Farm Bill Biologist
JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
The Gratiot Conservation District is accepting applications for a Farm Bill
Biologist position to provide technical assistance to agriculture producers
and landowners in Clinton, Gratiot, and Saginaw Counties.
The Farm Bill Biologist position will provide program outreach and landowner
recruitment for a wide variety of USDA Farm Bill programs with emphasis on
the Pheasant Restoration Initiative. This position will be an employee of,
and supervised by, the Gratiot Conservation District with daily instruction
and leadership provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS),State and local partners. Funding is provided by the USDA NRCS and
the State of Michigan.
. Provide technical assistance (wildlife biology focus) and guidance
to private landowners, government agencies, non-government organizations,
and others (training will be provided by the USDA, State of Michigan,
Pheasants Forever, and other local and partnering agencies).
. Coordinate the implementation and application of biological
sciences within the conservation programs in cooperation with the NRCS
District Conservationist, State of Michigan, Pheasants Forever, and other
. Complete contracts, applications, and other required documentation
for conservation programs (i.e. CRP, WRP, WHIP, EQIP, GRP, etc.).
. Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to
determine eligibility, and develop plans and contracts for applicants
enrolling in USDA conservation programs or other state and local
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and
. Ability to work independently with diverse clientele.
. Knowledge of wildlife ecology, and wetland and grassland
management, including the ability to utilize various habitat management
tools in the development of management plans.
. Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by
Federal agencies (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), State
agencies, and Pheasants Forever. Knowledge of how these programs are
implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
. Valid driver's license required; work vehicle provided, some use
of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
. Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
. A valid hunting license from the State of MI.
Training and Experience Guideline
A bachelor's degree; natural resources management, fisheries and wildlife,
biology, or related field is preferred. A combination of education,
training and experience that enable the applicant to possess the required
knowledge, skills, and abilities will be considered.
Submit cover letter, resume, and references to the Gratiot Conservation
301 Commerce Dr, Ithaca, MI 48847 or email to [log in to unmask]