New job Private Land Conservationist 1/II in Missouri

Private Land Conservationist 1/II
Private Land Conservationist 1/II

Private Land Conservationist 1/II

Company : Missouri Department of Conservation
Salary : $36,780 - $45,960 a year
Location : Missouri

Full Description

Requisition Id: 1176

PLC I Salary: $36,780 - $45,960

PLC II Salary: $41,364 - $51,708

Job Locations: See all (10) locations below

Closing Date: October 8, 2021

If selected for an interview, you will be notified as to whether your interview will be held in person or by phone. If it is in person, we ask that you follow CDC and DHSS guidelines. A mask and hand sanitizer will be available upon your arrival to our facility.

To learn more about any of these exciting opportunities and the details of the work locations, feel free to contact any of the below hiring supervisors.

Jake Colehour – (USDA – Platte City Office) – 816-525-0300, ext. 1241

George Shurvington - (USDA Kirksville Office) – 660-785-2424

James (Scott) Roy – (Albany Office and NRCS Trenton Office) – 660-359-5685, ext.114

Jeff Esely – (St. Louis Regional Office and NRCS Troy Office) – 636-441, 4554, ext. 4162

Jamie Barton – (USDA Offices in Linn, California, and Eldon) – 573-815-7901

Andy Humble – (USDA-Ozark Office) – 417-581-2719, ext. 3701


Provide technical expertise to private landowners and communities to assist with their land management and natural resource management goals.

Essential Job Duties

  • Provide technical advice and assistance to private landowners and communities to help them achieve their conservation goals, including site visits, management plan development, cost share programs, workshops, etc.
  • Administer state and federal cost share programs to assist private landowners and communities with funding conservation projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships and work cooperatively with other agencies and conservation partners to ensure comprehensive conservation.
  • Perform inspections and on-site visits and answer customer questions via telephone, email and in-person discussion.
  • Conduct natural resource management training sessions and workshops, as required.
  • Communicate regularly with internal and external stakeholders, agencies and partners.
  • Inspect equipment for functionality and report needed repairs.
  • Supervise and direct the work of applicable staff.
  • Monitor spending in alignment with annual budget.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and policies and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Participate in priority agency efforts such as feral hog and chronic wasting disease efforts.
  • Participate in District Conservation Team planning and implementation.

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Various administrative duties, such as expense reimbursements, monthly reports, etc.
  • Organize and/or participate in internal and external regional planning committees and councils.
  • Execute special events and irregular programs, as needed.

Education and Experience: Private Land Conservationist I

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries, Forestry or Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice, Agriculture or related field.
  • At least one (1) year of progressively responsible professional experience.
  • Prescribed Burn Certification and Pesticide Applicator's License preferred.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license.

Education and Experience: Private Land Conservationist II

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries, Forestry or Wildlife Management, Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice, Agriculture or related field.
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience.
  • Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Prescribed Burn Plan Certification.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of applicable software, including ArcMap GIS software and GPS.
  • Understanding of conservation plan development and specific cost share programs and their requirements.
  • Knowledge of federal and state conservation programs and policies.
  • Knowledge of habitat management techniques for all Missouri ecotypes.
  • Ability to communicate technical information, both verbally and in writing, to individuals with diverse interests and backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop and present programs to individuals and groups.
  • Ability to travel frequently and stay overnight occasionally.
  • Ability to identify internal and external politics that impact the work of the Department.
  • Ability to define a problem, analyze relevant information, and develop solutions and plans to solve the problem.
  • Ability to take a long-term view of the Department’s and Division’s direction and articulate a vision which integrates key program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.
  • Ability to make timely and effective decisions with available information or knowledge within own span of authority.

Work Environment

  • Occasionally work in outdoor weather.
  • Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.

Physical Abilities

  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more, and three-dimensional vision.
  • Regularly lift up to 10 pounds, correctly lift up to 75 pounds.
  • Concentrated attention is required at all times.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. The Missouri Department of Conservation reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. Management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, functions, and requirements.

Exemption Status/Special Notes

This position has been determined to be Exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy.

MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment.

The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment.

Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.