Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading-edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
Field Ecologist I - The Field Ecologist I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conducted with the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the Field Ecologist.
The NEON Project's Domain 17’s primary work location is in Fresno, CA. This position supports sites in the Pacific Southwest Domain, which covers most of CA. Pacific Southwest sites are located at the San Joaquin Experimental Range and on the High Sierra Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest near Fresno, CA. These sites are distributed along an elevation gradient from the Sierra Foothills to about 9000 feet in the Sierras. Vegetation ranges from oak savannah and scrub at the lower elevations, coniferous forest (including giant Sequoias) and granite domes in the mid to upper elevations, and alpine vegetation and barren peaks at the highest elevations.
The office is located less than 3 hours from Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, the Pacific Coast, and the San Francisco area.
Lead, perform and coordinate plant phenology, diversity, biogeochemistry and productivity measurements.
Identify local flora to species using techniques including: general observation, field references, dichotomous key, comparison with identified specimens, or other identification methods. Local species identification skills are used to complete activities such as plant diversity observations, classification of phenological stages of local flora, and sorting of plants and debris into functional group or category.
Collect and process samples for activities such as clip harvest, biomass, canopy foliage and leaf area index measurements as well as vegetation structure measurements.
Map and measure structural metrics of free-standing woody stems.
General duties include:
Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols.
Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.
Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).
Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel.
Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots.
Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office.
Follow NEON Project safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.
Field activities may include:
Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.
Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.
Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.
Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.
Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping).
THE FOLLOWING IS REQUIRED
Equivalent education and experience may be considered.
Bachelor’s degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
One (1) or more years of related experience.
Ability to work in a team environment.
Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management.
Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods.
Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights).
The NEON Project will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas:
Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
Effective problem-solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.
Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards.
Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.
Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required.
Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.
Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.
Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle’s insurance provider.
The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.
Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.
Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.
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Defenders of Wildlife
Sacramento, California, USA
The Director of Defenders of Wildlife’s California Program leads Field Conservation staff and programs in California. The Director ensures effective on the ground implementation of imperiled wildlife and habitat conservation described in Defenders’ California program plan. The California program utilizes a wide range of policy, legal, advocacy, outreach and scientific strategies to conserve imperiled wildlife and habitat throughout the state.
The Director is responsible for supervising and providing strategic direction to California Field Conservation staff, ensuring the effective implementation of the programs for which they are responsible and efficiently and effectively managing the office. Priorities include conserving gray wolves, desert tortoises, salmon, sea otters and numerous other imperiled species in the state; promoting coexistence tools to reduce human-wildlife conflicts; influencing state legislative and administrative initiatives impacting wildlife, water, coastal areas, and other natural resources; promoting conservation planning on public and private lands; securing sustained funding for wildlife conservation needs; ensuring sound water policy that meet fish and wildlife conservation needs; addressing public land management issues on national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal and state public lands that impact sensitive wildlife species and important landscapes; addressing global climate change impacts on California ecosystems and wildlife, including work to meet state mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals; and maintaining and enhancing the ecological integrity of priority wildlife habitat and the conservation of biodiversity in general. The Director provides leadership and support for outreach efforts in the state, with a priority on engagement with underrepresented communities. The Director works closely with the Vice President for Field Conservation Programs, other senior managers, field staff, and interdisciplinary teams on developing and coordinating strategies, campaigns, workplans, programs, projects, publications, coalitions, communications, organizational growth, educational materials, reports, and budgets.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and implement California program strategies and workplans including, but not limited to, imperiled species and recovery and habitat conservation, water policy, public and private land management, climate change and biodiversity conservation planning.
Supervise California-based field office staff, interns, volunteers and contractors.
Influence federal, state and local wildlife policies through administrative, legislative, and judicial forums, using a range of strategies including but not limited to: grassroots and direct advocacy efforts with government officials, seeking policy and programmatic changes in relevant federal and state agencies, recommending litigation where appropriate, and providing technical support to legal teams.
Represent Defenders in coalitions, public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, and in general communications with the media, the public, Defenders’ membership, and public officials.
Actively promote and expand Defenders’ California wildlife campaigns and projects through lobbying, testimony, comments on proposed policies, media development, and coalition-building with existing and new partners.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of key federal and state agency staff, California elected and appointed officials, and other relevant NGOs.
Oversee Defenders’ public outreach in the state, and media functions (in cooperation with the Vice President for Communication) for the California program, seeking maximum exposure and credit for Defenders’ work.
Coordinate wildlife and land management advocacy efforts in the state with Defenders’ public lands, communications, marketing and science staff.
Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ programmatic and outreach work in California.
Provide timely briefings to the President’s Office, senior management, and program staff on significant developments and new opportunities.
Follow all internal administrative procedures, including timely approval and preparation of all administrative reports.
Assist all Defenders’ departments with tasks relating to education, development, membership, publications, litigation, grassroots, and media coverage.
Work with Membership and Development staff to identify new funders, and to continually raise funds to support California program staff and conservation work
Develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements.
Develop and recommend departmental budgets prior to the start of each fiscal year.
Recommend, review and implement employment actions, including interviewing, hiring, promotions and raises, in conjunction with Human Resources. Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.
Ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to direct reports and monitor performance. Provide regular coaching and counseling. Identify training needs. Prepare and deliver performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals as necessary.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Advanced degree in natural resources science, public policy, conservation biology, law, wildlife management or related discipline.
10+ years of progressively responsible, substantive experience with resource policy and with a working knowledge of water and land use planning, state and federal environmental law and regulation, and conservation biology.
Strong management, planning, and administrative skills, including 2+ years of non-profit management/supervisory experience.
Experience developing, implementing, and managing state legislative advocacy and advocacy conservation campaigns.
Other relevant experience with public policy, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, and/or development and grant writing experience.
Substantial relationships and experience working with local government, diverse stakeholders (e.g., hunting and fishing organizations, water agencies, other conservation organizations), state and federal agencies including California Natural Resources Agency, California Fish and Game Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Strong writing and verbal communications skills, including familiarity working with the media.
Demonstrated leadership and strategic thinking skills.
Significant working knowledge of state and federal agencies, laws, and policies dealing with use and conservation of natural resources and wildlife including the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act, federal Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Demonstrated awareness of and experience with the concerns and needs of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
Ability to operate effectively as an advocate of Defenders' programs, preferably with demonstrated experience working effectively with coalitions.
Ability to analyze research, information, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner.
Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects.
Ability to supervise, coordinate, train, evaluate, and motivate program staff, interns and volunteers.
General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
This position requires regular travel within the state and periodic travel to Washington, D.C.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.
Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
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