Avian Conservation Biologist

Employer: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
Country: United States
Last Date to Apply: 15 Sep 2017
Open until filled

Description:
GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION:
The Avian Conservation Biologist is responsible for various field projects including, but not limited to, the Beach Nesting Birds Project and Non-breeding Shorebirds Project as well as coordination of GCBO’s 72 member Site Partner Network.

Primary Roles:
I. Serve as the main field biologist for our Beach Nesting Birds Project
• Responsible for completing all field work associated with this project including monitoring nesting Wilson’s and Snowy Plovers, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers, erecting and maintaining symbolic fencing and signage, and performing stewardship activities
• Coordinate all project activities with GCBO staff, funders, and partners
• Complete all field paperwork and data entry into online database
• Coordinate monitoring of Black Skimmers with Dow personnel
• Compile mid-season and end of season reports
• Track all spending and match per grant requirements
• Assist in finding additional project funding
II. Serve as the main field biologist for our Non-breeding Shorebirds Project
• Responsible for completing all field work associated with this project including transect surveys along beach and in back dunes for wintering shorebirds and maintaining protective fencing and signage around roosting areas
• Coordinate all project activities with GCBO staff, funders, and partners
• Complete all field paperwork and data entry into online database
• Compile mid-season and end of season reports
• Track all spending and match per grant requirements
• Assist in finding additional project funding
III. Serve as main coordinator for our Site Partner Network Program
• Maintain positive relationships with all site partners
• Perform site visits when possible
• Query partner sites about their needs and current activities
• Compose grant applications to support site partner needs
• Add new partner sites
• Keep site partner network database updated with current information for all sites
• Track site partner activities in site partner network database
• Assist in finding additional project funding
IV. Perform related tasks and assist other GCBO staff, projects, and events
• GCBO maintains a small staff and everyone must help as needed
• Assist with grant proposals for future research and conservation projects

SELECTION CRITERIA:
• Good understanding of waterbird and shorebird monitoring, previous experience monitoring nesting shorebirds and banding shorebirds is a plus
• Boat operations, trailering and handling skills
• Ability to work outside in hot, sunny conditions with biting insects and venomous snakes
• Skill in writing grant proposals and verbal presentations
• Skill with personal computers, including PowerPoint
• Ability to travel including outside the U.S. when necessary
• Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to communicate clearly on the phone
• Ability to coordinate with co-workers, funders and agency personnel
• Ability to build and keep good partnerships
• Ability to exercise initiative and work both independently as well as a team member

QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Bachelors or Masters degree in wildlife biology, environmental science, or a related natural history discipline is preferred
• Bilingual with Spanish skills required
• Experience with biological field monitoring of birds, particularly shorebirds
• Experience trapping and handling birds
• A ‘can-do attitude and love of birds is a must
• A valid driver’s license and background check is required

POSITION INFORMATION:
Applications due: September 15, 2017
Position start date: November 1, 2017
Position will be housed at the GCBO headquarters, Lake Jackson, Texas.
This is a full time, permanent position.
Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications. Health insurance is offered (75%-25%)

TO APPLY:
Send resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Martin Hagne, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
or via email to mhagne@gcbo.org.