ANNOUNCEMENT OF FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL VACANCY The Research Foundation of the State University of New York for the College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778 August 7, 2018 TITLE: Principal Research Support Specialist
DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: Project Coordinator, Breeding Bird Atlas
DEPARTMENT: New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY
SALARY: $50,000 annually (Full time); position is based in Albany, Syracuse, or Ithaca, NY.
PROGRAM BACKGROUND The New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) is a program of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY- ESF) whose mission is to facilitate the conservation of New York’s biodiversity by providing comprehensive information and scientific expertise on rare species and natural ecosystems. NYNHP works in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other state, federal and private organizations involved in natural resource management, land protection and stewardship, and advancing the conservation of biodiversity.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION Breeding Bird Atlases, in which volunteer birders systematically document the presence and behavior of bird species over multiple years, are important for obtaining baseline data on a jurisdiction’s breeding birds and documenting distributional and phenological change. From 2020-2025, New York will be the first state to conduct its third Breeding Bird Atlas and for the first time will be using eBird (www.ebird.org<http://www.ebird.org>) to facilitate the collection and storage of data. This Atlas is a partnership between NYNHP, SUNY ESF faculty, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Ornithological Association, Audubon NY, Cornell University, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. The Coordinator plays key roles in running day-to-day operations, engaging experienced and novice birders, and ensuring the collection of high-quality data on New York’s birds. Funding for this position is in place until summer 2023, after which a renewal through the end of the Atlas is possible pending additional funding.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES * Oversees the day-to-day implementation of the project by tracking progress on volunteer recruitment and data collection. * Presents on the Breeding Bird Atlas project and demonstrates eBird to a variety of technical and nontechnical audiences. * Recruits and oversees regional coordinators and project volunteers around New York. * Develops scopes of work for contracts and cooperative agreements and administers those agreements. * Trains groups of birders in project methodology and connects interested birders to other participants. * Works with eBird team to visualize and summarize Atlas data for a variety of audiences. * Reports to project Steering Committee at regular meetings and provides periodic progress reports to NYS DEC. * Works with project Steering Committee to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities. * Assists Steering Committee and subcommittees with development of field and reporting methodology. * Drum up enthusiasm for this large citizen science effort. * Develops and disseminates atlas materials. * Provide frequent public presentations.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS * Bachelor’s Degree in ornithology, wildlife biology or management, zoology, conservation biology, natural history, natural resources, environmental science, forestry, biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field. * Expertise in eastern bird identification in the field by sight and sound. * Experience in avian observational and/or survey methods. * Project management and coordination experience * Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively. * Prioritize activities and multitask. * Travel throughout NYS; must have valid driver’s license.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS * Connections with the birding community in New York. * Connections with New York State government agencies and non-government organizations with land management or wildlife management responsibilities. * Proficiency with mobile and desktop versions of eBird. * Familiarity with the status and distribution of eastern birds, especially New York. * Familiarity with atlasing methodology. * Experience with ArcMap or related computer mapping products. * Experience with web design, social media, and other outreach tools.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT * May travel throughout New York State conducting field work and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances, in isolated settings.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by September 3, 2018 to ensure optimal consideration.
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