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Wildlife Restoration Specialist

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to jobs@americanprairie.org. American Prairie Reserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

TEAM: Reserve
REPORTS TO: Director of Wildlife Restoration and Science (DWRS)
LOCATION: Reserve
HOURS: Full Time
WORK PROVISIONS: Housing, living, and vehicle benefits
BENEFITS: Paid Vacation, Paid National Holidays, Paid Sick Days, 401K (after 1 year), Flexible Savings Account, Dependent Care Account, Medical Insurance, Short-term Disability Insurance, and Voluntary Vision, Dental, and, Accident Insurance

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: American Prairie Reserve (APR) is creating the largest wildlife reserve in the contiguous U.S. on the Northern Great Plains of Northeastern Montana. This Reserve is designed for visitors around the world to experience spectacular wildlife and to protect one of the world’s most important and imperiled ecosystems.

JOB PURPOSE: Partner with and support APR’s Director of Wildlife Restoration and Science (DWRS), Reserve Supervisor, and Manager of Economic Initiatives to advance the “Land, Wildlife, and People” pillar of our Land of Legacy Initiative to restore wildlife and provide on-the-ground monitoring of Wild Sky ranches.

Success in this position requires outstanding interpersonal skills as much as it does restoration and science skills. We are looking for someone that greatly enjoys working with people, especially in rural communities, including with sportspersons, NGOs, and agencies.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:

Wild Sky Ranch Wildlife Restoration & Monitoring: 40%

  • Assist to recruit and retain Wild Sky ranchers in the core Reserve area and wildlife corridors connecting APR to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
  • Complete the implementation of identified Freese Scale criteria on Wild Sky ranches.
  • Oversees and regularly monitors Freese Scale ratings, reporting on the results.
  • Guided by the Freese Scale, participate in the design and implementation of wildlife and vegetation health monitoring programs on Wild Sky ranches; including developing and maintaining efficient strategies for completion of monitoring.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to assist in the development and implement proactive tools to reduce human and livestock conflicts with predators.
  • Complete data collection, organization, analysis, reporting, and information dissemination; use data and assessment of data to adapt research designs as needed.
  • Provide frequent technical assistance to Wild Sky and project-area ranchers.
  • Help oversee third party evaluations of Wild Sky ranches.

Liaison to neighbors, NGOs, Government Agencies, and Other External Entities: 40%

  • Co-lead with APR’s Reserve Supervisor and DWRS the effort to raise relevant wildlife population objectives with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
  • Partner with APR’s DWRS and Reserve Supervisor to liaise with government agencies to promote and enact wildlife restoration.
  • Organize and coordinate landowners and conservation/hunting groups to develop and collaborate on strategies to restore wildlife.
  • Assist in designing and implementing new incentive programs to encourage ranchers to actively support wildlife restoration.
  • Assist in developing and implementing elk, pronghorn, sheep, and predator management and policy plans.

Core Reserve Wildlife Restoration: 20%

  • Assist in designing and implementing habitat and wildlife restoration activities on Reserve; including tools for the recovery of imperiled species (i.e. ferret and swift fox) and proactive non-lethal predator strategies (i.e. range riders and guard dogs).
  • Host and tour guests on the Reserve as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required

  • Savvy interpersonal skills to build and maintain collaborative and productive relationships.
  • Enthusiasm for and positive representation of APR’s mission, values, goals and culture.
  • Strong support for the Wild Sky beef program.
  • Master’s of Science in wildlife conservation or related area of study; OR Bachelor of Science in related area of study plus 3-5 years related job experience.
  • Knowledge and applied experience in ecological principals and field research techniques including actual field experience.
  • A persuasive communicator with strong technical and non-technical written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to report to and negotiate priorities among various APR leaders and teams. Detail-oriented and organized, including in completion of data entry and analysis.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as with a great deal of autonomy; including working independently without supervision.
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information with a high degree of discretion.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel regularly.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking skills, using logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions and approaches to problems.
  • Proactive and motivated work ethic with a high degree of initiative.
  • Confident and adaptable with sound judgment.
  • Willingness to work with media, comfortable with interviews.

Preferred

  • Experience in human-wildlife conflict resolution and prevention.
  • Ranching knowledge or experience.
  • Solid knowledge of wildlife policy structure (role of commissions, NGOs, agencies, etc.)
  • Independent and innovative thinker and practitioner.
  • Supervisory experience in overseeing and directing technicians.
  • Experience managing volunteer or student field work programs.
  • Degree or experience in economics, social science, agricultural science, or restoration ecology.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee. The job will be dynamic to fit the changing needs and priorities of APR. All employees are required to be responsible for and assist with additional tasks and responsibilities as needed.

APR reserves the right to verify previous employment and other information provided by a candidate. If a candidate provides false information, an offer for employment may be rescinded.

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and resume to jobs@americanprairie.org. American Prairie Reserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer.