Deadline to Apply: March 12 2023
Location: Central Valley, California
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt
Position Description: Working with a dynamic, collaborative team and under the supervision of the Director and Research Director of Point Blue’s Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, the Central Valley Avian Ecologist will be one of Point Blue’s lead representatives and liaisons to agencies and partners in the Central Valley. This position will help evolve Point Blue’s conservation science strategy in the Central Valley and will be an important part of the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP). For more information about the MBCP see: https://www.pointblue.org/our-work/working-landscapes/. Specifically, this position will serve as Point Blue’s lead in an ongoing study evaluating the impact of drought on migratory shorebirds. This project involves the capture, radio-tagging, and bleeding of shorebirds in the Central Valley to better understand how drought influences their body condition and movements. The position will also work closely with The Nature Conservancy and Audubon California to implement habitat incentive programs on private lands by leading the analytics to assess where and when habitat should be created to have the maximum benefit for wetland dependent birds, particularly shorebirds. The position will work with existing datasets and newly collected data to conduct analyses of the effectiveness of incentive programs and various land management practices. The position will also provide technical consultation to key partners and partnerships.
Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
Work Area Description: Point Blue Conservation Science conducts research on multiple-benefit conservation in California’s Central Valley, with conservation of wetland-dependent birds as a primary focus. Working closely with The Nature Conservancy, Audubon California, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners, including private landowners, water districts, and industry groups, Point Blue ecologists gather data on wetland-dependent birds, their habitats, and management practices on both public and private lands which are used to identify and implement strategic conservation actions, programs, and policies designed to sustain wetland-dependent bird populations and to protect and enhance the Central Valley agroecosystem.
Compensation and Benefits: Salary is based on qualifications and internal equity. Estimated salary range for this position is $72,245 – $88,000 annually. Point Blue provides a comprehensive benefit package including employer paid medical and dental for staff and 75% for dependents. Other benefits include life insurance, long-term care, long- and short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and retirement plans as well as time off benefits.
Education: We envision this position will be well suited for an individual with a combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree in ecology, biology, environmental science, or a related field.
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Point Blue is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek applicants from all backgrounds to join our teams. We strongly encourage applications from people with backgrounds that are under-represented in the conservation community.
Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process.