Call for 2015 NCPIF Meeting Ideas - Late Summer/Early Fall

The 2015 NC Partners in Flight Meeting is a chance for bird researchers, educators, and enthusiasts to present and discuss conservation efforts occurring in the state.

While normally scheduled in the early spring, this years' meeting will be in late summer/early fall. There are lots of updates to hear about over the past year, and I'm looking forward to getting everyone together again!

The location, exact timing, and presenters are yet to be determined, so if you would like to participate in organizing this years' meeting or have any suggestions, please contact me.



Opportunity: AFWA Bird Conservation Coordinator

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is looking for a new Bird Conservation Coordinator based in Washington, DC. For more details, see this job description and their announcement below.

Position Title: Bird Conservation Coordinator/North American Bird Conservation Initiative Coordinator for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Duties and Responsibilities: The coordinator’s responsibilities include coordination of the US NABCI committee and implementation of its priorities including advancement of and support for Bird Habitat Joint Ventures, development and promotion of the State of the Birds report, advancement of effective and efficient bird monitoring, support of efforts to increase bird conservation through management on private lands and support of policies that facilitate and improve the conservation of birds and their habitats. The position also staffs AFWA’s Bird Conservation Committee and supports its working groups which include the Partners in Flight/shorebird/waterbird working group, resident game bird working group, waterfowl working group and migratory shore and upland game bird working group. The position also coordinates work on other state fish and wildlife agency bird conservation priorities including revision and implementation of State Wildlife Action Plans and Flyway Nongame Technical Sections. Through these activities, the coordinator will provide leadership on national bird conservation issues in partnership with state fish and wildlife agencies, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.


Opportunity:NC Birding Trail/NC Partners in Flight Technician


We will employ an assistant to the Bird Conservation Biologist (BCB). The successful applicant will help administer the North Carolina Birding Trail (NCBT), North Carolina Partners in Flight (NCPIF), citizen science initiatives, and participate in bird surveys.

We are looking for an individual passionate about contributing to the difficult and complex world of wildlife conservation. While there will be some field work, the majority of this position will be responsible for assisting the BCB in engaging the public or managing, compiling, and analyzing biological data. This position will provide the opportunity to build relationships with conservationists across the spectrum - from the general public, to researchers, to environmental educators.

Rather than a traditional field technician position working on a single field project, this position will assist with elements of multiple projects.

The main duties of the BCB Assistant will be:

  • Develop posts for social media and the newsletter for NCBT and NCPIF (Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp/blog)
    • Prior experience preferred - creativity a must!
  • Assist with the Birder-Friendly Business Survey analysis
  • Attend/Represent the NCBT at events
  • Scheduling and setting up annual NCPIF meeting
  • Assist with Riparian Breeding Bird Surveys
  • Assist with Bachman's Sparrow Surveys (if needed)
  • Rusty Blackbird Surveys (recruiting participants AND surveying)
  • Nightjar Surveys (recruiting participants AND running routes)

The skills, experience and enthusiasm of the successful applicant will determine the breadth and depth of any additional projects to work on. These may include:

  • Assist in data analysis and write-up of survey data
  • Initiate other activities in the NCBT Strategic Plan
  • Assist in development of NCBT educational resources
  • Visit NCBT sites across the state
  • Literature review for other projects
  • Participation in the Audubon Bird-Friendly Community Program

The technician will secure his/her own housing in the Raleigh, NC area. Work will take primarily in the Piedmont, but overnight travel to various field locations will be required and free group housing will be provided at field locations. Work weeks average 40 hours but longer work weeks may be required. A vehicle and other necessary equipment will be provided.

NC Birding Trail

The NCBT's mission is to champion conservation of bird habitat by promoting sustainable bird watching activities, economic opportunities, and education. Much of this work is carried out through publicizing the NCBT and raising awareness of the importance of habitat conservation and its connection to local economies.

NC Partners in Flight

NCPIF strives to promote cooperation, collaboration, and coordination among conservation interests in North Carolina, regionally, and internationally.


A Bachelor's degree in Wildlife biology or related field is required, Master's degree preferred. The successful applicant must have good working knowledge of the principles of wildlife conservation.

