Job Opportunities with the NWTF

Conservation Field Supervisor - Southwest District

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a Conservation Field Supervisor position covering the southwestern United States. The Conservation Field Supervisor is primarily responsible for managing the conservation activities and serving as a team leader for associated staff working in their District. These staff will generally consist of Regional Biologists, wildlife biologists and foresters. The Southwest District includes eight states (AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX and UT) and the chosen candidate will need to reside within the District and/or have the ability to relocate to the designated area. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

District

  • Provides input and expertise to the state chapters for habitat and conservation activities
  • Works closely with state and federal wildlife agencies: may including serving on the state's wild turkey committee, attending agency and commission meetings and collaborating on large scale habitat improvement projects on public and private lands
  • Provides oversight, direction and development regarding NWTF and wild turkey research
  • Tracks important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, land use planning and policy within the region. Includes issues such as agency hunting regulations, Farm Bill issues and state and federal land management planning
  • Identifies funding sources such as grants, stewardship contracts, major gifts, sponsorships and special game permit auctions, and implements projects using awarded funds. Includes state and federal grants, agency financial support of NWTF positions, and other matching funds for NWTF Super Funds
  • Assists with development, dissemination, and implementation of NWTF state and regional strategic plans
  • Provides relevant information to Field Operations, state volunteers and NWTF Communications Department for promotion, marketing and awareness of regional habitat priorities and activities
  • Assists with annual work plan development and maintaining accomplishment monitoring throughout the fiscal year, while providing modifications as necessary
  • Attends NWTF state meetings, leadership workshops, and professional conferences as necessary
  • Works closely with the Director of Conservation to track District budgets and monitor revenue and expenditures for their staff
  • Works closely with the Director of Conservation to hire new field staff within the District per HR policies and Management Team directives
  • Works closely with Director of Conservation to drive development of annual goals/objectives for their field staff
  • Conducts annual performance evaluations for field staff within their district for potential pay raise recommendations
  • Provides guidance on a day-to-day basis for program and procedural questions, and provides advice to Regional Biologists and Project level staff as necessary

The Conservation Field Supervisor is tasked with driving collaborative and strategic conservation delivery in their district by working in partnership with NWTF field staff, NWTF volunteers and chapters, state and federal agencies, NGO's, major gift contributors and corporate partners. The Conservation Field Supervisor works closely with their agency partners, staff and volunteers to help identify quality habitat projects on both a Regional and District level, while capturing necessary matching funds for associated conservation work. The Conservation Field Supervisor must be familiar with regional conservation partnerships, projects, and priorities that subsequently define the work of the NWTF within their district.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises and manages conservation programs field staff including Regional Biologists and Project level staff. Includes provision of daily guidance, conducting employee searches, interviews, work planning, budget planning / administration, and periodic / annual performance evaluations (25%)
  • Provides District leadership and guidance for conservation programs delivery, management and collaboration including the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative, state and federal issues, employee contracting, NRCS Farm Bill programs, USFS planning, District conservation issues, and corporate (25%)
  • Provides general oversight and review for programmatic activities in their District including Grants, Stewardship contracts, Conservation Easements, State Super Funds, corporate proposals and NWTF funded research within their district (15%)
  • Collaborates and interacts within their District with corporate partners, potential major donors, state, provincial and federal wildlife agencies to identify cooperative projects and additional revenue to achieve NWTF\'s conservation goals and objectives (15%)
  • Represents the NWTF at meetings and workshops throughout their district, to further promote NWTF\'s mission, profile, and accomplishments on a National / Regional basis (10%)
  • Serves as a liaison to the national office regarding important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, along with regional land use planning / policy changes including NRCS Farm Bill issues and State and Federal land management practices throughout their district (10%)

Other Functions:

  • Research project input and review
  • Provide input to Communications Department regarding CP issues
  • Write sections for Turkey Country magazine
  • Work with NWTF film crews on TV shows

Qualifications:

  • Requires at minimum a Bachelors degree in wildlife management, forestry or strongly related field along with at least 4 years of project management and supervisory experience
  • Must have excellent and demonstrated leadership skills and track record, a great team spirit, excellent organizational skills and an ability to motivate others through a positive attitude
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills and the ability to communicate with both professional and general audiences
  • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of game and non-game species habitat management in the regional ecosystems where they will be working. Experience working with state and federal wildlife agencies is desired
  • Ability to use personal computer for e-mail, word processing, basic spread sheet preparation, PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Microsoft office
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques
  • Knowledge of wildlife population dynamics and accepted forestry practices
  • Ability to identify tree species, wildlife species, shrubs and invasive species
  • Knowledge of wildlife capture, monitoring and handling techniques
  • Ability to read, understand and keep abreast of wildlife research and management peer reviewed journals
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision and guidance
  • Must be willing to incur moderate travel nationally, regionally and locally, including overnight stays of 3 to 7 nights or more
  • Must be able and willing to work, often alone, in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, rain, snow, sleet, ice, biting insects, snakes, mountainous terrain, swamps, very remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted
  • Must be able to walk several miles per day in the conditions described above
  • Must be able to drive and/or ride long distances frequently without experiencing debilitating health problems
  • May be required to ride in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or watercraft
  • Master's Degree in wildlife management or related field with at least 3 years professional supervisory and project management experience
  • In-depth working knowledge of national conservation issues, regional wildlife and habitat management practices, and Federal and State Agency programs and policies

