From: ORNITH-L: the scientific discussion of Ornithology
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Vacancy - Science Coordinator for Translocation and Reintroduction
Of Endangered Hawaiian Birds
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the only conservation group whose
sole mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats
throughout the Americas. ABC accomplishes its mission through direct
action and by engaging the people, groups, resources, and strategies
needed to succeed. It undertakes the full spectrum of bird conservation
issues using advocacy and habitat conservation strategies.
This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy and will be
stationed in Hawaii. The Science Coordinator will work with ABC's Oceans
and Islands Division Director and federal and State of Hawaii program
leaders in the implementation of translocation and/or reintroduction
projects, and monitoring programs for at least three species of
critically endangered Hawaiian passerines.
ABC and its partners are working to conserve Hawaiian birds by: 1)
conducting on-the-ground conservation to control invasive species,
restoring habitat, reducing collisions with power lines and lights,
reducing exposure to hazardous chemicals, and translocating species to
create new populations; 2) advocating for increased funding for Hawaiian
bird conservation and for legislation that supports Hawaiian bird
conservation; and 3) increasing national awareness of and support for
Hawaii's conservation needs through a public outreach and media campaign.
This position requires an expertise in Hawaiian birds and their
conservation issues. Work requires initiative, flexibility, accuracy,
and attention to detail. The Science Coordinator reports to the Vice
President of the Oceans and Islands Division.
1. Develop species specific translocation and / or reintroduction
methods for endangered Hawaiian birds.
2. Ensure rigor and consistency in (a) documentation of methods and
results and their evolution among species and projects, (b) data
collection and management, and (c) obtaining the best available review
and comment on methods and approaches used in translocation and
reintroduction work in Hawaii.
3. Produce high-quality scientific products from these critically
important projects for the recovery of Hawaii's native birds including
written reports for partners, papers for peer-reviewed journals, and
proposals to funding agencies and NGOs so that: (a) input from the
scientific community at large will be incorporated, and (b)
translocation and reintroduction work conducted in Hawaii generates a
lasting contribution to conservation science worldwide.
4. Recruit, train and supervise project personnel.
1. PhD from an accredited college or university in Biology, Zoology,
Botany, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or a related biological science
2. Three to five (3-5) years of experience planning and overseeing
research projects on endangered Hawaiian birds. Extensive mist-netting
and bird banding experience, experience taking blood samples, monitoring
animal movements using radio-tracking, locating bird nests and studying
3. Working knowledge of the principles of translocation and/or
reintroduction techniques, avian demography, population ecology and
conservation with specific experience in applying these concepts to
Hawaii. Knowledge of research and experimental study design.
Understanding of biological statistics and data analysis. Knowledge of
the major conservation issues in Hawaii, and threats to Hawaiian birds.
4. Experience recruiting and supervising small research teams. Able to
coordinate field logistics, train research interns, and lead or oversee
all field activities. Able to supervise subordinates of various
backgrounds and to recognize and resolve conflicts between staff. Must
be able to maintain high standards of research quality and staff safety
in difficult field condition s. Able to communicate effectively and
professionally with public and partners.
5. Able to identify birds by calls and song and sight.
6. Experience writing scientific reports or publications.
7. Must possess a valid driver's license.
8. Must be able to complete basic helicopter safety course and obtain
pesticide applicator certification within 12 months of hire.
9. Able to conduct fieldwork in remote, high-elevation areas and remote
rugged islands where temperatures vary from very cold to extremely hot.
Able to hike a minimum of seven (7) miles on obscure trails with thirty
to forty (30-40) pound backpack and live and work in isolated field
camps under primitive conditions. May require strenuous physical
activity and heavy lifting.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Merrie Morrison, Vice President
of Operations ; P.O. Box 249, The Plains, VA 20198 or by email to Email Us
Deadline: Jan 27, 2010