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  • Rio Grande Joint Venture Science Coordinator

    • Employer: American Bird Conservancy
      Location: Texas (Office location is flexible, but preferred to be located in Alpine or McAllen, Texas. Other locations within (or near) the RGJV geography will also be considered.)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/27/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    American Bird Conservancy

    Rio Grande Joint Venture Science Coordinator


    Position Summary


    Title: Rio Grande Joint Venture Science Coordinator                            

    Supervisor: Rio Grande Joint Venture Coordinator    

    Location: Texas (Office location is flexible, but preferred to be located in Alpine or McAllen, Texas. Other locations within (or near) the RGJV geography will also be considered.)


    Application Deadline:  August 27, 2021



    The Rio Grande Joint Venture (RGJV) partnership is seeking a full time, dynamic conservationist with the skills and experience to serve as the RGJV Science Coordinator and make significant contributions to daily operations of our international partnership. The Science Coordinator will help our partnership to improve the outcomes of our conservation actions by ensuring we are planning, designing, and implementing sound, feasible, and effective bird habitat conservation projects integrated with science and monitoring that result in population responses.

    Specifically, the Science Coordinator will help lead and complete critical planning and prioritization processes and coordinate, synthesize, and communicate the results of the conservation actions, science, and monitoring to our partners. In fulfilling this role for the partnership, the Science Coordinator will help our partners focus on the highest priority actions with the greatest chance of improving bird populations, facilitate continuous learning through adaptive management, develop and compile effectiveness monitoring, and enable our partners to increase efficiency and effectiveness of conservation delivery

    Primary Duties & Skills

    ·    Completing Conservation Investment Strategies for the following habitat types and international regions that will guide our partners and funders in prioritizing, implementing, and evaluating direct conservation actions:

    o   Grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert

    o   Grassland-dominated habitats of the Tamaulipan Brushlands

    o   Riparian habitats across our geography

    o   Coastal environments of the Mexico portion of the Gulf Coastal Prairie

    o   Identifying high priority, applied science projects, such as species-habitat relationship models

    ·         Develop and coordinate RGJV monitoring and evaluation efforts and develop the RGJV Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. 

    ·         Compile and synthesize species and habitat monitoring data from our partners.

    ·         Work with public and private land stewards to coordinate and implement monitoring efforts.

    ·         Attend selected and representative local conservation partnership meetings, and occasionally assist partners with development and review of funding proposals for habitat work to ensure RGJV planning products are understood and used.

    ·         Facilitate co-production of scientific research such that RGJV fills critical knowledge gaps and that knowledge can be incorporated into conservation decisions.

    ·         Assist other staff with tracking results of monitoring, evaluation and research projects conducted or supported by the RGJV.

    ·         Develop and maintain an online tool to help the RGJV partners and funders collectively report and track progress toward specific bird population and habitat goals identified in these conservation strategies.

    ·         Develop monitoring, evaluation and research project priorities and ranking criteria; coordinate proposal reviews with partners.

    ·         Lead the RGJV Bird Science Teams, including planning, organizing, and facilitating meetings and workshops. Represent RGJV on the science/technical committees of the national and international bird conservation initiatives.


    Primary Requirements

    ·         Master’s degree or PhD in bird conservation, biology, ecology or related field.

    ·         Moderate travel required throughout the year (15-20%+ post COVID).

    ·         Experience in applying a well-rounded background in bird and habitat management with knowledge of computer technologies in finding the most appropriate approach to determining amount, configuration and location of habitat to meet stated bird population and habitat goals for the RGJV.

    ·         Experience in relaying the results of biological planning and supporting their use.

    ·         Experience with development and implementation of natural resources projects, including identification of objectives, establishment of implementation schedules and evaluation of project accomplishments.

    ·         Experience working with international partners, networks, and governments is preferred.

    ·         Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations.

    ·         Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to communicate in Spanish, both in writing and speaking is a plus.

    ·         Knowledge of the RGJV region’s birds, habitats, and ecosystems.

    ·         Knowledge of the aims and methods of research on bird populations and habitats.

    ·         Technical proficiency in writing and reviewing bird conservation plans and scientific research.

    ·         Knowledge and experience of a professional nature, of the theory, principles and methods of wildlife biology and their application to bird habitat management and conservation.

    ·         Ability to organize, conduct, analyze and interpret biological planning and assessment projects, tasks and studies that involve complex relationships between species and their habitats and ecological processes and functions operating at both site and landscape scales.

    ·         Demonstrated skill in the development of bird population and habitat relationship models and decision support tools, and the application of model-based approaches to assessing, predicting or monitoring the ability of landscapes to support and sustain wildlife populations.

    ·         Demonstrated knowledge of field techniques and procedures in monitoring and assessing wildlife population status and habitat conditions.

    ·         Demonstrated skills and experience of GIS and its role, utility and application in characterizing, analyzing and assessing ecological processes, systems and conditions.

    ·         Authorized to work in the U.S.

    ·         Background screening required



    ·         Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.

    ·         Paid vacation days, holidays, and sick leave.

    ·         Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered.

    ·         Lodging, meals, and transportation covered for travel away from home.

    ·         Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement for work-related travel.


    To Apply:

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=115




    At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. 


    As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.


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