Meadow Restoration Ecologist at Point Blue Conservation Science
Location: Sierra Nevada/ Hybrid
Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2023
Position Type: Full Time Exempt
About Point Blue Conservation Science:
Point Blue Conservation Science is a growing and internationally renowned non-profit with over 160 staff and scientists based in Petaluma, California. Founded in 1965 as Point Reyes Bird Observatory, our mission and programs have evolved over time to include a broad range of conservation activity, from restoration to environmental education to innovative work in the field of regenerative agriculture. We have a proven track record of scientific excellence.
We recognize that increasing racial, gender, cultural, and other diversity, equity, and inclusion factors at Point Blue and in our partnerships is essential for the success of our mission, vision, and strategy. We are actively engaging in a process to create lasting organizational change. We seek applicants from all backgrounds to join our teams. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community.
We are seeking a Senior Restoration Ecologist to bring science and expert knowledge to increase the pace, scale, and efficacy of meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada ecosystem. By conducting ecological research, outreach, and partnering to identify the best places and practices to restore and manage meadows in the face of climate change, the ecological benefits of restoration and protection activities will be maximized. The Senior Restoration Ecologist will also help partners incorporate climate-smart principles into their prioritizations, restoration designs, land protection strategies, and management plans.
Essential functions include, but are not limited to:
• Co-develop and drive Point Blue’s Sierra Meadows work plan in collaboration with appropriate Point Blue staff and external collaborators to achieve Point Blue’s climate-smart conservation strategic outcomes and address Sierra Meadow Partnership goals
• Assist in the planning and implementation of meadow restoration projects across the Sierra Meadow Partnership geography
• Lead the planning and implementation of meadow ecology studies across the Sierra Meadow Partnership geography
• Plan, design, and oversee the work of field staff in the Sierra Nevada Group in collection, storage, statistical analysis, modeling, and reporting/publishing of data and study findings regarding various aspects of meadow and wildlife ecology
• Adapt and implement Climate-Smart frameworks for Sierra meadow restoration, stewardship, and land trust acquisitions
• Develop and disseminate science-based policy and natural resource management recommendations
• Work with Point Blue project leaders and other staff and external collaborators to develop and deliver science-based recommendations for specific meadow restoration efforts and for the Sierra Meadow Partnership overall
• Represents Point Blue to the larger scientific community by presenting research at scientific meetings, publishing results in peer-reviewed journals, and participating in peer-review process for related research
• Represents and promotes Point Blue science programs to potential donors and grand programs; prepares grant proposals and contracts
Compensation and Benefits:
$72,245-$88,000 Annually, depending on experience. Point Blue provides a comprehensive benefit package including employer paid medical and dental for staff and 75% for dependents. Other benefits include life insurance, long-term care, long- and short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and retirement plans as well as time off benefits.
• This position requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in restoration ecology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental sciences, or related field; and 3 years of experience in restoration science, including 1 year of supervisory experience. PhD preferred.
• Knowledge of science relevant to restoration ecology, wetland ecology, and climate impacts on montane ecosystems.
• Previous experience working in meadow or riparian habitat or Sierra Nevada ecosystem desired.
• Knowledge of grant writing and/or fundraising techniques and best practices.
• Ability to work outdoors under variable weather. Requires mobility over various terrains.
• May require the ability to operate an all-terrain vehicle, motor vehicle, boat, or uncrewed aircraft and to travel to different sites and locations
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as job duties demand
• Ability to travel to study sites within the full Sierra geography, at minimum overnight and up to one week per month
• Possession of valid California driver’s license and favorable driving history, and proof of auto insurance. Point Blue will conduct a motor vehicle check for purposes of hiring
• This position operates in a hybrid environment between a home office and professional office setting. This position may also work from remote field locations with uneven terrain, limited vehicles access, limited cell phone reception, and sometimes in a solitary capacity.
To Apply: To apply and view full job description, please click here: https://forms.gle/eTPd8D8V7Nn8otRX6. If you experience issues with the application process please email RBURNETT@POINTBLUE.ORG.