Salary: $41,364.00 – $51,708.00  

Job Locations:  Albany, New Madrid, and Otterslough Conservation Area 

Closing Date: August 13, 2021

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To learn more about each exciting job opportunity, feel free to contact any of the below supervisors.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Otter Slough – Ryan Dirnberger at or at 573-222-3337.

New Madrid – Timothy G. Kavan at  or at 573-748-5134. 

Albany – Philip C. Freeman at or at 660-646-3140.

NOTE:  When applying, please indicate your desired work location(s) in your cover letter.  


Coordinate and conduct habitat management activities on a variety of habitat types including grasslands, prairies, croplands, woodlands and wetlands.

Essential Job Duties

  • Work with the District Supervisor and other Biologists to implement natural resource management activities of multiple landscapes, habitats, and target species on managed lands. 
  • Conduct habitat appraisals and evaluations and make improvement recommendations.
  • Respond to wildlife management issues, questions, and concerns.
  • Provide technical assistance to landowners and other land managers.
  • Works with District Supervisors to negotiate contracts, permit applications, rental bids and public land contracts. 
  • Monitor wildlife populations and habitat use on conservation areas.
  • Host training classes, workshops, field trips, and special events.
  • Participate in budgeting and forecasting activities and monitor spending compliance.
  • Assist with agency wide directives for habitat planning and population monitoring.

Ancillary Job Duties

  • Serve on internal and external regular and special committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science, Forestry, Agriculture, or related.
  • At least three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in Wildlife, Forestry or Fisheries work.
  • Wildlife Biologist certification, preferred
  • Must maintain a current, valid driver’s license.
  • Pesticide Applicator or Public Herbicide license preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to adapt to a variety of job situations involving long hours, hazardous conditions and difficult circumstances.
  • Ability to operate ½-ton truck and burning equipment.
  • Ability to conduct special conservation programs to special interest groups and the general public.
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight.
  • Ability to work varying hours and shifts.

Work Environment

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
  • Occasionally perform outdoors where hot, cold, wet and/or humid conditions exist.
  • Occasionally exposed to loud noises which may require the use of hearing protection.

Physical Abilities

  • Move about grounds, both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity machinery.
  • Frequently communicate and exchange accurate information.
  • Clarity of vision and three-dimensional vision.
  • Regularly lift up to 5 pounds, correctly lift up to 50 pounds.
  • 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.