Position will require significant overnight travel.  Excellent health and retirement benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


West Virginia Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forest Enhancement Partnership Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY:  The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), in partnership with the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is looking for a motivated individual to work effectively with private forest landowners and local partners in West Virginia to implement sustainable forest management practices known to benefit Cerulean Warblers and associated wildlife on private lands as part of the AMJV’s Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forest Enhancement, a project of the NRCS Regional Conservation Partners Program (RCPP).

The Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement is a 5-year RCPP project designed to improve mature forest habitat on private lands for Cerulean Warblers and associated species in the states of WV, MD, PA, KY, and OH. Our objective is to enhance 12,500 acres of forest habitat project-wide (~4,000 acres in WV) for Cerulean Warblers, basing the forest management and use of NRCS conservation practices on newly released Cerulean Warbler Management Guidelines for Enhancing Breeding Habitat in Appalachian Hardwood Forests.   Additionally, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF), the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), and Green Forests Work (GFW) will restore approximately 1,000 acres of reclaimed mine lands project-wide to biodiverse forest, including American chestnut plantings.  This project will complement the existing NRCS Working Lands For Wildlife (WLFW) Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) program, and this Partnership Coordinator will also have the opportunity to promote the use of GWWA Best Management Practices to create young forest habitat, in conjunction with the Cerulean Warbler recommendations, where the two species overlap.  

DUTIES:  Work with AMJV staff and local partners such as NRCS, WV Division of Forestry, WV Division of Natural Resources, USFWS, NGOs, local foresters and others to:

  • Promote Cerulean Warbler forest management to private landowners, foresters and wildlife habitat practitioners; including organizing and conducting training workshops with other resource managers.
  • Identify and directly contact private landowners with forest stewardship opportunities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate property field visits by recognized professional foresters to provide technical assistance and advance management plan development.
  • Facilitate private landowner enrollment in NRCS programs and NRCS contracting.
  • Maintain records of all landowners involved in the program and track each to assure contacts are made, landowners are connected to appropriate resources / contractors, and management activities are implemented and completed.
  • Work with professional resource managers to assist with contracting, preparing, and overseeing the implementation of forest stewardship plans on private lands (commercial or non-commercial) using established Cerulean Warbler Forest Management Guidelines.
  • Identify additional landowners and future sites for forest management on private and potentially public lands.

Other duties will include:

  • Monitor and track project activities using an electronic database and GIS to ensure proper reporting for assessing success, and potentially assist with focal species monitoring pre- and post-treatment.
  • Assist resource professionals with development of site specific forest management plans according to NRCS practice standards and focal species’ best management practices.
  • Communicate with, and provide technical assistance to, private landowners as well as local, state and federal agencies on implementation of best management practices for young forest focal species.
  • Write and submit quarterly and annual reports to NWTF and AMJV staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The position requires excellent networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in wildlife ecology, forestry, or environmental sciences, or a related field (masters or higher preferred). An understanding of forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, ornithology, or wildlife biology desired. 
  • Knowledge of NRCS landowner cost-share programs, especially EQIP.
  • Experience working with private landowners as well as Federal / State agencies (ex. NRCS, WV DNR, USFWS, USDA Forest Service).
  • Ability to use Excel, ArcMAP, Google Maps, and other computer mapping systems, including Trimble GPS, to identify and delineate project boundaries. 
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. Applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
  • Coordinator may be required to participate in specific training programs in order to use partner facilities and equipment. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license.

The Habitat Coordinator will be based out of the NRCS office in Morgantown, WV. The Habitat Coordinator is an NWTF employee and represents NWTF and the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture in their work. This Habitat Coordinator will report jointly to the AMJV Coordinator and NWTF’s Northeast Conservation Field Supervisor. 

