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  3. Responsibilities: Provides support to interdisciplinary teams in the development of Resource Management Plans, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and Categorical Exclusions. Reviews environmental assessment documents prepared in the District/Field Office to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Assists team leaders in determining level of detail, scope of analysis, and checks quality of the documents being produced. Ensures the analysis is clear and consistent and makes corrections as needed. Works with team leads, senior specialists and Field and District Office managers and supervisors to prepare and monitor time schedules for District/Field Office planning efforts. Works closely with the District/Field Office Public Affairs Officer, project leads and managers to ensure land use planning efforts are well coordinated with State, local, and Federal agencies. Provides training and guidance on data input and interpretation, quality control, and administrative record management of district/field level plans. Responsible for preparation and monitoring of the District/Field office land use and annual work plans. Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative in matters of contracting out work related to resource management plans, environmental impact statements, and related documents. Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/615079100
  4. The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of wildlife ecology. https://careers.pageuppeople.com/968/cw/en-us/job/517504/assistant-professor-wildlife-ecology The department values diversity and continually strives to maintain and promote an inclusive learning and research environment that embraces all students, faculty, and staff. We are particularly interested in applications from persons identifying with groups currently underrepresented in wildlife conservation, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous, people of color, and underrepresented genders. We seek a candidate with research interests in wildlife ecology that can inform conservation and management. This can include research that bridges basic and applied science and may include empirical or theoretical research on game or non-game species at any geographical scale (e.g., local to global) or in any region (e.g., Virginia, North America, international). The selected candidate will complement current departmental strengths in wildlife ecology; international conservation; habitat, quantitative, community, disease, spatial, behavioral and population ecology; wildlife restoration; population dynamics; human dimensions; physiology; and toxicology. Researchers who can collaborate with a range of scientists and stakeholders, and that can secure funding from national and international sources are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to individuals with an established record of using interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research methods and a demonstrated ability or potential to secure extramural funding, publish in high quality journals, and effectively disseminate research results to wildlife managers and the general public. The selected candidate is encouraged to pursue cross-disciplinary collaborations within Virginia Tech, including but not limited to, affiliations with the Global Change Center, Center for Coastal Studies, and Center for Emerging, Zoonotic and Arthropod-borne Pathogens. This is a full-time, tenure-track, 9-month appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching (40%), research (50%), and service (10%). The successful individual will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise with an average teaching load of 1.5 to 2 courses per year. Advising and mentoring of both graduate and undergraduate students is required. Participation in departmental, college and university affairs is strongly encouraged and expected. Application materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of interests and experience as described below, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. The applicant should address their interest in the position by preparing a single written statement of interests and experience related to teaching, research, and diversity, equity and inclusion. This statement should address qualifications relative to the position description and be limited to three pages. All application materials must be submitted electronically, using the online system at www.jobs.vt.edu, referring to posting No. 517504. Review of candidate files will begin on October 15th, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. University transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) may be requested after initial review of applications. More information about the position can be found at: www.fishwild.vt.edu. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sarah Karpanty, Chair, Search Committee: Wildlife Ecology, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, 100 Cheatham Hall (0321) Blacksburg, VA 24061. Phone: 540-231-4586 or email: karpanty@vt.edu. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Required Qualifications 1. Ph.D. in wildlife conservation or management, ecology, natural resources or related field by the time of appointment. 2. Demonstrated actions to create or contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. 3. Demonstrated ability and interest in developing and teaching lecture, lab and field-based courses in wildlife ecology and/or management, or closely related content areas. 4. Demonstrated ability and interest to collaborate in research with state or federal agencies, foreign governments, NGOs, private industry, or some combination of these groups. 5. Demonstrated potential to attract research funding adequate to support an active research program, including graduate students. 6. Demonstrated ability and desire to contribute to the peer-reviewed literature. Preferred Qualifications 1. Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the university level. 2. Demonstrated record of research and/or teaching and/or mentoring addressing needs of under-represented communities, including racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ individuals. 3. Postdoctoral research experience. 4. Experience advising and directing the research of undergraduate and/or graduate students. 5. Research competencies that complement existing program strengths. 6. Teaching competencies related to wildlife habitat ecology and management, including, but not limited to, wildlife urban habitat issues to complement new initiatives underway in Urban Natural Resource Management in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.
