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Tuesday November 14, 2017   |
RMEF Seeks Candidates for Director of Habitat Stewardship Programs
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a non-profit wildlife habitat conservation organization seeks an experienced individual to provide oversight and management to RMEF's habitat stewardship programs including state based Project Advisory Committees and national granting programs. Position serves as a conduit of information for elk and habitat managers throughout North America and will coordinate closely with state wildlife agencies and federal land managers. Will act as a conservation and scientific resource for all RMEF programs, publications, and staff. B.S. in wildlife management or closely related field and five years' experience in wildlife management is required. Direct experience with elk and deer management is preferred. Experience working with federal and state agencies and state or national conservation organizations is required. Demonstrated experience in supervision, leadership, and program management. Position located in Missoula, MT. Email cover letter and resume to jobs@rmef.org by 11/28/17. RMEF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V

Reports to: Chief Conservation Officer
Department: Lands & Conservation
Classification: Exempt

Job Summary:
Provides oversight and management to RMEF's habitat stewardship programs including state based Project Advisory Committees and national granting programs. Serves as a conduit of information for elk and habitat managers throughout North America. Coordinates closely with state wildlife agencies and federal land managers. Acts as a conservation and scientific resource for all RMEF programs, publications, and staff.


Essential Functions:


Provides general oversight for the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) state habitat project granting program. Update the PACs with organization policy, philosophy and direction. Provides training for new PACs. Ensures that proper support is provided with regard to materials and information.
Working closely with other conservation staff, ensure that proper support is provided with regard to processing and recording hunting heritage and conservation outreach grants.
Reviews all projects submitted for habitat enhancement, wildlife management, research, and elk restoration to ensure consistency with the mission, current policy and within budget constraints.
Reviews notices, studies, and environmental analyses related to pubic land management plans and drafts comments on behalf of RMEF. Attends planning meetings and routinely speaks to the public about elk related issues.
Oversees the data collection, data input, data tracking, data reporting functions, project follow-up through completion, reconciliation and reclassification of project expenses, and project analysis used to report mission accomplishment, market the organization and aid in its fund raising goals.
Routinely review and maintain in a current state RMEF GIS data layers. Develop a written plan identifying layers that RMEF has, date of data, and efforts needed to update and keep current along with an annual budget proposal. Make recommendations for new data layers.
Attend National Project Review Committee Meetings providing scientific background and historical context for projects being reviewed.
Develops and monitors budgets.
Negotiates collection agreements, contracts and waivers for project work and expenditures.
Provide wildlife management expertise to RMEF, other agencies and organizations and the public.
Other duties as assigned

Supervision of Others:
Supervises the Conservation Program Coordinator and the Land and Conservation Program Information Manager.



Additional Responsibilities:
Represent the RMEF at local, regional and national meetings, seminars and symposiums that deal with wildlife management and related fields of resource management. Provide public relations staff with project information, resource issue insights and suggested strategies. Communicate with the Divisions and Departments, and all other staff units within the RMEF


Education and Experience:
This person must have a minimum of a B.S. in wildlife management or closely related field. A minimum of five years' experience in wildlife management is required and direct experience with elk and deer management is preferred. Experience working with federal and state agencies and state or national conservation organizations is required. Demonstrated experience in supervision, leadership, and program management. Experience managing staff is preferred.



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:


Knowledge and support of RMEF mission, goals, organizational structure and activities.
Demonstrated experience in wildlife management, habitat management, project and conservation planning.
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Ability to communicate effectively to groups of individuals and conduct professional presentations.
Working knowledge of roles, processes and policies of state wildlife management agencies, federal wildlife and land management agencies.
Ability to represent RMEF in a professional manner.
Working knowledge of databases, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) and ArcView GIS.
Ability to identify funding sources and seek funding support.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work constructively with a wide variety of entities. Ability to work within a team.
Ability to perceive and establish long-term goals, to develop and implement programs that are cohesive, progressive, mission-oriented and cost effective.
Ability to develop and manage a budget.
Ability to think critically, take appropriate risks, and visualize big picture thinking.
Ability to effectively lead and manage a diverse group of staff members.

Physical Demands:
The incumbent will encounter both office and field conditions. Office work will require sitting or standing for long periods of time, frequent use of office equipment such as telephones, scanners and computers, and light lifting, bending and physical exertion. Travel by automobile, airplane, horse, foot or mechanized ORV's may be required. Evening work and weekend work may be required.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements.
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