Part-Time Graphic Designer

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) seeks a part-time graphic designer with real-world experience for the Publications/Communications Department

Position Location:  QDMA Headquarters near Athens, Ga.

Position Description: The QDMA is seeking a qualified, self-motivated, and outgoing individual to serve as a part-time graphic designer Duties include, but are not limited to, developing and assisting with design for the bi-monthly membership magazine, Quality Whitetails, as well as the production of a wide variety of design projects including books, ads, brochures, web graphics, signs, forms, annual convention materials, logos, merchandise, catalogs, etc. to meet organizational needs both internally and externally. This person will work closely will other departments, as well as employees in the field, to create high-quality pieces that will reflect our brand and mission. 

Knowledge and Skills: A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Constant Contact, and a flare for photography would be helpful. Personal and/or professional experience with hunting, fishing or outdoor recreation is a plus. 

Key Qualifications: A degree in Arts, Graphic Design or related field.  At least 3 years of real-world experience in graphic design and layout is a must. Must be Mac proficient and have advanced skills in Creative Suite, emphasis on Photoshop and Indesign. Must be detail-oriented, dependable, friendly and communicative, possess the ability to independently manage and prioritize the progress of projects to meet deadlines, and have high technical and organizational standards. Flexibility is a must as projects are frequently a team collaboration. A good grasp on the concept of balancing content with composition would be advantageous. An awareness of industry standards in regard to file format and prepress details is necessary.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience

Application Process: Interested persons should forward a resume, cover letter, and three references to: Graphic Designer Search Committee, QDMA, P.O. Box 160, Bogart, GA 30622 or e-mail information to Jill Faulkner.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2016.



QDMA Young Forest Specialist

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) has an immediate need for a term-limited (5 year), full-time employee to work in partnership with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement sustainable young forest management practices to benefit a variety of at-risk wildlife on private lands as part of WMI's Young Forest Initiative, a project of the NRCS Regional Conservation Partners Program (RCPP). This position will be statewide within New York.

Position Location:  This is a full-time, home-based position. Must reside in New York.

Position Title: Young Forest Specialist

Position Description: The QDMA is seeking a qualified, self-motivated, and outgoing individual to serve as a specialist to:

  • Promote young forest management to private landowners, foresters and wildlife habitat practitioners; including organizing and conducting training workshops with other resource managers.
  • Identify and directly contact private landowners interested in young forest enhancement opportunities.
  • Conduct property site visits and identify areas eligible for young forest habitat enhancement for landowners to consider. This may include providing a brief plan highlighting practice descriptions and mapping of the areas for consideration.
  • Facilitate private landowner enrollment in NRCS programs.
  • Maintain a list of potential contractors for private landowners to contact regarding contracted work.
  • Work with professional resource managers to assist with contracting, preparing, and overseeing the implementation of young forest practices as outlined in their program contracts.
  • Stay current on NRCS programs, practices and standards.
  • Assist resource professionals with development of site specific forest management plans according to NRCS practice standards and focal species' best management practices.
  • Communicate with, and provide technical assistance to private landowners as well as local, state and federal agencies on implementation of best management practices for young forest focal species.
  • Write and submit quarterly and annual reports to QDMA and WMI staff.

Knowledge and Skills: 

Preferred candidates should possess experience working in Northeast ecosystems and associated management techniques. Knowledge of young forest/early successional management in the region preferred; ability to effectively communicate and work with the general public, state / federal / NGO Partners, other cooperators and peers; ability to collect and record metrics regarding activities within the WMI reporting systems; map reading abilities; proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office including spreadsheets, internet use, and computer applications.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry, wildlife or environmental sciences, or a related field (masters or higher preferred). A strong understanding of forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, or wildlife biology desired.
  • Experience and working knowledge of the quality deer management philosophy and Northeastern deer hunting culture preferred. 
  • The position requires excellent networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
  • Knowledge of NRCS landowner incentive programs, especially Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
  • Experience working with private landowners as well as Federal / State agencies (ex. NRCS, NYS DEC, USFWS, USDA Forest Service).
  • Ability to use Excel, ArcMAP, Google Maps, and other computer mapping systems, including Trimble GPS, to identify and delineate project boundaries.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. Applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
  • May be required to participate in specific training programs in order to use partner facilities and equipment. Applicant must have a valid driver's license.
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work outside normal business hours.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include competitive health insurance, vacation, retirement, paid holidays, and flexible working arrangements.

Application Process: Interested persons should forward a resume, cover letter, and three references to Jill Faulkner, Human Resources Coordinator, or by mail to: Young Forest Specialist Search Committee, QDMA, P.O. Box 160, Bogart, GA 30622.

Application Deadline: July 1, 2016.


QDMA is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, creed or national origin.