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  • Conservation Research Director

    • Employer: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
      Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/25/2023
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    GCBO, founded in September 1997 is a growing and internationally renowned avian conservation organization. GCBO is dedicated to the study and conservation of birds and their habitat in and around the Gulf of Mexico, and in Latin America. Our goal is to conserve migratory (and resident) bird species and their habitats through cooperative partnerships, scientific training and research projects that span the entire range of migratory birds and their habitats.

    GCBO’s Conservation Research Director is GCBO’s top avian research position, and must be a dynamic, people-oriented, scientifically-trained team player who will fulfill a key role in GCBO’s conservation program.

    Working with the Executive Director and current scientific staff the Conservation Research Director coordinates all of GCBO’s conservation research programs and projects, including (but not limited to) American Oystercatcher Stewardship, Beach Nesting Birds, Non-breeding Shorebirds, Motus Tower Network, Loggerhead Shrike Research, Black Skimmer Conservation, and the Smith Point Hawk Watch. And the Conservation Research Director supports other projects, subject to funding availability and GCBO priorities including formulating a set of future research projects with a focus on matching the needs of the birds with the funding desires of key donor organizations.

    This position conducts standardized avian monitoring, manages field staff and their projects, carries out research on bird populations, compiles and manages data, maintains and repairs field equipment including Motus towers, bay boat, trucks, ATV’s etc, captures and bands birds, writes popular articles and scientific reports, provides technical guidance to volunteers and field staff, supports GCBO outreach events, identifies regional bird conservation priorities, coordinates research partnerships with other organizations, develops grant proposals and other funding mechanisms, manages grants including tracking of expenses and match, reports to grant funders, and works with our grant writer to determine funding priorities and secure the future of our avian research programs.


    •                    • A Master’s degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or a related natural history discipline is required, and a PHD is preferred.

    •                    • Proven project management skills to include use of effective planning and execution tools

    •                    • 2-5 years experience with terrestrial avian field monitoring.

    •                    • 2-5 years experience monitoring waterbirds and shorebirds. Previous experience monitoring nesting shorebirds and banding shorebirds is preferred.

    •                    • Experience trapping, handling, and banding birds is preferred

    •                    • Ability to obtain a master banding permit with minimal training preferred.

    •                    • Experience managing biological field staff and volunteers.

    •                    • Experience writing grant proposals and managing grants including budgeting and tracking expenses and match.

    •                    • Strong commitment to conservation through science.

    •                    • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and leadership skills; ability to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and at different levels of understanding and expertise.

    •                    • Proven public speaker and presenter of programs and research results.

    •                    • Successful publication history preferred.

    •                    • Ability to communicate clearly on the phone, electronically, and in person.

    •                    • Excellent writing skills.

    •                    • Proven PC computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, database and statistical packages.

    •                    • • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment while still delivering on project goals.

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    •                    • Ability to coordinate with co-workers, funders, and agency personnel to build and keep good partnerships.

    •                    • Ability to exercise initiative and work both independently as well as a team member.

    •                    • Ability to safely work outside in hot, sunny, windy, cold, or wet conditions with biting insects and venomous snakes.

    •                    • A self-starter with a can-do attitude is a must.

    •                    • A good sense of humor!

    •                    • Willingness to travel with company or personal vehicle (mileage reimbursed).

    •                    • A background check is required.

    •                    • Boat operations, trailering and handling skills preferred.

    •                    • A proficient knowledge of all Texas bird species is much preferred.

    •                    • Bilingual with Spanish skills is a plus, but not required.

    •                    • Must possess or be able/willing to obtain a Texas Drivers License.



    SUPERVISOR: Executive Director, GCBO

    LOCATION: GCBO Headquarters – 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

    SALARY RANGE: $4,583 – $5,000 per month (Salaried Employee)

    SALARY TYPE: Full time, permanent salaried employee

    HOURS Of WORK: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (40 hours)

    However, hours often are much earlier for field work, and can/will include much longer days, and weekends.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 25, 2023

    POSITION START DATE: mid-May preferred

    BENEFITS: Health insurance is offered (75% by GCBO - 25% by employee)

    Paid vacation

    Paid sick leave


    Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:

    Martin Hagne, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

    or via email to mhagne@gcbo.org

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