  5. White Oak conserves and sustains some of the earth's rarest species through sustainable conservation breeding, education, and responsible land stewardship. The conservation programs span 700 acres along the St. Marys River in northeast Florida, surrounded by 17,000 acres of mixed forest and wetlands that make up the beautiful White Oak property. White Oak’s animal programs are widely recognized for their natural environments and large spaces, species appropriate social structures and regularly reproducing populations. The low intensity management style results in animals that exhibit natural behaviors and resiliency, making them prime candidates for recovery and release programs. The Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship provides participants hands-on management experience with conservation breeding populations of avian species. The internship offers direct experience working alongside staff in all aspects of animal care. Selected interns will work within the avian team caring for species such as cassowary, grasshopper sparrows and a variety of crane and curassow species. The avian team is actively involved in three regional reintroduction programs, with a strong in-situ/ex-situ interface. Candidates should have a keen interest in avian ecology, diverse management methods, and direct conservation impact. Skills, Experiences, and Duties: Interns will have a detailed list of learning objectives which may include: Animal husbandry – general feeding and cleaning Animal behavior and observation, including reproduction and parental care Netting, handling and restraint methods Diet preparation and medication Egg management and artificial incubation Assisted reproduction techniques Reintroduction strategies and conservation efforts Sample collection Enclosure maintenance Intra-facility transportation Observation of veterinary care and necropsies Through additional volunteer hours, interns may also gain experience in ungulates, carnivores, conservation research, veterinary care, and program management (as available). Internship Specifics: 2022 Avian Spring Session Important Dates Application Window: September 20 - October 10, 2021 Internship start/End Dates: 1/12/2022 to 5/15/2022 *Dates for the internship sessions are tentative, and may be altered The Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship is a 40 hour a week, paid internship. The selected candidate will receive a $1,600 monthly stipend, before taxes. Free housing at White Oak may be available for highly competitive applicants for the duration of the internship. Interns receiving housing will share an apartment with another intern of the same gender. The work schedule will include weekends and holidays, and interns will be asked to help with after-hours duties. White Oak provides transportation to and from the Jacksonville airport (for initial pick-up and final drop-off only). Interns have access to select White Oak amenities including a fitness center and swimming pool. Housing for pets and/or spouses is not available. White Oak reserves the right to terminate internships at any time. There will be no guarantee of employment at the end of the internship. To avoid conflicts, the selected candidate will not be eligible for job openings at White Oak that occur during the internship. Eligibility Requirements: Candidates must have previous experience working with animals, domestic or exotic, with preference to prior avian experience. Candidates should be currently enrolled, or recently graduated (less than 2 years) from high school, college or university, with a career focus that reflects White Oak’s mission- conservation biology, wildlife management, animal science, veterinary, research, or education. Candidates should be self-motivated, able to work well alone and with others, and willing to learn new skills and make the most of the internship experience. Candidates must be at least 18 years, have proof of a valid driver’s license and health insurance, and pass a drug test upon the start of the internship. Commitment to a 40-hour work week, the selected schedule and individual work duties is required. Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty, work in adverse weather conditions, and remain on their feet for long periods of time. Candidates must be legally able to work in the United States (US Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold an Employment Authorization Document) How to Apply: To apply, please fill out the following electronic application: Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship Application Please apply within the application periods designated. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send any questions to training@white-oak.org with the subject line: Avian Conservation Husbandry Internship Application.
  6. Job Description: SEASONAL AVIAN CONSERVATION FIELD TECHNICIANS needed for work with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, starting February 2022. Our project focuses on a variety of work with three critically-endangered endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi, that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest on the island of Kauai. The position will focus on (1) banding birds to document prevalence of malaria in blood samples, (2) radio-tagging birds, (3) nest searching and resighting, (4) sampling life cycle of Culex mosquitos in core bird habitat, and (5) maintaining rat control grids. This is a rare opportunity to work on endangered tropical species in the U.S. while gaining valuable research skills. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings on obscure trails with up to 40 pound packs (occasionally 60). Daily field conditions include hiking through dense forest in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather. Position lasts 4.5 months. Qualifications: Applicants must be able to detect and identify birds by sight and sound, be physically fit, and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain off-trail. At least two of the positions will require ample experience handling endangered species. Experience with mist-netting, banding, radio-telemetry, color-band re-sighting, nest searching, behavioral observation, territory mapping, small mammal trapping, and insect sampling is strongly desired. Mechanical and electronics skills and current First Aid and CPR certifications are a plus. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including controlling invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, a positive attitude, and willingness to live in remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Careful data collection is paramount, and when not in the field, office duties will include data entry and management, maintenance of field equipment, and other work around the office. Compensation is $2,573 /mo. Crew will have some access to project vehicles. Housing when not in the field will not be provided, but we will assist in finding housing. Successful applicants must provide own travel to Lihue, Kauai, have a valid driver license, and be legally eligible to work in the U.S. To Apply: Applications will be accepted until October 5, 2021 and will be reviewed as they are received. Required materials include a current CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Please email applications to puaiohijobs AT gmail.com
