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  2. Join us at Las Tangaras reserve in Ecuador for an incredible experience living in, learning about, and exploring the cloud forest. Volunteering as a Reserve Assistant is a valuable learning experience in conservation and ecological research and an excellent opportunity to gain new skills and experience, and have fun! At Las Tangaras we like to say that everyday is an adventure. There is always something new to discover! Las Tangaras is a 50-hectare ecological reserve managed by Life Net Nature (http://lifenetnature.org), a non-profit conservation organization. Set in spectacular cloud forest near Mindo (100 km west of Quito, Ecuador), the protected area provides habitat for native plants and animals associated with tropical montane forest. As a buffer property for the Mindo-Nambillo Bosque Protector, Las Tangaras provides wildlife with additional habitat at elevations typically deforested for pasture and agriculture. Along with protecting native species, we host visitors who seek peaceful times in tropical nature, and we maintain a small facility for students and scientists wishing to pursue research of tropical montane forest ecosystems. We invite “ecologically minded” visitors to come – birdwatchers, photographers, and students of wildlife conservation. Volunteers assist in important ongoing biological research about the fascinating Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (we have the largest display leks in the region), hummingbirds (they come to the feeders at the porch!), and local avian diversity. Volunteers may contribute to a variety of exciting projects like: - Photography and identification of barely known species via iNaturalist. - Creation of signs and educational materials for visitors. - Helping take care of the orchard and garden. - Planting fruiting and flowering plants to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. - Trail and reserve maintenance. - List making of wildlife at the reserve (e.g. Big Days via eBird). - And anything else we need to accomplish at the reserve! We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and ages, and we especially encourage young people with Biology, Environmental Sciences and related degrees who want to gain some experience or wish to spend a wonderful time in a quite remote tropical montane forest surrounded by all kinds of biodiversity. If you have experience in a certain area, there is a project for you for sure. Hosting volunteers is a good opportunity for us to learn new ideas too! We include free time and siesta during the day, and weekends are free for you to explore and relax. There is a lot to do in the area including hiking to nearby waterfalls, canopy ziplining, swimming in ponds and learning how to make chocolate, just to name a few. Those who would like to contribute to the reserve as a volunteer may stay for 1-4 weeks for $10 a day. As we are a non-profit organization, this donation covers accommodation and contributes towards the work of the Reserve. Food is agreed upon with the current managers, but typically comes around $5-10/day. A stay of at least one week ensures that you get the most of your experience. We would be excited to have you volunteer at the reserve and we thank you in advance! Please call or text us at (+593) 099 058 7084 or email lastangarasreserve@gmail.com for more information or if you are interested in volunteering at the Reserve! NOTE: no volunteers will be accepted for the period 1-16th December 2019. More info at: https://lastangaras.wordpress.com/volunteer/
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  4. GENERAL INFORMATION The Department of Biology at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin in August 2020. We seek candidates committed to excellence in teaching, with demonstrated ability to teach a diverse range of students with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, (dis)abilities, and nationality. The successful candidate will teach BIOL 162 (Introduction to Mechanisms of Multicellular Organisms), Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, an additional course for biology majors, and a course for non-science majors. The candidate will also be expected to establish a productive research program in vertebrate organismal biology that is well-suited to undergraduate participation. We expect that the successful candidate will bring expertise to the department in one or more related fields, such as biomechanics, paleobiology, physiology, animal behavior, or biology of a particular vertebrate group. Please note that the department’s capabilities for supporting live animal research are limited, and individuals who require live animal facilities should contact the search chair before applying. This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review, and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for tenured faculty. Tenure track faculty are eligible for travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits. To learn more about faculty life at the College & the Worcester area, candidates are encouraged to visit http://holycross.edu/join. QUALIFICATIONS The candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field of biology. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching at the introductory and advanced levels as informed by current practice and scholarship in the field. The successful candidate will have published scholarship and show promise in establishing an independent research program involving undergraduate students. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements listed above, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research interests and plan for carrying out this research at an undergraduate institution, transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit all application materials to http://apply.interfolio.com/65569 Review of applications will begin on September 23rd, 2019. Initial Skype interviews of selected applicants will take place in early October. Questions about this search may be directed to Prof. Julia Paxson (jpaxson@holycross.edu), chair of the search committee. To learn more about department, candidates are encouraged to visit our home page before submitting their application materials (https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/biology).
