Grassland Bird Point Count Technicians Texas Open Until Positions are Filled

Title: Grassland Bird Point Count Technicians


Location: Texas

Duration: May 12-July 11
Job Type: Temporary
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Salary: Monthly salary $1,800 with housing included

Job Description:
Point count technicians needed for grassland bird and quail population monitoring as part of a coordinated bird monitoring effort to assess the impacts of grassland management in the Oaks and Prairies region of Texas.

Primary duties:
1. Early-morning, road-side point counts to survey bird communities in grasslands;
afternoon vegetation surveys; and data entry.

2. Other responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) equipment maintenance,
managing databases, proofing entered data, etc.

Candidates will be expected to work long hours with early starts in relatively difficult field conditions (e.g., high temperature, plenty of sun).
• Housing will be provided and may include hotels, bunkhouses, and other forms of field housing. As such, candidates should be flexible about housing and sharing rooms with other technicians.

• Preference will be shown for individuals that are willing to drive a personal vehicle to and from field sites.

• Mileage will be reimbursed.

• Personal vehicles should be in good condition and able to handle dirt/gravel roads.
*Note that road conditions may be difficult in some areas depending on weather.

This is an opportunity to be part of a large-scale grassland bird conservation effort involving partner conservation agencies and organizations in Texas and Oklahoma.

• Experience conducting avian point counts
• Experience with identification of Texas birds, especially grassland birds
• Estimating distances to detected birds
• Excellent navigational abilities
• Meticulous data collection skills
• Ability to work independently
• Good inter-personal skills
• Valid driver's license
• Must be 18 years old or older and a US citizen

To Apply:
Applicants must apply online at Bamboo HR:
Please send electronic copies (PDF) of the following in one document:
1) A letter of interest
2) Resume
3) Names and contact information for three work references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to

Conservation Specialist Buffalo, South Dakota Open until the position is filled

Title: Conservation Specialist

Supervisor: ABC’s Northern Plains Conservation Coordinator

Location: Buffalo, South Dakota

Position Summary:

Title: Conservation Specialist
Supervisor: ABC's Northern Plains Conservation Coordinator
Location: Buffalo, South Dakota
Submission Deadline: Open until the position is filled

This position is responsible for delivering technical assistance and developing conservation plans for ranches on private lands that emphasize sustainable use and management of grasslands. The position will assist landowners in a four county area in northwest South Dakota. The focus is on enhancing management at scales that facilitate persistent long-term behavioral changes that benefit grasslands, birds, and other focal species. The position will be responsible for recruiting landowners willing to participate in ranch bird survey programs designed to quantify the benefits of ranching for grassland birds (all data confidential to the landowner). The ranch bird survey programs have been in place since 2015.

This position is part of a collaborative effort among American Bird Conservancy (ABC), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (SDGFP), and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This position will be an employee of ABC, supervised by ABC's Northern Plains Conservation Coordinator, and with daily instruction and leadership provided by the NRCS District Conservationist. The position will be based in the Buffalo, SD NRCS office.

Primary Duties:

• Provide conservation technical assistance (range conservation, grassland bird and wildlife focus) and develop conservation plans that enhance management across entire ranches or significant portions of ranches. Technical assistance includes landowner consultation, on-site visits, evaluating and identifying wildlife resource concerns, assistance in developing conservation plans for multiple land uses, designing practices, assisting with project implementation, and monitoring results.
• Recruit landowners willing to participate in WWF's ranch bird survey program and associated duties (maintaining relationships with >30 ranchers, periodic ranch visits and report-back meetings with landowners, assisting with workshops, etc.) with WWF's Sustainable Ranching Initiative.
• Provide outreach on available SDGFP programs to assist landowners with habitat management for upland and riparian species.
• Recruit landowners to participate in SDGFP landowner incentive programs.
• Communicate program requirements, complete site visits to determine eligibility, and develop contracts/plans for applicants enrolling in USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and other partner conservation programs for the protection, restoration and enhancement of grassland bird and wildlife habitat.
• Conduct bird surveys, e.g. grouse, pheasant, and curlew, as requested by SDGFP and ABC.
• Develop and sustain cooperative working relationships with landowners, conservation groups, conservation districts, public agencies, and other resource professionals.
• Develop technical proficiency in partner programs, such as Customer ToolKit and Pro Tracts.
• Actively participate in community, outreach, and conservation events and work with partners to influence sustainable grasslands management efforts.
• Function as a partner position – representing the missions of ABC, WWF, SDGFP, and NRCS
• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

• Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university preferably in Range and Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field in Natural Resource Management. Transcripts required.
• Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill programs and other partner landowner incentive programs or ability and willingness to learn. Experience with of NRCS's 9-Step Conservation Planning Process beneficial.
• Demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, livestock, water management, ecosystem services. For example, knowledge or experience in range science, grazing systems, agricultural landscapes, wildlife ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Knowledge of grassland birds and ecology as relevant to the Northern Great Plains, especially South Dakota, or ability and willingness to learn.
• Experience working with private landowners as well as partners (NRCS, state wildlife agencies, Conservation Districts, NGOs, etc.).
• Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
• Proficient computer skills are required and applicant should have experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Ability to identify or have the ability/willingness to learn to identify South Dakota flora and fauna, including grassland birds.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility that is imperative when collaborating with landowners and partners.
• Ability to work with diverse clientele as a team member and independently with little supervision.
• Ability to use a GPS and GIS mapping software. Experience in ArcMap and Toolkit would be beneficial.
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
• Valid driver's license. Occasional use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Willing and able to travel on a regular basis, year round, and occasionally overnight.
• Willing and able to conduct bird surveys which typically start before sunrise. Personal vehicle use required. Position will need to provide their own binoculars.
• Willing and able to work a varying schedule to accommodate landowner meetings, outreach events, partner meetings, etc. Most of the work will be during standard work hours but some nights and weekends will be necessary as well.
• Willing and able to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting for a seven- to eight- hour workday.
• Physical ability to: stand and walk for extended periods of time over rough terrain; lift and move material weighing up to 50 pounds; work in all types of weather conditions in remote locations and associated wildlands hazards and often alone.

Salary and Term of Employment:
• Commensurate with experience, up to $42,000/year plus benefits
• 21-month position (March 2018 – December 2019) with a possibility of extension

• Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.
• Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave.

To Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and copy of academic transcripts to Merrie Morrison, VP of Operations by
Please apply online at

If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to

If selected for an interview, a minimum of three professional references will be required from the candidate

Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone.

Vice President for Development The Plains, Virginia, or Washington, DC TBD

Title: Vice President for Development

Supervisor: ABC President

Location: The Plains, Virginia, or Washington, DC

American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist – the only organization
with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats
throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the
greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt
extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
With offices in The Plains, Virginia (headquarters), and Washington D.C., American Bird Conservancy is a $13
million organization with over 70 staff members. To learn more, visit

Leading American Bird Conservancy's Development and Membership programs, the Vice President for
Development is a critical member of ABC's senior leadership team. The Vice President for Development is
responsible for the planning, oversight and implementation of a comprehensive development program that
secures financial resources from individuals, foundations, corporations, government and online sources to
support ABC's unrestricted budget needs and programmatic goals across the Americas. The VP will have a
great deal of contact, in person, and by telephone and correspondence, with ABC's Board of Directors, staff,
members, and potential and existing donors. The VP for Development will manage a portfolio of donors and
prospects and effectively support ABC's President and senior leadership in cultivating, soliciting and
stewarding donors. S/he will work across all fundraising platforms, including digital and social media.
Reporting to the President, the VP for Development will represent the Development division in board, division
head, and organizational planning meetings, oversee a team of eight development and membership
professionals, and will have knowledge of all ABC programs and structures.

American Bird Conservancy is at a pivotal point in our 23 year history. Leading a high functioning team,
collaborating with a committed leadership team and board of directors and partnering with a supportive
donor base, the dynamic and self-starting Vice President for Development has the potential to continue the
amazing growth of an organization with a focused mission and a passion for bird and bird habitat
conservation. The VP for Development will have a seat at the table and the compelling opportunity to greatly
impact ABC's capacity to take on the greatest problems facing birds today, to halt extinctions, protect habitats,
eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

• Work with the President to identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from major six and seven figure donors.
• Provide vision, leadership, and oversight to ABC's Development division to ensure the goals of the division
are met or exceeded, and Development capacity is matched to ABC's organizational and conservation
financial needs at all times.
• Ensure that the Development division meets or exceeds its Gold Standards, particularly for overall integrity
and transparency of operation, donor tracking, updates, reports, and donor satisfaction.
• Develop and implement annual and long-range development plans and budgets in coordination with the
President; lead and coordinate staff and board efforts to ensure that annual and long-term operating and
program budgets are met or exceeded.
• Identify, cultivate, and bring in potential and existing major donor fundraising prospects; manage a
portfolio of donors and prospects and support President's fundraising activities.
• Write, but especially edit, high-quality proposals and budgets and mentor staff to do the same.
• Lead in developing new fundraising streams such as online campaigns.
• In collaboration with the Membership team, help expand ABC's general membership program and the
revenue generated.
• Implement and expand ABC's Planned Giving program.
• Provide development training and support to ABC partners as needed.
• Participate in developing ABC program, project, and institutional development as requested by the
• Work with the Communication team to ensure consistent, effective messaging and products that reflect
and enhance the ABC brand.
• Potentially develop network of volunteer fundraisers for ABC in centers of wealth.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree and at least seven years' of work experience in
development, with progressively greater responsibilities, or another appropriate combination of education
and experience. S/he will have a minimum of three to five years of management experience, and a track
record of success in supervising, mentoring and empowering the work of others in a high performing
institution or organization. S/he will have a track record of successfully soliciting major gifts from individuals
and foundations.

Other essential qualifications and attributes include:
• Initiative, ability to multi-task, work in a team, supervise and motivate staff, and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated track record of success in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts, as well as an
ability to raise funds across multiple revenue streams and an ability to implement online fundraising
• Demonstrated ability to strategically plan annual and long-term programmatic goals.
• Ability to work independently, efficiently, accurately, and keep deadlines.
• Ability to double check and ensure the correctness of budgets.
• Exceptional communication skills, in person and in writing.
• Experience working in conservation is preferred; bird conservation experience a plus.
• Passion and excitement for the work and mission of American Bird Conservancy.
• Willingness to travel.
• The ability to speak and read Spanish and Portuguese would be helpful.

Compensation for the Vice President for Development includes a competitive base salary commensurate with
experience and an excellent package of employee benefits.

American Bird Conservancy has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please submit your
resume, and expression of interest to Chris Spagnola, Recruiter at and
Jonathan McIntosh, Recruiter at

American Bird Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.