Please direct questions to:

Todd Fearer
Coordinator, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Office:  (540) 231-9519 - tfearer@abcbirds.org

Excellent health and retirement benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


NWTF Regional Biologist - Western Montana

POSITION SUMMARY:  The National Wild Turkey Federation is seeking qualified candidates for a wildlife biologist position covering western Montana, to be located in Missoula, Montana. The position will be a cooperative position with the USDA - U.S. Forest Service and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. This individual will be responsible for working with USFS foresters and resource specialists to promote, design and implement management activities that enhance wildlife habitats and promote healthy forest ecosystems on the Bitterroot National Forest and surrounding western Montana National Forest complexes. This is a full time, three-year term position with the potential to extend the term.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK:  The Western Montana Cooperative Wildlife Biologist will assist the NWTF and the, U.S. Forest Service and cooperating partners in the delivery of sound beneficial forest management practices and habitat treatments that seek to improve wildlife habitat in the NWTF’s Northern Rockies Focal Landscape. Work will focus on U. S. Forest Service public lands in western Montana, specifically the Bitterroot Valley region. This individual will work to promote project collaboration and support through the development of partnerships among state and federal agencies, private landowners, industry, conservation organizations and the public. The cooperative wildlife biologist will work to increase forest management effectiveness through technical assistance with project planning, design, development, implementation and outreach efforts under the direction of cooperating partners.

DUTIES:  This position would serve in a capacity to provide support to USFS staff on the Bitterroot and other western Montana National Forests. Below is a list of specific duties and performance activities to address conservation needs in the region.

  • Develop consensus and provide recommendations for working in aspen stands and riparian areas to ensure these critical habitats are included in management planning
  • Provide expertise related to management of habitats beneficial to wild turkeys, forest grouse other wildlife species with emphasis on forest thinning, prescribed fire and fuels treatment activities
  • Provide consultation and coordination regarding sensitive species concerns and requirements with the USFWS on USFS projects as determined and needed
  • Provide review and input on purpose, need and design during all stages of forest management project planning and implementation
  • Promote and develop opportunities for forest stewardship which will benefit wildlife habitats
  • Assist USFS staff with the development of NEPA documents to ensure timely progress of planned activities
  • Identify and explore opportunities to improve access to isolated public lands for management and potential public access purposes
  • Promote project collaboration and awareness and acquire project support through the engagement and involvement with conservation organizations, local conservation groups, industry and local communities

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Preferred candidates will possess experience working in Rocky Mountain ecosystems and knowledge of common Northern Rockies forest wildlife and their habitats, to include wild turkeys, forest grouse species and T&E species; familiarity with forest entomology, pathology, forest management and planning for major silvicultural types of the region; knowledge of basic surveying principles, map reading and GPS technology, ArcGIS skills; ability to apply professional scientific techniques to the land for which responsibilities are assigned, ability to effectively cooperate with private landowners, the general public, cooperators and peers; skills in the use and operation of field equipment and ATVs; skills in communicating both orally and in written form to convey clear, persuasive messages that positively influence the thoughts and actions of others; proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of wildlife biology and forestry
  • Strong organizational skills and capability to work independently with little direct supervision
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management, Forestry or other natural resource degree with a strong wildlife/forestry emphasis, or relevant experience (Applicants with a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management or education/experience in wildlife management and forestry are preferred.)
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook 

Excellent health and retirement benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


NWTF Regional Biologist - Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a Regional Biologist. This position will be responsible for all facets of the NWTF's habitat conservation, wild turkey, and upland wildlife management programs in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware. While location is negotiable, a centralized location in the Harrisburg or State College, PA area is preferred. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Work cooperatively with the state wildlife and forestry agencies, USDA-NRCS, US Forest Service, other state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private landowners to promote and deliver habitat initiatives
  • Administer NWTF’s habitat initiatives, and work closely with the NWTF State Chapters and state agency personnel to administer the Hunting Heritage Super Fund Program in each state
  • Provide oversight and coordination for conservation activities affecting important habitat for the wild turkey and other upland wildlife on both public and private lands
  • Garner funding for conservation work by securing grants, contracts, and additional agency and non-governmental organization partnerships to further NWTF’s mission
  • Develop and provide oversight of agency agreements and contracts
  • Promote habitat and outreach accomplishments via NWTF and agency public relations media

Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field and demonstrated knowledge of wildlife management, forestry, and ecology; A Master’s degree with four years related experience is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills.
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies and private landowners; grant writing and administration; Farm Bill programs; development of management plans; and mid-Atlantic ecosystems and management techniques preferred.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft applications including spreadsheets, internet and computer applications. GIS skills and experience preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision and guidance. Must have excellent and demonstrated leadership skills, a great team spirit, excellent organizational skills, and an ability to motivate others through a positive attitude.
  • Must be willing to incur significant travel including overnight stays as appropriate

Position will require significant overnight travel.  Excellent health and retirement benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


