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State of Montana Habitat Specialist (33184) in Lewistown, Montana

/THEOUTSIDEIS IN US ALL./ Please remember to attach the required documents_Supplemental Questions and Resume_listed in this announcement. A state application is not required. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. The State Application is not a substitute for a Resume. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on June 18, 2023. You must apply through the State of Montana Career site. _Supplemental Questions:_ 1. This position will require you to work with private landowners, many of which will be traditional agricultural producers. Please describe your knowledge of western ranching and farming practices and any applicable experience you have working with landowners. 2. Please describe your knowledge or previous work with habitat conservation leases or similar large scale habitat conservation programs. 3. Why are you interested in this position? Special Information: Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary EmployeeBeneficiaryAssociation). A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation. Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply. This position is currently in modified funding. Thus, while FWP anticipates continued funding for this position, permanent status is not guaranteed beyond June 30, 2023. The Habitat Specialist is a unique opportunity to work on large scale habitat conservation of grasslands and sagebrush grasslands across Central Montana. The position covers large geographical areas consisted of a mix of public and private lands tied to agriculture (farming/ranching). The position requires extensive travel with the area of responsibility to meet with landowners and complete site visits during all times of year and at times in adverse weather conditions. The incumbent must be willing to initiate contact with landowners and partnering agencies and organizations on a daily basis. The incumbent must be willing to spend time away from home or duty station. In addition to working outdoors, this position requires considerable office work, developing proposals and contracts and associated information as well as coordinating activities with department staff, landowners, and partners. We are seeking to fill one positions to be located in central Montana in Lewistown. The City of Lewistown is a Class II Municipality located at the heart of Fergus County in eastern FWP Region 4. Lewistown has a population of approximately 6,000 residents and is the Fergus County seat.Intersected by a beautiful, spring-fed stream, encircled by gentle island mountain ranges and surrounded by Montana's natural beauty, Lewistown is a premier destination for fishing, hunting, hiking and biking.Approximately two-thirds of region 4 consist of private lands with much of this landscape tied to agricultural(farming/ranching). The remainder of the region consists of a diversity of public lands and features geographic landscapes to include the Missouri River Breaks, several island mountain ranges, large river corridors, significant prairie breaks/sagebrush and intermountain shrub/grassland habitat, and the Rocky Mountain Front/Bob Marshall Wilderness. With this diverse landscape, central Montana offers renowned hunting for all Montana’s big game and upland and migratory bird species, warm/cold water fishing, hiking, backpacking, boating, and many other recreational opportunities and is a destination location for such recreationists from around the world. Job Duties: FWP is implementing a landscape-scale Habitat Conservation Lease program with the goal of conserving up to 500,000 acres of grassland and wetland habitat over the next 5 years. The Habitat Specialist will help develop and deliver Habitat Conservation Leases (HCLs), complete review and approval process for proposed HCLs, and will monitor HCLs and other conservation properties for compliance with agreement terms. This position is responsible for interacting with landowners and answering landowner questions about the program, reviewing HCL applications, completing site visits of proposed HCLs, completing checklist EAs for proposals and conducting required public meetings, completing the lease agreement, generating project summaries, and monitoring HCLs on a regular basis for compliance. The employee will be responsible for overseeing completion of projects, promoting the program to expand landowner interest and constituent support, and, where appropriate, seeking opportunities to enhance program delivery or support habitat restoration work related to HCLs. The employee may also do compliance monitoring of other FWP conservation properties such as annual compliance checks of conservation easements. The Habitat Specialist will serve as a point of contact, representing the department when working with other agencies and conservation organizations, for promoting program objectives. Employee will be responsible for initiating personal contacts and making formal presentations. Ability to effectively work with private landowners, sportpersons, state and federal agencies, NGO’s, and other members of the public is essential to the job. Minimum Qualifications: The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, range science, fish and wildlife management, animal ecology, biology, or a closely related field and some related work experience or at least 5 years of work experience that is specifically related to skill sets and abilities needed for these positions. Combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Title: Habitat Specialist (33184) Location: Lewistown Requisition ID: 23140627