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  • Avian Conservation Project Manager

    • Employer: Ecostudies Institute
      Location: Olympia, WA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Title:     Avian Conservation Project Manager 
    Reports to:    Director of Avian Conservation
    Location:    Olympia, Washington
    Position:    Full-time (1.0 FTE), exempt; benefits (Health, dental, vision)    
    Salary:     $52,000 – 65,000 – Dependent on Experience
    Application deadline:    Open until filled

    Ecostudies Institute is a 501(c)(3) scientific non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native species and their ecosystems. We achieve our mission through effective partnerships, sound scientific research, strategic land management and ecological restoration.  At the core of our mission is a cooperative conservation model that strives to realize improved conservation outcomes by developing shared goals and vision through partnerships.  These partnerships, in turn, encourage information transfer, advances in cutting edge restoration techniques, and the development of integrated range-wide conservation approaches. 

    Established in 2001, Ecostudies initially focused on bird conservation in Florida and the Pacific Northwest, establishing a strong foundation of successful conservation outcomes.  In 2020, Ecostudies broadened its conservation capacity and vision to incorporate all facets of ecosystem restoration and species recovery and concentrates its efforts solely in the Pacific Northwest.  Based in Olympia, Washington, the Ecostudies team currently numbers over 20 permanent and seasonal staff.  

    Overview Summary:
    Ecostudies is seeking a dynamic and motivated Avian Ecologist to join our Avian Conservation Program as a Project Manager.  Work in this position will primarily support on-going projects aimed at conserving and recovering imperiled bird species, in particular streaked horned larks and Oregon vesper sparrows, in prairie-oak and other habitats in the Pacific Northwest. The position will encompass a range of responsibilities from project management, field work, and data management and analysis.  Much of the work will be conducted on Joint Base Lewis McChord Military Base. The successful applicant will have experience managing field-based research studies, a strong quantitative background, the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and a proven track record of producing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. This position is a full-time exempt position that is supervised by the Director of Avian Conservation.  The position is funded for 24 months with the potential to extend and/or be promoted based on performance and available funding.  The Avian Conservation Project Manager position is based in Olympia, WA

    •    Oversee the implementation and management of field-based avian conservation projects.
    •    Manage project data to maintain integrity and metadata for current and future use.
    •    Apply quantitative methods to current and future data to support conservation objectives.
    •    Develop and implement science-based, targeted research and management projects aimed at conserving imperiled avian species and their habitats in the Pacific Northwest.
    •    Participate in field-based activities with biologists and other staff associated with the Avian Conservation program, maintaining a professional work environment for all staff.
    •    Work independently and in team settings with Ecostudies staff and personnel from agency partners to complete project activities.
    •    Collaborate with Ecostudies staff to generate grant funding to support future conservation projects.
    •    Maintain knowledge of significant developments and trends in the avian ecology field.
    •    Communicate results and lessons learned to partners, Ecostudies staff and the public through written reports/publications, oral presentations and other communication efforts.
    •    Complete other duties as requested.

    •    •    Advanced degree in avian ecology or closely related natural science field. 
    •    Knowledge of experimental and survey design and sampling methods.
    •    Knowledge of quantitative methods related to monitoring birds (e.g., occupancy, N-mixture) and investigating avian-habitat relationships. 
    •    Strong R programming skills. 
    •    Experience with avian research design, implementation, analysis, and report writing. 
    •    Ability to synthesize, interpret and communicate scientific information to influence conservation practice.
    •    Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team setting. 
    •    Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while operating professionally and producing high-quality reports or other documents.
    •    Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.

    •   •    Regularly works indoors in an office setting and outdoors in natural and wildland areas, often across uneven ground or in inclement weather.
    •    Regularly sits or stands at a desk or computer workstation.
    •    Frequently works alone with minimal supervision.
    •    Frequently communicates with others through emails, voice conversations, and meetings.
    •    Works within an organizational context of both traditional and virtual offices
    •    Occasionally works in conditions involving pesticides or prescribed fires.
    •    Some evening and weekend responsibilities, including travel.
    •    Occasionally lifts, positions, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

    •    Full vaccination for Covid-19 is required for employment at Ecostudies Institute.


    See webpage for a full Position Description and other job openings https://www.ecoinst.org/about-us/work-with-us/

    Qualified applicants should provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé or curriculum vitae, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only).  Application package should be combined into one file. All applications will be acknowledged.
    Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before January 15th, 2022.

    Email these materials to: ecostudies@ecoinst.org, with Avian Conservation Project Manager Application in the subject line.

    Edited by glslater

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