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  • Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator

    • Employer: Klamath Bird Observatory
      Location: Ashland, Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/16/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Salary: $41,500 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health/retirement benefits); possibility to be hired at a higher pay-grade with robust, directly relevant work experience

    Application: Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (report or manuscript), and 3 professional references to Jaime Stephens (jlh@klamathbird.org)

    Job Description: The primary responsibility of the Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator is to inform forest management and restoration efforts using best available science within the context of Klamath Bird Observatory’s mission to advance bird and habitat conservation. They will work closely with the Director of Conservation, engaging with existing collaborations, and working to develop new and diverse partnerships that promote resilience, sustainable management, economies, and community well-being in oak and conifer forest ecosystems. This work will contribute to a larger western program of Partners in Flight conservation delivery. Core job duties include assisting in the coordination of restoration partnerships (e.g. Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network) and contributing to forest collaboratives to provide expertise to inform planning and evaluate success. Grant writing and ongoing partnership building will be essential job duties. Depending on qualifications, the ecologist may contribute to study design, field survey training and oversight, data management and quality control, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, and community and scientific presentations.

    About KBO: Klamath Bird Observatory advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. We use birds as indicators of the healthy and resilient ecosystems on which we all depend. Our program areas reflect the highest conservation priorities for reversing the decline of western bird populations and the habitats on which they depend. Our current applied ecology programs focus on improving management and restoration of conifer forests, oak woodlands, riparian habitats, and alpine meadows. Our theoretical research improves our understanding of historic, current, future population trends of birds in those same ecosystems and studies birds throughout their full annual life cycle to identify the limiting factors that birds face during breeding and non-breeding seasons. We bring our results to bear through science delivery involving partnership driven engagement in conservation planning, informing the critical decisions being made today that will have lasting influences on the health of our natural resources well into the future. Klamath Bird Observatory is striving to maintain and build upon our positive, supportive, and inclusive work culture.

    Job Duties (to include, but not limited to):

    • Assist with the coordination for the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) – a collaborative regional partnership working to conserve oak habitats on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California charged with implementing $12M in oak restoration over the next 6 years
    • A large part of this position is support to this partnership including daily tasks to manage shared files; email listservs; meeting schedules, agendas, and notes; in-person meeting logistics such as hybrid meeting infrastructure as well as in-person logistics such as coffee and snacks; and to meet general partnership organizational needs
    • Advance the KSON Strategic Action Plan, share content and engage partners through communications, presentations, and development of outreach materials
    • Maintain communications with partners on a daily basis through phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings
    • Advance tribal partnerships for oak restoration
    • Contribute to forest collaboratives, provide expertise specific to bird conservation and the application of birds as focal species to inform planning and evaluate success
    • Communicate conservation objectives and scientific findings to land managers through personal engagement and the development decision support tools in a variety of formats
    • Advance application of the KSON Monitoring Plan
    • Lead geospatial mapping and analysis for oak and forest initiatives; advance existing geospatial databases
    • Possible supervision of seasonal or full-time staff as needed
    • Contribute to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, including statistical analysis and scientific writing
    • Complete programmatic fundraising, including grant writing and contract acquisition
    • Manage contracts by tracking budgets and deliverables, complete project reporting, and collaborate with KBO administrative staff on billing
    • Collaborate with the Director of Conservation to set annual program-specific goals and objectives and develop and manage program budgets
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling of inclusive behaviors, and proactive management of bias


    • Combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a Master’s or PhD in Natural Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ornithology, and/or Social Science
    • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements
    • In-person work and regular travel will be necessary when public health guidelines allow
    • Knowledge of western forest ecosystems, silviculture, and restoration techniques
    • Successful track record of working effectively with diverse communities and partnerships
    • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
    • Excellent facilitation skills
    • Experience in personnel management and supervision
    • Ability and positive attitude to hike in rough and steep terrain in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting and stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars
    • Proficient with current statistical methods and analytical programs (e.g. R, ArcGIS) for advanced mapping and analyses
    • Understanding of grant writing including foundation, federal, and other funding sources
    • Excellent scientific writing skills; experience with report and manuscripts
    • Excellent popular writing skills; experience with social media, web, blogs, and communications
    • Experience with public speaking in field, community, and professional settings Ability to represent KBO’s non-advocacy approach of conservation-relevant science to partners and the public, and within professional networks

    It is Klamath Bird Observatory policy to provide a work environment free from unlawful discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, expunged juvenile record, performance of duty in a uniformed service, physical or mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

    Effective June 21, 2021, and until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19 and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.

    Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator KBO Job Announcement Dec 2022.pdf

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