MDF Habitat Project Coordinator – CA (Modoc NF)

Job Description – MDF Habitat Project Coordinator – Modoc National Forest, CA

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is seeking a term (2 year with possibility of extension) wildlife biologist or forester to function as a Habitat Project Coordinator (Coordinator) to work with the  Modoc National Forests (MNF) in northcentral CA. The Coordinator will be a shared position with MDF and MNF, be based on the Big Valley Ranger District in Tulelake, CA, and will report directly to the MDF Director of Conservation (Director). The position will work closely with MDF and MNF staff, MDF conservation partners, California Department of Fish & Game (CAFG), and other local stakeholders to identify, plan, and implement habitat projects on US Forest Service lands focused on the Long Bell Game Refuge within the Deep Refuge Restoration project. There is a need to reduce tree and shrub densities to promote forest diversity and increase forest resilience to wildfire and increase the quality of habitat for mule deer and other forest species. The project will likely include commercial and noncommercial timber removal and fire reintroduction to move the ecosystem towards desired condition. The size of the project is yet undetermined but will need to be at an appropriate scale to have a significant influence on the resilience of the area.

Coordinator will lead and coordinate with the USFS staff on the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) to complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other required documents needed for a project decision to be made by the local district ranger. Activities include providing project scoping, alternative development, analysis, public outreach, comment compilation, and drafting decision documents. Project implementation actions include project planning, project management, agreement and contract management, and program development support to work associated with habitat project implementation. The Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing collaborative stewardship and conservation programs on federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, while working with local stakeholders including local communities, conservation NGOs, federal and state agencies, and private sector partners to support strategic initiatives and long-term goals of the MDF on the MNF.
Responsibilities

The MDF Project Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Lead and coordinate the IDT in completion of NEPA, CEQA, and other documents required for a project decision to be made on the Long Bell Game Range within the Deep Refuge Restoration Project on the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest.
  • Lead public outreach efforts associated with project planning and analysis.
  • Compile, analyze, and address public comments on project if needed.
  • Draft a decision notice for USFS authorization.
  • Ensure resource surveys are completed in order to properly address potential impacts from proposed projects
  • Oversee implementation of project, through contracting authorities or agreements, which may include mechanical vegetation treatments and prescribed burning to modify shrublands, juniper woodlands, lodgepole pine, mixed-conifer, and spruce-fir habitats to benefit a multitude of wildlife species
  • Create specific individual projects on behalf of the Forest Service, which may be carried out through, but not limited to, separate funded agreements and/or contracts as decided and agreed to by both parties
  • Develop contracts and grant/agreement documents for projects and partnerships
  • Serve as project lead to oversee project design and coordinate the implementation of those projects completing follow-up monitoring and reporting when required
  • Provide internal coordination with Forest Service staff
  • Organize the pieces to complete implementation of projects
  • Complete implementation when applicable and capable
  • Submit follow-up reporting documentation
  • Build community support
  • Secure additional funding through Mule Deer Foundation or other partner networks which would be beneficial to the Modoc National Forest

Essential Duties

  • Develop, analyze, and implement habitat projects on the Long Bell Game Range within the Deep Refuge Restoration Project
    Build and maintain close and mutually beneficial collaborative relationships among federal and state land management agencies, NGO partners, and MDF partners to implement effective landscape scale conservation and stewardship partnerships
  • Develop scope of work for stewardship and conservation projects on the MNF but also may consider projects which occur across various land ownerships and land uses
  • Coordinate with MNF and CAFG staff to develop, modify, manage, and track all aspects (including budgets, contracting mechanisms, and accomplishments) of habitat projects associated with forest restoration projects (e.g., hand thinning, mechanical thinning, mastication, biomass removal, prescribed fire, etc.) that benefit mule deer and other wildlife
  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly administrative and financial obligation actions including invoicing and reporting efforts, including identifying and executing necessary amendments, for contracts and grant-funded stewardship work
  • Build new partnerships to strengthen MNF and MDF ability to support on-the-ground restoration and enhancement projects that benefit conserve natural systems and expand outdoor experiences
  • Maintain a breadth of knowledge about current and emerging issues, policy development, and innovations in the field of stewardship activity and conservation programming to enhance MDF program effectiveness

Education and Qualifications

  • Education: Minimum of an undergraduate degree in natural resources field (wildlife, conservation, forestry, environmental science, or related field);
  • Work Experience: Minimum two years (2), preferred five (5+) years of work experience managing habitat projects, or similar conservation programs, including project planning, and/or project implementation, preferably on state or federal lands (preference will be given to work within US Forest Service);
  • National Environmental Policy Act – working knowledge and experience of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act is preferred.
  • Project Management: Experience managing project planning and implementation that involves multiple organizations, stakeholder teams, and funders, including experience managing grants and/or contracts, project budgets and timelines, contractor oversight and compliance monitoring, and reporting and invoicing requirements.
  • Project Coordination: Experience in project planning and implementation activities that involve multiple partners and diverse scopes of work.
  • Outreach and Engagement: Experience with community outreach and education efforts about land management, wildfire mitigation, restoration, forest health, or other conservation-related topics across diverse stakeholders is preferred.
  • Agreement/Contract Management: Experience working with U.S. Forest Service, or other federal agency, agreements, such as or similar to Stewardship Agreements and Challenge Cost Share Agreements, or other contracts to implement habitat projects.
  • Land and Watershed Management: Experience with land and watershed science, policy, and management, including forest restoration, forest health, fire science, vegetation management, wildlife conservation, and/or meadow and stream restoration.
  • A strong understanding of natural resource issues in northern California.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills; and
  • Strong writing skills and public speaking experience.

Abilities and Skills

  • Ability to work with a wide range of people with differing and sometimes conflicting opinions.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently, work in outdoor conditions, telework when necessary, and maintain a flexible work schedule if needed.
  • Ability to work well and be flexible in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to represent MDF and MNF in a clear and professional manner through excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills; and
  • A strong attention to detail, with skill in working in a timely and well-organized fashion.

Salary/Benefits – $58 – 65K, DOE plus benefits (Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, and 401K)
Application Deadline: June 21, tentative starting date is August 1, 2022
Location: Duty station will be Tulelake or Adin, CA
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references in a single document (PDF preferred) to conservation@muledeer.org with the subject line: “Application for MDF Habitat Project Coordinator – CA”.