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    Ellen Paul
    • Employer: Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
      Location: Santa Cruz, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge is seeking a field ecologist who is passionate about seabird conservation and community to work with our project at Año Nuevo Island, on the central California coast. Deadline to apply: 12/31/2021.

    Agency: Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge is a non-profit organization with the mission of studying and protecting imperiled ecosystems by engaging diverse communities through innovative scientific and artistic collaborations.

    Location: Field work at Año Nuevo Island/Santa Cruz, CA and office work at Santa Cruz, CA.

    Description: We are seeking a field ecologist who is passionate about seabird conservation and community to work with our project at Año Nuevo Island, on the central California coast (http://oikonos.org/ano-nuevoisland). This Ecologist position would co-lead fieldwork and student mentoring, and lead day-to-day coordination of the project.

    Job Responsibilities:

    Co-lead weekly 1-2 day field trips to Año Nuevo Island – duties include:

    Collecting standardized and rigorous data contributing to a 30-year time series on seabird breeding and diet metrics from March – August

    Restoring seabird habitat from September – November

    Training and working with seasonal staff and early career ecologists

    Banding and measuring seabirds

    Capturing seabirds with mist nets

    Field station maintenance and upkeep

    Project administration (WFH or at Oikonos office in Santa Cruz):

    Data management including entering, proofing, and managing databases

    Co-managing and supporting early career ecologists outside of time in the field

    Summarizing data and report writing

    Supporting fundraising efforts and grant writing

    Preparing for field operations

    Budget management

    Assisting with social media and relevant organization administration

    Creating outreach materials

    Who you are (the basics):

    Passionate about seabird conservation

    A strong leader with excellent collaborative, communication, and mentoring skills

    Well organized and able to calmly juggle and achieve multiple responsibilities

    Sustain a strong culture of health, safety, and inclusion in the project

    Experienced handling birds

    Experienced with collection of clear, legible, and rigorous biological data in a field setting

    Able to lift up to 50lbs

    Comfortable working long days and nights outdoors in challenging field conditions

    Comfortable in small zodiacs and confident ability to swim

    Able to work in groups and independently

    Competent with Microsoft Office programs

    Bachelor’s degree (preferably in biological sciences or related field)

    Able to legally work in the United States

    On the job, candidates will be expected to become proficient at data analysis and report writing; and driving small boats in challenging ocean conditions

    For the safety of our team (which conducts fieldwork in-person), we require all employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 infections.

    Who you are (bonus points):

    Experienced mentoring students or early career individuals, and creating inclusive educational experiences to support students from diverse backgrounds

    Skills in critical thinking; and flexible, adaptive, and wise judgment in decision-making and problem solving

    Ability to identify problems and to develop and implement effective solutions

    Experienced with driving small boats and basic outboard motor maintenance

    Experienced working around marine mammals and seabirds

    In possession of a good sense of humor

    Reside locally

    First aid certified

    Experience working in R and GIS

    Proficient Spanish speaker to effectively communicate with our Oikonos team in Chile

    Interested in working on the project for multiple years, with room to grow into larger leadership

    M.S. degree or equivalent (preferably in biological sciences or related field)

    Application Requirements:

    Cover letter – briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

    C.V. – most recently updated, including a list of two professional references and their contact information. Oikonos will contact the references of applicants under serious consideration.

    Application packet should be emailed to Jessie Beck (jessie@oikonos.org), with “Año Nuevo Ecologist Application” included in the email subject. The application period ends Dec. 31, 2021.

    To read the full job description and for more information, click here.

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