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  1. American Bird Conservancy Rio Grande Joint Venture Science Coordinator Position Summary Title: Rio Grande Joint Venture Science Coordinator Supervisor: Rio Grande Joint Venture Coordinator Location: Texas (Office location is flexible, but preferred to be located in Alpine or McAllen, Texas. Other locations within (or near) the RGJV geography will also be considered.) Application Deadline: August 27, 2021 Introduction The Rio Grande Joint Venture (RGJV) partnership is seeking a full time, dynamic conservationist with the skills and experience to serve as the RGJV Science Coordinator and make significant contributions to daily operations of our international partnership. The Science Coordinator will help our partnership to improve the outcomes of our conservation actions by ensuring we are planning, designing, and implementing sound, feasible, and effective bird habitat conservation projects integrated with science and monitoring that result in population responses. Specifically, the Science Coordinator will help lead and complete critical planning and prioritization processes and coordinate, synthesize, and communicate the results of the conservation actions, science, and monitoring to our partners. In fulfilling this role for the partnership, the Science Coordinator will help our partners focus on the highest priority actions with the greatest chance of improving bird populations, facilitate continuous learning through adaptive management, develop and compile effectiveness monitoring, and enable our partners to increase efficiency and effectiveness of conservation delivery Primary Duties & Skills · Completing Conservation Investment Strategies for the following habitat types and international regions that will guide our partners and funders in prioritizing, implementing, and evaluating direct conservation actions: o Grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert o Grassland-dominated habitats of the Tamaulipan Brushlands o Riparian habitats across our geography o Coastal environments of the Mexico portion of the Gulf Coastal Prairie o Identifying high priority, applied science projects, such as species-habitat relationship models · Develop and coordinate RGJV monitoring and evaluation efforts and develop the RGJV Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. · Compile and synthesize species and habitat monitoring data from our partners. · Work with public and private land stewards to coordinate and implement monitoring efforts. · Attend selected and representative local conservation partnership meetings, and occasionally assist partners with development and review of funding proposals for habitat work to ensure RGJV planning products are understood and used. · Facilitate co-production of scientific research such that RGJV fills critical knowledge gaps and that knowledge can be incorporated into conservation decisions. · Assist other staff with tracking results of monitoring, evaluation and research projects conducted or supported by the RGJV. · Develop and maintain an online tool to help the RGJV partners and funders collectively report and track progress toward specific bird population and habitat goals identified in these conservation strategies. · Develop monitoring, evaluation and research project priorities and ranking criteria; coordinate proposal reviews with partners. · Lead the RGJV Bird Science Teams, including planning, organizing, and facilitating meetings and workshops. Represent RGJV on the science/technical committees of the national and international bird conservation initiatives. Primary Requirements · Master’s degree or PhD in bird conservation, biology, ecology or related field. · Moderate travel required throughout the year (15-20%+ post COVID). · Experience in applying a well-rounded background in bird and habitat management with knowledge of computer technologies in finding the most appropriate approach to determining amount, configuration and location of habitat to meet stated bird population and habitat goals for the RGJV. · Experience in relaying the results of biological planning and supporting their use. · Experience with development and implementation of natural resources projects, including identification of objectives, establishment of implementation schedules and evaluation of project accomplishments. · Experience working with international partners, networks, and governments is preferred. · Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations. · Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to communicate in Spanish, both in writing and speaking is a plus. · Knowledge of the RGJV region’s birds, habitats, and ecosystems. · Knowledge of the aims and methods of research on bird populations and habitats. · Technical proficiency in writing and reviewing bird conservation plans and scientific research. · Knowledge and experience of a professional nature, of the theory, principles and methods of wildlife biology and their application to bird habitat management and conservation. · Ability to organize, conduct, analyze and interpret biological planning and assessment projects, tasks and studies that involve complex relationships between species and their habitats and ecological processes and functions operating at both site and landscape scales. · Demonstrated skill in the development of bird population and habitat relationship models and decision support tools, and the application of model-based approaches to assessing, predicting or monitoring the ability of landscapes to support and sustain wildlife populations. · Demonstrated knowledge of field techniques and procedures in monitoring and assessing wildlife population status and habitat conditions. · Demonstrated skills and experience of GIS and its role, utility and application in characterizing, analyzing and assessing ecological processes, systems and conditions. · Authorized to work in the U.S. · Background screening required Benefits: · Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan. · Paid vacation days, holidays, and sick leave. · Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered. · Lodging, meals, and transportation covered for travel away from home. · Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement for work-related travel. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=115 At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
