Pheasants Forever Wildlife Management Specialist

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JOB DESCRIPTION:  The PF Wildlife Management Specialist is expected to perform a variety of semi-skilled maintenance and technical tasks at a Wildlife Management Unit or Prairie Resource Center.  The employee is expected to display a high level of initiative and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.  Employees in this position will work with other wildlife unit personnel and be under the general direction of the Wildlife Biologist.  The job duties of this position at a Wildlife Unit include general wildlife management activities on State owned wildlife areas within the assigned unit counties.  The primary responsibilities at the Prairie Resource Center are to assist with the production of native grass and wildflower seed. 

Examples of typical job duties at the Prairie Resource Center:

  • Identification and harvest of specific prairie species from prairie remnants across the state.
  • Assist with seed propagation and care of native plants in the greenhouse. Perform general wildlife management activities including: 
  • Prescribed fire implementation on grass/wildflower fields, noxious weed control,  planting, maintenance, and harvest of over 100 prairie species, and  operating large farm machinery such as tractor, combine, chain saw, native grass drill, and seed cleaning equipment.
  • Assist with the training/direction of inmate offenders, volunteers and other staff in the cleaning harvest and planting of native plant material.
  • Participate in the writing/production of the biannual newsletter. 

Examples of typical job duties at a Wildlife Unit:

  • Perform general wildlife management activities including:  Wetland management, prairie management, native prairie seeding, food plot development, edge feathering, tree/brush removal, spraying, disking, mowing, etc. using large farm machinery, chainsaws, and other hand tools.
  • Prescribed fire implementation for ecological purposes.  This duty will require fire-line construction, fire-line holding, and mop-up activities.  Performance of these tasks will require the employee to periodically work under physically stressful and adverse conditions.  Proficiency in the use of basic wildland firefighting equipment will be needed.
  • Wildlife Surveys & Monitoring including:  Waterfowl banding, deer spotlight routes, august roadside surveys, spring bird point counts, fall quail covey counts, chronic wasting disease sampling, etc.  Collecting of biological data occasionally will require early or late in the day work scheduling.
  • General area maintenance involving mowing, sign posting, fence building, fence removal, tree/brush control, noxious weed control etc.  These activities require the ability to use simple power equipment; drills, saws, hand tools, chain saws, trimmers, small mowers etc.
  • Special assignments may require some overnight travel as part of a crew, to accomplish large scale fence removal, fence building or tree removal projects outside of the assigned unit counties.  These assignments will require the ability to work well with others, work out of doors under all types of weather conditions, and to withstand physically demanding work, i.e., lifting, bending and hauling.

 6 Positions: 

  1. Clear Lake Wildlife Unit – Clear Lake, IA
  2. Prairie Lakes Wildlife Unit – Ruthven, IA
  3. Prairie Resource Center (1) – Lehigh, IA
  4. Prairie Resource Center (2) – Lehigh, IA
  5. Rathbun Wildlife Unit – Russell, IA
  6. Upper Iowa Wildlife Unit - Highlandville, IA

Salary: $12.86–13.05/hr.

Hours: ~8:00 a.m. – ~4:30 p.m. – 40 hours per week

These are one year positions. The positions may be extended for an additional year pending funding and job performance. If the positions are extended the candidates may be reassigned to another wildlife unit in Iowa.


  • College graduate with a degree in wildlife biology, animal ecology, or another closely related natural resource field.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Able to travel on overnight duties.
  • Work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail.
  • Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
  • Able to work alone or as part of a team, with the public, in all conditions, on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required.
  • Follow policy and cooperate with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Exhibits honesty and integrity.
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must possess or be able to acquire a commercial driver’s license, pesticide applicator’s license, S130-190 basic firefighter training certification, IDNR chainsaw safety certification, and first aid & blood born pathogen training. Special requirements shall be met within 60 days of hire if not currently possessed.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send resume, cover letter and three references by close of business Friday, August 10, 2018 to Pete Hildreth – PO Box 619 Lake View, IA 51450 or to: [email protected] Email is Preferred.  For more information contact Pete Hildreth at (712) 254-0955.