Range & Wildlife Biologist

The East Foundation team invites you to apply for its Range & Wildlife Biologist position.

Position Summary
The Range & Wildlife Biologist (RWB) will be responsible for project leadership, support, and management of high-profile projects, including coordination among management and research units, while implementing rigorous data standards and standard operating procedures.  The successful applicant will contribute to the research, education, and outreach functions of the Foundation by demonstrating excellence in project management, support, and wildlife management.  The RWB will work closely with other East Foundation (EF) and East Foundation Ranches LLC (EFRL) personnel to advance the Foundation’s mission, while supporting a cost-effective and sustainable ranching enterprise.
South Texas base with travel throughout South Texas

The Organization
The mission of the East Foundation is to “support wildlife conservation and other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship.  Our mission is achieved through research, education, and outreach.”

The Foundation owns more than 218,000 acres of South Texas rangeland.  Properties include the historic San Antonio Viejo Ranch near Hebbronville, and 5 additional properties located eastward to the Gulf Coast near Port Mansfield.  These lands, which are managed under the East Foundation Ranches LLC (EFRL), have remained rarely hunted and represent a substantial resource or “living laboratory” for research and education.  The Foundation is the sole owner of a cattle company with 4,000+ head; and sizeable endowment investments to support the perpetual development of the Foundation’s program.

The Opportunity
The Foundation's RWB will play a key role in providing expertise related to range and wildlife management and related research projects.  The RWB will deliver project management support, leadership and excellence, and ensure data quality.  This position will be field-oriented, with regular engagement with EF research partners and EFRL personnel.  Specifically, this position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an extremely capable individual to advance the long-term range and wildlife management priorities of the EF.

For additional information on the East Foundation, see:  http://www.eastfoundation.net/

 

Primary Responsibilities

 Wildlife & Habitat Management

  • Prescribed fire
  • Control of invasive grasses
  • Wildlife capture and handling
  • Wildlife aerial surveys
  • Guiding for limited exotic animal hunts
  • Guest relations

Support for Field Research

  • Cattle grazing assessments
  • Vegetation sampling
  • Data management and standards
  • Safe operation of field and ranch equipment

Project Leadership & Support

  • Internship program
  • Vegetation management
  • Report writing
  • Training and oversight of seasonal field crews
  • Education and outreach events and functions

Ideal Experience

  • Education: A B.S. degree with >3 years of experience or a M.S. degree in Rangeland Ecology, Wildlife Management [Ecology or Biology], Natural Resources, Range Science, or a closely related field.
  • Work Experience: A ranching background with experience in habitat/vegetation sampling and wildlife management.  An understanding of key issues related to wildlife, native rangelands, and cattle, and substantial knowledge of ranching and wildlife management in South Texas or lands with similar climate and challenges.
  • Skill in database utilization, including the use of quality control/assurance and data conversion procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across projects, plans, and units; functioning as a highly productive team member throughout successful project completion.

Ideal Personal Profile

  • An individual who is highly organized, detail-oriented, self-directed, and resourceful, with the ability to take initiative and follow through on projects, producing reliable work products.
  • A strong interest in: 1) South Texas ranching and the interplay of wildlife, cattle, and native rangelands, and 2) providing such information to multiple users along a gradient of technical understanding.
  • A leader with a commitment to excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to build EF’s reputation and accomplishments.

To Apply

Please send the following documents to cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net with “RWB” in the subject line:

  • Statement of interest describing background, pertinent experiences and interests, and accomplishments.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Contact information of 3 references.
  • Copy of college transcript(s) – official or unofficial.

 

Contact person:  Cindy Pavlicek, EF Manager of HR, 210-455-3640, cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net.