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  6. Since its inception, the Walt Disney Company has worked to connect people with the natural world and inspire them to take conservation action in their own lives. Walt Disney once said, “Facts can be as fascinating as fiction, truth as beguiling as myth, and [we] have opened the eyes of young and old to the beauties of the outdoor world and aroused their desire to conserve priceless natural assets.” Today, that legacy is carried on by Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment and the Disney Conservation Fund. Together, these teams work to conserve wildlife and wild places around the world by supporting and partnering with conservation organizations and leading conservation programs in our own backyard at Disney properties worldwide. The Conservation Programs Technician role supports these backyard programs at and adjacent to the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) in Orlando, Florida. The primary focus of the role is to support native wildlife conservation, research, and outreach programs. For example, breeding colonies of purple martins at WDW are used to engage diverse audiences and partners in the conservation of this species and promote conservation of other backyard wildlife. Duties include coordinating complex operational logistics, managing data, supporting scientific publication, and engaging Disney guests and cast through conservation research. Current operations are principally focused on purple martins, though the position also supports terrestrial wildlife programs generally on an as-needed basis (e.g., field work, guest interactions, operational team support, and flagship conservation events). Interested applicants should apply through the Disney Careers website by Thursday, August 29 (https://jobs.disneycareers.com/, Job title: Conservation Programs Technician, Job ID 694459BR). Please contact Jason Fischer (Jason.D.Fischer@Disney.com) if you have questions about the position. Responsibilities: Coordinate operational logistics of conservation programs, including, but not limited to, purple martin house maintenance, equipment organization, training, scheduling, data collection, and event preparation and execution Conduct field work (e.g., purple martin nest monitoring, behavioral observations, banding and morphometric measurements, attaching tracking devices) while engaging guests about Disney’s commitment to conservation Oversee data management, including but not limited to oversight of electronic data collection tools, input and review data, video review, and database management Work with conservation leaders to analyze data, author scientific and popular science articles, and present results at professional conferences Engage with diverse Disney teams and coordinate their activities in support of backyard wildlife conservation, research, and outreach activities Support external partnerships to advance purple martin conservation, research, and public engagement with conservation Basic Qualifications: Organized and detail-oriented with proven ability to coordinate operational logistics of complex projects Outstanding ability to work well within a team setting and coordinate the activities of team members General knowledge of animal ecology, behavior, and field science Experience managing, manipulating, and analyzing data Excellent outreach/guest interaction/public speaking skills Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities Ability to work independently and safely under challenging field conditions Ability to multi-task Quick learner Ability to lift 50 pounds Ability to traverse up to 3 miles in soft sand or thick underbrush Proficient with Microsoft Office Products Full availability with work schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays and rotating shifts Possess a valid US driver's license Preferred Qualifications: Extensive avian field experience, preferably including handling and banding songbirds but could also include nest monitoring, behavioral observations, tissue sampling, tracking, or field identification Two years outreach/engagement experience associated with natural sciences First author of at least one scientific publication Additional technical expertise that could be leveraged across conservation programs such as: Experience with GIS and movement and spatial analysis OR Advanced data management, manipulation and visualization OR Familiarity with emerging technologies (e.g., internet of things, machine learning, augmented/virtual reality) and programming Required Education: Bachelor's degree with a major in one of the natural sciences Preferred Education: Masters of Science degree in one of the natural sciences
  7. Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. View the full article
  8. Director of Philanthropy (see job on our website here) San Francisco Bay Area (Fairfield), California About International Bird Rescue — www.birdrescue.org Imagine a world in which every person, every day, acted to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves. In 1971 after 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into San Francisco Bay, concerned individuals led by a registered nurse named Alice Berkner jumped into action, bringing International Bird Rescue to life. We have always had to pave a road where there is none. Staff and volunteers work with tenacity alongside clients, partners, and the public to find solutions. Today, we research best practices at our crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We run two full-time wildlife hospitals and one turnkey wildlife emergency response facility. About the Position Bird Rescue is seeking an experienced Director of Philanthropy for a well-established and evolving nonprofit in the animal welfare/environmental sector. The incumbent will work in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to increase and mobilize resources to support our local and global programs. S/he will create and execute an annual development strategy to increase support from individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations while also identifying opportunities for growth. The successful candidate will be a collaborative self-starter, focused on teamwork, and committed to serving as a key proponent of our mission. The incumbent will establish and maintain an inclusive working environment with diverse staff, be energized and resourceful, and interact with team members, donors, and supporters with warmth and integrity. The Director of Philanthropy will supervise the Grants Consultant and Development Assistant, and will have the opportunity to build the team further to meet the long-term strategy. Responsibilities Develop and lead a comprehensive and diversified strategy to sustain and grow the revenue base of Bird Rescue, including but not limited to annual giving, major gifts, institutional and corporate giving, planned giving, and special events. Identify, cultivate, and solicit top-level gifts in collaboration with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and senior staff. Help build a team of motivated, inspired staff to fulfill organizational goals, including contractors Develop and manage an annual budget, complete with measurable goals and timelines 
 Lead and engage the advancement committee and Board of Directors in fundraising efforts Become an expert on Bird Rescue programs and share the impact of our work with donors in authentic and compelling ways. Manage donor data to track performance, giving trends, identify new opportunities for revenue and drive efficiencies.
 Qualifications 7+ years of fundraising experience, with a proven track record of closing gifts and reaching revenue targets; 5+ years in a senior role at a nonprofit Exceptional communication and relationship building skills geared toward diverse audiences including corporate clients, foundation and individual donors. Insights and expertise on the philanthropic landscape in West Coast (Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles) Knowledge of environmental and wildlife issues, particularly in relation to ocean health Solid experience and disciplined approach to donor databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce. A passion for our mission and an entrepreneurial spirit. A team player who enjoys supporting and collaborating with colleagues Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university; Master’s degree a plus Location Flexible, with 2-3 days/week at our wildlife center in Fairfield; Occasional travel to our wildlife center in San Pedro is required Compensation and Start Date This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, flexible work hours, collaborative work environment, and a benefits package that includes generous vacation, health insurance, and other benefits. The ideal start date is October 1, 2019. To Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume to pelican@bird-rescue.org with “Director of Philanthropy” AND YOUR NAME in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants only. Principals only. No phone calls, please! International Bird Rescue is committed to representing the diverse populations of bird lovers in the world. Members of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, nationalities, physical abilities or disabilities, religions or beliefs, and cultures are welcome as employees and volunteers in our organization.
  9. An unprecedented survey has revealed the loss of about 85 percent of historical tidal wetlands in California, Oregon, and Washington. The report, published today in PLOS ONE, also highlights forgotten estuary acreage that might now be targeted for restoration. View the full article
  10. Executive Director Executive Director – Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy/Litchfield, Ct. LWRC seeks an Executive Director to build on the Conservancy’s 20+ year history and expand its contributions to conservation and education, leading the organization to its next level of programmatic and financial success. This is a pivotal opportunity for a dynamic professional to be an environmental leader and entrepreneur while representing a national resource at a critical stage of its growth. About the Organization The Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy (“LRWC” or the Conservancy) is recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent facilities dedicated to environmental education, research and conservation, utilizing one of the largest collections in the U.S. of rare and endangered waterfowl. At a time when the average American child spends only 5 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play and urban life dominates the economy, the Conservancy serves a growing need for raising awareness, knowledge and passion for biodiversity and environmental health. Working with teachers, students, zoos and conservationists, LRWC fills an important role in Connecticut and across the United States for its work with rare and endangered birds. Founded by one of the twentieth century’s outstanding figures in ornithology and conservation, S. Dillon Ripley, an internationally recognized collection of waterfowl was developed in Litchfield, Connecticut from the 1940s-1980’s. Dr. Ripley and his wife, Mary Livingston Ripley, recognized the potential for their waterfowl collection to become a valuable conservation resource. In 1985, Dillon and Mary created a non-profit foundation, today known as the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, dedicated to captive waterfowl conservation, research and environmental education. In the ensuing years, the Conservancy has been managed and grown by its highly capable board and staff. Today, the site consists of 16 fenced acres of ponds and aviaries in the middle of a 150 acre preserve in Litchfield, Connecticut. The collection consists of over 70 species of birds and approximately 400 individuals. The team has developed educational programs from grades 1-12, in keeping with the scientific criteria of the state of Connecticut as well as programs for the general public. The Conservancy shares these programs with thousands of people every year, at its facilities in Litchfield, offsite in schools, nursing homes and other venues in the tri-state area and nationally and internationally on- line. Other partners include US Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Society, Audubon, Yale University, and Alaska Sea Life Center. With an annual budget of roughly $900,000, a sizeable endowment, a full-time staff of six and a network of interns and volunteers, LRWC uses its resources to further the cause of environmental education and the preservation of rare and endangered waterfowl. The successful candidate will have the leadership and communication skills necessary to articulate, develop, present, and implement LRWC’s conservation goals, strategies and programs, while working closely with the Board and staff. Primary Duties and Responsibilities The Executive Director is the most senior officer of our organization and is responsible for leading operations, fund raising, strategic planning and staff development. This individual will be responsible for growing the endowment and other revenues by spearheading fundraising, major gifts and grants and through creating new initiatives and ideas to cultivate additional revenue sources. The Board is commencing a campaign to build an Education Center, and the new Director will be responsible for leading this effort as well as launching a capital campaign in the next couple of years. He/she will have a team of 6 full-time people responsible for the major departments (Aviculture, Education, Operations, HR & Finance, Property Management) and a network of interns and volunteers and is responsible for all activities related to their growth, mentoring and development. Annually our Executive Director develops and presides over a budget and review of strategy and is responsible for managing revenues and expenses, accordingly. The Executive Director reports to the Board, managing the Board agenda and executes initiatives, including working closely with the board committees. The ED will represent and raise the profile and visibility of the Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy externally to all stakeholders, including funders, educators, policymakers, media, and the local, regional, national and even international community. The ED will oversee operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results, and taking corrective actions, in close collaboration with staff as well as fostering a healthy, happy and collaborative work environment. Qualifications and Experience An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: · Strong leadership and communication skills, including an engaging and energetic demeanor and the ability to inspire and motivate donors, staff, volunteers and partners · A leadership style that is entrepreneurial and creative and a solution-focused spirit when addressing challenges. Experience managing institutional growth and change is highly desirable, as well as the ability to bring new and creative solutions to challenges · Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional and national levels · Passion for the environment and biodiversity and a deep concern for preserving and protecting our natural resources—interest in/passion for birds and birding are a plus · Willingness and ability to travel as required · Minimum of 15 years relevant experience in multiple organizational roles. These should include strategy development and mission fulfillment, fund raising, and overall fiscal stewardship with experience cultivating major gifts and leading capital campaigns, and comparable staff and budget responsibilities. · Bachelor’s degree required from a nationally recognized university or college and Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred Compensation and Location LRWC offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience and an attractive benefits package. This position will be located in Litchfield, Connecticut, and the Executive Director would live within easy reach of the Conservancy. To Apply Nominations and Applications, including-as individual attachments-cover letter and resume, should be submitted to Cynthia Greenleaf at cynthiagreenleaf@aol.com.
  11. Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology Open Date Aug 13, 2019 Deadline Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time Description Apply through https://apply.interfolio.com/66814 The Department of Biology at Albion College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology who is excited about teaching and conducting research with a diverse student body. The position begins in August 2020. A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required, with preference given to candidates with teaching and postdoctoral experience. Candidates should expect to teach two lectures and two labs per semester. The successful candidate will share responsibilities in our introductory Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity course, teach a course for majors in Vertebrate Zoology with a field component, and teach at least one upper-level course in their area of expertise that will enhance the biology curriculum (e.g., Animal Behavior, Comparative Anatomy, Environmental Physiology, Ornithology, etc.). Teaching opportunities also exist in the College’s interdisciplinary First-year Seminar, Environmental, and Honors programs. Candidates with interests in field-based research and teaching are particularly desirable. Interest in curricular innovation and increasing diversity and inclusion in biology both in the classroom and field are also valued. Candidates are expected to conduct research that includes undergraduate students, participate in co-curricular departmental activities, and contribute to interdisciplinary programs in the College community. The institution and department have well-funded undergraduate and faculty research initiatives that support faculty travel, teaching, and scholarship. The Biology Department resides in a well-equipped, interdisciplinary science complex with excellent teaching and research facilities, and there is a nature center adjacent to campus. Class sizes are small, allowing for close faculty/student interaction, providing opportunities for innovative, active approaches to teaching and learning. Candidates should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcript, documentation of teaching excellence and experience, a statement of undergraduate teaching and research philosophy and objectives, and three letters of reference through Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/66814 ). Applications completed by September 30, 2019 will receive full consideration. Please contact Dr. Ken Saville, chair, with any questions at ksaville@albion.edu. Albion College, a private liberal arts college of approximately 1550 students, is situated in a culturally diverse community in south-central Michigan. As core institutional values, Albion is committed to creating a diverse educational environment that offers the highest quality in undergraduate education. The College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, age or disability, as protected by law, in all educational programs and activities, admission of students, and conditions of employment. Albion is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Visit our web site at www.albion.edu.
