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Range Conservation Scientist

Posted: 08/14/2023

The Range Conservation Scientist position is a permanent full-time position located in Milnesand, NM, reporting to the Conservation District II Project Manager. The Range Conservation Scientist will accomplish a wide variety of client needs including but not limited to:

  • Develop, implement, or administer plans for livestock grazing operations, rangeland habitat analyses and enhancements, rangeland improvements, wildlife habitat protection and improvement, watershed protection and improvement.
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to landowners/ranchers for grazing systems, range improvements, and wildlife management.
  • Work with federal and state land management agencies to identify rangeland health needs, provide assistance with grazing permit compliance, and collect and analyze data.
  • Study forage plants and their growth requirements to determine varieties best suited to particular range.
  • Study rangeland management practices and research range problems to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.
  • Study grazing patterns to determine number and kind of livestock that can be most profitably grazed and to determine the best grazing seasons.
  • Identify and develop rangeland improvement projects.
  • Conduct vegetation, soil, hydrological condition and trend surveys and analysis.
  • Collect field samples, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate, and record results.
  • Compile, prepare, analyze, and manage survey data.
  • Construct and repair habitat improvement structures.
  • Produce maps using GIS.
  • Assure compliance with government regulations and habitat protection.
  • Keep accurate and complete records.
  • Assist with preparation of technical reports and scientific papers.
  • Adhere to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.
  • Various other projects and duties as assigned.
The salary range for this position is $40,000 - $90,000 annually depending on experience. CEHMM offers a very relaxed work environment with flexible schedules, competitive compensation, benefits including 401K, quality insurance options, relocation reimbursement, education reimbursement, and clothing allowance.
  • Bachelor’s degree in range science or equivalent required.
  • Five years’ experience or equivalent required.
  • Ability to obtain licenses and certifications as required.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and with diverse clientele.
  • Knowledge of range science and wildlife, including the ability to develop grazing plans and wildlife habitat management.
  • Experience in rangeland inventory, plant identification, and grazing management planning.
  • Master’s degree in range science or equivalent
  • Ability to identify and differentiate between species in the field, in particular lesser prairie-chickens and dunes sagebrush lizards.
  • Experience with GPS.
  • Experience with GIS.
  •  Ability to pull a trailer and operate a UTV.
To apply please send cover letter, resume and references to CEHMM, 505 N. Main St., Carlsbad, NM  88220, or e-mail to  or contact person with the subject Range Conservation Scientist.  CEHMM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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