Social Science Lead, Playa Lakes Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes Joint Venture Region

Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Playa Lakes Joint Venture Region
Job Category
Full time Positions
$60,000-$80,000 (commensurate with education, experience, and location)
Last Date to Apply
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) seeks a program leader with demonstrated abilities to facilitate large, innovative research and development projects as the Social Science Lead. PLJV’s consistent use of targeted communications over the last 15 years has resulted in an appreciation and frequent use of social science research to better understand and meet the needs of our audiences. PLJV is a regional partnership of federal and state wildlife agencies, conservation groups and private industry dedicated to conserving bird habitat throughout portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Joint Venture facilitates cooperation among a broad coalition of partners on the national, regional, state and local levels to fund and implement habitat conservation. We provide regional planning, value­-added efficiency and implementation approaches, while our partners provide financial, technical and local expertise to develop conservation projects. In addition, PLJV supports local conservation partnerships, state agencies and other partners by developing various decision support tools, as well as providing education about how to use the tools to target and deliver the most effective habitat conservation. PLJV also works with a variety of partners to inform landowners about conservation programs and to target conservation efforts in areas that will provide the most benefit. The Social Science Lead has an important leadership role in PLJV’s six­-state partnership. The Social Science Lead will guide and advise PLJV staff and partners to develop and apply social science research to deliver habitat conservation and will integrate with other PLJV departments including biological science, habitat delivery, GIS, communications, and finance. The first project will involve the planning, development, and implementation of a social science study along the Platte River. We anticipate future projects will involve grasslands and CRP, as well as playas and the Ogallala Aquifer. For more information on this position, including the full job description and information about the first study, please visit our website at: Interested applicants should email their cover letter and resume as a single PDF document to Mike Carter, PLJV Coordinator, at The deadline for all applications is 5:00PM MST, Monday, March 15.
Travel Required: Can be as much as 25% or greater depending on the nature and scope of an activity. Frequent travel by various means of surface and air transportation is required to attend meetings and to conduct field work. Required Qualifications: M.S. minimum in social sciences related to conservation, natural resources, and/or wildlife management and professional experience in social sciences related to conservation, water, natural resources, or wildlife management. Demonstrated experience in working with key PLJV audiences including ranchers, farmers, water users, and small town America. Demonstrated knowledge and application of social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, etc.) concepts, principles, and methods as applied to wildlife or other natural resource management sufficient to execute program duties listed above. Demonstrated experience in building relationships with stakeholders and decision ­makers in ensuring social science results are applied to conservation planning, program development, and policy. Experience in communicating scientific results and methods to a variety of audiences, including conservation professionals, farmers, ranchers, and other on-the-ground decision makers. Experience in project coordination and management of complex projects involving multiple stakeholders. Expertise in qualitative and quantitative social science data collection methods (i.e., surveys, interviews, focus groups), data analysis, and statistical programs. Demonstrated skills in collaborating with others on teams to accomplish shared objectives. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Additional Desired Qualifications: Applied knowledge of USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and other key Joint Venture habitat delivery programs. Experience obtaining funding through grant proposals and contracts. Experience with national, regional and local bird conservation partnerships. Experience conducting social science research to better understand specific audiences related to habitat and bird conservation such as recreationists, private landowners or public land managers. Working knowledge of birds, bird guilds, and bird habitat needs. Working knowledge of habitat targeting and strategic habitat prioritization techniques such as Strategic Habitat Conservation or Landscape (Conservation) Design. Prior work in, knowledge of, and appreciation of the western Great Plains landscape including the Ogallala Aquifer and playas. Prior experience with important industries in the Great Plains such as agriculture, oil & gas, and wind development. Requirements/Physical Demands: Must possess and maintain a valid State driver’s license. While much of the work is sedentary, the Social Science Lead may need to conduct off-site meetings and evaluations that may include traversing wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces in hot, cold, dry, or humid environments; and bending, crouching, stooping, or other such light to moderate physical activity. Long days afield require considerable stamina, as a variety of temperature and weather extremes may be encountered. Frequent travel is required. Application Process: Interested applicants should email a resume and one-page cover letter to Mike Carter, PLJV Coordinator, at In addition to explaining your fit for the position, please relay salary requirements and desired location. The deadline for all applications is 5:00PM MST, Monday, March 15.
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