In collaboration with HawkWatch International (HWI) staff and others, the Conservation Biologist is a trained biologist who is responsible for assisting the Conservation Science Director and other staff with the development and implementation of HWI’s research projects, partnerships, and contracts with agencies, industry, and government, and the dissemination and promotion of HWI’s conservation science.
The Conservation Biologist builds relationships and collaborates on scientific research and monitoring projects with land managers, industry, and others to reduce impacts to raptors through research on vehicle strikes, wind turbine strike risk, nest management and protection, and other relevant tasks. The Conservation Biologist will assist with proposals and building relationship towards these ends.
Working with other team members, the Conservation Biologist helps HWI execute existing research projects, including: Golden Eagle nest monitoring, banding, and tracking; road surveys of raptors and roadkill; urban raptor surveys, trapping and marking; and Golden Eagle and Common Raven trapping and transmitter attachment. They may also assist with migration monitoring projects, contract-specific surveys (e.g., point count surveys), and other field work as needed.
The Conservation Biologist should expect ~80% of time to be spent on office work, and 20% on field work, but the amounts will vary depending on season. A relevant M.S. degree is required, or at least 5 years of equivalent experience, including clearly demonstrated analytical and writing skills (please provide scientific writing samples). This includes proficiency with GIS, R, or other relevant spatial and analytical programs. The candidate must have the ability to hike and work in remote settings both independently and in a team setting. Preference will be given to candidates with previous raptor survey and handling experience, and some previous cliff and/or tree nest access experience.
This position is based at HWI headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although most office work will be executed from home until COVID-19 risks are reduced significantly, the candidate will need to relocate to SLC to contribute to spring 2021 field work.
· MS degree or 5 years of equivalent experience.
· Proficiency with GIS, R, or other relevant spatial and analytical software.
· Knowledge of raptor and avian census techniques, and current conservation issues.
· Familiarity with federal regulations, guidelines, and suggested practices regarding raptors.
· Experience managing projects, including proposals, budgeting, and reporting.
· Manages time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
· Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means.
· Ability to build partnerships and network.
· Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current insurance and reliable personal vehicle for work use.
· Frequent field travel depending on time of year
· Potential adverse working conditions in remote locations, long hours and weekend work.
· Work in rough terrain and at heights (e.g., ridge tops, cliffs).
Terms and Compensation
· Full-time, permanent, salaried staff position.
· Minimum commitment of 2 years.
· Salary $41,000–$45,000 per year, depending on experience, with full benefits including medical, dental, and matching retirement plan.
· Applications due January 7, 2021. Preferred start date February 15, 2021.
Submit by email:
· Cover letter expressing interest, summarizing qualifications and professional goals, and detailing availability.
· Detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
· Scientific writing sample(s)
· Telephone numbers and email addresses of at least three professional references.
Dr. Steve Slater, Conservation Science Director
Please no phone calls.