Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Project Leader

Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program
Corpus Christi or Victoria area, Texas
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,200- $5,200/month (DOE) plus benefits
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Are you ready to implement a focused conservation strategy in the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain that will improve wetland and grassland habitat to benefit migratory birds at the hemispheric scale? Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP) is seeking an enthusiastic and outgoing individual to work with a diverse community of wildlife biologists, refuge managers, and private landowners to coordinate and leverage existing conservation programs, private and public resources to provide optimal habitat across the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain for a wide suite of bird species. Well-planned and implemented wetland management strategies have yielded major benefits to migratory waterfowl. While we know some of these practices may also benefit shorebirds, a comprehensive and coordinated science-driven strategy for providing habitat at the landscape scale for shorebirds is lacking. This new program will incorporate existing and new bird monitoring efforts to assess benefits of wetland and grassland management practices at the spatial and temporal scales that align with the migrations of millions of shorebirds that span the western hemisphere from the Arctic to Patagonia. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES: The successful candidate will spend much of their time meeting with landowners, managers and biologists acquiring knowledge of current trends and practices and developing agreements to implement monitoring and/or management prescriptions on a range of habitats (e.g. moist-soil management units, croplands, rangelands) across a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain. They will supervise and coordinate the efforts of a Monitoring Specialist that will gather data intensively across the region during the major migratory periods in spring and fall, and analyze that data to determine the most beneficial land management practices to inform future conversations with practitioners to encourage implementation, and in development of a regional strategy aligning with the Midcontinent Shorebird Conservation Strategy (https://midamericasshorebirds.org/). They will attend and represent CBBEP and the project at regional meetings such as those of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture and other conservation partners. They will work directly within the CBBEP Coastal Bird Program, and in coordination with the CBBEP Land Conservation Program. CBBEP owns ~11,000 acres in the Nueces River Delta, which contains a variety of wetland and grassland habitats that will be managed and monitored as part of this initiative. Successful candidate will be required to obtain/maintain Firefighter Type II qualifications and complete arduous pack test (training opportunity will be provided as part of job). NOTE: THIS JOB IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED, AND APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AS THEY ARE RECEIVED.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: REQUIRED: • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with degree in Wildlife Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, or a related field is required. • Demonstrated project leadership experience; experience in managing time and diverse activities under deadlines and delivering quality results, completing tasks independently with respect to timelines. • Relationship building skills to work closely with landowners and with a variety of partners, state and federal agencies, NGOs, and local conservation efforts. • Ability to recognize plant and animal species and general familiarity with migratory shorebird habitat needs. • Direct experience with ecological land management principles and on-ground restoration. • Strong interpersonal skills for interacting with a diverse array of people with varying attitudes, opinions, and objectives regarding land management. • Excellent communication skills via verbal, written and graphical means in English (Spanish language skills a plus), including report writing skills. • Basic Microsoft Word and Excel skills. • Data collection according to standardized protocols and basic analytical skills. • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record. PREFERRED: • Master’s Degree in Wildlife Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, or a related field is preferred, though a Bachelor’s degree combined with relevant experience is also acceptable. • Familiarity with natural resource conservation programs and incentives, and common agricultural and wetland management practices. • Experience with (participation in) prescribed fire is preferred. • Statistical analysis experience helpful.
Contact Person
David Newstead
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