Grazing or Rangeland Management Specialist

Common Ground Ecology

Common Ground Ecology (CGE) is seeking a qualified individual for a full-time position to develop grazing and rangeland management plans and evaluate associated conservation practices. The goal of these activities is to improve water quality within central and south Florida’s ranchlands by implementing best management practices for cattle and land management on ranches within the project area that are participating in USDA NRCS cost-share programs.

CGE is a private ecological consulting firm that specializes in projects focused on conservation and preservation of Florida ecosystems and imperiled wildlife. Our primary work involves ecological assessments of lands to ascertain the presence and relative abundance of natural communities, listed species, and other ecological values. We research and survey these properties to produce reports that are then used in the preparation of habitat management planning as well as incentive and acquisition program applications. These typically pay landowners to conserve or implement conservation practices on their properties, often in perpetuity. We have been the ecological support for the acquisition and protection of thousands of acres of land in Florida as well as many more projects that have been added to acquisition lists. We are not a large company, but we are committed to providing the utmost honest, ethical, and quality work in our field.

Work Locations (estimate only – this will vary considerably)

  • NRCS office (20%)
  • Tampa office (30-50%)
  • Field (30%)
  • Home/Telecommute (0-20%)

Job Classification

Full-Time; Salary; 3-year Term expected to transition to Permanent

Position Responsibilities

CGE and Florida Conservation Group (FCG) have partnered to implement a large, multi-year project funded by the United States Department of Agricultural (USDA). FCG is a nonprofit conservation organization led by ranchers and scientists who develop strategies to facilitate incentive-driven conservation on private ag lands in central and southwest Florida. Our goal for this project is to assist landowners with grazing management planning, which requires hiring an individual to work closely with FCG, private landowners, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff in Administrative Areas 3 and 4 (all FL counties south of SR-50). His/her work will center on the following primary tasks, completed in formats suitable for processing by NRCS staff:

  1. Collect data and develop grazing plans
  2. Complete implementation requirement (IR) sheets
  3. Perform conservation practice certifications / checkouts

This certified grazing specialist (e.g. prescribed grazing planner, grazing lands manager, animal (Bovine) forage specialist, range manager, etc.) will be hired by CGE and assigned as the point of contact with NRCS field offices to develop and evaluate plans for program participants.

Qualifications and Experience

Certification (at least one or education/experience to possibly obtain one):

  • Society for Range Management (SRM): Certified Range Management Consultant;
  • American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC): Certified Grassland Professional;
  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA): Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg); or
  • National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants (NAICC): Certified Professional Crop Consultant (CPCC).

Education - Bachelor's or higher degree in Range Science or Management, Agronomy, Soil Science, or Plant Science.

Experience - Demonstrate at least 2 years' experience in planning, design, installation/layout, inspection, checkout and certification of Grazing and/or rangeland planning practices.