Job Opportunities

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve playas, prairies, and landscapes of the western Great Plains through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We are currently taking applications for the following position.

Kansas Wetland Specialist

Playa Lakes Joint Venture seeks a candidate with demonstrated abilities to deliver wetland conservation activities across broad landscapes within Kansas. We are looking for an experienced, highly-motivated, self-starting individual to join this conservation partnership.

The Kansas Wetland Specialist will be responsible for contributing to the protection, restoration, and enhancement of priority wetlands and associated habitats on private and public lands in various landscapes statewide. The position will provide outreach and project delivery primarily on private lands (but also other opportunities as they arise) on various project types working with a broad faction of partners. They will work closely with Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and the US Department of Agriculture staff and their various programs. Emphasis will be placed on habitat acre delivery as well as identifying new partnerships and opportunities to develop wetland projects that help to address water quality and quantity issues, flood abatement, and wildlife habitat concerns that face the state. Proposal writing, reporting, project budget management, serving on various committees, professional presentations, fundraising, public policy work, and acre-tracking will also fall within the position duties.

To apply, send an email to with a single attachment that includes a one-page cover letter, resume, and three professional references (who will be called only after an interview) by COB August 14th, 2020. You may be asked for a sample of your writing as well. Your application will be acknowledged with an automated reply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science or Natural Resources related field and at least 5 years of conservation-related experience.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate well with staff and partners
  • Experience working with state and/or federal wildlife or natural resources agencies and non-governmental organizations

Primary Duties

  • Develop and complete new protection and restoration projects on wetlands and associated uplands on both public and private lands.
  • Grant writing to raise funds for conservation work by pursuing traditional funding sources such as NAWCA and USDA grants and various other funding sources.
  • Grant administration and reporting as well as providing progress reports and acre-accomplishments.
  • Private landowner outreach and assistance to find win-win solutions for producers, ranchers, and other private landowners including promotion of Farm Bill and other partner programs (i.e. DU, KDWPT, USFWS, and others).
  • Work with partners to draft, negotiate, and close conservation easements.
  • Work with partner organizations to plan and coordinate restoration and enhancement project delivery.
  • Maintain and develop new partnerships to complete projects, direct program policy, and find new nontraditional partnership opportunities, especially as it relates to wetland ecosystem services such as water quality, quantity, and flood abatement.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with wildlife habitat conservation programs and implementation.
  • Strong writing skills and grant writing experience.
  • Experience with habitat protection (e.g. conservation easements or fee-title purchases).
  • Experience implementing and completing wetland habitat restoration and/or enhancement programs and projects.
  • Agricultural private landowner outreach and project development experience including Farm Bill programs.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and mapping software.
  • Self-motivated and strongly driven to make a conservation impact in the Great Plains landscape.
  • Ability to work effectively—both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work activities and complete tasks to meet deadlines without constant supervision.
  • Ability to prepare and present technical information on conservation programs to peers and the public.
  • Strong communication skills across diverse audiences including peers, partners, private landowners, and other professionals.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a full-time position (40 hours/week).
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • Location is negotiable but will be located in Kansas. It is planned as a home office position.
  • Significant travel including overnight is expected.
  • Work vehicle provided.
  • Includes health insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution, and mileage reimbursement for travel via personal vehicle.