The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
- Serving as the Wild Horse and Burro (WH&B) Program Leader for the Montana State Office Montana/Dakotas (MT/Daks) and the Billings Field Office (FO).
- Responsible for coordinating all WH&B actions (adoptions, compliance inspections, etc.) within MT/Daks.
- Consolidating, developing, and monitoring statewide budget and work plans while preparing, monitoring and implementing the FO budget.
- The position is responsible for planning and managing wild horses and burros and their habitat consistent with Public Law 92-195 (Wild Free-Roaming Horse &Burro Act); and sound land use planning, multiple use and ecosystem management principles, and resource management objectives.
- Responsible for coordinating data collection and interpretation of program specific and interdisciplinary studies.
- Responsible for coordinating/preparing WH&B population, ecological, genetic, behavioral, habitat information and management recommendations for inclusion in BLM planning documents.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is performed in both an office setting and in the field. Field work involves a variety of settings, varying from flat to steep and rocky terrain, harsh climate conditions, and temperature extremes from below zero to over 100 degrees. Overseeing gathering operations and adoptions involves working around corrals and hazards associated with untamed animals in confined spaces. Field work may involve strenuous walking, riding horseback, and climbing over rough and mountainous terrain. Overseeing contracted or BLM gathering operations involves setting up field corrals, and may include working horses up to 1500 pounds, lifting hay bales up to 100 pounds, metal corral panels, construction materials, wire, and rope.