  7. I think we should go this way. This way! THIS! WAY!! Making yourself heard in a city can be difficult. That is not only the case for humans, but birds seem to be hindered by urban noise as well. Researcher Hans Slabbekoorn of Leiden University already showed that great tits in Leiden communicate differently at noisy crossroads compared to quiet neighborhoods. Now, it has become clear that also tropical bananaquits adjust their songs to frequencies above the city's traffic noise.View the full article
  8. Charles Darwin was obsessed with domestic pigeons. He thought they held the secrets of selection in their beaks. Free from the bonds of natural selection, the 350-plus breeds of domestic pigeons have beaks of all shapes and sizes within a single species (Columba livia). The most striking are beaks so short that they sometimes prevent parents from feeding their own young. Centuries of interbreeding taught early pigeon fanciers that beak length was likely regulated by just a few heritable factors. Yet modern geneticists have failed to solve Darwin's mystery by pinpointing the molecular machinery controlling short beaks—until now.View the full article
  9. Position Summary The Program Manager, Coastal Resilience will be responsible for Audubon’s efforts to restore, enhance, and manage priority coastal habitats for the benefit of salt marsh dependent bird species and to increase coastal resilience in New York. The position is part of the Audubon Connecticut and New York conservation team and will be based at the Theodore Roosevelt Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, NY. Essential Functions As part of Audubon’s Coast Program, lead the salt marsh and coastal resilience initiative in New York. Work collaboratively with regional leadership to establish clear program objectives and goals that include bird conservation, volunteer engagement, public outreach, policy, and financial outcomes. Develop new strategies and programmatic elements to deepen the impact and raise the visibility of Audubon’s coastal resilience program, including identifying opportunities for geographic expansion. Identify, plan, and implement new and ongoing salt marsh restoration projects, which will involve: Work with Audubon CT and NY staff to identify potential restoration projects for Audubon to pursue; use re the results of a priority salt marsh assessment to inform decisions. Develop requests for proposals (RFPs), bid packages, and contracts required to implement salt marsh restoration/enhancement project(s). Oversee construction contracts and engineering firms completing permitting and design for salt marsh restoration or enhancement project(s). Coordinate project teams to ensure regular communication, free exchange of ideas, and successful problem solving to implement projects. Lead or work with partners and seasonal staff to complete pre-and post-response monitoring (e.g., bird, vegetation, elevation, and hydrology) of restoration sites. Work with land trusts and other agencies to protect marsh migration corridors through land acquisitions or conservation easements. Co-lead a working group that includes conservation partners and land managers (e.g., landowners, academics, and representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations, and Audubon chapters) to foster communication among practitioners, inform best management practices, improve understanding around permitting, and promote the implementation of and help secure funding for future projects. Develop a close working relationship with coastal NGOs, state and federal agency partners, and community leaders/stakeholders. Strive to develop partnerships that culminate in landscape-scale conservation supporting bird and other coastal wildlife populations and habitats. Collaborate with supervisor and development team to identify, submit, and administer grants and engage donors and foundations to support the projects and overall program. Work with the Director of Policy to advocate for the protection of coastal habitats, natural solutions to coastal flooding and erosion through policy solutions and federal funding (e.g., FEMA and NRCS funding). Effectively communicate about coastal resilience issues (including sea level rise as a threat to priority bird species, the importance of salt marsh conservation, negative impacts of shoreline hardening, and natural solutions to shoreline stabilization) to elected and municipal officials, partners, and the public. Work directly with the Communication Manager on communication campaigns. Contribute to press releases, articles, outreach materials, and content for social media. Represent Audubon and create and deliver effective presentations at conferences, regional councils, and working groups meetings. Provide expertise on restoration or enhancement of priority sites (salt marshes as well as other coastal habitat types, such as beaches and islands). Comment on state and federal management plans relating to coastal resilience and sea level rise. Supervise seasonal staff and assist with volunteer coordination. Collaborate with Audubon’s regional (CT/NY) and national staff, as well as Audubon Chapter leaders to support policy, communications, and network priorities related to coastal resilience. Participate fully and productively in staff meetings, planning efforts, and other shared staff duties. Qualifications and Experience Master’s Degree in conservation, wildlife, or natural resources field or equivalent, plus five years of relevant work experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. Familiarity with coastal resilience and adaptation issues and natural coastal processes required, knowledge of Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat needs and conservation issues a plus. Project management experience including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, reporting on progress, and writing grant proposals. The ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize is essential. Proven experience with the restoration of coastal habitats and managing habitat restoration or enhancement projects required; experience managing a salt marsh restoration or enhancement project highly preferred. Familiarity with governmental permit processes for habitat or other related projects, preferably in the state of Connecticut and/or New York. Experience developing proposals and reporting on federal grants. Must be self-motivated, organized, and reliable, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Strong communication skills including public speaking, public presentation, and writing skills and ability to synthesize and communicate technical and complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as the job demands. Willingness to travel to other locations within New York and Connecticut as well as occasionally to other states. EEO Statement The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. Accessibility Statement The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. COVID Policy Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission rates must wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status. Please visit this link to apply - Program Manager, Coastal Resilience
