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  • Habitat Coordinator

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
      Location: Full time Positions
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 10/31/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (Bird Conservancy) conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Our work extends from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. We advance our mission through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through cross-border collaborations. We monitor and identify population trends, research habitat needs, engage landowners and managers in wildlife and habitat stewardship, and inspire audiences of all ages to be better stewards of the land. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land, and the lives of people. Learn more about our work and programs at our website: www.birdconservancy.org

    Position Overview
    Serving as a leadership member of Bird Conservancy’s Stewardship Team, the Colorado Habitat Coordinator (Coordinator) will:
    1. Coordinate the Private Lands Wildlife Biologist (PLWB) program in Colorado. This includes remote supervision of field staff, maintaining collaborative relationships with agency partners, and helping to secure long-term funding for the program from diverse public-private sources.
    2. Design and implement original, applied research project that will generate new scientific knowledge on birds, habitats and people to help guide future stewardship investments in the state.
    The PLWB program is a diverse public-private partnership focused on delivering wildlife conservation programs on private lands in the state. Partnering agencies include the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), US Fish and Wildlife Service-Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW), and numerous local and regional collaborative groups. The Coordinator is responsible for maintaining positive working relationships with these partners at the local level (e.g. NRCS field offices), and will serve with agency partners as the Bird Conservancy supervisor of PLWBs working in Colorado (currently six (6) in Steamboat Springs, Durango, Woodland Park, Gunnison, Greeley, Alamosa). Based in Fort Collins, the Coordinator will maintain effective remote supervision of PLWBs in collaboration with day-to-day supervision in field offices by agency partners (e.g. NRCS District Conservationists). Through the program, PLWBs provide technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands using voluntary, incentive-based funding opportunities (e.g. Farm Bill). PLWB implementation of Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s (CPW) State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is also expected.

    Additionally, the Coordinator will design, implement, analyze, interpret and deliver results of original avian research regarding habitats, species of interest, and/or human dimensions. The Coordinator will work with the Stewardship Director to identify and design an appropriate research project aligned with organization priorities, and will serve as the primary investigator (PI) throughout the project, including serving as the lead on proposal development. The research should advance existing knowledge on avian ecology, and should clearly link this knowledge to improved stewardship practices delivered on private and public lands. The Coordinator will also contribute to existing collaborative research projects in the landscape (e.g. Sagebrush Social Science Project), as approved by the Stewardship Director.

    Finally, as a leadership member on the Stewardship Team, the Coordinator is expected to spend significant effort identifying and co-writing grant proposals for PLWB, applied research and other stewardship programs with the Stewardship Director, Stewardship Program Manager and other relevant Coordinators in the organization. The Coordinator will work closely with the Stewardship Program Manager to track program deliverables, and will provide timely updates on project-specific activities and outcomes from conservation efforts.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities • Provide programmatic and administrative supervision for PLWBs in Colorado within relevant habitat types. • Coordinate and co-direct all avian research (e.g., Bird Conservancy’s IMBCR program, human dimensions or Farm Bill program effectiveness), landowner outreach and habitat enhancement projects within relevant landscape habitats (i.e. wetlands, grasslands, forests). Present original research and Bird Conservancy program accomplishments to scientific and program-related conferences (at least 1/year). • Identify and co-write grant proposals for Stewardship Team programs with Stewardship Director and Stewardship Program Manager. • Assist Stewardship Program Manager with coordination of donor reporting and grant updates for all habitat-specific programs.

    Additional Duties and Responsibilities • Represent Bird Conservancy at both internal and external events/committees when Stewardship Director is not available. • Assist Stewardship Director in strategic planning and fundraising efforts. • Assist Stewardship Director and Stewardship Program Manager in budget review. • Plan and implement logistics associated with fieldwork in specific Bird Conservancy habitats. • Co-lead performance evaluations of PLWB staff with relevant project partners. • Complete administrative tasks in a timely manner, including regular communication with Stewardship Director and Stewardship Program Manager. • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

    Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • A minimum of three (3) years’ experience managing collaborative conservation initiatives engaging both public and private sectors. • Demonstrated ability to manage a diverse staff of field biologists (at least 2 years’ experience supervising seasonal staff, or 1 year supervising full-time staff), ensuring program objectives are met and day-to-day project work is completed. • Proven ability to secure external funding from diverse public-private funding sources. • Documented ability to see an applied research project through from development of research questions, structuring of appropriate methodologies, implementation of data collection and analysis, and finally to dissemination of results to appropriate stakeholders. • Knowledge of Colorado flora and fauna. • Proficiency in use of computer software including Excel, Access, Word, ArcGIS, PowerPoint and the ability to quickly learn new software and languages such as SQL.

    Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Understanding of the utility of applied socio-ecological research and its implications for on-the-ground land management. • Understanding of a suite of bird species’ habitat needs and requirements across multiple ecosystems. • Working knowledge of US Farm Bill programs, and State Wildlife Action Plans. • A working knowledge and understanding of ornithology, environmental conservation, scientific studies, including sampling design, inference, randomization, field protocols, and statistical analyses. • Must be organized and able to prioritize time among short and long-term tasks. Attention to detail required. • Must be self-motivated and work both independently and as part of a team. • Professional attitude and image required. • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills. • Ability to accept responsibility for assigned tasks and complete them on schedule. • Ability to communicate information efficiently and succinctly. • Requires valid state driver’s license and ability to travel throughout the landscape on a regular basis, often to remote locations in inclement weather or adverse conditions. • Willingness to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting. • Ability and desire to work effectively in a diverse workforce. • Excellent command of the English language. Spanish speaking proficiency desired.

    Required Education and Experience • A Master’s degree in Ornithology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources or other relevant field.

    To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in one document via email to adam.beh@birdconservancy.org with the title “Last Name_First Name_Bio3_Colorado_2018.” Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Applications must be received by October 31, 2018 to receive full consideration.

    For more information, contact Adam Beh via email at adam.beh@birdconservancy.org or by phone at (970) 482-1707 x12.

    Contact Person: Adam Beh
    Contact Phone: 970-482-1707 x12
    Contact eMail: adam.beh@birdconservancy.org

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