Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Specialist

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Thursday, April 28, 2022, 12:00pm


Exeter, RI
United States

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Position Summary

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is looking for an innovative self-starter with a strong human dimensions background to coordinate the State’s efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate (R3) outdoor enthusiasts, specifically hunters, trappers and shooting sportsmen and women.

As the Hunter Recruitment, Retention & Reactivation Specialist you will serve as the subject matter expert for the organization on strategies to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters, trappers and shooting sportsmen and women. In collaboration with local stakeholders, agency leadership and staff, and the hunting community, you will develop statewide R3 strategic goals and objectives. Evaluating R3 efforts will be a critical component for success in achieving goals and increasing license sales. Thus, as the Specialist, you will require skills related to requesting, analyzing, and interpreting data, as well as leading efforts to adapt current and new programs based on those findings. Working with data, Division leadership and staff, and partner organizations, you’ll help implement systems and programs to increase overall participation in hunting and shooting sports.


Work independently in a joint capacity with the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to provide coordination services to DFW. The incumbent will work out of the RIDEM Outdoor Education Office in Exeter, Rhode Island. The work area will be statewide, and some duties may require out-of-state travel. This position will be classified as a limited term employee of the WMI. Direct supervision of day-to-day activities will be provided by DFW.

Limited-term employees are defined as employees of WMI retained to provide a specific scope of services as defined within one or more grants or contracts awarded to WMI. WMI bases your employment upon your skills and knowledge and ability to achieve desired outcomes defined by RI DEM.

As a limited term employee:

  • You will be expected to work no more than an average of 35 hours per week in any 12-month period.
  • You will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement benefits and WMI will provide workers’ compensation, general liability protection, professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits. WMI will withhold taxes including social security.
  • Total annual compensation will reflect your base salary plus the amount contributed to your 401(k) by WMI. In addition to salary but contingent upon the funding available within the contract or grant that defines your scope of services, WMI will reimburse you for any travel expenses that are necessary and reasonable to perform the duties assigned to you. The salary of $71,487 includes a $14,000 stipend for the acquisition of health insurance at the discretion of the employee.
  • Your employment will be “at-will,” which means that either you or WMI can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no reason, with or without notice.


Strategy Development

  • Develop and evaluate strategic goals and objectives for hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) that are consistent and comparable with the national goals established in the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan.
  • Define barriers or threats that may be preventing participation in hunting activities in RI and present strategies and action items needed to address those threats.
  • Create a framework for collaboration between stakeholders that provides the foundation for enhanced communication and coordination of R3 programs.
  • Expand capacity within new and current stakeholders for programs that fill current gaps in R3 efforts.
  • Develop criteria for prioritizing which audiences to target and establ
  • ish outcomes by which success will be measured.

Strategy Implementation

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to focus on recruiting, retaining, and reactivating hunters through coordinated efforts between multiple diverse groups, including a focused “learn to hunt” system.
  • Align new and existing mentoring efforts and other hunting R3 related educational programs with models of success.
  • Identify pilot programs to target nontraditional audiences.
  • Support the organization, implementation and facilitation of hunting skills-based workshops, programs, and seminars.

Data Analysis

  • Develop tools to enhance the identification of potential participants for hunting outreach efforts.
  • Create a data matrix to monitor hunting demographics in the state for pr
  • ogram analysis.
  • Conduct data reviews of customer license purchasing behaviors to provide organizational leadership with a better understanding of their organization’s customer base and license sales trends over time.
  • Determine acceptable return-on-investment for efforts.

Program Evaluation

  • Create evaluation systems that can track program participant behaviors and provide data that can prove and improve R3 efforts.
  • Determine program effectiveness through pre-, post-, and follow-up surveys.
  • Identify specific steps to improve program delivery and content based upon known barriers to hunting participation.
  • Coordinate efforts to evaluate current and new programs.
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  • orm related duties as required.

Expected Results

  • Improve statewide R3 strategy, program design, and outcome tracking efforts.
  • Increase participation in hunting and shooting sports and support the agency’s mission and safeguard wildlife conservation in the state.
  • Increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of RIDFW activities and efforts toward wildlife conservation.
  • Increase awareness of, enthusiasm for, and participation in RIDFW training programs that encourage outdoor recreational activities in hunting, trapping, and shooting sports.
  • Provide an overall benefit to wildlife conservation through improved public understanding of agency programs and mission.


A Bachelor's Degree in a science or human dimensions related natural resources field, social science, education, marketing, or communications; and a minimum of four years’ experience coordinating, administering, or managing a program; or any combination of experience or education equivalent to seven years of experience coordinating, administering, and managing a program.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of current recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) efforts locally and nationally and a passion to support and grow RI’s hunting community.
  • Ability to think and act creatively and strategically to further hunting R3 efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, team members, and external organizations.
  • Experience with plan writing, project administration, and reporting, able to produce effective results, personally manage tactical execution and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated skills related to requesting, analyzing, and interpreting data as well as coordinate efforts to adapt current programs or develop new efforts based on those findings.
  • Knowledge of program and instructional design process, training theory, needs assessment, program analysis, and evaluation methodology.
  • Knowledge about hunting and the role hunting plays in conservation.
  • Experience with hunting and shooting sports programs or other related outdoor education program management and facilitation.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications.
  • Self-starter attitude with the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, possess excellent organizational skills, and work well as a team member.
  • Trustworthy and possessing the highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.

Conditions for Appointment: The incumbent must be physically qualified to perform assigned duties in a variety of different environments, including an office environment, field environment, rugged terrain, and various adverse weather conditions (extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.), and must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

The incumbent must possess, or be able to obtain, a Class D valid driver’s license. Local travel will be required while performing job duties, including occasionally out-of-state travel. Total travel is not expected to exceed 15% of time requirements.

Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check is required.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted on or before the application deadline April 28, 2022 to be considered. Send a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and a resume to Emily George, Supervising Wildlife Biologist,