful applicant of the Harney County Partner Position will be an employee of the HSWCD, one of the position funders. HSWCD, established in 1972, is a municipal subdivision of government housed within the NRCS office. The SWCDs mission is to conserve, protect, and develop soil, water and other related resources for the economic and environmental benefit of the people of Harney County. The successful applicant of the Lake County Partner Position will be an employee of The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI).

Daily guidance will be provided by the Harney County and Lake County NRCS District Conservationists (DC) for each respective position. A team comprised of contributing partners will provide additional oversight and leadership.


  • Provide technical assistance (conservation planning, livestock and flood‐irrigation management, livestock forage production, agricultural systems, wet meadow management, wetland 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 agriculture production and biological sciences 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 Security Program (CSP), and Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)), and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) Program. Successful applicants should demonstrate expertise in rangeland management, agriculture technology, surface‐irrigated agricultural lands (i.e. flood‐irrigated), aquatic invasive species management, invasive plant management or biological sciences 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 and hay lands to mutually benefit livestock forage production and wetland‐dependent migratory birds.
  • Outreach to and work with agricultural producers to develop and implement infra‐structure 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, North America Wetlands Conservation Act and OWEB projects.
  • Conduct an assessment, document trend, and provide quantitative information regarding the ecological state of the riparian species located on deeded agriculture lands quarterly to the HSWCD (reported in aggregate).
  • Identify grant funding opportunities and practices necessary to meet the goals of the Ag Water Quality Management plan.
  • Submit at least two grant funding requests for financial assistance to assist with stream segments identified as not meeting functionality outlined in the Silvies River Demonstration Area Plan (Pertinent to Harney County Position).

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‐irrigated infra‐structure rehabilitation projects that include agricultural and 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 Degree, or equivalent, in Rangeland Management, Agriculture Technology, Natural Resource Planning, or Wildlife Biology/Management, 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 ranch management if that experience includes forage production using flood‐irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of computer skills is required and applicant should be familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to use ArcMap and Toolkit and Google Earth would be highly beneficial.
  • Experience or exposure to conservation planning 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 agreements with the hiring entity. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The work week will be 40 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.

Salary: Up to $45,000 per year. Health and retirement benefits vary by employer. Salary will be based on education and experience.

Duration: This position is conditionally funded for 3 years with partners actively pursuing funds for additional years.

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

Email: Send application materials to ccolson@ducks.org and ed.contreras@iwjv.org. Please indicate if you have a position preference as part of your submission.

Harney Soil & Water Conservation District is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Application closes: