Title: Avian Biologist – Lark reintroduction project
Reports to: Director of Avian Conservation
Location: Olympia, Washington
Position: Full-time (1.0 FTE), hourly
Period: 15 February – 30 September (extension dependent upon funding)
Salary: $45,000 – 55,000 – Dependent on Experience
Application deadline: Open until filled
Ecostudies Institute is a 501(c)(3) scientific non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of native species and their ecosystems. We achieve our mission through effective partnerships, sound scientific research, strategic land management and ecological restoration. At the core of our mission is a cooperative conservation model that strives to realize improved conservation outcomes by developing shared goals and vision through partnerships. These partnerships, in turn, encourage information transfer, advances in cutting edge restoration techniques, and the development of integrated range-wide conservation approaches.
Established in 2001, Ecostudies initially focused on bird conservation in Florida and the Pacific Northwest, establishing a strong foundation of successful conservation outcomes. In 2020, Ecostudies broadened its conservation capacity and vision to incorporate all facets of ecosystem restoration and species recovery and concentrates its efforts solely in the Pacific Northwest. Based in Olympia, Washington, the Ecostudies team currently numbers over 20 permanent and seasonal staff.
Ecostudies is seeking a dynamic and motivated avian biologist to join our Avian Conservation Program as a Project Manager. This position will oversee a project developing reintroduction methods for the federally-threatened streaked horned lark. The project will be based in Ellensburg, WA. The position will encompass a range of responsibilities: project management, field work, and data management and analysis. Much of the work will be conducted on Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility, where we will trial and compare the effectiveness of three soft-release reintroduction techniques on a closely-related horned lark subspecies as a surrogate for the streaked horned lark. The successful applicant will have a strong field-based background, experience participating in research and management studies, the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and a proven track record of producing technical reports. This position runs from 15 February – 30 September with extension possible, dependent upon funding; includes vacation, sick leave, and holiday benefits. The project is funded for two years. This position will be based in/near Ellensburg, WA.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assist in the design and construction of on-site aviaries for reintroduction trials.
• Capture, transport, and release individuals as part of reintroduction trials.
• Assist in the design of behavioral observation protocols for evaluating behavior/health of captive individuals and reintroduction trial success.
• Coordinate and participate in all field-based activities of the project and manage, summarize, and analyze data.
• Work independently and in a team setting with Ecostudies staff and personnel from agency partners to complete project activities maintain a professional work environment.
• Lead interim and annual reporting and communicate progress, results, and conservation implications to partners, Ecostudies staff and the public.
• Complete other duties as requested.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
• Advanced degree in avian ecology or closely related natural science field.
• Experience with handling birds and various trapping methods (mist-net, potter trap).
• Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team setting.
• Experience in animal husbandry techniques and knowledge of reintroduction strategies.
• Experience with field-based avian research, including design, implementation, and production of high-quality reports and other communication documentss
• Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while operating professionally.
• Ability to effectively supervise seasonal field personnel.
• Must possess a valid Driver’s License.
• Regularly works indoors in an office setting and outdoors in natural and wildland areas, often across uneven ground or in inclement weather.
• Regularly sits or stands at a desk or computer workstation.
• Frequently works alone with minimal supervision.
• Frequently communicates with others through emails, voice conversations, and meetings.
• Works within an organizational context of both traditional and virtual offices
• Some evening and weekend responsibilities, including travel.
• Occasionally lifts, positions, or otherwise moves objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
• Housing is not provided.
• Full vaccination for Covid-19 is required for employment at Ecostudies Institute.
HOW TO APPLY:
Position Description available on Web page (https://www.ecoinst.org/about-us/work-with-us/)
Qualified applicants should provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé or curriculum vitae, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only). Application package should be combined into ONE file. All applications will be acknowledged. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before January 15th, 2022.
Email these materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with Avian Biologist - Lark Reintroduction Application in the subject line.