  10. Position Summary: Rowe Sanctuary lies in the heart of a critical spring staging area for migrating Sandhill Cranes. Located along the Platte River in southcentral Nebraska, the 1,447-acre sanctuary contains 2.5 miles of river channel, wet meadows, and some agricultural fields. Public hiking trails wind through riparian areas and along the banks of the Platte. The Senior Coordinator, Center Operations will be responsible for the implementation of strategies that strengthen Rowe’s volunteer program and earned income revenue from sales and facilities rentals. They will conduct day-to-day work in the areas of volunteer recruitment, training and placement as well as be responsible for overall guest and phone reception, as well as, planning and execution of all aspects of a robust facilities rentals program. **In order to be considered for this position, candidates must submit a cover letter. Essential Functions: Lead and oversee Rowe’s Volunteer Program including recruitment, training and coordination of all volunteer duties. Manage volunteer database and signup system. Manage and oversee all aspects of the gift shop operations including oversight of webpage. Ensure the Center is adequately staffed at all times utilizing staff and volunteers. Lead engagement of in-person visitors and phone reception. Establish and grow a robust facilities rental program including updating and maintaining website rental page and advertising components as well as coordinating with renters. Work with staff and contractors ensuring buildings and grounds associated with the Visitor Center, are maintained in a timely manner. Support the Center Director through coordination of logistics for Rowe Stewardship Board and committee meetings. Communicate meeting details, assemble, and edit meeting agendas and materials. Take and maintain board meeting minutes. Work with development staff, lead planning and implementation of all special events at Rowe including fundraisers, donor cultivation experiences, etc. Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation or Business Administration preferred. 3-5 years’ experience in recreational or business administration. Experience working with volunteer programs is highly desired. Must possess excellent interpersonal skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail. Commitment to working in a collaborative environment. Self-motivated, dedicated to accomplishing tasks, able to take initiative and solve problems. Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and other key Microsoft Office and web-based products. Experience working for a non-profit organization preferred. Dedicated to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. Commitment to Audubon’s overall mission of conservation of birds and other wildlife, their habitats, and environmental education.
  11. ABOUT BERRY COLLEGE: Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty, Berry College has an enrollment of about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is located in Rome, Georgia, 75 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a comprehensive liberal-arts college with a distinctive mission and purpose, Berry unites a challenging academic program with practical work experience in a context that nurtures spiritual and moral growth, including significant service to others. We seek faculty who are committed to excellence as teachers-scholars-mentors and staff who are also committed to serving as mentors and supervisors for students who work on campus. Although not required, more than 90 percent of our students participate in our premier student work program. Employee benefits are competitive. JOB DESCRIPTION: Berry College is seeking a new colleague (tenure-track Assistant Professor) in Biology to play an integral role in the development of the new Wildlife/Ecology/Conservation concentration within the Biology major. The surrounding area provides extended opportunities, including the confluence of three rivers that serve as habitat for many rare and endemic species. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can utilize Berry College's expansive and biologically-rich campus to study ecophysiology and/or wildlife diseases of aquatic or terrestrial animals. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in vertebrate physiology with expertise in non-human vertebrates. Duties will include teaching introductory courses to life science majors, an upper division course in comparative animal physiology, and other upper division courses within the candidate's area of expertise. The successful candidate will conduct research involving vertebrate animals and fully comply with all IACUC protocols. Faculty at Berry are expected to involve undergraduates in their research, serve as academic advisors, and contribute to the vitality of the campus and professional communities through their service. REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field. Post-doctoral experience preferred. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Biology department emphasizes active learning and student engagement and seeks to improve recruitment and retention of students and colleagues from under-represented groups. Please visit our website at http://www.berry.edu/academics/science/ for more information about the department. Berry is a selective independent college of 2,100 students, located adjacent to Rome, GA, midway between Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN. Berry's educational approach deliberately unites challenging academic programs with practical work experience in a residential campus community that encourages faith and emphasizes caring for the needs of others above self. This commitment to an "education of the head, heart and hands" remains as relevant today as when our founder instilled this ethic more than a century ago. Nationally recognized for quality of learning and quality of life, Berry offers first-rate undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts, and human sciences, as well as undergraduate and