  2. American Bird Conservancy Position Summary Title: Forester Location: Grand Rapids, MN Reports to: Minnesota Private Lands Forester Term: Renewed annually based on funding availability. Application Submission Deadline: August 13, 2021 To Apply: Please apply online at Bamboo HR. Introduction: American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist. ABC is the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. We are currently looking for a motivated, self-starting and detail-oriented individual with forestry and wildlife habitat project management experience to join our Great Lakes team in northern Minnesota. This position will primarily work with private forest landowners, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other local partners in the region to implement best management practices (BMPs) on non-industrial private lands for focal bird species. The Forester will work with project partners to identify focal species that best represent the needs of various forest types in ABC’s project areas in MN. The Forester will design and implement habitat management prescriptions for target focal species by working directly with NRCS and other collaborative partners. The Forester will also assist ABC in developing and coordinating additional bird conservation initiatives to expand ABC’s presence in the region. This will include, but is not limited to assisting with ABC partnership projects on public lands, promoting ABC and its various programs and assisting with grant preparation and reporting. Primary Duties: The Forester’s main duties will be targeted within the identified focal areas in the northern Minnesota. Specific duties include: Identify and communicate with landowners and natural resource managers within designated focal regions to implement bird conservation activities. Conduct field visits on private lands to evaluate property for possible treatment using focal species BMPs. Provide technical assistance to private landowners to facilitate the NRCS cost-share application and contracting process and develop site-specific conservation plans in accordance with NRCS practice standards and focal species BMPs. Identify consulting foresters and/or loggers to complete projects that require timber sales. Also, work closely with Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) foresters to refer projects to the private sector when necessary. Identify and delineate project areas for non-commercial treatments such as tag alder or young aspen shearing. Identify and communicate with contractors capable of completing these treatments to continue developing a growing referral list to provide to landowners. Certify project completion via site visits, GPS tracking and photo documentation to provide NRCS District Conservationists with GIS shapefiles and visual evidence to complete contracts and cost-share. Provide outreach, education and technical assistance to private landowners; technical service providers (TSP’s); local, state and federal agency staff on habitat BMPs through workshops, trainings, meetings, etc. Monitor and track project activities using an electronic database and GIS to ensure proper reporting for assessing success, and assist with focal species monitoring pre and post treatment. Support ongoing research and monitoring activities including, but not limited to, obtaining landowner permission to conduct site surveys, conducting vegetation and wildlife surveys, placing monitoring equipment (i.e. acoustical monitoring units), retrieving data and monitoring equipment and coordinating monitoring activities with researchers. Develop strong relationships with non-profit, agency, local government and industry partners to expand collaborative conservation opportunities that advance bird conservation strategies. Position Requirements: Associates degree or higher in forestry, (or wildlife management or environmental sciences, with an emphasis on forest management,) is required. A deep understanding of forest stand improvement and management, wildlife management, and bird conservation and monitoring desired. Professional knowledge and skills to assess, devise, and apply silvicultural strategies for forest management to meet desired wildlife habitat and conservation objectives. Experience developing and implementing site-specific forest management plans/practices and the ability to utilize forest inventory tools/inventory protocols. Applicant must be prepared to spend time away from home. Travel will be concentrated within northern Minnesota with occasional travel outside the region. ABC will reimburse travel expenses. Experience working with private landowners as well as public agencies (NRCS, DNR, USFWS, etc.) with knowledge of landowner incentive programs, including NRCS landowner cost-share programs such as EQIP preferred. A general knowledge of environment laws, regulations and policies to ensure legal standards are met during habitat project development and implementation activities. Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet project and program deadlines. Proven ability to be self-motivated, responsible and solve problems. Ability to use programs such as ArcGIS, Google Maps and Web Soil Survey to identify and delineate project boundaries, as well as Microsoft Excel and other database management tools to organize project and program information. Networking and communication skills, including project management experience and leadership skills. Applicant should be a team player and also work well independently. Willing and able to work in physically challenging environment under adverse conditions. ABC provides field equipment such as a GPS unit, snowshoes, cruising vest, prism, flagging tape, forestry paint, etc. Forester may be required to participate in specific NRCS training programs in order to use partner facilities, vehicles and equipment. This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver's License with a clear driving record. Background screening required. Authorized to work in the U.S Benefits: Benefits include medical, medical flex, and 403(b) plan. Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave. Forestry equipment/office expenses covered. Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered. Lodging and meals covered for work related travel. Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement, if partner vehicles are unavailable. To Apply: Please apply online at Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=111 If you have trouble submitting an application, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
