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Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist I, II, or III


Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Lyon County, Minnesota
Job Description:

An individual in this position will work in a joint capacity with Pheasants Forever, Inc. (PF), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to promote, accelerate enrollment, coordinate, and implement the voluntary conservation provisions of the Federal Farm Bill and other related state, local and other voluntary conservation programs. Activities will include: 

  • Voluntary conservation program promotion
  • Contract coordination
  • Conservation planning 
  • Conservation plan modification
  • Site assessments
  • Reporting
  • Attend Farm Bill Biologist training and assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts  
  • Provide technical assistance to farmers/landowners on conservation planning, habitat planning and other wildlife related practices.  
  • Meet with local chapters of Pheasants Forever and other local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide meetings

This position will be based out of the USDA Service Center in Marshall, MN. The individual is an employee of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and receives supervision from Pheasants Forever with daily instruction by the local USDA-NRCS and SWCD staff. The individual will serve in providing technical assistance of biological/wildlife aspects of all USDA NRCS Conservation Programs, BWSR, SWCD and PF voluntary programs to private landowners and participants. 

  • Help landowners identify plants and habitat on their property and guide them in improving those habitats for wildlife utilizing voluntary conservation programs from USDA NRCS, PF, BWSR and other local and state programs.
  • Use science-based knowledge to improve habitat within the agricultural regions of the work area. This includes collaboration amongst staff, and being the in-house technical wildlife expert, and the go-to person for landowners within the work area who have wildlife and habitat related questions.
  • Write contracts and other documents to help guide landowners in implementing voluntary conservation programs.
  • Collaborate between partnering agencies to achieve habitat restoration and management goals for landowners and programs.
  • Collaborate with local USDA office to promote and implement the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
  • Assist partners with all phases of the Reinvest in MN (RIM) conservation easement program, including outreach, title work, construction, and reimbursement.
  • Assist partners with outreach, contract development, and implementation of the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP).
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with farmers, landowners, and partner agencies. 
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge of wildlife ecology, wetland and forest management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans (e.g. mowing, prescribed burning, herbicide spraying, grazing, forestry mowing, etc..). Knowledge of agriculture is a plus.  
  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal, state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
  • Knowledge of habitat requirements for pheasant, turkey, deer, waterfowl, monarch butterfly, native bees, and other grassland wildlife species. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • A background in GIS mapping or closely related program and skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Valid driver’s license required; Partner vehicle will be provided for field work, but some use of personal vehicle may be required at time (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
$38,000 to $49,000 commensurate with experience + benefits (see benefits summary at

How to Apply:

 Please combine your cover letter, resume and three (3) references as a single Word document or PDF file before uploading to the “Resume” area of your application on our recruitment website at For information regarding the position contact Gemma Kleinschmidt, MN Area Wildlife Biologist, at (701) 215-8386/


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