Conservation Specialist - Long-billed Curlew Project

Position Summary:

Title: Long-billed Curlew Conservation Specialist                                
Supervisor: Northern Rockies BCR Coordinator                   
Location: Belle Fourche, SD; Hettinger, ND; or Baker, MT (To be determined)
Application Deadline: May 31, 2013

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and implement landowner outreach, program promotion, contract coordination, conservation planning, conservation plan modification, site assessment and reporting for appropriate portions (focal areas) of a 32-county area in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. 

  • Disseminate outreach materials developed by ABC regarding the habitat needs of curlews, and provide technical assistance for wildlife habitat enhancement techniques to private landowners.
  • Meet with local partners to influence habitat management efforts and participate in statewide habitat meetings. 

  • Assimilate regional information on Long-billed Curlew breeding areas, in conjunction with ABC staff and local partners.

  • Assist in coordinating technical assistance efforts.  Implement specific conservation programs to improve wildlife habitat. 

  • Assist or coordinate activities and projects as assigned by supervisor relevant to ABC and the SWCDs.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with landowners and partner agencies.

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.

  • Knowledge of range science, agricultural landscapes, wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.

  • Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal (i.e. Farm Bill, US Fish and Wildlife Service), state, & local entities. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Valid driver’s license required; some use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).

  • Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.

Training and Experience Guidelines:

  • Any combination of training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management or closely related natural resources field and/or related field experience.

  • Salary and Term of Employment: This is a 15-month position (July 2013 – September 2014), with a possibility of extension.

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2013 to: