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Posting Close Date:  N/A


Requisition Id:  8883





Pay Grade: GRADE 35 

Salary Range: $51,281.28 - $76,170.24

Fulltime/Parttime: Full Time 



Phone:  775 684-0126 




Position Description

This is a Conservation Staff Specialist 1 position underfilling for a Conservation Staff Specialist 2 position within the Department of Agriculture, located in Carson City. The selected candidate will be responsible for the research and analysis of information to include existing documents, reports and scientific literature related to the conservation, enhancement and/or restoration of sagebrush ecosystems in Nevada as related to the agriculture industry. The incumbent will work with multiple agencies, landowners, and other jurisdictions in the development of plans, methods, and procedures to ensure the success of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program. Additionally, this position prepares professional reports and presentations to support recommendations for consideration of the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council (SEC).

The selected candidate will use approved habitat modeling and other scientifically vetted tools to ensure the highest level of defensible documentation to address habitat impacts related to anthropogenic and natural disturbance activities within the sagebrush ecosystem. The incumbent will be required to work closely with private landowners in developing rangeland and farmland management plans that enhance or conserve the habitats within the sagebrush ecosystem as well as the long-term sustainability of Nevada agriculture. Additionally, the position prepares and provides recommendations, seeks funding opportunities, and collaborates with other plant specialists in providing options to agencies and private landowners on effective treatment/restoration techniques to reduce or eliminate noxious and invasive species.

Conservation Staff Specialists assist in developing, formulating, and coordinating programs, policies and procedures related to areas such as resource management, safety and training, fleet and inventory management, fire management and policy management pertinent to the assigned area of natural resource management, preservation, conservation and protection.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in biology, ecology, natural resource management, forestry, parks management, fire management or related field and two years of professional experience in a relevant resource management field that included assisting in developing, formulating, and coordinating programs, policies and procedures; coordinating special grant programs and/or contracts; and coordinating training programs; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.


The Examination

Application Evaluation Exam

The exam will consist of an application and resume evaluation. It is essential that applications/resumes include detailed information with time frames regarding education and experience. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for interview. The hiring agency may require specific skills related testing as part of the interviewing process.


Special Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of ecological concepts.
Ability to preserve, restore and enhance natural resources.
Ability to read, interpret and explain technical documents.
Working knowledge of methods and techniques used in natural resource conservation and management.
Ability to establish project objectives and timetables.
Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate regional programs.
Ability to develop and manage contracts, leases and agreements.
Ability to prepare budgetary requests.
Ability to write grant applications and reports.
Ability to coordinate and implement resource management programs.
Ability to research, secure and administer grants.
Working knowledge of environmental laws, policies and practices.
Ability to make oral presentations to groups to provide information.
Working knowledge of basic fire suppression techniques as applied to grass, brush and forest areas.
Working knowledge of natural resources and conservation.
Ability to develop and recommend effective solutions to problems in an assigned region.
Ability to plan and provide resource protection education programs in the community
Ability to promote resource management services to the community.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with federal, State and local entities, private contractors, citizens and others involved in natural resource management and conservation.


This recruitment may close at any time based on the number of applications received.  Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe