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Oct 21 / BARD CEP

Conservation Program Manager- Walnut Grove, CA

Organization: Conservation Farms & Ranches

Position Title: Staten Island Conservation Program Manager

Location: Walnut Grove, CA

Hours and Compensation: not given

Application Deadline: midnight California time on October 27, 2013


Organization Overview

Staten Island is owned by The Nature Conservancy and the farming operation is managed by Conservation Farms & Ranches.


The Staten Island Conservation Program Manager is a full-time, one-year position that is responsible for implementing the island’s Sandhill Crane, waterfowl and shorebird monitoring program, coordinating on-farm bird-friendly management practices with the farm manager and staff, serving as a liaison and point of contact for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) staff and the general public highlighting ongoing activities and management at Staten Island, and coordinating TNC internal conservation management meetings and activities.


Coordinate compatible agriculture projects and Sandhill Crane and water bird monitoring efforts at Staten Island. Agricultural Field Management: work with ranch manager and staff at Staten Island to track management actions and enhance habitat value of agricultural fields. Implement Sandhill Crane research and monitoring activities in collaboration with TNC regional science staff. Coordinate citizen scientist volunteers to implement bird monitoring at Staten Island and possibly surrounding farms. Coordinate outside researchers contributing to work at Staten Island. Organize and lead TNC Staten Island conservation team meetings. Coordinate management activities for Sandhill cranes at Staten Island with surrounding private and public landowners also implementing crane management. Produce annual report of conservation management activities and monitoring results. Occasionally assist with water bird surveys in the greater Delta region


Undergraduate degree in wildlife management, environmental science, or related field, and 5 years’ experience working with a variety of public and private stakeholders to coordinate and implement conservation projects, including experience working with private landowners in an agricultural setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Strong field identification skills and knowledge of birds, especially water birds. Experience in identification and surveying of vegetation and other wildlife desirable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability and willingness to work both independently and as part of a team. Position will require excellent communication skills with the program team, landowners, and volunteers. Strong initiative and self-motivation and ability to work with limited supervision. Experience in creating and using databases, as well as mapping and GIS skills desirable. Ability and willingness to perform physically demanding field tasks, including frequent early morning or evening work. Strong commitment to the mission and vision of The Nature Conservancy and proven effectiveness in a team setting.

How to Apply

To apply, email cover letter and resume to on or before midnight California time on October 27, 2013.

Please indicate in your cover letter that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board

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