Rangeland Ecologist

Job Title: Rangeland Ecologist
Department: Natural Resources
Reports to: Wildlife Program Manager
FLSA Status: Full time, exempt
Opens: 1/9/2024
Closes: Open until filled
Salary: GS 09/10 Equivalent DOE ($57,118 – $62,898 annually w/ benefits)



The successful applicant will assist the Wildlife Program Manager in planning, overseeing, and coordinating research/management activities, assist in oversight of technician level staff in day-to-day field activities pertaining to wildlife resources, and manage the native plant propagation and restoration projects. A large part of the job will involve managing, implementing, and reporting for NRCS cost share projects. The position involves both a field component and an office component.

The field component will primarily take place on two Wildlife Mitigation Sites located approximately an hour from Burns, OR. Field work includes vegetation sampling, mapping, seed collection, juniper and forest cutting/thinning, running the greenhouse and the native plant propagation projects, collecting data on grazing, and leading habitat restoration volunteer trips.

Office work includes data entry, data management, mapping, preparing reports and evaluations, and writing grants. The job will also include outreach/education activities with tribal youth.

Burns/Hines, Oregon is a rural community in eastern Oregon with a population of approximately 5,000 people. The Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Malheur National Forest, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, and Steens Mountain Wilderness are all within 1.5 hour drive from town.



  • Collect/compile/analyze data regarding the management/monitoring of mitigation lands and prepare reports and evaluations for the Tribal Council, sponsors, and local managers.
  • Habitat monitoring, territory mapping, and ecological assessment to help identify and implement targeted management enhancement activities.
  • Lead the reporting and monitoring of cost share
  • Develop, write, and implement habitat restoration plans upon approval by Program
  • Develop and create maps utilizing ArcMap/ArcGIS Pro/etc.
  • Invasive plant management and
  • Expand the scope of the Wildlife Program with particular emphasis on expanding our native plant propagation projects.
  • Comply with federal and state environmental regulatory policies through consultations and necessary documentation (i.e. permits, reports, and data collections).
  • Write proposals, apply for grants, manage new and existing contracts to expand Wildlife Program
  • Design and implement annual work plans in coordination with Program
  • Manage, implement, and enhance grazing
  • Represent the department at regional and local technical
  • Coordinate overall Program activities with the Wildlife Program Manager to ensure cohesion within the Program.
  • Initiate studies to improve management practices and find new environmentally viable tools to restore vegetative communities.
  • Other duties as



  • Incumbent must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, natural resource management, or related disciplines appropriate to the
  • Experience leading crews or supervisory duties preferred but not
  • Knowledge of plant identification or the ability to quickly
  • Working knowledge of fundamental concepts related to habitat management, plant ecology, and/or wildlife biology/management.
  • Experience utilizing mapping software such as ESRI ArcMap or ArcGIS
  • Working knowledge of scientific, technical, and outreach
  • Some experience in habitat management work and/or restoration
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture Herbicide Applicators license is a plus, or willingness to obtain one.



  • Able to work with a diverse group of
  • Physically fit to perform the duties of
  • Willing to work under a variety of environmental conditions (wet, cold, dry, hot weather).
  • Available to work flexible hours, interdepartmentally, and weekends when
  • Ability to work independently with minimal
  • Willing to travel and camp out in the field on
  • A responsible driver with a valid driver’s license and prudent driving
  • Able to communicate effectively, both written and


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience collecting vegetation or other biological
  • Experience with plant
  • Greenhouse/plant propagation
  • Experience with data management and
  • Writing experience (i.e. grants, reports, publications).
  • A master’s degree in a major field of study in botany, rangeland ecology, natural resource management, or other related discipline.
  • Experience with chainsaws and other handheld
  • Experience with backhoes, tractors, or other heavy
  • S-130/S-190 Certified, or willingness to obtain



Indian preference will be given to candidates showing proof of enrollment in a federally recognized tribe. In the absence of Indian applications meeting the qualifications as listed above, all applicants not entitled to or who fail to claim Indian Preference, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, political preference, age, religion, or national origin.


Successful candidate must:

  • Submit to and pass a drug
  • Submit to a criminal background
  • Possess a valid driver’s
  • Provide three (3) years of driving record to determine eligibility for coverage under Tribal automobile insurance policy.




Return completed Burns Paiute Tribe Application, cover letter, resume/CV, and educational transcripts to:


Shannan Mehringer, Human Resources Director Human Resources Department

Burns Paiute Tribe

100 Pasigo St, Burns, OR 97720

Phone: 541-573-8013

Email: [email protected]



CC: Matthew Hanneman, Wildlife Program Manager Natural Resources Department

Burns Paiute Tribe

71210 Foley Road, Burns, OR 97720

Phone: 541-573-8019

Email: [email protected]



For more information, contact:

Matt Hanneman (above)


Trey Wall, AWB®

Director, Natural Resources Department Burns Paiute Tribe

Email: [email protected] Phone: 541-573-8021




Application for employment available at 100 Pasigo Street, Burns, OR 97720 Monday – Friday 8-5 pm Or, request one via email: [email protected]