CONSERVATION FELLOWSHIP IN WATERBIRD MONITORING AND RESEARCH - The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies (the Center) seeks a Fellow to contribute to regional conservation efforts through waterbird monitoring.
The Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies (the Center) is a bi-national field station and Mexican non-profit organization (A.C.) dedicated to experiential education and community-based environmental conservation, and the Center was established as a Mexican NGO in 1992. The Center’s mission is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.
THE WATERBIRD MONITORING PROGRAM monitors migratory and resident waterbirds in an assortment of habitats ranging from rocky islands to muddy estuaries in the Gulf of California in Mexico, a very important region for nesting and migratory waterbirds. Data has been collected over many years through projects including: multispecies waterbird censuses in coastal wetlands, nest monitoring, productivity studies, and pelagic seabird monitoring. Focal species include ~20 species of waterbirds including wading birds, shorebirds, pelicans, murrelets and gulls. The WMP is currently working with regional partners toward coordinated monitoring and additionally working in collaboration with the Center's other programs to implement community outreach programs and develop management and conservation plans based on data collected by the WMP.
Responsibilities: The fellowship recipient will work in collaboration with the program coordinator and under supervision from the Program Director and in collaboration with advisors, fellows, interns, students, researchers, local indigenous groups and community members to conduct monitoring and to enter, analyze and apply data. The fellowship allows for some degree of freedom to pursue independent research interests. The fellow will participate in events, outreach, and education in collaboration with other programs at the Center. Additionally, interfacing with students taking field classes and visiting researchers, as well as just pitching in at the field station generally is essential. Everyone at the center is expected to contribute to the Center’s vision of modeling multi-cultural and co-creative collaborations.
Required experience/skills include:
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, biology, ecology or related areas.
- Strong interest in and commitment to the Center’s mission and vision
- Familiarity and confidence identifying and estimating group size for waterbirds (esp. shorebirds, gulls, terns, ducks, wading birds, seabirds)
- Ability to collect data accurately in harsh conditions (desert sun, high heat, biting insects); experience using GPS units and ArcGIS
- Experience developing and following research protocols for field studies
- Experience entering and maintaining data in Excel and running statistical analyses
- Excellent organization and writing skills
- English and Spanish language skills (fluency in one and competency in the other)
- Experience and passion for teaching and public speaking for a range of audiences
- Ability/desire to collaborate with governmental agencies and NGOs toward regional goals
- Project management and leadership skills
- Ability to work and live as a part of a bilingual team in a remote communal field station in a small fishing village in northwestern Mexico
- Ability to be self-directed/motivated as well as work alone in the field
- Willingness to pitch in beyond project work to create a functional and positive field station atmosphere
- Current driver’s license and comfort driving in remote settings
Housing, a living stipend, project expenses and partial reimbursement of travel expenses will be provided. Please direct inquiries and applications to Paulina Camarena (email@example.com), Jaime Martínez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lorayne Meltzer (email@example.com). To apply please send a resume, contact information for 3 references and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and your relevant experience and skills (see above). The Fellowship period is from September 13, 2021-July 31, 2022. Applications received before July 5th will be given preference. Extended contracts dependent upon project needs, performance and funding.
Paulina Camarena, Jaime Martínez and Lorayne Meltzer