The Wetlands Institute is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Conservation Scientist position in our Research and Conservation Department. This position offers the opportunity to engage in a diversity of activities, including community-based conservation programs, field research and monitoring, and program and project development. Focal projects will include beach- and marsh-nesting bird monitoring, stewardship of nesting beaches, horseshoe crab conservation, habitat restoration and management, and outreach. The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit organization located in Stone Harbor, NJ on the Cape May Peninsula of southern New Jersey. Situated on more than 14,000 acres of coastal salt marsh, tidal creeks and estuaries, and in close proximity to Atlantic coast barrier islands and Delaware Bay beaches, The Wetlands Institute promotes research, conservation, and education through field studies, community-engagement projects, early career training, and education programs.
The main responsibilities of this position are to direct and coordinate well-developed conservation programs and develop new approved research and conservation projects in accordance with the Institute’s goals and mission. Experience and a strong knowledge base in coastal and wetlands ecosystems is desired, with specific interest and experience in the conservation of coastal birds. These duties will be performed in collaboration with Institute staff, partners, and volunteers.
Primary responsibilities include:
· Advance the success of ongoing conservation programs through project management, data collection and analysis, and reporting. Recruit, train, and oversee program staff and volunteers.
· Contribute to integrated research and monitoring efforts to increase understanding of coastal habitat features and suitability for sensitive species, habitat restoration and management efforts, and identify potential impacts to wildlife populations in response to habitat shifts, environmental impacts, human impacts and disturbance, and anthropogenic changes to ecosystems.
· Develop new opportunities for conservation projects to promote our focal projects.
· Organize and analyze data for reports, presentations, and publications.
· Write grant proposals, permit applications and reports, project reports, and manuscripts.
· Participate in fundraising programs and initiatives to support research, conservation, and other Wetlands Institute programs.
· Perform various administrative and maintenance duties required for Department operations, including maintaining equipment and facilities to ensure proper and safe operations.
· Assist with supervision, scheduling, and coordination of projects with research interns, volunteers, staff, and partners.
Competitive candidates will have:
· M.S. in biology, conservation biology, or related field and at least 3 years of relevant job experience, or equivalent experience.
· Successfully managed research and/or conservation projects, including management of schedules and logistics, data collection, management, and quality control, oversight of staff and/or volunteers, and coordination with partners.
· Training and experience monitoring beach- and marsh-nesting birds. Ability to identify bird species in New Jersey and experience surveying, handling, and banding birds are preferred.
· Strong communication skills for professional and informal audiences, and scientific writing and presentation experience.
· Boat operation and trailering experience is preferred but not required; duties will include operating small motorized vessels.
Position duties will be conducted in the office and outdoors, and may include early morning, night, holiday, and weekend hours during some months of the year. Applicants should be willing to tolerate exposure to variable and sometimes adverse weather and environmental conditions (wind, heat, cold, mud, rain, biting insects, poison ivy).
Applicants should be available to start the position in April 2022. A valid driver’s license and personal transportation is required. Final candidate will be subject to a background check.
Salary is commensurate with experience. We provide a competitive employment package, which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits, matching contributions to a 403b retirement plan, and a generous paid vacation and paid-time-off policy.
To apply, please submit: 1) cover letter detailing interest, qualifications, and availability for position, 2) CV, 3) contact information for three professional references to Lisa Ferguson, Director of Research and Conservation: email@example.com. Please include “Conservation Scientist” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin March 2, 2022 and remain open until filled.
The Wetlands Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.