Job Alert! Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator

Southern Oregon-Northeastern California (SONEC)

 

Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator 

LOCATION: Position will be located within or in close proximity to the SONEC region.

APPOINTMENT: Minimum three years, full time.

The SONEC Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator position serves to support strategic, partner-driven conservation of working wet meadows in Southern Oregon-Northeastern California (SONEC) through the SONEC Working Wet Meadows Initiative. Supporting 4.9 million waterfowl during spring migration, SONEC is one of the most important staging areas for waterfowl in North America and also serves as a critical migration stopover and breeding area for waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. Private landowners that manage wet meadows to produce forage for livestock as part of their working ranches play a key role in sustaining Pacific Flyway migratory bird populations. Many of these wet meadows occur in historic floodplains and are managed through flood-irrigation to achieve agricultural objectives and mimic natural hydrological processes. As such, this position is highly focused on bridging wildlife and agricultural conservation objectives on working private lands. The position builds, strengthens, and connects science, field delivery, communications, and partnership capacity for working lands conservation.

JOIN THE TEAM!

We are seeking a Working Wetlands Conservation Delivery Coordinator to lead and oversee working wetland habitat delivery activities across SONEC. This position is supported through a collaborative funding arrangement of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW), and the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) to accelerate working wetlands conservation in SONEC. Hosted by the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI), the position will be based in the SONEC landscape and report to IWJV senior staff and an oversight team of contributing partners. The position will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of staff members and partners including, but not limited to, the IWJV Coordinator, IWJV Science Coordinator, IWJV Spatial Ecologist, Ducks Unlimited (DU) Regional Biologist, NRCS Basin Team Leaders, NRCS Field Office staff, FWS PFW Biologists, WMI Western Region Field Representative, and state conservation partners. The position is intended to accelerate conservation of working wetland habitats, enhance collaboration among partners, access and leverage habitat conservation funding, assist partner biologists with program delivery, and improve communication among conservation partners in the SONEC landscape. We are seeking a solution-oriented and visionary individual who thrives in a fast-paced work environment to join our team!

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Catalyze & Increase Working Wetlands Conservation Investments in SONEC

  • Provide staff support in implementing all aspects of the Working Wet Meadows Initiative (WWMI) to sustain long-term funding for working wetlands conservation from a diverse array of partners.
  • Share the Strategic Approach to Conservation model with partners to encourage investments in implementation of WWMI and NRCS Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) projects.
  • Work with partners to build funding pools to accelerate working wet meadows conservation for habitat delivery activities and capacity through partner investments, including FWS PFW, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and other state and federal programs.
  • Build and/or sustain conservation delivery capacity (e.g., partner biologist, range conservationist) field positions, as needed, through partnerships to support contributing partners and other key partners in working wet meadows conservation.
  • Catalyze financial assistance investments by partners in on-the-ground working wet meadows conservation delivery (e.g., land trust funding for NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) projects).
  • Interface with IWJV core staff and partner leadership on a regular basis through conference calls and meetings to provide updates, progress reports, and program reviews, as needed, to maintain strong internal and external support for WWMI.
  • Coordinate with FWS on NAWCA Grant National Environmental Policy Act and Section 7 compliance and other permit requirements. 

Oregon SONEC Field Capacity Coordination

  • Coordinate conservation delivery activities performed by SONEC Partner Biologists.
  • Assist NRCS with training, mentoring, and supporting SONEC Partner Biologists.
  • Provide technical assistance (e.g., conservation planning, livestock and flood-irrigation management, wildlife biology, range management) to SONEC Partner Biologists.
  • Schedule and lead SONEC Partner Biologist Oversight Team Meetings.
  • Assist the SONEC Partner Biologists and NRCS Field Office and Basin staff with implementing their respective CIS projects.
  • Coordinate, prepare and submit quarterly accomplishment reports highlighting habitat accomplishments, progress in delivering landscape scale conservation initiatives, and other relevant SONEC issues. 

Technical Transfer of Science & Planning to Implementation

  • Lead the technical transfer of science and conservation planning products being developed by the IWJV, in partnership with NRCS, to field office staff of contributing partners. Support the SONEC Partner Biologists and staff of contributing partners (i.e., NRCS, FWS PFW, DU, and IWJV) that are working with producers in applying strategic working wet meadows conservation.
  • Assist contributing partners and other key partners with identifying future science, conservation planning, and outcome-based evaluation activities.
  • Work with partners to develop specific screening and ranking tools to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of conservation delivery programs.
  • Facilitate collaboration between state, federal and non-governmental organization fisheries biologists and migratory bird biologists to increase understanding and cross-program coordination on habitat enhancement and restoration projects.
  • Support coordination of strategic planning and implementation of wetlands conservation on public lands with objectives of the private lands focused WWMI.
  • Provide technical assistance with developing strategies for maintaining flood-irrigated working wet meadows.

Communications & Outreach

  • Identify the need for and coordinate with the IWJV and key partner communication staff to develop new communications tactics and tools to support working wet meadows conservation, including marketing to spur additional partner investments in WWMI (e.g., private funding for land trusts to enable ACEP ALE conservation easements).
  • Represent the partnership at the SONEC landscape scale in the education and implementation of the proactive, voluntary, strategic working wet meadows conservation model that is mutually beneficial for agriculture and migratory birds. Increase public awareness of the environmental values associated with flood-irrigated working wet meadows, and promote voluntary, collaborative conservation approaches.
  • Represent the SONEC partnership at regional meetings such as NRCS State Technical Advisory Committee, IWJV State Conservation Partnerships, local work groups, watershed groups, and other coordination efforts that could build support for working wet meadows conservation in SONEC.
  • Organize landowner and stakeholder workshops and field tours, and coordinate conservation planning information with decision-makers, agency leaders, and non-governmental conservation organizations.
  • Collaborate regularly with the IWJV State Conservation Partnership Chairs in Oregon and California to support partnership-driven, landscape-scale, working wetlands conservation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/management, range science, restoration biology, or related field; an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in fishery/wildlife habitat management, land management, habitat conservation program delivery, or watershed management for a natural resources or conservation organization.
  • Commitment to building relationships with decision-makers and ensuring science priorities and results are applied in conservation planning, program development, and policy.
  • Experience in outreach and communicating scientific results to agency leaders, conservation professionals, the public, and the media.
  • Demonstrated track record of obtaining funding.
  • Demonstrated record of success in program leadership and management.
  • Experience in grant management and administration.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate well with staff and partners.
  • Experience working with state and/or federal wildlife or natural resource agencies.
  • Experience and familiarity with USDA Farm Bill programs.
  • Experience working with a broad array of conservation partners such as NGOs and land trusts.
  • Expertise in strategic planning, strategic communications, and facilitation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively; the size of the SONEC landscape warrants frequent travel, at times, to connect with the partnership and support stated objectives.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applicants must thoroughly read the position job description above and submit the following materials in electronic format (a single PDF preferred) to Dave Smith at dave_w_smith@fws.gov and Jim Stutzman at jim.stutzman@iwjv.org by August 17, 2017, COB.

  • Cover letter that addresses interest in the position and natural resource conservation.
  • Resume with a minimum of three references.
  • Two or more writing samples related to natural resources or conservation.

ANTICIPATED START DATE: Negotiable, but target is October 16, 2017.