Wildlife Biologist

Manulife - Charlotte, NC4.0

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Job Description

Hancock Forest Management, Inc. (“HFM”) and Hancock Farmland Services, Inc. (“HFS”) are wholly owned subsidiaries of Hancock Natural Resource Group (“HNRG”). HFM and HFS are property management companies that serve global institutional investors through related-party investment management groups (Hancock Timber Resource Group and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group) and third-party private investors. HFM oversees the timber development and harvesting operations for approximately 3.8million acres of timberland across the USA and Canada. HFS oversees the agricultural assets and operations for approximately 0.3 million acres of farmland throughout the USA. Collectively, HFM and HFS represent the North American property management platform of HNRG.

General Directive:
Responsible for managing the recreational lease program on approximately 800,000 acres in Atlantic Division. In addition, provide guidance on wildlife, plant communities and other environmental attributes to forest operations regarding environmental regulatory compliance, forest policy coordination, and implementation of stewardship programs.

Location: Charlotte, NC or Birmingham, AL

The Atlantic Division area encompasses approximately 800,000 acres. Specifically, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
Utilize Quality Deer Management (QDM) to improve deer herd health, quality of recreation and overall outdoor experiences for our recreation customers.
Develop and maintain internal relationships.
Develop and maintain external relationships with peers, agencies, research organizations, and forest landowner associations.
Develop and implement management strategies for wildlife, plant communities, and other environmental attributes to ensure operations are within stewardship policies and procedures and within state, federal, and provincial laws and regulations.

Job Dimensions:
Manage wildlife, fish, plant community, and landscape level environmental information.
Facilitate the collection and synthesis of survey and monitoring data.
Ensure compliance with stewardship and environmental regulations.
Provide wildlife, plant community, and environmental technical support.
Participate in policy development within state trade associations
Reports to General Manager, Value Added Services.
Specific Duties

Publish safety topics for recreational customers to ensure their safety while on Hancock managed lands.
Age harvested animals to ensure recreational users are harvesting older deer.
Develop harvest reports for Tier 1 recreational lessors.
Provide technical support for interactions with federal, provincial, and state forest management and wildlife agency staff.
Contribute to the implementation of forest certification programs by supporting and implementing stewardship policies and procedures.
Facilitate and coordinate research projects.
Participate in the Atlantic Division safety program.
Participate in the Atlantic Division Stewardship program.
Implement stewardship procedures and policies.
Integrate research and monitoring results into forest management activities.
Coordinate wildlife, plant, and environmental survey efforts.
Coordinate external wildlife, plant, and environmental research on managed properties.
Property acquisition and disposition support.
Training for field staff.
Manage contracts and contractors.
Special projects as requested.

Accredited MS in Wildlife/Fisheries, Biology, or related field or accredited BS in Wildlife/Fisheries, Biology, or related field with 3+ years of experience.
Preferred experience in wildlife, fisheries, and forest management.
Demonstrated organizational skills.
Team player with collaborative skills.
Highly motivated and entrepreneurial.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to navigate difficult terrain in forest environments.
Ability to apply sound judgment in decision making with strong orientation to detailed and high-quality work.
Proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Access and ability to use or become proficient in GIS and GPS mapping tools, and other specialized software applications.
Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. As a result, all current and perspective Hancock employees are subject to be drug and alcohol tested in accordance with the Policy and applicable law.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.

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About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.

Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization. It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.