master's degrees in business and teacher education. The College's stunning 27,000-acre campus affords opportunities that cannot be duplicated elsewhere. Berry's ongoing commitment is to provide exceptional educational experiences to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. Berry is a Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 "Great College to Work For." The college offers salary commensurate with qualifications and experience along with competitive benefits options with no employee costs for medical, dental, disability, and life insurance, including spouse and dependents at a reduced rate. An Equal Opportunity Institution, Berry complies with all applicable laws and provisions prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies. Berry respects the essential dignity of all individuals and accordingly hires and promotes employees without regard to matters of personal identity such as ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and political affiliation. All potential employees at Berry College are required to submit to a full national background check prior to hiring. Berry College is committed to ensuring facilities, programs, services, and activities are accessible to everyone, including those seeking employment at Berry College. Inquiries about interview or workplace accommodations are welcomed and can be directed to Wayne Phipps, Director of Human Resources, at 706.290.2698. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applicants should provide a letter expressing their qualifications and interest in the position, a CV, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, a statement of experience with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and three names of references here. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
  12. Preserved penguin poop may be the key to connecting past Antarctic Ocean conditions and penguin populations, shedding light on how the birds and the region's ecosystem might fare as the climate changes. View the full article
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  14. A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday. View the full article
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  17. What do koalas, barking owls, greater gliders, southern rainbow skinks, native bees, and regent honeyeaters all have in common? Like many native species, they can all be found in vegetation along fences and roadsides outside formal conservation areas. View the full article
  18. Releasing a higher number of kiwi into large predator-controlled areas could increase the success of efforts to help their survival in the wild, new research shows. View the full article
  19. The K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics (KLY-CCB, formerly the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Program) has a 15-year history of teaching sound analysis and providing research mentorship in bioacoustics. We recently received endowed financial support that allows us to expand and deepen our educational and workshop offerings. As part of this process, we are hiring bioacoustics instructors to play a leadership role in expanding our mission-critical education and outreach initiatives. These will be PhD level positions (or Masters with extensive relevant experience) and are envisioned as a parallel track to faculty positions at teaching institutions (the positions are 75% teaching and 25% research). We are recruiting for instructors with expertise in both terrestrial and marine bioacoustics. The primary instructional audience is graduate students and conservation practitioners (globally, with virtual and in-person offerings), so the student population is generally highly motivated with substantial opportunities for ongoing mentorship and collaboration, as well as international travel and global networking. The position is based in Ithaca, NY, USA, but applicants do not need to be US citizens. These positions are not tenure-track, but are intended as long-term career positions with substantial responsibility and full membership in the intellectual research community, and commensurate compensation. The full position description and application is available here: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19268. Please feel free to share with others who may be interested. Application review is ongoing now. Please address any questions about the positions to Dr. Laurel Symes, Assistant Director of KLY-CCB (symes@cornell.edu).
  20. Neanderthals, our closest relatives, became extinct between 40,000 to 35,000 years ago. Since the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossil 165 years ago, scientists have learned more about Neanderthals—including their culture, sociality, ecology, diet, control of fire, production and use of tools, physiology, and even their genomic code—than about any other non-human hominin. Here, Spanish researchers use a highly original approach—scientific "role play"—to reconstruct a novel element of Neanderthal behavior: cooperating with group members while using fire and tools to catch choughs, birds from the crow family, from their night roosts inside caves. Their findings are published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. View the full article
  21. Thousands of seabirds that wash up on Atlantic coasts every year could have been starved to death by cyclones that whip up "washing machine" waves, a new study says, with experts warning the phenomenon could worsen with climate change. View the full article
  22. Summary The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate position in behavioral ecology beginning in Fall 2021. The successful applicant will work with PI E.L. Walters to combine newly developed tracking technology with long-term demographic data and experimental studies to understand movement patterns, social networks, and motivations for why helper acorn woodpeckers provision young that are not their own; thereby providing new insights into the ecological drivers of cooperative behavior in complex societies. The applicant must have a PhD or equivalent in behavioral ecology, population ecology, or related field and should have relevant field experience. The applicant will be based at the Hastings Reserve (Carmel Valley, California). Applicants should attach a CV, list of publications, statement of research interests and career goals, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position is for 10 months, depending on scholarly progress and the availability of funding. Job Responsibilities: Coordinate research activities, including (but not limited to): tree climbing; capturing birds to color band, sample blood, and attach nanotags; establishing and maintaining a grid of nanotag base stations; and extensive hiking Contribute intellectually to the project’s further development and success; assist in developing questions, analyzing data, and writing up results to better fulfill the goal of understanding the proximate and ultimate factors affecting helping behavior in acorn woodpeckers Oversee training, and mentoring of field interns integral to the project Conduct public outreach that includes managing film crews, providing interpretive programming to visitors of Hastings (including K-12 classes, undergraduate classes, biologists attending training workshops, extension classes, and members of the public) Other duties as assigned Minimum Qualifications: Education and/or training: PhD in Behavioral Ecology, Population Ecology, or related field Level and type of experience: Demonstrated ability to conduct a field-based project focusing on behavioral ecology and / or movement ecology, or related subject (3 years experience) Ability to capture and band birds, substantial quantitative skills to analyze short- and long-term data, and a track record of productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications AA/EOE/M/F/Disability/VETS/Drug Free - Specify position #21-041. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Equity Statement: It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. https://hera.odurf.odu.edu/careers//Careers.aspx?req=21-041&type=JOBDESCR
  23. Position Summary Audubon Dakota is a growing conservation leader in North and South Dakota, establishing innovative programs to protect, conserve, and enhance habitat for a wide variety of bird species. From backyard conservation to vast prairies and prairie wetlands, Audubon Dakota is on the leading edge of advancing conservation in the Northern Great Plains. We are heavily involved with private and public stakeholders to ensure that the future is bright for birds and the community of the Northern Great Plains, because we believe that “Where birds thrive, people prosper”. Audubon Dakota’s range ecologists work closely with local landowners to implement working lands programs, including the Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) Program and the Prairie Management Toolbox. These working lands programs led by Audubon Dakota aim to improve private landowners’ ability to practice bird-friendly land management. Range ecologists are responsible for enrolling landowners into these working lands programs and assisting landowners in the implementation of innovative land management practices. Integral conservation tools utilized through these programs are habitat management plans (HMPs), which are adaptive and annually referenced by the range ecologist and landowner to determine management goals and confirm program compliance. HMPs support practices such as adaptive grazing, prairie restoration, invasive species removal, and establishing rotational grazing infrastructure. HMPs rely on the designation of grassland bird species for each ranch or project site; therefore, the range ecologist needs to be familiar with grassland bird ranges and their habitat associations. The range ecologist conducts vegetation diversity and use monitoring to ensure landowners are compliant with program goals and are enhancing their grasslands to benefit grassland birds. TO APPLY: PLEASE VISIT https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4764/range-ecologist%2C-central-%26-western-north-dakota/job To be considered for this opportunity, please provide a cover letter with your application. Essential Functions Serve as an on-the-ground range ecologist for Audubon Dakota’s working lands programs to enhance grassland habitat for Dakotas priority bird species. This will include: Landowner Liaison - Provide excellent technical service to agricultural producers participating in Audubon Dakota’s working lands conservation programs. Facilitate demand for Audubon Dakota conservation programs through partnerships with local agencies and organizations. Connect with local conservation professionals and organizations to deliver programs and recruit new program participants. Provide timely access to financial assistance programs for enrolled ranches, through Audubon, local, state, and federal financial assistance opportunities. Refer producers to partner conservation programs when applicable. Establish and maintain professional relationships with ranchers and landowners participating in Audubon’s working lands programs. Communicate program goals and work with rancher/landowner to develop site-specific farm habitat conservation plans for each assigned ranch. Execute agreements and plan projects for landowners participating in financial assistance conservation programs. Habitat Management - Advocate science-supported habitat management on partner lands. Establish habitat management plans using SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive) goals on all enrolled program ranches under the range ecologist’s supervision. Conduct essential avian and grassland monitoring on program lands. Identify monitoring needs regarding avian and vegetation; develop and implement monitoring techniques to address land use, avian density and occupancy, and vegetation response to disturbance. Team Player - Participate in all appropriate administrative duties of the state office. Support grant writing related to Audubon Dakota Conservation work. Participate in local events targeted at youth, professionals, or the general community to share expertise. Maintain excellent communication with supervisor and administrative staff. Professional Development - Continuously improve skills related to range management and avian conservation. Attend training events held by local partners, such as NRCS, USFWS, and state grazing coalitions Outreach – Be a resource for local producers and partners. Plan and participate in landowner workshops and other educational events. Represent Audubon Dakota at events to promote and educate the public on Audubon’s working lands programs, grassland bird conservation, and rangeland management practices. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in range management, ecology, natural resources management, wildlife management, or related field, preferred. 1+ years’ experience with similar work within the target area. Experience working with local agencies and organizations to help ranchers secure cost-share and incentive program funding to implement improved rangeland management practices. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work effectively with producers and a variety of partners. Working knowledge of ArcGIS, GPS, other GIS technology. Experience with Northern Great Plains grassland plant identification and management. Experience with Northern Great Plains avian identification and management. Familiarity with common grassland management activities and grazing systems in the Northern Great Plains. Must be comfortable with travel, with multiple overnight trips per month within the target area.
