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    • Employer: Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc.
      Location: Port Washington, WI
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Science Director

    The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc. (https://wglbbo.org), a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(3) research, conservation, and advocacy organization that was founded in 2010 and became independent in 2018, is seeking a Science Director to develop and carry out its scientific mission and grow with the organization.

    Job Description:

    The Science Director will assume leadership of all of the Observatory’s on-going research efforts and fulfill existing grant-administration and similar responsibilities, and lead and conduct research, monitoring activities, and similar activities within the western Great Lakes region. Working with the Board, he or she will also plan the Observatory’s future scientific work.

    The Director will take a leadership role in coordinating partners, obtaining and distributing grant funding, and developing reports and manuscripts for publication in appropriate journals or other media, thus ensuring results are publicly available. Partners may include federal, state, or local agencies, other non-profit organizations, and the public.

    The Science Director will provide outreach as needed to the scientific community, agencies, non-profit organizations, and the public through meetings and the media to increase awareness of the Observatory’s mission, research, and goals, and he or she will use these opportunities to be an advocate not only for the Observatory but also for the conservation of birds and bats in general.

    The Science Director will be expected to identify, submit, receive, and manage grants that provide funding for the Observatory’s research and to prepare and manage a budget, which will be reviewed by the Board. In addition, he or she will assist the Observatory’s Development Specialist in managing relationships with donors and other funding sources.

    The Science Director will report to the Executive Committee of the Board, meet regularly with the Board’s Science Committee, and provide recommendations to the Board to further the scientific goals of the Observatory. He or she will work at or near the Observatory’s headquarters near Port Washington, Wisconsin.


    * Master’s degree in ecological science or five years’ experience working in a comparable field required.
    * Knowledge of birds and bird conservation required.
    * Ability to work both independently and with a team to plan, design, and direct scientific research that advances the Observatory’s scientific mission.
    * Proficiency in collecting and interpreting scientific ecological data, writing reports and manuscripts, and successfully publishing results.
    * Track record of writing and submitting successful grant applications.
    * Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions, day or night, to conduct research or outreach activities.
    * Valid driver’s license and ability to carry research equipment to project sites as needed.
    * Leadership ability to recruit and work with multiple partners, including governmental and private organizations and individuals.
    * Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    * Experience supervising employees, coordinating the work of seasonal employees, managing budgets and schedules, and keeping files and records.
    * Strong time-management and follow-through skills.
    * Familiarity with the conservation priorities of southeastern Wisconsin and the western Great Lakes region required; familiarity with land trusts a plus.

    Salary: $50,000–$55,000, benefit-eligible. Salary will grow with organizational success.

    To apply:

    Email a cover letter and resume to info@wglbbo.org, or mail your application materials here:

    Hiring Director
    Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc.
    4970 Country Club Rd.
    Port Washington, WI 53074

    Please include the names, titles, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references whom we may call after an interview. A background check may be conducted.

    Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc. (https://wglbbo.org), is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. It was founded in 2010 as a program of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. Its mission is to conduct coordinated research, monitoring, and education that advances the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the western Great Lakes region. The Observatory’s headquarters is at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, located near the Lake Michigan shore between Belgium and Port Washington in Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin.


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