POSITION: Director of Conservation Science, Cypress Grove Research Center, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Marshall, CA
DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 30, 2018
ORGANIZATION: Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) protects our natural and human communities through land preservation, nature education, and conservation science.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Conservation Science works as lead scientist designing and implementing ACR’s science agenda and provides technical leadership and support to other ACR science staff. The position works with the Executive Director and ACR Board in strategically growing ACR’s science program. S/he communicates results of ACR research to a wide audience through peer-reviewed publications, ACR Technical Reports, popular articles, public speaking, and other media, and additionally serves as Managing Editor of The Ardeid, ACR’s annual publication on Conservation Science for a sophisticated, popular readership. The Director participates as an active member of ACR’s Senior Management Team, and engages in public conservation planning and policy issues, as appropriate. Collaborates with ACR’s Director of Stewardship to oversee the management of ACR properties on Tomales Bay. Contributes to ACR fund development strategies and activities. Provides input to the ACR Board of Directors to ensure that board policies are in compliance with ACR’s conservation science mission and activities. Conducts occasional natural history seminars for ACR volunteer and community groups. Current active projects that the Director will oversee include: a GPS telemetry project studying movement and habitat use of Great Egrets; a large, ongoing citizen science project monitoring nest abundance and productivity of all known heron and egret nesting sites in the north San Francisco Bay Area; ongoing monitoring of landbird, waterbird and shorebird populations; and a study of the effects of prescribed and wild fire on landbird habitat relationships.
· PhD in biological sciences or related field
· Strong publication record as a principal investigator in biological sciences or related field, including publication experience with a range of quantitative methods.
· Expertise in avian science and field ornithology.
· Expertise in statistical design and analysis.
· Demonstrated ability to manage long-term monitoring projects and analyze long-term data.
· Knowledge and experience in natural resources management.
· Program leadership and management skills: experience in training, supervision and evaluation of employees in non-profit organizations.
· Proficiency and experience in natural resource interpretation and education.
· Strong knowledge of local natural history and local ecosystems, especially coastal and estuarine or wetland ecosystems and colonial waterbird nesting ecology.
· Strong written and verbal communication skills, including editing expertise.
· Effective, friendly interaction with volunteers, staff, and supporters.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: On-site residency at the CGRC is available and preferred.
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience and includes medical, dental and retirement benefits. On-site residency at the Cypress Grove Research Center in Marshall is available as a part of total compensation.
TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted by email no later than April 30, 2018. Send application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Application for Director of Conservation Science.” Please include:
• a cover letter stating your research interests and philosophies
• curriculum vitae
• PDFs of 3-5 peer-reviewed publications demonstrating your research experience