  12. A new species of giant penguin -- about 1.6 metres tall -- has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury in New Zealand. View the full article
  13. Albatrosses are iconic voyagers, well-known for their ability to glide on ocean winds with barely a flap of their wings. View the full article
  14. A team of researchers with members from several institutions in Hawaii and one in Spain has found that as a type of songbird in Hawaii drops in population, the songs they sing lose complexity. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes their study of three species of honeycreeper birds and what they found. View the full article
  15. The metal doors of a shoebox-sized cage open up and a bird tagged #811 launches into a giant aviary. The palm-sized finch performs a midair pirouette, lands on a willow branch and curiously twitches its saffron-colored head sideways, as if surprised by its good fortune. View the full article
  16. The fossilised remains of a huge penguin almost the size of an adult human have been found in New Zealand's South Island, scientists announced Wednesday. View the full article
  17. A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that currently-available global positioning system (GPS) tracking devices, previously thought to not alter animal survival rates, can decrease greater sage-grouse survival. View the full article
  18. Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Cornell Lab of Ornithology College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Ithaca, NY The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites applications for our Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships. These competitive postdoctoral fellowship awards (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) support innovative, independent research by early career scholars of exceptional promise. Multiple Rose Fellow positions are available annually, with applications due on September 8. All Rose Fellows join a vibrant community of more than 20 concurrent postdocs within the Rose Postdoctoral Program and interact with many other scholars across a wide range of disciplines. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship awards support individuals pursuing cutting-edge scholarship, while fostering intellectual interaction among Lab programs and Cornell scholars. Any area of inquiry related to the Lab’s mission “to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds” is potentially appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Cornell Lab and our formal programs in Bioacoustics, Bird Population Studies (avian ecology), Citizen Science, Conservation Science, Communication, Education, Evolutionary Biology, Information Science, Macaulay Library (animal behavior), and Conservation Media. Activities involving research and/or outreach spanning several of these areas are particularly encouraged, and some postdoctoral scholars are co-mentored. Projects that foster links among people and units from across Cornell University and beyond are likewise welcome. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the most relevant faculty and staff at the Lab to brainstorm about areas of mutual interest and synergistic projects. We are especially interested in supporting the independent research of individuals who can bring new ideas, approaches, and connections to the Lab, while simultaneously leveraging our existing tools, data, and expertise in science, education, and communication. Each Rose Postdoctoral opportunity spans up to 24 months via two consecutive year-long appointments at the Lab. Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. More than 200 faculty and staff work at the Lab within our mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work. The individuals will be appointed as Postdoctoral Associate, and will provide a competitive salary, Cornell health and other benefits, and funds to help support the Postdoc's research and other professional needs. Start dates are usually flexible within the year following the application. Interested applicants should explore these Annual Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition web site (www.birds.cornell.edu/postdoc) for more information about the overall program and about the Rose Fellow selection process. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, two-page research proposal, pdfs of up to three representative publications, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. before beginning their postdoctoral appointment at Cornell but may apply during the final year of their Ph.D. program. Applications for the multiple positions available in 2019 will be accepted until September 8, 2019. The selection committee is chaired by Dr. Irby Lovette (ijl2@cornell.edu), Fuller Professor of Ornithology and Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Lab. Edward W. Rose, known by family and friends as “Rusty,” joined the Lab’s Administrative Board in 1993 and served as its Chairman from 2004 to 2014. Rusty was a brilliant man who inspired everyone at the Lab, not only through his infectious laugh but even more by asking tough questions, expecting excellence, and seeking global impact. Rusty had a deep conservation ethos which he exemplified both in his own actions and through his support of the Cornell Lab and kindred institutions. He was among the Lab’s most enthusiastic promoters of early career scientists, and he always relished learning about their discoveries and accomplishments. Rusty passed away in January 2016, but his legacy endures in many contexts, including the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowship Program which brings together the Lab’s entire postdoctoral community. Through the generosity of Rusty and his wife Deedie, together with that of fellow board members Larry and Nancy Fuller, Russ and Carol Faucett, and Imogene Powers Johnson, the Lab shall award multiple Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral Fellowships annually. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and in Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Application Materials Required: Submit the following items online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14169 to complete your application: Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae 2 page Research Proposal pdfs of up to 3 representative publications Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  19. Transnational environmental crime—wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, dumping hazardous waste and more—takes an estimated $91 to $259 billion bite out of the global economy and has strong ties to organized crime finance, says a new study from Michigan State University and published in Nature Sustainability. View the full article
