Rangelands

Private Lands Wildlife Biologist

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is hiring TWO Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (biologist) to deliver habitat conservation projects on private lands in the grassland of eastern Colorado. This position is a partnership between the US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. These positions focus specifically on connecting landowners to resources with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and associated management. The biologists will help agricultural producers including ranchers and farmers improve grassland ecological function, enhance wildlife habitat, and achieve their management and operational objectives. To accomplish objectives, the biologists will assess resources, rangeland health, and collaborate with landowners to develop comprehensive conservation plans for working lands through such programs as CRP and Grasslands CRP. These plans may include practices such as managed grazing and drought planning, habitat improvement treatments, seed mix recommendations, water infrastructure, wildlife-friendly fencing, invasive species treatments, and removal of woody encroachment. The biologists will work with Bird Conservancy, federal, state, and local natural resource professionals, and will use voluntary, incentive-based funding opportunities (e.g. Farm Bill, CRP, etc.) to implement conservation. The northeast position will be based in the Fort Morgan NRCS field office with the southeast position based in the Trinidad NRCS field office. Both positions will be jointly supervised by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and NRCS, and will require travel throughout portions of the assigned duty areas. Fort Morgan will primarily include areas within Morgan, Weld, Logan, and Adams Counties. The Trinidad biologist will primarily work in Las Animas, Otero, and Pueblo Counties.