Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV) Conservation Delivery Coordinator Louisville, KY and/or eastern portions of the Joint Venture (central TN and KY and southern IN and IL)February 2, 2019

Title: Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV) Conservation Delivery Coordinator

Supervisor: Central Hardwoods Joint Venture Coordinator

Location: Louisville, KY and/or eastern portions of the Joint Venture (central TN and KY and southern IN and IL)

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), an international bird conservation organization, is seeking to employ a Conservation Delivery Coordinator for the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV). This is a full-time position with ABC. The CHJV Conservation Delivery Coordinator works for the CHJV partnership, which consists of state, federal, and NGO conservation agencies and organizations that have assumed responsibility for the implementation of national and international bird conservation plans within the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region (CHBCR; see The Conservation Delivery Coordinator will work collaboratively with the CHJV's partners to develop and implement conservation projects that provide high-quality habitat for bird species of conservation concern across the region.

This position requires an understanding of the CHJV's and ABC's mission, and a basic knowledge of Joint Venture structure and function. Duties will include working closely with land managers and program administrators, so knowledge and experience with land management and implementing conservation practices is essential. There is extensive contact with others within and outside the organization and partnership, in person, by telephone, and through e-mail and other correspondence. The work requires initiative, flexibility, and attention to detail. It is essential that the staff member in this position is able to prioritize tasks and work in a team environment. The position reports to the CHJV Coordinator.

Primary Duties:

1. Work with the CHJV Coordinator and Science Coordinator to integrate science-based conservation recommendations into management guidelines and tools designed for on-the-ground practitioners and transfer of this information to managers and other practioners through education and outreach (e.g., workshops, presentations, etc.).
2. Work with CHJV staff and partners to implement the JV's conservation goals for priority birds within the CHBCR. This includes working in partnership with federal, state, and private organizations to provide conservation delivery across a range of ownerships, both private and public, via restoration and enhancement of forest, woodland and grassland habitats that support regionally, nationally, and internationally important bird species. This staffer will coordinate efforts across the JV and assist partners with setting objectives, implementing strategies, and assessing the effectiveness of management actions.
3. Participate in meetings, conferences and committee assignments with various agencies and partners to promote CHJV bird conservation goals.
4. In collaboration with partners, identify opportunities and/or utilize national and regional programs to fund CHJV conservation efforts.
5. Develop and foster relationships with partners across the CHJV and communicate with them regularly on objectives, projects and progress.

Position Requirements:

1. Bachelor's degree or higher in forestry, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, or a related field (masters or higher preferred) with at least 5 years of professional experience. An understanding of habitat management, especially the use of prescribed fire for natural community restoration, and a working knowledge of U.S. Department of Agricultural “farm bill” private lands incentive programs are essential.
2. Knowledge of ecology and natural resource issues of the Central Hardwood Region, especially related to neotropical migrant and resident birds.
3. An entrepreneurial approach to achieving conservation objectives; ability to create, recognize and act on conservation opportunities and develop innovative solutions to address bird conservation needs.
4. Desire to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. Demonstrated networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
5. Results-oriented. Demonstrated ability to accomplish ambitious conservation objectives.
6. Ability to work and coordinate multiple projects at the same time. Ability to set priorities, work independently, efficiently and accurately, and meet deadlines.
7. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and the ability to adapt messages to a diverse audience that includes habitat managers, conservation administrators, academia, and the general public.
8. Ability and willingness to travel often and sometimes for significant periods of time, including remote locations.
9. Proficiency with computers and software, especially Microsoft Office products. Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS preferred as well.

Application Instructions:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to Bamboo HR:

Northern Great Plains Conservation Specialist Buffalo, South DakotaJanuary 11, 2019; will remain open until the position is filled

Title: Northern Great Plains Conservation Specialist

Supervisor: ABC’s Northern Plains Conservation Coordinator

Location: Buffalo, South Dakota

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:

• A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Range and/or Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, or closely related field in Natural Resource Management.
• Any combination of education, training and/or experience that will enable the applicant to possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities. If substituting education for relevant experience, academic transcripts reflecting coursework and degree conferred will be 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:
• 11-month position (February 2018 – December 2019) with a possibility of extension
• Commensurate with experience, up to $41,000 plus benefits

• 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 and resume to Merrie Morrison, VP of Operations as soon as possible. If substituting education for relevant experience, applicants should also submit academic transcripts that reflect coursework and the degree conferred. To ensure full consideration for this position, all application materials should be received by January 11, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.

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Private Lands Forester Rhinelander, WIDecember 31, 2018

Title: Private Lands Forester

Supervisor: American Bird Conservancy, Vice President Great Lakes

Location: Rhinelander, WI

Title:                     Private Lands Forester

Location(s):        Rhinelander, WI

Reports to:         American Bird Conservancy, Vice President Great Lakes

Term:                    Renewed annually based on funding availability.

Position Summary:

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 forestry experience to join our Great Lakes team in northern Wisconsin.

This individual will work effectively with private forest landowners, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other local partners in Wisconsin to implement best management practices (BMP's) on non-industrial private lands for focal bird species. The Private Lands Forester will work with project partners to identify focal species that best represent the needs of various forest types in the Northern Wisconsin. The Private Lands Forester will lead an effort to develop habitat management prescriptions for each focal species selected and work with the Wisconsin.

Primary Duties:

The Private Lands Forester's main duties will be to work within the identified focal areas in the Northern Wisconsin. Specific duties include:

• Identify and communicate with landowners who may be interested in managing their forests for wildlife.

• Conduct field visits of private lands to evaluate property for possible treatment using focal species BMP's.

• In conjunction with the landowner, provide technical assistance, facilitation through the NRCS contracting process, development of site-specific conservation plans and in accordance with NRCS practice standards and focal species BMP's.

• Identify consulting foresters and/or logging contractors to complete projects that involve timber sales. Also, work closely with Forestry Assistance Program (FAP) foresters to refer projects to the private sector when necessary.

• Layout and/or mark project areas for non-commercial treatments such as tag alder or young aspen shearing. Identify and communicate with contractors capable of doing these treatments to continue developing a growing referral list to provide to landowners.

• Certify project completion via GPS tracking and camera to provide NRCS District Conservationists with GIS shape files and photo evidence to complete contracts and cost-share.

• Provide training and technical assistance to private landowners; technical service providers (TSP's); local, state and federal agency staff on habitat BMP's through workshops, trainings, meetings, etc.

• Monitor and track project activities using an electronic database and GIS to ensure proper reporting for assessing success, and assist with focal species monitoring pre and post treatment.

• Communicate with partners to track activities conducted on public lands while communicating with them about advancements on private land objectives.

Position Requirements:

• Bachelor's degree or higher in forestry (or wildlife management or environmental sciences, with an emphasis on forest management) is required. A deep understanding of forest stand improvement and management, wildlife management, and bird conservation desired.

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

• Willing and able to travel across Wisconsin with occasional travel to Michigan and Minnesota. 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 (QFP and CF) desired.

• Knowledge of NRCS landowner cost-share programs such as EQIP 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, Web Soil Survey to identify and delineate project boundaries; 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 also work well independently.

• Willing and able to work in physically challenging environment under adverse conditions. ABC provides a GPS, snowshoes, cruising vest, prism, flagging, forestry paint, etc.

• Forester 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 include medical, dental, and 403(b) plan.
• Paid vacation days (15), holidays (10+), and sick leave.
• Forestry equipment/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:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to Shawn Graff, Vice President, Great Lakes Region by December 31, 2018.

Please apply online at

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