The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is a regional not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds by conducting scientific research, avian population monitoring, habitat restoration, and connecting people to nature. We conduct this work in support of bird and habitat conservation.
We are looking for someone to join our team as Snowy Plover and Least Tern Program Director, able to start as soon as possible. The Director is responsible for leading existing scientific projects and developing new ones, managing relationships with collaborators, funders, and landowners, applying for and managing grants to support these projects, and managing and training staff and volunteers. SFBBO is based out of Milpitas, CA with field sites throughout the San Francisco Bay. The Director would perform a large amount of field-based work with some office-based work during the months of March-September, while during the remaining months the director would perform almost exclusively office-based work. Office-based work has the option to be conducted at SFBBO’s office or remotely. The Snowy Plover and Least Tern Program Director reports to the Executive Director.
In this role you will:
● Develop, implement, and evaluate SFBBO’s Snowy Plover and Least Tern Program plan in conjunction with other senior staff
● Lead data collection
● Ensure all data is secure, accurate, well organized, accessible, and shared with appropriate collaborators, funders, or landowners
● Supervise data analysis, report writing, and publication of journal articles
Project Management Duties:
● Manage, supervise, and participate in existing projects
● Manage CDFW Scientific Collection Permit and USFWS 10(a)(1)(A) Recovery Permit
● Manage Snowy Plover color banding database
● During the breeding season, provide weekly snowy plover and least tern breeding updates to a large group of stakeholders to prevent take
● Advise agencies and landowners on mitigation measures for proposed work to prevent take of breeding snowy plovers and least terns
● Co-lead USFWS Snowy Plover Recovery Unit 3 with Don Edwards NWR Biologist
● Participate in snowy plover rangewide meetings and other collaborative meetings
● Participate in San Francisco Bay Joint Venture meetings
● Identify new projects, write grants and form partnerships
● Create an annual departmental work plan and corresponding budget
● Manage project budgets
● Ensure contracted tasks are completed and are timely with deliverables
● Generate and update documentation for projects in an organized manner
● Coordinate schedules and shared resources to support field operations
Staff Management Duties:
● Supervise, recruit, review and train staff and interns
● Coordinate volunteer recruitment and training in conjunction with other staff
● Ensure timely communications with other staff and collaborators
● Update and enforce field safety practices and protocols on a regular basis
● Establish open communications with staff and ensure that direct reports feel comfortable providing feedback
● Participate in outreach, fundraising, and administrative tasks as needed or assigned
● Review and assess projects to identify barriers to inclusion, equity and access.
● Participate in organization-level policy-making and best practices discussions as part of staff leadership team
● Spend 4-5 days per week conducting and supervising field activities, including:
○ Snowy plover and least tern surveys and nest monitoring in South SF Bay ponds and one Monterey Bay beach
○ Snowy plover color banding
○ Construction monitoring in support of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
● Lead 2-3 volunteer-based habitat enhancement events per year
● Assist with equipment and vehicle upkeep and maintenance as appropriate
Required Background, Skills, and Qualifications:
● 4+ years conducting snowy plover and/or least terns surveys and nest monitoring, or work with similar ground nesting shorebirds/seabirds
● Experience conducting scientific analysis and writing reports
● A graduate degree in a biology, conservation, or ecology (or related) field, or relevant/comparable experience
● A strong leadership presence and ability to build and manage relationships
● Professional communication by email, phone and in person
● A self-motivated team player, with strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
● Able to adapt to shifting priorities to meet deadlines and goals
● Reliable, organized, and detail-oriented
● Ability to act with discretion regarding confidential matters
● Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable personal vehicle
● A passion for conservation, science, and birds
Desired Background, Skills, and Qualifications:
● Experience with grant writing
● Experience and competency with R and statistical modeling
● Experience with GIS software and modeling
● Experience conducting habitat enhancement in support of ground nesting shorebirds and seabirds
● Familiarity with Microsoft Access
● Experience publishing scientific papers
● Familiarity with flora and fauna of the San Francisco Bay estuary
● Experience with identifying and mitigating workplace barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion or willingness to learn about best practices
This role has the following physical or scheduling requirements:
● The ability to traverse soft and potentially dangerous mud, kayak short distances, and endure varying climactic conditions (moderate winds, cold mornings, hot days, etc).
● The ability to tolerate long field days in remote locations (sometimes exceeding 8 hours)
● Use hand tools to remove remnant salt production infrastructure and manage invasive and overgrown vegetation
● The ability to drive vehicles on dirt and gravel levees to remote field locations (SFBBO truck provided in most instances)
● Early mornings and occasional weekends
● Lift and move up to 30 pounds
● Use a computer and office software, applications, and equipment on a regular basis, and sometimes in the field. Requires regular and accurate communication with others using telephone and video technology, and ability to interact effectively with digital and printed materials.
● Reasonable accommodations will be made to allow individuals to perform the essential functions of this position.
Our Commitment to Diversity
SFBBO actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. SFBBO believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.
In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (for example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).
We strongly encourage people of all backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. SFBBO is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.
Research has shown that women and people from marginalized communities apply to roles when they meet 100% of the job requirements, whereas people without marginalized identities apply if they meet an average of 60% of the requirements. If you think that your skills are transferable and can add value to this role, please apply so that we can determine whether it’s a good fit.
Salary and Benefits
The starting salary for this position will be $64,500 per year, divided up into 24 pay periods (i.e. bimonthly). Benefits include:
● Full health, dental, and vision benefits
● Personal Time Off (PTO) accumulation at a rate of 6.67 hours per pay period or 160 hours a year
● Access to a state-run retirement program
● $40 per month phone and Internet stipend
● Options for remote work and flexible hours on non-field days
Send an email to Ben Pearl (email@example.com) with the subject line “Plover and Tern Program Director Application” with your CV/resume and cover letter telling us why you are a great match for this position.
The position will be open until filled, but we anticipate making a first review of applications during the week of January 9th, 2023.