  3. American Bird Conservancy Director of Migratory Bird Wintering Ground Conservation Position Summary: Title: Director of Migratory Bird Wintering Ground Conservation Supervisor: Vice President of Threatened Species Location: TBD (Flexible) To Apply: Please apply online at BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=112 Introduction: The Director of Migratory Bird Wintering Ground Conservation will be responsible for leading and coordinating projects that to secure and enhance habitat for migratory birds at wintering and stopover sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. The director must deliver conservation results, create complex conservation plans and initiatives in collaboration with others, and generate financial and public support for conservation. The director will supervise the work of one staff member – our Wintering Grounds Conservation Specialist, who is leading ABC’s efforts to develop impact investment projects to deliver habitat for wintering migratory birds. The director will need to be creative, persuasive, and think strategically and practically. The director must be able to manage, mentor, and empower others and build strong and lasting partnerships. ABC carries out its work through partnerships, so the director must be experienced in respectfully engaging a diversity of partners. We seek someone who is passionate about migratory birds, can share this passion with others to raise awareness about our work, and exhibits an entrepreneurial spirit in implementing conservation. Primary Duties: Program and Partnership Leadership: Lead ABCs work on Migratory Bird Wintering Grounds to implement grant programs, including identification and management of wintering migratory bird BirdScapes. Coordinate with ABC’s regional programs in the USA and Canada, such that wintering ground work complements breeding ground activities to deliver full life-cycle conservation for migratory populations; and coordinate with members of ABC’s International Division on projects benefiting or focused on migratory birds occurring outside of the US. Represent ABC’s migratory bird interests among other alliances and strategic relations that benefit migratory birds through active participation in meetings, working groups or committees. Actively seek new partnerships and perspectives to inform our work. Project Management: Develop and implement projects that contribute to ABC’s overall strategic framework and annual plan by working directly with ABC’s partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Science: Help ABC bring science to action. Implement projects and facilitate research to fill vital information gaps on species distribution and threats for conservation planning. Evaluate migratory bird response to implementation of conservation actions at project and landscape scales. Previous examples include providing monitoring protocols to measure migratory bird response to land management practices. Communications Outreach: Liaise with ABC’s Communications division to develop media content around relatable science, new discoveries, and ABC projects related to migratory birds on their wintering grounds and stopover sites in Latin America and the Caribbean. Annual & Financial Planning: Set goals and objectives for the Migratory Bird Wintering Grounds team for ABC Annual Plan and translating these into more detailed workplans for team members, as well as into annual budgets. Fundraising: Communicate with donors and potential donors to explain our strategies for conserving migratory birds and selling our programs. Work with ABC’s Development team to cultivate donors (individuals, foundations, government agencies), identify potential donors and grant opportunities for unfunded activities, and apply for funding to maintain and expand the program’s activities. Position Requirements: 1. Proficiency in Spanish is required. Portuguese and/or French a plus. 2. At least five years of responsibility and experience in conservation or related wildlife management. Excellent background and understanding of conservation practices and trade-offs. Passion for birds preferred. 3. Supervisory management experience preferred. 4. Demonstrated ability to translate strategic, visionary ideas into functioning, successful programs and initiatives. 5. Experience in working with partnerships, networks, or alliances. Demonstrated success in working with a wide variety of people and partner institutions, and in cross-cultural situations. 6. Strong organizational and administrative skills. 7. Ability to meet deadlines and exceed expectations. 8. Excellent oral and written communications skills. 9. Able to travel, sometimes to remote locations in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. 10. Highly committed to conservation and to ABC’s conservation mission (see www.abcbirds.org). 11. Authorized to work in the U.S. 12. Background screening required. To Apply: Please apply online at BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=112 If you experience trouble, please send your resume and cover letter to HR@abcbirds.org At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
  4. American Bird Conservancy Texas Coastal Education Specialist Position Summary: Title: Texas Coastal Education Specialist Supervisor: Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator Location: Within the Texas Upper Coast Region between Harris and Brazoria Counties Term: Part-time for one year, potential to move into a longer-term full-time Submission Deadline: August 13, 2021 Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and a copy of unofficial academic transcripts to Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=114 Introduction: In August 2020, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and partners, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and Black Cat GIS, formed a new program called Stopping Plastics and Litter Along Shorelines (SPLASh). SPLASh works to create a cleaner environment in the Houston-Galveston region through community science, education and outreach. SPLASh organizes monthly cleanups where local community members are invited to volunteer and help staff collect data on the trash removed. So far SPLASh cleanups have removed over 6,000 pounds of trash from the region. SPLASh staff work with local schools and educators to design and implement educational programming for schools, youth groups, and summer camps with kids of all ages. These programs range from classroom lectures to field trips to guest appearances at other organizations’ summer camps. Finally, SPLASh participates in community outreach events like Earth Day festivals and farmer’s markets to educate and engage members of the local community. The Texas Coastal Education Specialist will work with the Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator to further develop educational curriculum and programs and connect with local school districts and teachers to further expand the reach of the SPLASh education program. Educational programs typically include content regarding general ecological principles, Texas coastal ecology and wildlife, trash pollution and marine debris, the impact of trash on people, birds, and the environment, and how students can engage in solutions to environmental challenges, including research and data collection. This position will be based from a home office. Travel will be necessary throughout the Texas upper coast and a reliable personal vehicle will be required to complete work activities (mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate of .56/mile). Travel may also include sporadic trips to ABC headquarters in Virginia and/or locations selected for ABC staff retreats. Program activities may require work outside of regular business hours, including early mornings and weekends. Primary Duties: · Work alongside Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator and partners to design educational curriculum and programs, including classroom-based and field-based activities, for K-12 student groups throughout the Houston-Galveston region · Work alongside Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator and partners to implement educational programming in the classroom and in the field for K-12 student groups · Attend local educator network meetings to build connections with other organizations, teachers, and school districts to find opportunities for collaboration · Connect with local teachers and school administrators to establish opportunities for SPLASh to implement programming with their students · As time permits, assist Texas Coastal Outreach Coordinator with other SPLASh events and needs, including trash cleanups, outreach events, social media, and more · Work closely with ABC’s Gulf Coastal Program Manager and Coastal Outreach Coordinator to track all project deliverables and outcomes · Other duties as assigned and agreed upon Position Requirements: · Bachelor’s degree in in Education, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, Wildlife Sciences, or a related discipline · 2 years or more experience developing curriculum and educational programs using principles of experiential learning, project-based learning, and the state TEKS. · A high level of comfort working with students of all ages, implementing educational curriculum and programs in an engaging manner in both classroom and outdoor settings · Existing knowledge of ecological principles (especially in relation to Texas coastal ecosystems), the global trash pollution/marine debris crisis, and solutions to the problem from individual actions to broader policy and regulatory changes preferred · Must be comfortable networking and communicating with K-12 teachers, school administrators, partners from other organizations, and other stakeholders in order to develop relationships that will help the SPLASh program expand to more schools · Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must – this position will require frequent public speaking in front of K-12 student groups and occasionally adult groups · Intermediate to advanced skill in Google Workspace apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) preferred, and Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) · Must have valid driver's license and reliable personal vehicle for travel between work sites (mileage reimbursed at the federal rate) · Ability to lift 50 pounds and work outside for extended periods of time, sometimes in very hot, sunny weather · General knowledge of field/outdoor safety required, and CPR/First Aid, WFA, and/or WFR certification desirable, but not required. · Intermediate to fluent Spanish is highly desirable, but not required · Able to confidently use social media such as Facebook and Instagram including an ability to develop and design graphics desired, but not required · Highly committed to conserving the environment and to ABC’s bird conservation mission · Authorized to work in the U.S. · Background screening required To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, 3 professional references and a copy of unofficial academic transcripts to Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=114 At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.
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