Estuary Bird Monitoring Project Manager

Ecostudies Institute
Olympia, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary range $57,025 – $64,618
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Ecostudies Institute is excited to announce a position opening as an Estuary Bird Monitoring Project Manager in the Avian Conservation Program. This position will work to launch and operationalize the recently finalized Salish Sea Estuary Bird Monitoring Framework (Summers et al. 2023). This framework serves as a unified, regional monitoring effort aimed at understanding fine-scale avian habitat associations within the low marsh zone of estuaries as a foundational, shared goal for inquiry. It builds from a multi-phased effort by members of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program (PSEMP) Marine Birds Work group, including Audubon Washington, Stillaguamish Tribe, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and others. This position will facilitate partnership development, help establish new monitoring sites and train personnel, create a regional database, and seek resources (e.g., volunteers, funding) for continued support and on-the-ground assistance. The deadline for application is 20 October 2023, but will be reviewed as they arrive. The position is expected to start in November and is funded for one year with the intention to extend based on available funding. More details are on the web page and click on the link for the full Position Description. RESPONSIBILITIES: • Plan, implement, and coordinate estuary bird monitoring in collaboration with project partners within grant budgets and timelines. • Assist project partners in establishing monitoring sites, implementing surveys, and tracking progress through a variety of means, including meetings and workshops. • Develop a data management plan and shared database housed in the Avian Knowledge Network that allows end-users to input and access data. • Communicate project activities, successes, and lessons learned to partners, the public, and Ecostudies Institute staff through written reports, presentations, and other methods. • Write and manage multi-partner grants, including budgeting, compliance, and reporting. • Develop and manage task-level budgets and prepare concise and informative progress and final project reports internally and to partners as appropriate. • Occasionally travel for partner meetings, workshops, field visits, and conferences. • Support communication activities, including web page management, outreach materials, and social media. • Collaborate with Ecostudies staff to generate grant funding to support future conservation projects, including further work on this project. • Maintain knowledge of significant developments and trends in estuary and wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest. • Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS: • BA/BS required (Master’s preferred) in natural science or closely related discipline, and two years related work experience in natural resources, or equivalent combination of education and experience. • At least one year’s experience in project management, including planning, staffing, reporting, and budgets. • Demonstrated competence balancing priorities and providing leadership in a collaborative setting. • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems, especially estuarine environments and knowledge of ecological land management and conservation biology principles. • Familiarity with avian monitoring techniques and ability to identify estuary birds by sight and sound. • Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team setting. • Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results. • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Web browsers). • Familiarity with ESRI GIS and other database systems. Qualified applicants should provide a detailed letter of interest, current résumé or curriculum vitae, and three professional references (names, affiliations, and contact information only). Application package should be combined into one file. All applications will be acknowledged. Email these materials to: with Estuary Bird Monitoring Project Manager Application in the subject line.
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Gary Slater
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