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Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Habitat Delivery Coordinator Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location October 19, 2018

Title: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Habitat Delivery Coordinator

Supervisor: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator

Location: Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location

Position Summary:

Title:                                  Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Habitat Delivery Coordinator

Supervisor:                       Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator

Location:                           Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location

Application Deadline:    October 19, 2018

 Introduction:

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), an international bird conservation organization, is seeking to employ a Habitat Delivery Coordinator for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV). This is a full-time position with ABC. The AMJV Habitat Delivery Coordinator works for the AMJV 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 Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region. The Habitat Delivery Coordinator will work collaboratively with the AMJV's partners to develop and implement conservation projects that provide a dynamic forest landscape throughout the Appalachians that meets the full range of breeding season needs of bird species across major forest types and all forest seral stages.

This position requires an understanding of the AMJV's and ABC's mission, and a basic knowledge of Joint Venture structure and function. 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 AMJV Coordinator.

 Primary Duties:

  1. Work with AMJV staff and partners to implement our Focal Landscape Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to establish a partnership framework in prioritized regions of the AMJV geography that accelerates conservation delivery across a range of ownerships to enhance and optimize forest health and structure over an extended period of time to meet a suite of complimentary objectives, including forest health, resilience, and wildlife. This position will coordinate efforts across the JV and assist partners with setting objectives, implementing strategies, monitoring and tracking progress, and assessing effectiveness of both management actions and bird response.
  2. Facilitate integration of science-based conservation recommendations into management guidelines and tools designed for on-the-ground practitioners and the transfer of this information through education and outreach (e.g., workshops, presentations, etc.).
  3. In collaboration with partners, actively seek sources of funding for conservation efforts, including grant writing to relevant programs (e.g., NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Central Appalachia Habitat Stewardship Program) and partnerships with industry.
  4. Develop and foster habitat delivery networks/partnerships across the AMJV, and communicate with them regularly on objectives, projects, and progress.
  5. Monitoring of work toward AMJV goals and objectives and to incorporate conservation accomplishments into the next generation the biological planning and conservation design tools. Prepare reports and make presentations and recommendations to the AMJV Management Board.

Position Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher in forestry, wildlife ecology, or a related field (masters or higher preferred). An understanding of forestry and silviculture, conservation implementation, habitat management, ornithology, or wildlife biology desired.
  2. Knowledge of ecology and natural resource issues of the Appalachian Region, especially of neotropical migrant and resident birds.
  3. Knowledge of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) landowner cost-share programs
  4. An entrepreneurial approach to achieving conservation objectives; ability to develop innovative solutions.
  5. Desire to work collaboratively with a diversity of stake-holders. Demonstrated networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
  6. Results-oriented. Demonstrated ability to accomplish ambitious conservation objectives.
  7. Ability to work and coordinate multiple projects at the same time. Ability to set priorities, work independently, efficiently and accurately, and meet deadlines.
  8. 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.
  9. Ability and willingness to travel for significant periods of time, including remote locations.
  10. Proficiency with computers and software, especially Geographic Information Systems and databases.

Application Instructions:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to Bamboo HR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=34

 

Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Communications Specialist Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location October 19, 2018

Title: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Communications Specialist

Supervisor: Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator

Location: Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location

Position Summary:

Title:                                  Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Communications Specialist

Supervisor:                       Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture Coordinator

Location:                           Blacksburg, VA, or other suitable location

Application Deadline:     October 19, 2018

 Introduction:

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), an international bird conservation organization, is seeking to employ a Communications Specialist for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV). This is a full-time position with ABC. The AMJV Communications Specialist works for the AMJV 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 Appalachian Mountains Bird Conservation Region. The Communications Specialist, working collaboratively with the AMJV's partners, will coordinate communication strategies that highlight the activities and accomplishments of the AMJV and its partners and develop products that promote the priorities of the partnership.

This position requires an understanding of the AMJV's and ABC's mission, and a basic knowledge of Joint Venture structure and function. 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 AMJV Coordinator.

 Primary Duties:

  1. Responsible for developing and implementing the AMJV Strategic Communications Plan. Coordinates and distributes communication products to AMJV partner organizations.  Initiate and maintain contacts with key partners to facilitate sharing of conservation tools, products, news, and events.
  2. Create or assist in creating professional-level content, web pages, and multimedia applications as well as manage the AMJV website and social media accounts to promote AMJV priorities and activities. Working with AMJV staff and partners, takes the lead in assembling, creating, and maintaining up-to-date content in news and events pages, project updates, and funding notices.
  3. Translate technical and science-related information into a variety of media including printed and electronic news releases, brochures, fact sheets, videos, web content, annual reports and other outreach and communication materials for the AMJV staff and partners, decision-makers, and general audiences. Work with staff, partners, and broader organizational representatives to determine the most appropriate communications product(s) for a given item.
  4. Engage the broader bird conservation community across the country and represent the AMJV and its partners within national organizations (e.g., Partners in Flight, North American Bird Conservation Initiative). Prepare reports and make presentations and recommendations to the AMJV Management Board.

Position Requirements:

  1. Bachelor's degree in a related field and or equivalent level of training and or experience. An understanding of forestry and natural resources management, conservation implementation, ornithology, or wildlife biology as well as working knowledge of ecology and natural resource issues of the Appalachian Region, especially of neotropical migrant and resident birds, preferred.
  2. Experience managing and creating dynamic content for websites and social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs.
  3. Proficiency using various software applications (e.g., PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Acrobat document and forms, Photoshop) to produce communications products such as fact sheets, newsletters, posters, etc.
  4. Experience with recording, editing, and production of videos.
  5. Ability to effectively research and obtain relevant information quickly, then translate to diverse audiences the acquired understanding of large amounts of complex information regarding biological diversity, fish and wildlife conservation, cultural values and economic and environmental benefits and services provided by healthy and sustainably managed ecosystems;
  6. Desire to work collaboratively with a diversity of stake-holders. Demonstrated networking and communication skills (presentation, inter-personal, reading, writing); project management experience, and organizing and leadership skills.
  7. Results-oriented. Demonstrated ability to accomplish ambitious objectives.
  8. Ability to work and coordinate multiple projects at the same time. Ability to set priorities, work independently, efficiently and accurately, and meet deadlines.
  9. 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.
  10. Ability and willingness to travel for significant periods of time.

Application Instructions:

Please upload your resume and cover letter to BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=33

Development Officer Development Officer September 21, 2018

Title: Development Officer

Supervisor: Vice President of Development

Location: Development Officer

This is a full-time position with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in either Washington, DC or The Plains, Virginia.  American Bird Conservancy is a results-focused wildlife non-profit seeking employees with an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to make a difference for birds throughout the Americas.

The ABC Development Officer serves as a lead fundraiser for discrete ABC programs. In addition, fundraisers at ABC are integral members of conservation teams, and provide input into conservation project planning and implementation. The Development Officer will have regular contact with ABC Board members, field staff, members, and potential donors.  This position requires excellent organizational and writing skills, initiative, flexibility, and accuracy.  The Development Officer will come to possess a broad knowledge of ABC's mission, objectives, and programs. Finally, this particular position will take on the additional responsibility of assisting the Vice President of Development with tracking, recording data, updating records, and keeping track of tasks across multiple programs.

In its twenty years of operation, ABC has collaborated with hundreds of organizations to plant more than 3.5 million trees to restore habitat for birds, protect more than 990,000 acres, create 65 international bird reserves, and protect threatened bird species across the entire U.S. landscape by taking on the most dangerous threats to birds.

 MAJOR DUTIES:

  1. Personally solicit donations, both through written proposals and in-person meetings with donors and prospects.
  2. Lead and coordinate fundraising efforts to meet or exceed annual and long-term fundraising goals.
  3. Identify and cultivate new donors.
  4. Develop and submit well-written proposals and reports.
  5. Help maintain program budgets in coordination with the Finance Division.
  6. Provide input into conservation planning and project implementation, and attend weekly program division meetings.
  7. Develop and coordinate fundraising appointments, dinners, events, and field trips.
  8. Keep Board members and major donors informed of ABC programs and needs through regular updates, special appeals, field trips, donor events, and special publications.
  9. Maintaining donor tracking systems and provide reminders to program staff of upcoming deadlines and donor-anticipated products.
  10. Assist with projects as requested by President or Vice President of Development, including arranging meetings, recording data, updating records, and keeping track of tasks across multiple programs.

 POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passionate about wildlife conservation.
  • Bachelor's degree and at least three years' experience in fundraising, communications, marketing, or related work, or a combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and successful experience managing complex activities.
  • Extremely detail-oriented and diligent.
  • Outgoing and flexible personality
  • Entrepreneurial outlook
  • Ability and willingness to contact donors.
  • Proficiency with computers and software, including Excel. Proficiency with Salesforce helpful.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently and accurately, while maintaining deadlines.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people at all levels. Sense of humor.
  • Willingness to travel nationally.
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
  • Proficiency in graphic design a plus.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of donor information.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.

TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter online at BambooHR: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=32

If you experience technical difficulties, please send your information to HR@abcbirds.org.

Northern Plains Conservation Specialist Broadus, MT Open until position is filled

Title: Northern Plains Conservation Specialist

Supervisor: ABC’s Northern Plains Conservation Coordinator

Location: Broadus, MT

This position will work closely with landowners and land managers to implement land stewardship activities in southeast Montana that enhance habitat for grassland birds while maintaining sustainable land use. The position is responsible for delivering conservation technical assistance and conservation cost-share programs of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that are of mutual interest to American Bird Conservancy and NRCS. The position will improve and enhance education and outreach regarding conservation affecting grasslands birds.

This position is part of a collaborative effort among American Bird Conservancy and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 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 Broadus, Montana NRCS office.

Primary Duties:

• Provide conservation technical assistance (range conservation, grassland bird and wildlife focus) and develop conservation plans and or contracts to address wildlife habitat (grassland bird focus).
• 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 site visits with the landowner and field office (FO) to provide technical guidance on developing conservation plans that address wildlife resource concerns (grassland bird focus).
• Provide wildlife technical guidance to landowners and FO on non-wildlife projects
• Facilitate partnerships to leverage additional conservation funding (e.g. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife; NGO's etc.)
• Provide conservation plan monitoring and follow-up on wildlife projects as needed/required.
• Work alongside NRCS and other partners to leverage NGO habitat funds to enhance/restore grassland bird habitat.
• Conduct bird road surveys. These transects traverse multiple habitats and ownerships, and help provide an index of curlew abundance, as well as a list of other grassland species inhabiting these areas.
• Provide outreach and education through workshops and other venues.
• Promote collaboration amongst multiple entities.
• Assist in the development of native bird habitat related education and outreach materials and events.
• 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 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 degree conferred will be required.
• Knowledge of USDA Farm Bill 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, Northern Great Plains ecology, wetland and grassland management including the ability to utilize various habitat management tools in the development of management plans.
• Ability to identify or have the ability/willingness to learn to identify Montana flora and fauna, including grassland birds.
• 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.
• 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.
• Occasional use of personal vehicle required (mileage reimbursement provided).
• Able to obtain USDA Federal Security Clearance.
• Possess a valid state Driver's License.
• 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. 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 $45,000/year plus benefits
• 16-month position (September 2018 – December 2019) with a possibility of extension

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 which reflect the degree conferred. To ensure full consideration for this position, all application materials should be received by September 14, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Please apply online at Bamboohr.com: https://abcbirds.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=31
• If submitting transcripts, please submit resume and transcript as one document under the Resume tab.

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

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

No phone calls please.