Purpose of Position:
The Staten Island Conservation Program Manager is a full-time position that is responsible for overseeing the island’s Sandhill Crane, waterfowl, and shorebird research program, coordinating on-farm bird-friendly management practices with the farm manager and staff, serving as a liaison and point of contact for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) staff and the general public highlighting ongoing activities and management at Staten Island, and coordinating TNC internal conservation management meetings and activities. The Program Manager will also work with others to develop recommendations for future management practices and play a role in implementing those recommendations.
Coordinate compatible agriculture projects and Sandhill Crane and waterbird monitoring efforts at Staten Island
- Agricultural Field Management: work with ranch manager and staff at Staten Island to track management actions and enhance habitat value of agricultural fields.
- Coordinate Sandhill Crane and waterbird research and monitoring activities in collaboration with TNC regional science staff and farm staff, including research on waste grain and invertebrate food availability.
- Supervise field biologist, technicians, and volunteers to implement bird monitoring at Staten Island and surrounding farms.
- Coordinate outside researchers contributing to work at Staten Island
- Organize and lead TNC Staten Island conservation team meetings
- Coordinate management activities for Sandhill cranes at Staten Island with surrounding private and public landowners also implementing crane management
- Produce annual report of conservation management activities and monitoring results
- Give tours of the island to public groups and stakeholders
- Maintain relationships with Staten Island stakeholders and state, federal, and non-profit partner agencies to negotiate multi-species conservation efforts
- Undergraduate degree in wildlife management, environmental science, or related field, and 5 years’ experience working with a variety of public and private stakeholders to coordinate and implement conservation projects, including experience working with private landowners in an agricultural setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong field identification skills and knowledge of birds, especially waterbirds. Experience in identification and surveying of vegetation and other wildlife desirable.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team. Position will require excellent communication skills with the program team, landowners, and volunteers.
- Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work with limited supervision.
- Good data management skills. Experience with GIS and with creating and using databases preferred.
- Ability and willingness to perform physically demanding field tasks, including frequent early morning or evening work.
- Strong commitment to the mission and vision of The Nature Conservancy and proven effectiveness in a team setting.
The successful candidate will be an employee of Conservation Farms & Ranches, a non-profit affiliate of The Nature Conservancy. Conservation Farms & Ranches manages the farming operation at Staten Island, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy.
Application deadline is June 15, 2018. Please email resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, and enter “Conservation Manager” in the subject line.