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.
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
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
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)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), with “Año Nuevo Ecologist Application” included in the email subject. The application period ends Dec. 31, 2021.
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