  20. STATE OF WYOMING invites applications for the position of: ATAW99-11088-Grassland Bird Project Biologist-Lander SALARY:$21.40 Hourly LOCATION:Lander OPENING DATE:08/12/19 CLOSING DATE:08/26/19 11:59 PM GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking an experienced avian biologist to analyze and complete work outlined in a funded Grassland Bird Monitoring Grant, which targets 4 Species of Greatest Conservation Need. These include Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Upland Sandpiper, and Long-billed Curlew. This position supports the final year of a pilot study to establish long-term population monitoring for these high conservation priority species. The position will examine data collected from the pilot effort, perform rigorous statistics, and provide management recommendations for future monitoring. Apply Online: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming?keywords=ATAW99-11088 Human Resource Contact: Laura Curtis 307-777-4507 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The listed functions are illustrative only and are not intended to describe every function which may be performed in the job level. Work independently to manage and analyze data collected as part of a pilot effort and report findings in Annual Completion Reports Record incidental observations of all other Species of Greatest Conservation Need, particularly bird species. Work independently using remotely and field-collected data for site selection and survey planning Manage data using relational databases Conduct data analysis for power analyses, modeling detection probability-corrected estimates of occupancy and density, and evaluating the current sampling plan. Communicate with internal stakeholders, landowners, and the general public regarding survey access and wildlife management goals and recommendations. Collect, enter, and proof data. QUALIFICATIONS: PREFERENCES: Preference will be given to candidate possessing a BS or MS in Wildlife Biology or a similar field. KNOWLEDGE: Familiarity with Wyoming's grassland ecosystems and bird communities. Must be able to identify the 4 target species by sight and sound. Preference given to those able to identify all birds of Wyoming by sight and sound. Experience conducting point count surveys and using other avian survey methodology. Must be reliable, have a strong work ethic, great communication skills, and be able to work independently and in remote locations and challenging conditions. Must have a flexible schedule, and be able to work long and variable hours, particularly based on weather conditions. Strong background in data management skills including expertise in relational databases. Experience in ecological study design and site selection (particularly using stratified, randomize sampling approaches such as HIP or GRTS) Experience conducting analyses to estimate detection probability-adjusted estimates for occupancy rates and density. Must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a 4WD vehicle. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: None - See "Preferences" NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: PHYSICAL WORKING CONDITIONS: Biologist will work independently to navigate to and conduct front-country roadside surveys using GPS, paper maps, tablets and paper datasheets. Overnight statewide travel is required, with hotel or camping stays for up to 10 days at a time. The schedule will vary; surveys require early morning and evening work. NOTES: FLSA: Non-Exempt All new hires or rehires starting in a non-exempt position on or after January 1, 2018 are required to be paid hourly. Contact: For more information regarding a specific project or position, contact Zack Walker at zack.walker@wyo.gov or 307-332-2688. Position will last from approximately October 2019 through September 2020. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: 040-Wyoming Game and Fish - Wildlife Division Click here to view the State of Wyoming Classification and Pay Structure. URL: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wyoming/default.cfm The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities. Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.
  21. Apply online: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25053&siteid=5248#jobDetails=1352040_5248 The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change is seeking a Data Analyst to work with our growing team of developers and scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This is a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and dynamic team that is developing technological solutions for conservation and research. Both the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Planck Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change support research and training around the use of new technologies such as GPS tracking, machine learning, and remote sensing to address questions in ecology, behavior, and conservation. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with relational databases, familiar with writing efficient code and documentation, and will help build workflows for the internal team to process large data. The Data Analyst will manage and improve an existing database hosted within a PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment and work with the informatics team to build, extend, and support new data products to support global biodiversity research and conservation projects. The Data Analyst will report to the Senior Software Engineer and other team members and participate in the organization, management, and ensuring the integrity of complex datasets. They will work collaboratively to analyze spatial data and manage a global spatial biodiversity database (>1 billion records). The position will be based at Yale University, with close collaborative links to our partners worldwide. The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and hosts a range of speaker and workshop events. It supports research and training around the use of new technologies and data flows for model-based inference and prediction of biodiversity distributions and changes at large spatial and taxonomic scales. Flagship Center projects include Map of Life and associated activities supporting the Half-Earth Map and the development of the GEO BON Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables. For animal movement data we are partnered with the Icarus Initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, and Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data. For camera trapping data we are members of the Wildlife Insights initiative. Other Center initiatives include the integration of phylogenetic information with spatial distributions (e.g., VertLife), and the NASA-supported development and application of remote sensing-informed layers for biodiversity modelling (EarthEnv). Much of the technical development work in the Center connects to Map of Life. Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time. Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life provides best-possible species distribution information together with a range of data and biodiversity indicator products. These products in turn underpin analytics and mapping for the Half-Earth Project. Yale University offers researchers and staff competitive salaries and a generous package of benefits. Yale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City. For Questions email jobs@mol.org
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    EXPERIENCED SMALL OWL BANDER (1) needed for fall owl migration banding station in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, operated by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Position is 4 weeks, with approximate dates October 1 – October 27, 2019. Primary duties are owl capture and banding, but also include set-up and dismantling of banding station, including clearing net lanes, and erecting and maintaining nets. Must be able to operate 6-10 nets without assistance. Will be working with an intern and will be responsible for some intern training. Responsible for both field and electronic (Excel) data entry. Normal work schedule is Tuesday-Sunday. Compensation is $14.25/hour. Housing (shared, with own room) and all equipment provided. Prior experience and proficiency in mist-netting, safe extraction and proper handling, and efficient banding and processing of small owls. Must be able to identify, age, and sex a variety of owl species captured, primarily, but not limited to, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Eastern Screech-owl, and Long-eared Owl. Experience training inexperienced field staff desired. Ability to effectively communicate to public visitors at the banding station required. Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance required. Hiring contingent on passing a background and driving record check. To apply, send a single file containing a cover letter, current resume, and names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references familiar with your banding skills to: Nancy Drilling, nancy.drillingATbirdconservancy.org. Applications due August 21, 2019.
