Saturday
May172014

Job Opportunity: Wildlife Program State Supervisor, Chief of Nongame Conservation: Georgia

Wildlife Program State Supervisor, Chief of Nongame Conservation: Georgia

Agency: Wildlife Resources Division, GaDNR
Location: Social Circle, Georgia
Job Category: Full time Positions
website: http://georgiawildlife.com
Salary: $62,923.28 minimum, PayGrade 21
Start Date: 07/01/2014
Last Date to Apply: 06/13/2014
Description:
The Chief of Nongame Conservation is the primary decision maker on nongame wildlife management projects and activities statewide; including management of the state’s Heritage Trust program; management of certain properties (formerly Natural Areas) for sensitive species, habitats and/or plant communities; technical assistance programs and activities; rare, threatened and endangered species programs; and, wildlife research and survey activities. Responsibilities include preparation of Georgia’s Statewide Action Plan, approval of federal aid projects and applications, direct supervision of Nongame Conservation program managers and Assistant Chief. Preparation and management of the Section’s budget, coordination of activities and plans with other WRD Sections and the Director’s Office, guidance to Nongame Conservation Section biologists, technicians, natural resources workers and other staff, and communications with the public. The Nongame Conservation Chief must take direct responsibility for certain high profile or highly sensitive wildlife management projects and issues.

 

Thursday
May152014

Job Opportunity: RMBO International Program Assistant

The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is hiring a bilingual International Program Assistant:

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

Job Type: Permanent

Job Description:
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has a full-time position available at our office in Fort Collins, Colorado.  We are seeking a bilingual International Program Assistant (IPA) proficient in Spanish and English.  Spanish proficiency will rank more highly than English proficiency.


The IPA is responsible for a variety of duties, including but not limited to data management, proofing, processing, analysis and summarization, GIS, as well as communications with Private Lands Wildlife Biologists, field crews and other partners in Spanish and English via email, phone or other media to assist with project logistics.  The duties and job tasks of the IPA serve as inputs to International Program analyses and products, therefore the highest quality standards are expected to be upheld.  Strong written and oral communication skills, organizational abilities, office skills, and a solid grasp of the biological and scientific underpinnings of the projects are essential to the success of the IPA.  The IPA must work efficiently and effectively with other staff to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of projects and the timely delivery of quality products.  This work primarily supports bird and habitat conservation in Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands.  To find out more visit: http://rmbo.org/v3/OurWork/International/ChihuahuanDesertGrasslands.aspx

 

Requirements:

1.      Possession of or ability to quickly obtain U.S. legal status that allows for employment.

2.      A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Biology or another relevant field.

3.      Effective written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English. 

4.      Proficiency in software (Access, ArcGIS, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and the ability to quickly learn new software and languages such as SQL.

5.      A general knowledge and understanding of ornithology, environmental conservation, range and habitat management as well as scientific studies including sampling design, inference, randomization, field protocols, and statistical analyses.

6.      Must be organized and able to prioritize time between short- and long-term tasks.

7.      Must be self-motivated and work both independently and as part of a team.

8.      Professional attitude and image required.

9.      Must pass a Federal and State criminal background check.

10.   Must possess a valid driver’s license.


To Apply
:

Please send your CV and three references in one Word or PDF document and include a cover letter stating your interest in the position and summarized relevant experience in the body of the application email.  Send to international@rmbo.org with “IPA applicant - [your last name]” in the subject line.  The application deadline is June 1, 2014.  If a suitable applicant is not found by this date the application period may be extended; inquire after this date to find out if applications are still being accepted.

Wednesday
May142014

LTLT Volunteer Opportunties

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is looking for volunteers to help with their 5th year of a volunteer breeding bird monitoring and education program.

Volunteers are sought for the 5th year of a volunteer breeding bird monitoring and education program that will be conducted this spring and early summer at two early-successional habitat sites along the Little Tennessee River.

The program is a partnership between the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT), Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), and the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The program is sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR) initiative, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina State University, and the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research program.

The monitoring work is based on the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) protocol. MAPS is a nationwide program coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes, CA. The MAPS program includes a continent-wide network of over 500 mist netting stations and is designed to monitor productivity, survivorship, and population trends of breeding birds throughout North America. Analyses of the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.

During May to August, SARR will conduct 8 monitoring samples at both LTLT’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve and EBCI’s Cowee Mound property. Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the survey work and will receive training and supervision from SARR field biologists and technicians.

The first sampling date is May 18th at Tessentee. For a calendar of sampling dates, please visit http://bigbaldbanding.org/calendar/ . For further information, please contact bigbaldbanding@gmail.com or call (828) 736-1217.

 

Wednesday
May142014

First Annual Citizen Science Association Conference: Feb 11-12, 2015

The newly formed Citizen Science Association announced their first conference in San Jose, CA on Feb 11 and 12, 2015: 

We are thrilled to announce that the first conference of the new Citizen Science Association will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Because AAAS has a strong commitment to excellence in science and public engagement in all scientific disciplines, this is a great setting for the Association to broaden the conversation about citizen science across many research, education, and application contexts.

 


Citizen Science 2015 Conference

Save the dates:
February 11 - 12, 2015
San Jose, California

  citizenscienceassociation.org/conference


For more information about conference plans and updates as they become available, please visit http://www.citizenscienceassociation.org/conference/

Members of the new Citizen Science Association received an early heads-up about this event. Consider becoming a member - membership is currently free (learn more).

Spread the word - hope to see you in San Jose!

Tuesday
May132014

NC Wildlife Action Plan: Call for Peer Reviewers

Peer-review assistance is requested from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) biologists and scientists with expertise and knowledge about North Carolina’s wildlife species.

The NCWRC is in the process of revising the NC Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) for publication in 2015. A component of the revision process involves identification of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and other priority species. The SGCN and priority species represent wildlife for which there are conservation concerns, knowledge gaps, or management needs and will be a focal point for discussion in the revised WAP.

The first step in identification of these species involved application of evaluation and ranking metrics which are described in a White Paper published by in NCWRC biologists in 2013. The metrics were developed to assist with the evaluation process and serve as a robust measure of our understanding about the status, trends, and extinction risks of species found in North Carolina. A copy of the White Paper in PDF format can be downloaded by clicking on this link http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Conserving/documents/ActionPlan/Revisions/WhitePaper-Ranking-Criteria-NC-Priority-Species.pdf

  • Teams of species experts (Taxa Teams) representing numerous state and federal agencies, education and research organizations, and private citizens with expertise and knowledge about wildlife species found in North Carolina were convened in mid-2013. The Taxa Teams were asked to apply the ranking criteria metrics to evaluate species in eight taxonomic groups: amphibians, birds, crayfish, freshwater fish, freshwater mussels, mammals, reptiles, and snails. 
  • The Taxa Teams recently completed their evaluations and we are requesting peer review assistance from other biologists and scientists.

You are invited to assist by providing peer-review of the evaluation results.

If you are interested in participating, please provide your contact information and tell us which taxon you can review by clicking on the following link and completing the sign-up information. We will then be able to provide access to the Taxa Team evaluation results.

http://ncpaws.org/Surveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l4M3l67

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Cindy Carr.