The Conservation Ecology Coordinator is based at the Southeastern Center for Conservation within the Department of Conservation & Research. The role primarily serves as the lead and coordinator for key conservation projects, reporting to the Conservation & Research Manager. Areas of focus includes botanical and ecosystem exploration focusing on rare and imperiled taxa, restoration ecology, ex situ conservation, and/or comparable fields in plant conservation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
● Lead established and new research projects focused on the conservation of Southeastern plants
● Supervise full time field biologist and part time technicians and interns
● Supervise conservation-focused projects of undergraduate researchers/interns
● Collaborate with internal and external colleagues to identify, prioritize, and develop new project funding opportunities as well as ensure current project deliverables are met
● Write grant proposals and manage grant-supported projects as part of multi-investigator team
● Disseminate the results of projects through project reports, professional meetings, peer-reviewed publications, and other venues
● Manage, collect, assemble, and analyze various types of conservation data as well as produce maps using GIS software
● Provide field work support to assigned and other projects as needed
● Develop educational programming and curricula related to botanical conservation for interns and undergraduate & graduate student outreach
Required Minimum Qualifications
● Ph.D. in ecology, conservation botany, natural resources, restoration ecology plant biology, botany, or a related field with a minimum of 3 years of work experience in coordination of conservation programs or projects.
● Ability to be a self-directed team player who works well independently.
● Ability and experience conducting and publishing original research.
● Experience writing and successfully raising funds from grants or foundations, state and federal agencies, etc.
● Experimental design and project coordination experience.
● Training and experience analyzing biological data to conduct and publish original research.
● Strong quantitative skills and organizational abilities.
● Must have very good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a wide variety of audiences including co-workers, volunteers, landowners, community members, and business owners.
● Experience or willingness to learn best practices in procuring seed and/or living plants, basic horticultural techniques, and growing and managing living plants and/or seed collections in greenhouse setting, seedbank facility, and/or botanical garden.
● A desire to learn and grow both intellectually and professionally.
● Proficiency in plant identification skills to species, genus, and family levels, preferably of southeastern North America
● Species distribution modeling experience, preferred
● Experience with state and federal agencies
● Experience with ex situ collections
● Non-profit or botanical garden experience
● Position involves strenuous field work in extreme weather conditions and the ability to lift 50 lb. is required.
● Regional and international travel required, up to 25% of time associated with regional travel
● Must be able to drive a wide variety of vehicles, including 4WD
Please e-mail resume and cover letter to: email@example.com. All files should include applicant's last name, document title and title of position you are applying for. (Smith_Resume_Conservation Ecology Coordinator)