  23. Chickadees can smell! That is the news from a study out of Lehigh University, the first to document naturally hybridizing songbirds' preference for the scent of their own species. View the full article
  24. One quarter of the world's tropical land could disappear by the end of the century unless meat and dairy consumption falls, researchers have warned. View the full article
  25. Full position details and application form available at: https://www.bird-rescue.org/get-involved/employment/job-opening-rehabilitation-technician-sfbay.aspx Position: Part-time Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician in Fairfield, CA. Job Description International Bird Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured and contaminated aquatic birds. Between our two centers in San Pedro, CA and Fairfield, CA, we treat more than 5,000 patients per year. We currently have an immediate opening for a rehabilitation technician at our SF Bay Wildlife Center in Fairfield, CA. Rehabilitation technicians are responsible for the husbandry and medical care of patients as well as public outreach and education regarding wildlife issues. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required for training/managing volunteers and for interacting with co-workers, veterinarians and other local rehabilitation centers. For individuals interested in becoming part of Bird Rescue's internationally renowned response team, this is a great opportunity to learn about, work with, and become proficient at rehabilitating these challenging species. An RVT licensed in the state of California and/or a bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred; however, individuals with a strong background or interest in wildlife rehabilitation are encouraged to apply. For more information about Bird Rescue, visit www.bird-rescue.org Essential duties and responsibilities Assist with and administer medical treatments under supervision of the manager and veterinarian (including radiographs, anesthesia and humane euthanasia in accordance with Bird Rescue policies and local and federal laws). Maintain complete and accurate animal care records. Determine and provide appropriate triage/emergency care, housing/enclosures and diets including live and dead food items. Clean and disinfect all areas as necessary to maintain a safe and sanitary environment throughout the hospital and facility. Inventory and maintain clinic/medical supplies. Provide oversight, direction and training of volunteers on a daily basis. Perform other duties, as assigned, to ensure a positive public image, enhance the operation of the organization and improve the quality of life for the animals. Respond to inquiries from members of the public and other local rehabilitation centers. Schedules are 4 days per week at 10 hours per day from 8AM to closing (with overtime as required based on clinic caseload and season). Required qualifications A minimum of six months of related education/experience/training. Ability to read, write and comprehend detailed animal care protocols and medical notes. Ability to understand basic medical terminology, avian physiology and anatomy. Have excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work. Effectively communicate information on both an individual basis and group situations and have excellent interpersonal skills for interactions with volunteers, other employees, governing agencies, outside members of the public and other rehabilitation centers. Basic computer skills with Microsoft Office and data entry, preferably with an electronic patient records system (ex. RaptorMed). Excellent basic mathematical skills and the ability to accurately work with units of weight, volume and concentration. This position requires a background check. Preferred qualifications Past work in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic. Experience capturing, handling and restraining wild animals, preferably birds. Familiarity with the Incident Command System and Oiled Wildlife Care Network protocols. Registered veterinary technician (RVT) certified by the California Veterinary Medical Board. Bachelor's degree in ecology, wildlife management, biology, or related. Physical demands and exposure to environmental conditions: Ability to stand, speak, listen and smell for long periods of time (hours). Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and ability to use hands/arms to palpate, handle, feel, reach and lift/move up to 40lbs. Must have good near, distance, color and peripheral vision as well as good depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Indoor and outdoor conditions include: temperatures of ~30-110 degrees F, rain, strong wind, high heat and humidity, dry air and allergens. Employees are exposed to moving parts, zoonotic diseases, aggressive/feral animals, toxic/caustic chemicals and radiography equipment. Travel to remote and potentially international areas may be required if activated for spill response. To apply, complete online application at: https://www.bird-rescue.org/get-involved/employment/job-opening-rehabilitation-technician-sfbay.aspx Please, note that the application requires a resume, cover letter and 3 references.