  24. Overview Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. Position Summary Reporting to the Director of Climate Science, the Climate Science Coordinator will be responsible for supporting Audubon’s science team with regional, national, and hemispheric bird conservation initiatives. The Climate Science Coordinator will support technical analyses and the application of skills in data management, spatial data analysis, geoprocessing, landscape analysis, climate science, ornithology, and map design; assembling relevant datasets; and generating spatial and quantitative data products. The Coordinator will also support the process of publishing Audubon science work including, but not limited to, peer-reviewed articles and reports. This will include participating in cross-functional teams, particularly with the spatial and quantitative science teams and across the broader Conservation Division within which science is located. **In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include a cover letter with your application. **This position has opportunity to be based remotely within the continental U.S. for the right candidate. Essential Functions Support the national science climate team on Climate Science projects and Climate Watch, and provide support to spatial, quantitative, Migratory Bird Initiative, or community science teams as required. Support dataset management, literature reviews, preparation of presentations, and writing of reports and/or scientific publications. Perform statistical and/or spatial analyses, as well as other data analyses, using various processing packages in R and ArcGIS or ArcPro. Assist with biological data collection, data sharing, and data management. Conduct presentations, either virtually or in-person, for professional conferences, meetings, and on internal and external working groups, such as other NGOs and state and federal agencies. Contribute to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and other Audubon community initiatives. Qualifications and Experience Bachelor’s degree in climate science, environmental studies, ecology, biology, ornithology, spatial ecology, conservation, environmental and/or climate justice, or a related field and a minimum of 2 years professional GIS or applied science experience . An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered. Technical skills, to include some experience with some or all of the following: o Demonstrated ability to script statistical and spatial analyses in R and/or Python. o Demonstrated cartographic (map design) experience. o Skilled in the use of ArcGISPro, ArcGIS 10+; experience with ArcGIS Online preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel. Self-motivated, excited to learn, and willing to take on problems autonomously. Must possess excellent judgment, ability to work independently, and collaborate well with team members across a decentralized organization. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, facilitating professional connections across internal teams and externally. Excellent time and project management skills, including the ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize to meet deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills, to include a scientific writing background in order to support peer-reviewed publications. Comfort interpreting information to both technical and non-technical audiences also important. Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to and experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Interest in working to promote bird conservation across the US and Americas, and passion for the mission of the National Audubon Society Experience in ornithology, especially birds of the Americas, climate science/ecology preferred. Experience with environmental or climate justice also preferred.
  25. Overview Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. Position Summary Audubon Mid-Atlantic seeks a dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial leader as its Director of Southeastern Pennsylvania Centers. The Director will report to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Mid-Atlantic (“AMA”) and directly lead Center-based staff. The position will have four core functions: Oversight of all operations and finances at the John James Audubon Center (Audubon, PA) including: At both the John James Audubon Center and the Discovery Center, lead efforts to make conservation action accessible to everyone. Play a significant and proactive role in fundraising at both centers. Participate as an active and productive leader in the Audubon Mid-Atlantic’s senior management team convened by the Executive Director. The Director will play an important role in carrying out the mission of Audubon Mid-Atlantic and the National Audubon Society. The programs to be developed will be done so in conjunction with relevant stakeholders and will include elements of Audubon’s core approaches to conservation—education, science, public policy and direct habitat management. A key outcome for this work will be engaging and building a more diverse constituency to advance Audubon’s local, regional and national goals. The Director will work alongside staff to create and manage culturally-resonant programs collaboratively with local communities, working to address community needs and assets and help advance those actions that positively contribute to the conservation of our region’s birds and the spaces they need to thrive. TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY: PLEASE VISIT https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/4759/director%2c-southeastern-pennsylvania-centers/job to apply directly to this position. Essential Functions Leadership and Staff Management Program Development and Implementation Marketing and Community Outreach Budget and Fundraising Land and Facilities Management Qualifications and Experience 10+ years of experience at an environmental center or other type of public visitor center or museum required. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, such as environmental science or biology preferred. Demonstrated skills in leading high-performing, collaborative teams within complex organizations with multiple stakeholders. Well-developed problem-solving, time management, organizational and prioritizing skills. Ability to think strategically and creatively, while managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines and operating in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Strong organizational and relationship building skills, with excellent attention to detail. Passion for cross-cultural understanding and exploration. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities. Excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to represent Audubon to the public. Experience working with volunteers and community members. Independent decision-making and sound judgement. Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team. Proficiency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and other key Microsoft Office web-based products. High level of skill using existing office software, along with finding and adapting to new software. Willing to work outdoors in varying terrain and weather conditions. Willing to work occasional weekend and/or evening events. Interest in and commitment to the mission and vision of the National Audubon Society. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  26. The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org) is seeking a Ph.D. student to join our lab in the Summer or Fall of 2022 (applications accepted in Fall 2021). Research in our lab broadly seeks to understand how human alteration of natural habitat impacts species abundance and diversity at large spatial scales. Our ongoing projects mainly use bioacoustic methods to investigate the conservation and spatial ecology of temperate bird communities. The research focus for this student will be somewhat flexible, but will likely focus in part on field surveys of Pennsylvania breeding birds conducted using automated acoustic recorders, with recordings analyzed using our lab's machine learning classifiers and advanced statistical models. Students with a background in field work involving birds, acoustic surveys, statistics, and/or machine learning models are particularly encouraged to apply. Our department provides competitive financial support for graduate students that includes a stipend, full tuition remission, health insurance, and free access to public transportation (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/graduate/financial-support). We anticipate that the incoming student will receive a five year support package that includes up to 4 years of research funding. Although applications are not due until December, interested applicants should contact Dr. Kitzes during the fall term. Please send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes a few paragraphs describing the type of work that you are hoping to do for your dissertation and why you are interested in our lab in particular, as well as your CV. Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about our lab, the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.
  27. The Kitzes Lab at the University of Pittsburgh (http://kitzeslab.org) is seeking applications for up to two postdoctoral associates with expertise in bioacoustics, quantitative ecology, ornithology, machine learning, and/or data science. The ideal candidate will contribute to our long-term goal of developing and applying acoustic survey methods to study the ecology and conservation of birds, frogs, and other sound-producing taxa. Depending on candidate interests and skills, the position may be financially supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Potential research areas include using acoustic survey methods to: - Identify the direct and indirect drivers of population and community change for birds, frogs, insects, bats, and mammals - Spatially localize individual birds and mammals in heterogeneous landscapes using arrays of time-synchronized acoustic recorders - Survey populations of rare and endangered frog species at field sites across Pennsylvania, California, Panama, and Brazil - Understand the factors driving population change in Golden-Winged Warbler, Wood Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, and other avian species of interest in restored forests across Pennsylvania The associate will also: - Lead the writing of scientific manuscripts - Support the writing of research grants - Mentor graduate and undergraduate students The start date for the position is flexible, and applicants may join the lab any time between January and June of 2022. The initial appointment will be for one year, with funding available for a second year pending a positive first year review. Postdoctoral Associates at Pitt receive benefits including health insurance, access to libraries and recreational facilities on campus, free access to public transit, and paid vacation days. Interested applicants should send an email (justin.kitzes@pitt.edu) that includes (1) a cover letter describing your interest in this position, prior research, and plans for future research, (2) your CV, (3) the names of three references, and (4) a writing sample. Review of applications will begin in early September and will continue until the positions are filled. Please see our lab website (http://kitzeslab.org) and the website of the Department of Biological Sciences (http://www.biology.pitt.edu/) for more information about the department, other faculty and students, the university, and the city of Pittsburgh.
  28. Drs. Mike Conover and Nicki Frey are soliciting applications for a graduate research assistantship in Wildlife Ecology for January 2022 – June 2024. The graduate student would be responsible for studying scavenging patterns of California condors in southern Utah. We are interested in the interaction of condors and the predator/scavenger guild, and how the addition of condors to the landscape changes the foraging behavior of other scavengers/predators, such as coyotes and black bears. The student will live in Logan, Utah to attend classes at Utah State University; research will be conducted in southern Utah during the summers of 2022 and 2023. The student will be provided with a vehicle and housing while working in southern Utah; research expenses will be paid through a grant. This project will require the ability for the student researcher to move about by themselves in rough terrain, in various weather conditions, in areas with little to no cell phone coverage. Therefore, applicants with a demonstrated ability to perform well under these conditions will be preferred. Similarly, applicants with demonstrated leadership ability and an independent work motivation will be preferred. The ability to converse in Spanish will be an asset. Students will be provided a stipend of $1200/month, assuming a 20-hour work week at $15/hour. Basic graduate student insurance will be cost-shared with the student. In-state tuition will be covered. Applicants must have a valid U. S. driver’s license. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, GRE scores if available, and unofficial transcripts to mike.conover@usu.edu and nicki.frey@usu.edu . Please entitle the subject “Condor Research Assistant” Application due October 10, 2021.
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