District Biologist/District Forester

National Wild Turkey Federation Published: May 25, 2018
Job Type
Fundraising / Membership / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) - a national nonprofit organization - is the leader in upland wildlife habitat conservation in North America. The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. ~

Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America - from a mere 30,000 in the entire United States to more than 7 million across the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

Position Overview

The National Wild Turkey Federation is seeking qualified candidates for a District Biologist or District Forester position overseeing NWTF conservation program delivery in the Pacific Northwest. The exact area of responsibility is to be determined but potential states of responsibility could include Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The primary objective for this position is to help achieve the conservation mission, and goals and objectives of the NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

This is accomplished through strategic alignment of State and District activities in partnership with other NWTF field staff, NWTF volunteers, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), major gift contributors and corporate partners. "The work of the District Biologist/District Forester should focus on both the maintenance and expansion of conservation delivery in the District resulting in the development of new partnerships, innovative matching fund sources and an efficient and effective investment of NWTF resources through the selection of quality projects".

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position reports to the Conservation Field Manager for the Northwest Area.
  • Position will serve as the work leader for contractors working on conservation projects within the district and will be responsible for contractor monitoring/oversight on specific project activities.


  • Represents the NWTF at state & district meetings.
  • Assists with coordination of the Hunting Heritage Super Fund and serves on the Super Fund Committee for their respective state(s), assists regional directors with chapter development activities, and assists Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated PR materials and marketing.
  • Works closely with state and federal wildlife agencies: may include serving on the state's wild turkey committee, attending agency and commission meetings, partnering on hunting heritage programs, and collaborating on large-scale habitat conservation projects on public and private lands.
  • Works closely with US Forest Service, State Forestry agency and NRCS in the development and delivery of conservation strategies and projects through stewardship agreement, Good Neighbor Authority, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects as well as other delivery tools.
  • May also include participating in Forest Plan Revision review, serving on district-level forestry committees and in meetings with forestry partners.
  • Tracks important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, land use planning and policy within the district.
  • Communicate regularly with State Chapter President and NWTF Volunteer Relations staff and may serve as the NWTF Policy lead for the district.
  • Identifies funding sources to support conservation delivery objectives; these might include grants, contracts, donations, sponsorships and special game permit auction proceeds.
  • Provides relevant information to NWTF staff, volunteers and Communications Department for promotion, marketing and awareness of district STH2 priorities and activities. Contributes to Turkey Country magazine / Turkey Call television, NWTF state newsletters, websites, blogs, etc. as requested.

Other Functions:

  • Position will assist in development / review of research projects, administers projects.
  • Assists state agency with wild turkey trap and transfer activities.
  • Assists Regional Directors with chapter development and outreach activities.
  • Works with Development staff on major gift fundraising opportunities.


  • Position requires a Bachelor's degree in a natural resources related field and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master's Degree or equivalent OR a Bachelors degree in forestry from a SAF-Accredited Program, and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master's degree or equivalent.
  • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of game and non-game species habitat management in the ecosystems where they will be working and a solid working knowledge of ecosystems and forest management within district of work.
  • Ability to work independently without close supervision and ability to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required.
  • Must have good public speaking and presentation skills for both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft office.
  • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques AND/OR strong knowledge of forest management and associated research techniques.
  • Knowledge of wildlife population dynamics, knowledge of wildlife capture, monitoring and handling techniques in addition to accepted forestry practices.
  • Ability to identify tree species, wildlife species, shrubs and invasive species within the district and to read, understand and keep abreast of wildlife research and management peer-reviewed journals.
  • Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas, communicate with land managers and provide advice to agency workers in the field.
  • Must be willing to incur moderate travel within respective state(s) and district including overnight stays of 3 to 5 nights or more.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree and three (3) or more years of professional experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of wild turkeys, big game or upland game birds.
  • Able to meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist OR able to meet the requirements for SAF Certified Forester or Registered Forester status.
  • Experience managing large projects with multiple objectives.
  • Experience working with major gift contributors.
  • Policy and legislative experience.
  • Experience working with State and Federal agencies, and corporate / industry partners.

Physical Qualifications:

Applicant must be able and willing to:

  • Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted.
  • Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently.

Compensation: DOE. Full benefits package. 

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