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  • Conservation Programs Technician

    • Employer: The Walt Disney Company
      Location: Orlando, FL
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/29/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    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. 



    • 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

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