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  27. Multiple postdoctoral positions are available at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. Postdocs will be working with Associate Professor Luke Gibson in the SUSTech Biodiversity Lab. We are an international team with expertise in biodiversity monitoring, ecological modelling, GIS and remote sensing. Our research is focused on deforestation, fragmentation, wildlife trade, green energy and bird migration, and is based in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Laos. Available research projects could include (1) Which species benefit from agricultural expansion, and how do these species affect fragmented forest ecosystems isolated within agricultural landscapes? (2) How does China;s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and associated infrastructure development (e.g., roads, railways, dams) affect biodiversity conservation or animal migration patterns? (3) How does the spread of invasive species affect predator communities in habitats where they have been introduced? (4) Which species in wildlife trade have expanded their ranges into the urban centers where they are traded, and how do these species affect local ecosystems where they have been introduced? Postdocs will be hired on a 2-year contract, starting at the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020. Salary is approximately 260,000 RMB (approximately 38,000 USD) per year. Each postdoc will be given 250,000 RMB (approximately 36,000 USD) to support his/her research activities. Each postdoc is expected to produce multiple high-impact publications during the contract. Postdocs will be living in Shenzhen, the first Special Economic Zone of China immediately across the border from Hong Kong which has been described as the Silicon Valley of China. The quiet and green campus of SUSTech is located in Tanglang, surrounded by fruit plantations, reservoirs, and forested hills. More information is available here: https://www.primarilyforests.com/ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=B-u1rB8AAAAJ https://ese.sustc.edu.cn/en/ https://www.sustech.edu.cn/en/gallery.html?lang=en Applicants must have: 1. a PhD 2. strong quantitative skills 3. multiple publications in high-impact journals Please send a cover letter describing a brief research plan for this position, a CV including a full list of publications, and contact information for three references to biodiversity@sustech.edu.cn. Applications will be reviewed through the end of September 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be notified
  28. Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to announce a call for post-doctoral applications for the Liber Ero Fellowship Program. The Liber Ero Fellowship Program supports exceptional post-doctoral fellows who address pressing conservation challenges of relevance to Canada. The Program aims to develop the next generation of conservation scientists, trained in the latest methods and in the skills necessary to affect policy and improve conservation of Canada’s wild places and natural resources. The Liber Ero Fellowship is open to candidates from any country whose research furthers conservation goals within Canada. Fellows must be hosted at a Canadian institution, with mentorship teams drawing from expertise in non-governmental organizations, government, and universities. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of November 1, 2019. See http://liberero.ca/ for more details. Please see http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/ to read about the current cohort of fellows and their projects. Sincerely, Sally Otto Bonjour, Nous avons le plaisir d'annoncer un appel à candidatures du programme postdoctoral Liber Ero. Le programme Liber Ero soutient des postdoctorantes et postdoctorants exceptionnels qui désirent relever d'importants défis de conservation de la nature au Canada. Le programme vise à former la prochaine génération de scientifiques en conservation de la nature aux plus récentes méthodes et à leur donner les compétences nécessaires pour influencer les politiques de gestion des ressources naturelles et des lieux sauvages du Canada, et améliorer la conservation de ces derniers. Le programme Liber Ero est ouvert aux scientifiques de tous les pays qui désirent travailler à promouvoir les objectifs de conservation du Canada. Les chercheurs post-doctorants devront œuvrer au sein d’une organisation (université, organisme) canadienne, et recevoir le support d’une équipe de mentorat dont les membres proviennent d'organisations non gouvernementales, du gouvernement, ou d’universités. Les candidatures sont acceptées dès maintenant et jusqu'au 1er novembre 2019 (date limite). Consultez http://liberero.ca/fr pour plus de détails. Nous vous invitons à faire circuler cette information auprès de candidates et candidats éventuels. Pour en savoir plus sur les boursiers et boursières Liber Ero et leurs projets, consultez la page suivante: http://liberero.ca/meet-the-fellows/. Cordialement, Sally Otto Dr. Sarah (Sally) Otto, FRSC Director, Liber Ero Fellowship Program Department of Zoology University of British Columbia 6270 University Blvd. Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4 otto@zoology.ubc.ca 604 822 2778 (work) 604 822 2416 (fax)
  29. Description: One field technician is needed from October 1st to January 1st to assist with a project examining how Blue Jays impact forest change through dispersal of acorns and other tree nuts. The research will take place in the Appalachian region of southeast Ohio, at Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest. The technician will assist with capture and banding of Blue Jays, subsequent telemetry tracking using both handheld units and automated telemetry towers, as well as telemetry tracking of dispersed tree nuts. The technician will also perform vegetation surveys throughout the field season. Salary will be $1800 – $2000/month depending on experience, housing provided. Transportation at field site and within Ohio is also provided. Average of 40 hours/week, but work schedule will be variable and may depend on weather. The technician will be supervised by a graduate student on the project. Qualifications: Applicants must have a strong work ethic, be willing to work long hours in the field, pay close attention to detail, be able to work well independently, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to maintain a positive attitude while working long and sometimes tedious hours in cold and wet weather. Strong applicants will have previous experience performing vegetation surveys and radio telemetry on avian species. To apply: In a single document, please send a resume, contact information for three references (at least two should be previous employers/supervisors), and a cover letter highlighting relevant experience to Jay Wright at wright.1815@osu.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
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