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  1. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 13 SEPTEMBER!!! https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/609425100 GS 12–13 Agency contact information: Monica Lacey: LaceyM@si.edu Responsibilities As a Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center, your specific duties will include: Designing and implementing basic and applied ecological studies of migratory bird populations throughout the annual cycle and analyzing datasets collected from this work. Developing and supporting collaborative scientific research projects. Publishing the results of scholarly research in the peer-reviewed literature. Obtaining competitive research funding as a principal investigator. Providing scientific service to the Smithsonian Institution and the broader scholarly community, particularly expert information and advice on technical matters about migratory bird ecology and conservation. Maintaining professional competence through continuing education, membership in professional societies, attendance at conferences and seminars, and keeping abreast of current publications in migratory bird ecology and other relevant disciplines. Mentoring graduate students and postdocs, and providing professional training and outreach in the ecology and conservation of migratory birds.
  2. The Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) is seeking applicants for a part-time, contract position to promote opportunities, activities, and accomplishments of our 501-C3, membership-based, scientific organization. We are looking to increase interaction among our members, increase outreach to potential new members, and advance our mission through more purposeful and effective communications. Social media presence, communication through our societal website, and direct email will constitute major components of this work. The WOS is an international scientific society comprising community members who share a curiosity about birds. We produce the quarterly Wilson Journal of Ornithology as the latest iteration of scientific journal publication supported by the Society since 1888. The WOS is committed to providing mentorship to both professional and amateur ornithologists through sponsorship of research, teaching, and conservation. Position Details: Approximate Time Commitment. We envision this position requiring on average about 10 hours/week, but demands will wax and wane with events such as announcements relevant to annual meeting participation, release of published articles from the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, etc. Compensation. The position is budgeted for and is to be developed as a private contractor with a wage of $30/hour. This would amount to a total compensation of approximately $16,000 annually. Reports To. The WOS functions through a Council of approximately 25 volunteers, with a smaller Executive Committee comprising current officers and the immediate Past-President. The Communications Specialist will report directly to the President and the Chair of the Communications Committee, with all members of Council encouraged to collaborate with the Communications Specialist to share items of interest or otherwise generate content for distribution. Preferred Experience/Qualifications. In addition to the organizational skill necessary to develop and implement a communications plan for the WOS, we expect that qualified applicants will have earned a Bachelor’s degree and can demonstrate specific experience with: Wordpress; Google Drive and associated programs (Google Docs, Spreadsheets, etc.); Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel) Social media platforms; understanding of the nature of social media communication Creating online content; working with those who write peer reviewed literature to create posts for a less technical audience; writing or editing popular articles or blog posts in STEM Creating infographics/images for social media/website posting Coursework in ornithology, ecology, evolution, conservation, wildlife, or biological sciences To apply, submit a cover letter, CV/résumé, one supporting item to illustrate a relevant example of your experience/qualifications, and contact information for three professional references via email to woscommunications@gmail.com. Please use the subject line “WOS Communications Specialist” followed by your last name. Your cover letter can be addressed to WOS President Dr. Tim O’Connell c/o Natural Resource Ecology and Management, 018 Agricultural Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Application Deadline: Monday, 21 June 2021. Please direct inquiries about the position to tim.oconnell@okstate.edu.
  3. Position announcement attached. This is a one-month position to conduct roadside point counts for breeding birds in the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture region. Salary = $2300/mo + reimbursement for lodging. Details? See attached. Questions? Email Anna Matthews at: amatthews@abcbirds.org. Grasslands Bird Count Point Technician Job Posting 2021-1month.pdf
  4. Job Duties and Responsibilities: OVERVIEW Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced field technicians to conduct point counts throughout the Southern Great Plains, from northern Texas and eastern New Mexico up to the Nebraska panhandle for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore the Great Plains on both public and private lands in a mix of grassland and shrub habitats including short- and mixed-grass prairie, mesquite bosques, and riparian systems while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. The positions provide an opportunity to observe an impressive variety of species as you move across the study area, including Painted Bunting, Cactus Wren, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Burrowing Owl, Mississippi Kite, Scaled Quail, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, and Lesser Prairie-Chicken. The position will run from approximately April 15 and continue through late June. Qualified candidates must be able to attend a mandatory 5 day paid training in mid-April. Upon successful completion of training, technicians will work independently conducting bird surveys. Survey work will include long days in the field and working a variable schedule. Technicians must be able to identify all bird species found across the Southern Great Plains by sight and sound upon completion of training. Primitive camping, often without phone service or facilities will be required as well as some long days of travel between survey locations. Completion of job duties may periodically require long days in the field. Please visit the IMBCR webpage for additional information or check out this blog post to hear about the position from a previous Wyoming technician. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Applicants should be enthusiastic, physically fit, enjoy travel, and be willing to work long hours in the field. The successful applicant will need to be comfortable hiking and surveying in areas with potentially hazardous wildlife and weather conditions. Applicants must enjoy working independently with multiple days of solitude. The ability to identify all avian species that breed in the Southern Great Plains by sight and sound is required. A valid driver's license, proof of auto insurance, binoculars, camping gear, basic computer skills, a strong work ethic, and enthusiasm for conservation and conducting fieldwork are necessary. Desired qualifications include experience conducting point count surveys, experience camping, long distance hiking, and navigating in the backcountry. Applicants with personal 4WD/AWD vehicles are encouraged to apply; however, Bird Conservancy may be able rent vehicles for qualified applicants that do not possess 4WD/AWD vehicles if they are at least 21 years of age and pass a motor vehicle background check. REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Ability to identify avian species of the Southern Great Plains by sight and sound is required Driver’s license, proof of insurance, and experience driving 4WD vehicles is required Prior experience conducting avian point counts is highly desired Experience camping, long distance hiking, and navigating off-trail is highly desired To Apply: Email a cover letter detailing your bird identification knowledge and dates of availability, a resume, and three references as a single PDF document to: Matt Smith at matt.smith@birdconservancy.org and Matthew McLaren at matthew.mclaren@birdconservancy.org. Applications will be reviewed in early January 2020 and positions will be filled as suitable applicants are found. 2021-Avian-Field-Technician-Southern-Great-Plains-Bird-Conservancy.pdf
  5. Mary was such a wonderful role model, mentor, scientist, conservationist, editor, human, etc. Those of us lucky enough to have had the chance to work with her in service to the Wilson Ornithological Society understand how much we benefited from her leadership and will much we will miss her friendship. We will be scheduling some time for a special remembrance of Mary at our joint annual meeting with the Association of Field Ornithologists in Cape May, NJ, 27–30 October.
  6. We from the apostrophe'd community can never celebrate the loss of one of our own. I, for one, will miss the plural possessive in the AOU.
  7. Outstanding plenary lecture from Don - informative and entertaining!
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