American Bird Conservancy
Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV)
Grasslands Conservation Associate
Employer: American Bird Conservancy
Supervisor: OPJV Coordinator
Location: Austin, TX Area, Flexible
Submission Deadline: Open until filled
This is a full-time term position (August 2019-June 2020) with American Bird Conservancy and the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV). The Grassland Conservation Associate (GCA) works under the direction of the OPJV Coordinator, to support national and international grassland conservation efforts. Primary activities will include conducting a survey and gap analysis of private lands grassland conservation programs in all states and provinces in North America, where possible, using existing questions and a mapping system.
The GCA will survey and analyze all state, Federal, NGO and other large scale (e.g., statewide or ecoregion) grassland conservation programs on private and public lands and will help organize two Grassland Conservation Flyway meetings The survey will engage state fish and wildlife agency SWAP coordinators, Farm Bill Coordinators or other private land program leads as well as partners such as NGOs and federal agencies. This gap analysis when completed will allow us to determine where additional collaboration efforts and funding are needed in North American grassland landscapes. Ideally the survey will assist Joint Ventures and Flyway Councils in their own analysis of grassland bird efforts and development of work plans.
1. Identify relevant contacts in state wildlife agencies, conservation related NGOs, Joint Ventures and other conservation partnerships and distribute online survey information.
2. Provide support (e.g., GIS mapping) and follow-up contacts to ensure relevant information is collected in at least each state.
3. Meet regularly by phone with national committee members to review progress of survey and gap analysis efforts, as well as plan for two flyway based meetings based upon the analysis and identified grassland conservation needs.
4. Develop communications tools based on survey results (e.g. reports, story maps, power point presentations, GIS maps).
5. Other support of grassland conservation efforts as assigned.
1. A bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in wildlife management, Wildlife/Human Dimensions, or closely related natural resources field with relevant survey experience.
2. Knowledge of conservation and wildlife programs provided by federal Farm Bill (especially EQIP, with understanding of ACEP, CRP, SAFE, CSP, etc), other state, & local conservation programs. In addition, knowledge of how these programs are implemented in an agricultural landscape is desired.
3. Ability to use ArcGIS and Google Maps tools to produce maps and conduct analysis.
4. Ability to work independently and with diverse personalities and organizations.
5. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with partner agencies and organizations by phone and through email.
6. Knowledge of Wildlife Management related human dimensions methods a plus.
7. Excellent verbal and written communication.
8. Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, ArcMap) and experience using social media to promote conservation.
9. Strong organizational skills.
10. Valid driver’s license required (mileage reimbursement provided). There will be some travel required.