CURRENT OPENINGS

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Southwestern Riparian Partner Biologist Bakersfield, CA December 15

Title: Southwestern Riparian Partner Biologist

Supervisor:

Location: Bakersfield, CA

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) 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.

We are currently looking for a motivated, self-starting, and detail-oriented individual with southwestern riparian habitats and their bird conservation needs to reach out to private landowners to promote voluntary conservation actions that benefit riparian birds in southern California.

This individual will reach out effectively to private landowners, and work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other local partners in southern California to implement voluntary conservation and management practices on private lands to benefit Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWFL), Yellow-billed Cuckoo (YBCU), Least Bells' Vireo (LBVI) and other wildlife associated with riparian habitat through the NRCS's Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program and the Declining Species Habitat Initiative.

Primary Duties:

1. Provide increased outreach capacity to accelerate the NRCS WLFW program that targets SWFL, YBCU, LBVI and southwest riparian ecosystems in southern California.

2. Give technical assistance to landowners to address wildlife habitat natural resource concerns. 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

3. Provide information about NRCS programs and develop conservation plans and contracts.

4. Establish an active and productive relationship the NRCS Leadership and staff.

5. Work with key landowners and managers to develop watershed-level conservation and management strategies that benefit southwestern-dependent riparian birds in southern California.

6. Use assessments to identify the highest priority riparian habitat areas for the SWFL, YBCU, LBVI and other high priority riparian dependent birds and wildlife. Include opportunities to benefit Tricolored Blackbirds (TRBL) whenever possible.

7. Identify the most promising landowners and producers and develop an outreach program to connect with them. (This will include working with NRCS GIS specialists to identify priority properties and landownership.)

8. Work with NRCS staff to develop a tool-kit of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and appropriate NRCS practices that will benefit the target species within the WLFW framework.

9. Develop and coordinate an outreach campaign to priority landowners and land managers, in coordination with NRCS staff and other partners. Include outreach workshops, potentially in partnership with federal, state, and NGOs entities. Target outreach efforts toward private landowners, landowner associations, as well as key land managers (both agency and NGOs) within the watershed and provide information on maintaining riparian areas (e.g. invasive plant and pest management, irrigation water management, livestock grazing practices etc.) and promoting WLFW program goals.

10. Facilitate communication and coordination with various partners involved with watershed-level strategies (i.e. Weed Management Areas would be a great opportunity to initiate those relationships).

11. Meet with landowners and provide technical assistance to them to promote Working Lands for Wildlife and other Farm Bill Program opportunities. This includes biological ad technical assistance, facilitation through the NRCS contracting process, development of site-specific conservation plans, and meeting NRCS practice standards and SW riparian BMP's.

12. In coordination with NRCS staff, develop conservation plans for private landowners, including practices specifications, to establish potential projects in priority areas for southwestern riparian bird restoration.

13. Assist with compliance of the NRCS SWFL Programmatic Biological Opinion and ensure that technical service provided comply with all applicable Federal, State, Tribal, and Local laws and requirements, and meet applicable USDA-NRCS standards.

14. Ensure conservation plans and agreements implemented on the ground to improve and enhance riparian habitat and benefit SWFL, YBCU, LBVI, TRBL and other wildlife.

Position Requirements:

• Bachelor's degree or higher in ornithology, wildlife management or environmental sciences, with an emphasis on riparian habitat management and restoration is required. A deep understanding of riparian habitat improvement and management, wildlife management, and bird conservation desired.

• Professional knowledge and skills to assess, devise, and apply strategies for riparian habitat management to meet desired wildlife habitat objectives. Experience developing and implementing site-specific riparian restoration and management plans/practices, and the ability to utilize riparian bird inventory tools/inventory protocols needed.

• Willing and able to travel across southern California. Applicant should be prepared to spend as much as 20% of their time away from home. ABC covers travel expenses.

• Experience working with private landowners as well as public agencies (NRCS, DNR, USFWS, etc.) and knowledge of landowner incentive programs desired.

• Knowledge of NRCS landowner cost-share programs (such as WLFW, EQIP) is preferred.

• A general knowledge of environment laws, regulations and policies to ensure legal standards are met in formulation of habitat development and restoration activities.

• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines.

• Proven ability to be self-motivated, responsible and solve problems. Applicant must be able to develop and manage their daily work schedule to achieve results.

• Ability to use ArcGIS, Google Maps and Microsoft Excel and Database to manage information.

• The position requires excellent networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, and writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills. Applicant should be a team player and work well independently.

• Willing and able to work in physically challenging environment under adverse conditions.

• Partner Biologist may be required to participate in specific NRCS training programs in order to use partner facilities and equipment.

