At Point Blue, we are team of committed, passionate, conservation scientists, researchers, educators, fundraisers, and administrators. We all share a passion for making a difference in the health of our planet.
Please view our job postings and consider joining our team!
Point Blue Conservation Science is a renowned, award-winning non-profit working to reduce the impacts of accelerating changes in climate, land-use and the ocean on wildlife and people while promoting climate-smart conservation. At the core of our work is ecosystem science using long-term data to identify and evaluate both natural and human-driven changes over time. We work hand-in-hand with public and private natural resource managers from the Sierra to the sea and Alaska to Antarctica. Founded in 1965 as Point Reyes Bird Observatory, the organization has tripled in size over the last decade, and currently has a $10M annual budget. We are on track to reach $20M in the next few years. We seek a qualified CFO, who is passionate about our mission and vision, to join a team of 140+ scientists, informatics experts and educators.
Duration: full time
- Partner with the CEO, Chief Science Office, Chief Technology Officer, lead development staff and Board of Directors (http://www.pointblue.org/about-pointblue/our-team/) to implement the strategic plan;
- Drive and oversee the financial and administrative health of the organization, and participate in quarterly board meetings;
- Lead the internal finance and accounting team, which includes human resources and benefits;
- Ensure the financial and administrative management of Point Blue’s 90+ conservation projects;
- Implement sound financial systems and processes;
- Evaluate and implement annual budget processes, and manage the cash flow and endowment funds;
- Ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and reporting requirements;
- Provide management over 80+ federal, state and local governmental and non-governmental contracts and grants;
- Oversee the management of facilities including Point Blue’s 20,000 square foot headquarters and field stations;
- Be based at Point Blue’s headquarters in Petaluma (San Francisco Bay Area).
- Track record as a proven Chief Financial Officer, with ideally, five years in the non-profit arena;
- Demonstrated success in planning, developing and implementing strategic budget processes for organizations with $10-20 million annual revenue;
- Experienced in managing and negotiating government contracts;
- Seasoned in business planning, risk analysis and resource development;
- Strong written and verbal communications skills;
- A team leader who inspires trust and cohesiveness;
- Exceptional integrity and strong work ethic;
- Collaborative and flexible;
- Sense of humor;
- Passion for conservation.
We have retained an executive search firm to assist us in this process. Please submit your inquiry and resume directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Location: Willows, CA
Hours/Benefits: Full time w/competitive benefits
The Rangeland Watershed Initiative Partner Biologist is a partnership position between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Point Blue Conservation Science that will focus on providing value added delivery of wildlife conservation programs on working lands through Farm Bill and other federal and state funding programs. The Partner Biologist will actively participate as a team member with the NRCS Field Conservationist, specifically working side by side with the NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist to provide technical assistance to working lands producers, in the development of ranch and farm conservation plans, including resources assessments, conservation practice design and implementation. In particular, they will seek to expand the adoption of prescribed rangeland management practices under NRCS Farm Bill habitat conservation programs. The Partner Biologist will also be involved with assessment and monitoring of conservation practices that have been applied on those working lands. This position will work collaboratively with the NRCS to provide wildlife technical assistance to working lands producers whose primary focus is on the implementation of conservation in rangeland, wetland, and riparian habitats. This position is intended to be a full time position for a 3-year term with benefits. The position will be located in the NRCS Willows Field Office, in the Sacramento Valley of California.
- Assist the NRCS Willows Field Office in the delivery of Farm Bill Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, and Conservation Technical Assistance. Build trust with and enroll working lands producers into conservation practices using Farm Bill and other federal, state, and local programs.
- Develop technical proficiency in the use of NRCS Conservation Planning process, Field Office Technical Guide and technical tools such as Soil Data Mart, Ecological Site Descriptions, Habitat Assessments, and Stream Visual Assessment Protocol 2.
- Initiate and sustain cooperative working relationships with NRCS Field Conservationists, working lands producers, other federal, state and local agencies, tribes, conservation groups and other resource professionals.
- Provide technical support for the incorporation of fish and wildlife habitat considerations into working land producers’ conservation plans.
- Work with the NRCS District Conservationist to identify needs for and assist with the development of wildlife habitat-related education and outreach materials.
- Provide fish and wildlife habitat assessment, management, restoration, and monitoring-related training, workshops, and field sessions to working lands producers, and other conservation partners.
- Prefer 3-5 years’ experience in working with planning, design, assessment, management, restoration, and monitoring of wildlife habitat on private, public, or tribal lands.
- Prefer on-the-ground experience with fish and wildlife habitat management, restoration and enhancement techniques, conservation practices and tools used on oak woodlands, grasslands, cropland edges, wetlands, and riparian areas.
- Strong working knowledge of the flora and fauna of the range and forest lands of California, especially those surrounding the Sacramento Valley.
- BA/BS degree in a conservation related field, preferably in wildlife biology, range or forest ecology.
- Basic experience and knowledge of USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs
- Prefer experience and understanding of range and forest management principles and implementation of grazing management systems that are beneficial to both domestic livestock and fish and wildlife resources.
- Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to work collaboratively and remain flexible under pressure.
- Possess strong commitment to team environment dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times.
- Thrive in a team environment and work well with others, team player.
- Enjoy working as a team member as well as independently.
- Strong communication skills (oral, written, and presentation) are required.
- Strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and prioritize daily and long term objectives and tasks is required. Attention to detail and exceptional follow-up skills are critical.
- Ability and desire to work with a diverse group of people including state, federal, tribal, and non-government resource professionals, working lands producers, and the general public.
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS software and Internet) are required.
- Ability to traverse various terrains on foot.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary: ~ $45K/year, depending on education and experience.
Point Blue offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, 100% medical and dental premium coverage, partial coverage of dependents including domestic partners, long term care insurance, optional vision, life insurance, short term and long term disability insurance coverage, as well as generous leave time and 401(k) Plan matching contribution, per conditions outlined in Point Blue’s personnel manual.
Email resumes to: email@example.com by December 13, 2013. Please include a 1 page cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Please put “Willows RWI Partner Biologist” in the subject line. No calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Up to 10 point count technician positions and 1 crew leader position available on multiple songbird monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada of California.
Duration: 28 April through 1 August 2014 (some positions will be extended to 8 Aug)
Description: This program offers a unique opportunity to explore and observe birds in some of the most beautiful landscapes in California, across a wide range of habitats, while collecting data to guide forest management in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. Field work covers a vast profile of elevations in coniferous forest, aspen, oak, post-burn, meadow, and chaparral habitats.
Visit our Forest Ecology and Management Programs web page to learn more about our work in this area.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to: conducting multiple-species avian point counts, nest searching, vegetation surveys, data entry, navigating cross-country in mountainous terrain and driving government-owned 4×4 vehicles. In addition to these duties, two or three technician positions will assist with banding and extracting birds at two MAPS stations.
Compensation: is $2800/month for technician positions and $3200/mo for the crew leader position with work vehicles provided. Housing will be secured for field crews at approximately $300/mo. Field housing locations are near Lake Almanor, South Lake Tahoe and Shaver Lake, CA.
- All successful candidates must be able to identify over 100 bird species by sight and sound following three weeks of training.
- All candidates must have the ability and physical fitness to hike and navigate cross-country in complex, steep mountainous terrain.
- Candidates with previous experience point counting multiple species and/or a strong background in western bird identification by sight and sound are preferred.
- Crew leader candidates need previous supervisory experience.
- We require self-motivation, an enthusiasm for travel and camping, strong physical condition, good sense of direction, the ability to cope with snow and inclement weather, willingness to spend long hours in the field observing birds 6 days/week and the abilities to work well independently and in a group living situation.
- Most positions require significant driving between remote sites (up to 2-4 hours traveling per day for some positions) and front-country camping up to 5 days/week.
- Successful applicants will need a valid U.S. driver’s license and will be asked to provide information to verify their good driving record.
To apply: send a single document (PDF preferred or Word Doc) including a cover letter describing previous point count experience and interest in this position, specific dates of availability, geographic location preference (if any), a resume, and contact information for three references to Alissa Fogg and Brent Campos. In the subject line type: Sierra Bird Crew 2014. Qualified candidates will be hired as they are identified.
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