NWTF Regional Wildlife Biologist - East Texas

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation has an immediate opening for a regional wildlife biologist.  This position will be responsible for all facets of the NWTF’s habitat conservation and wild turkey and upland wildlife management programs in East Texas.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Work cooperatively with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, US Forest Service, other state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private landowners to promote and deliver habitat initiatives
  • Administer NWTF’s regional habitat initiatives, and work closely with the Texas NWTF State Chapter to administer the Hunting Heritage Super Fund Program
  • Provide oversight and coordination for conservation activities addressing forest and grassland health issues affecting important habitat for the wild turkey and other upland wildlife on both public and private lands
  • Garner funding for conservation work by securing grants, contracts and additional agency and non-governmental organization partnerships to further NWTF’s mission
  • Develop and provide oversight of agency agreements and contracts
  • Develop and implement stewardship habitat proposals and projects with the US Forest Service that enhance wildlife habitat via active forest management
  • Promote habitat and outreach accomplishments via NWTF and agency public   relations media

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field and demonstrated knowledge of wildlife management, forestry and ecology; a Master’s degree with four years related experience is preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies and private landowners; grant writing and administration; Farm Bill programs; development of management plans; and Texas ecosystems and management techniques preferred
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft applications including spreadsheets, internet and computer applications.  GIS skills and experience preferred. 
  • Individual will be required to reside in East Texas. While location is negotiable, a centralized location is preferred.

Position will require significant overnight travel.  Excellent health and retirement benefits package.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


Regional Director - Minnesota

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation is searching for a regional director to manage the territory in Minnesota. The chosen candidate will have to reside in the region or be willing to relocate to that area. This position is charged with planning, developing, implementing and maintaining a grassroots fundraising program designed to support our conservation mission and attract more people to conservation, turkey hunting and other outdoor activities.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Work with existing chapter system to develop them to their greatest potential for fund raising and membership development
  • Assist existing chapters in planning all types of activities that benefit the resource as well as the chapter
  • Act as liaison between chapters and national office on various issues
  • Work in development of all aspects of fund-raising dinners
  • Assist in searching out and screening donations of all types from private and public entities
  • Identify private and corporate landowners that are interested in having wild turkey management plans developed on their property
  • Ability to travel 25k to 30k miles per year to cover assigned territory. Some overnight and weekend travel is required
  • Ability to submit weekly activity reports to headquarters and budget accordingly

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Superb relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • BS degree preferred or equivalent experience in Sales
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including strong Excel, Word and Outlook skills
  • Prefer someone with a love for wildlife or nature

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


Regional Director - Northern Louisiana

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation is searching for a regional director to manage the territory in northern Louisiana. The chosen candidate will have to reside in the region or be willing to relocate to that area. This position is charged with planning, developing, implementing and maintaining a grassroots fundraising program designed to support our conservation mission and attract more people to conservation, turkey hunting and other outdoor activities.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Work with existing chapter system to develop them to their greatest potential for fund raising and membership development
  • Assist existing chapters in planning all types of activities that benefit the resource as well as the chapter
  • Act as liaison between chapters and national office on various issues
  • Work in development of all aspects of fund-raising dinners
  • Assist in searching out and screening donations of all types from private and public entities
  • Identify private and corporate landowners that are interested in having wild turkey management plans developed on their property
  • Ability to travel 25k to 30k miles per year to cover assigned territory. Some overnight and weekend travel is required
  • Ability to submit weekly activity reports to headquarters and budget accordingly

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Superb relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • BS degree preferred or equivalent experience in Sales
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including strong Excel, Word and Outlook skills
  • Prefer someone with a love for wildlife or nature

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.


Regional Director - Oregon/Washington

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Wild Turkey Federation is searching for a regional director to manage the territory in Oregon/Washington. The chosen candidate will have to reside in the region or be willing to relocate to that area. This position is charged with planning, developing, implementing and maintaining a grassroots fundraising program designed to support our conservation mission and attract more people to conservation, turkey hunting and other outdoor activities.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  • Work with existing chapter system to develop them to their greatest potential for fund raising and membership development
  • Assist existing chapters in planning all types of activities that benefit the resource as well as the chapter
  • Act as liaison between chapters and national office on various issues
  • Work in development of all aspects of fund-raising dinners
  • Assist in searching out and screening donations of all types from private and public entities
  • Identify private and corporate landowners that are interested in having wild turkey management plans developed on their property
  • Ability to travel 25k to 30k miles per year to cover assigned territory. Some overnight and weekend travel is required
  • Ability to submit weekly activity reports to headquarters and budget accordingly

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Superb relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • BS degree preferred or equivalent experience in Sales
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including strong Excel, Word and Outlook skills
  • Prefer someone with a love for wildlife or nature

Complete the online job application by clicking here.

No telephone calls or agencies please.

Equal Employment/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace employer.