• Applicant must have a valid driver's license.

Benefits:

• Benefits include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.
• Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave.
• Office expenses covered.
• Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses covered.
• Lodging and meals covered for travel away from home.
• Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement, if partner vehicles are unavailable.

To apply:
Please apply online at Bamboohr.com: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=37

If you have trouble, please send your cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Aitkin Co. Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Aitkin Co.

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 40 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by Aitkin County located in or adjacent to Section 7 T51N R23W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

Total acreage of designated stands: 38 acres

Total acres to be treated: up to 40 acres

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

 If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Beltrami Co./Bemidji DNR II Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Beltrami Co./Bemidji DNR II

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 70 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Bemidji Area Wildlife office and Beltrami County located in or adjacent to Section 16&10 T150N R30W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

 Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

Total acreage of designated stands: 66 acres

Total acres to be treated: up to 70 acres

 **Note: Sites require access through private property.

Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Aitkin DNR Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Aitkin DNR

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 110 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Aitkin Area Wildlife Office and MN DNR Forestry located in or adjacent to Section 27 T50N R23W, Section 21 T48N R23W, and Section 3 T47N R26W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

 Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

Total acreage of designated stands: 105 acres

Total acres to be treated: up to 110 acres

Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

 If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

 

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Thief Lake DNR Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Thief Lake DNR

Project Type: Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 177 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Thief Lake WMA Area Wildlife Office located in or adjacent to Sections 21, 33 & 35 T157N R38W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

 Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

 Total acreage of designated stands: 172 acres      Total acres to be treated: up to 177 acres

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: St. Louis Co. Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: St. Louis Co.

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 100 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by St. Louis County located in or adjacent to Section 31 T52N R19W and Section 11 T51N R20W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

Total acreage of designated stands: 96 acres

Total acres to be treated: up to 100 acres

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

 If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Itasca Co. Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Itasca Co.

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 95 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by Itasca County located in or adjacent to Section 12 T53N R22W and Section 34 T54N R22W.

 Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

 Total acreage of designated stands: 90 acres      Total acres to be treated: up to 95 acres

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

 If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Carlton Co. Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Carlton Co.

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 165 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by Carlton County located in or adjacent to Section 14&28 T46N R18W and Section 34 T47N R16W.

Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions as determined by Carlton County.

Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

 Total acreage of designated stands: 161 acres      Total acres to be treated: up to 165 acres

 **Note: Some sites require access through private property. Please note, ABC and Carlton County Project Managers have not yet received permission from private landowners to access 25 acres. If access is not granted by the time this project is scheduled to begin those project areas may be removed from this project (resultant final delineated acreage for this project would decrease to up to 136).

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

 If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org

Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor MN: Bemidji DNR Tuesday, November 27th, 2017 at 4:00pm

Title: Brush Mgmt/Young Forest Contractor

Supervisor:

Location: MN: Bemidji DNR

Project Type: Minnesota Public Lands Early Successional Habitat Management

 Bids are being considered by the American Bird Conservancy for the mechanical treatment of up to 120 acres of 1-4” diameter brush in designated stands in project areas on public lands managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Bemidji Area Wildlife office and MN DNR Forestry located in or adjacent to Section 28 T152N R31W.

 Contracted labor is targeted for completion between 12/01/2018 – 3/31/2019 and may be completed only under frozen ground conditions.

Desired Stand Conditions:

Targeted post-treatment habitat conditions include the thinning of the dense shrub cover. 1-4” diameter brush species will be cut and larger individuals of any tree species retained as leave trees for internal structural diversity. Project sites will retain ALL trees > 5” diameter distributed as individual spaced overstory trees (approx. 10–15/acre). Where possible, sapling tree species will also be retained as residual cover. Project areas may also retain well distributed shrub clumps when tree cover is not present or as directed in order to maintain an average of 25-35% residual woody cover and structural diversity throughout the project sites. In the absence of canopy trees of any age that can be retained for residual structure, clumps and patches of mature brush species will instead be retained such that post treatment stand conditions retain approximately 10-15 shrub clumps per acre.

Total acreage of designated stands: 115 acres

Total acres to be treated: up to 120 acres

**Note: All sites require access through private property. Please also note, ABC and MN DNR Project Managers have not yet received permission from private landowners to access 53 acres (2 sites via southern access included in map below). If access is not granted by the time this project is scheduled to begin those project areas may be removed from this project (resultant final delineated acreage for this project would decrease to 62).

 Sealed bids will be received until: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 4:00pm

If you would like a bid packet sent to you that includes more detail pertaining to project location, description, and associated project maps please contact:

 Peter Dieser

Minnesota ABC Public Lands Coordinator

Phone: (952) 567-1967

Email: pdieser@abcbirds.org