The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a cooperative forest management specialist located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. This is a full time, term limited position and will last three years from the date of hire with the potential for an extension. The position will be housed in the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks, & Tourism’s (KDWPT) Council Grove Wildlife Area office in Council Grove, KS. The position is a cooperative effort with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks, & Tourism. Areas of responsibility will be Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Wildlife Areas in the Flint Hills ecoregion of eastern Kansas, with secondary emphasis on other public lands and private lands adjacent to KDWPT-managed properties in this area and Eastern Kansas. This position also will provide technical assistance to private landowners, agencies, organizations, and individuals who can impact wildlife habitat and forested areas on private property.
• Prepare forest management project contracts, providing specifications and prescriptions for forest stand improvement projects and associated treatments
• Provide routine on-site contract coordination and oversight to ensure project objectives are met
• Layout projects (e.g. marking project boundaries, marking trees for removal or leave, etc.)
• Ensure re-seeding of disturbed soils, skid trails, temporary roads ….etc.
• Prepare prescribed burning plans for project areas, when applicable
• Assist other KDWPT Wildlife Area (WA) staff in conducting smaller forest management projects (e.g. tree pruning, oak and cottonwood regeneration treatments, prescribed burns, brush management)
• Conduct forest inventory (stand mapping and examinations, forest insect and disease monitoring) on WAs
• Locate and mark wild turkey roost trees prior to thinning projects to preserve roost sites
• Handle GIS modeling and mapping of forest resources for WAs and other KDWPT properties
• Monitor and treat noxious weeds in project areas after forest management activities, when applicable
• Coordinate and oversee management of products resulting from forest stand improvement projects (i.e. merchantable timber, fence posts, products other than logs, wood chips, etc.)
• Assist with wildfire suppression and other wildlife area management activities when appropriate, including maintenance of prescribed burn and firefighting equipment
• Provide progress and expenditure reporting information to supervisors and administration
Applicants should possess a Bachelor's degree in Forestry or other natural resource degree with forestry emphasis and/or experience. Applicants with a Master’s degree in forestry or with wildlife management experience are preferred. Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills are a must. Must be proficient with global positioning systems (GPS), spreadsheets, internet, computer applications, and project reporting/administration. Familiarity with GIS mapping is a plus. Individuals will be required to reside in eastern Kansas and obtain and hold a valid Kansas driver’s license
Preferred candidates will have experience with forest management activities in Kansas (or similar landscapes), contract administration, knowledge of wildlife and their habitat requirements, ArcGIS skills, and experience with development and administration of grants. Position will require some overnight travel.
This position provides an excellent health and retirement package.
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