Skills & Experience

  • Required
    • Excellent communication skills (oral and writing)
    • Comfortable writing/manipulating HTML5/CSS and working with online content management systems (e.g., Squarespace)
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, some Access preferred)
    • Good organizational skills, personal motivation, and a love of wildlife work are essential!
  • Preferred
    • Experience performing statistical analyses (using R, SPSS, or the like)
    • Experience managing and manipulating data (e.g., retrieving data from online sources, formatting for data analyses)
    • Familiarity with Moodle or Mediasite
    • Familiarity with Online Survey Software (e.g., Survey Monkey)
    • Ability to identify southeastern birds by sight and sound
    • Experience communicating/engaging the public in conservation issues
    • Proficiency with ArcMap 10.x
  • Beneficial
    • Canoeing skills - Class II and below


Raleigh, NC


$517.20/week - $12.93/hr

Start Date


End Date


Application Deadline



Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:

Scott Anderson


1722 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1722

Email applications are preferred. If submitting electronically, please include all materials in a single file with the applicant's name in the filename. Email or call 919.707.0139 with any questions.


2015 Thomas L. Quay Nominees Sought: Deadline Feb 10

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who provide leadership in the conservation of wildlife diversity in North Carolina.

The Wildlife Commission will accept nominations through Feb. 10. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a detailed essay of the nominee’s contributions to nongame wildlife conservation. The essay is limited to two pages (8 ½ x 11-inch paper, with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point font). Submissions that exceed the 2-page limit will be disqualified and returned to the nominator.

Download the nomination form at ncwildlife.org. Click on the “Thomas L. Quay Award” scrolling icon located at the bottom of the home page. Submit nominations by:

  • E-mail to cassandra.marrero@ncwildlife.org
  • Mail to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Division of Wildlife Management, c/o Cassandra Marrero, 1722 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1722
  • Fax to 919-707-0067

In addition to this year’s nominations, nominations submitted in 2013 and 2014 will be considered. Nominations submitted before 2013 will be considered upon request.

The Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee will recommend nominees for consideration by the Wildlife Commissioners at their May meeting. The winner will be announced at the Commissioners’ meeting in July.

The award is named for the late Thomas Quay, who was a retired professor of zoology at N.C. State University and self-described “full-time volunteer and unpaid environmental activist.” The 2015 Quay Award will mark the 10th time the Wildlife Commission has recognized a leader in conservation of wildlife diversity with this award.

For more information on the nomination process, contact Cassandra Marrero at 919-707-0220.


NC Chapter of The Wildlife Society Logo Contest

The Wildlife Society National Conference will be in Raleigh, NC fall of 2016. The NC Chapter will be taking the lead in organizing local arrangements for the meeting. As such:

The NC Chapter of The Wildlife Society seeks entries for a logo to represent The Wildlife Society’s National Conference to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina in October of 2016.

The logo will be used to identify and advertise The Wildlife Society’s 2016 National Conference. It will be displayed on such things as web sites, t-shirts, banners, and pens.

Design Requirements:

  • Simple
  • 2-3 graphic elements
  • 2-4 colors (with a tie to the conference location)
  • Include the name of the city (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Include conference sponsor (The Wildlife Society)
  • Include the year (2016)
  • Include wildlife native to North Carolina
  • Features must be clear even on something as small as a ¾” lapel pen

All entries will become the property of The Wildlife Society. Entries will be judged based on adherence to the design requirements, visual appeal of featured wildlife species, and total aesthetic appeal.

A panel of judges will select the top 3-5 entries. Designers/Artists may be asked to make adjustments before the winner is selected. The Wildlife Society will select the winner using the judges’ recommendations.

The winner will be awarded $500 and will be recognized on the TWS web page.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 16, 2015

Submissions: Please submit your logo design in .jpg format attached to an e-mail with your name, full address, and phone number to: Logo_Contest@nctws.org     

Contest questions may be submitted to: Logo_Contest@nctws.org

For more details: http://wordpress.nctws.org/logo_contest

If you are interested in participating in helping organize the conference in other ways, please contact John Ann Shearer.