Whooping Crane Biologist I
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is recruiting an experienced wildlife biologist that will support the recovery of Whooping Cranes within the wintering grounds along the Texas coast. Over the past 45 years, ICF has grown from the dream of two college students to a world-renowned conservation effort to save the world’s cranes and the flyways and habitats on which they depend. This is a new position created to secure the future of one of the most endangered species of cranes.
What is it like to work at ICF? Prepare to be surrounded by people who are passionate about our mission, dedicated to the organization and engaged with their fellow staff and associates. Our ICF team is committed to fulfilling the dream that started 45+ years ago. This position offers a competitive salary, $35,000-$39,000 and an exceptional benefit package. Work duties will be accomplished via the ICF-Texas office is located in Rockport, and telecommuting throughout the mid-coast Texas region as appropriate.
Position Background and Summary:
The Whooping Crane Biologist I – Texas supports the mission of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) by identifying and analyzing high quality scientific information to guide sound conservation decisions and that support the recovery of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population Whooping Crane (AWBP) in the Central Flyway.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Maintains and updates a multi-scale, geospatial database to provide strategies and solutions on key risk factors affecting AWBP Whooping Cranes on their wintering grounds in Texas, during migration, and in the breeding grounds;
- Interacts with land owners, hunters and private citizens in regards to habitat management and preservation.
- Coordinates with Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, other US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological Survey research staff on collaborative research, monitoring, and conservation actions to address priority AWBP Whooping Crane recovery needs in the wintering range.
- Directs and participates in field monitoring of whooping cranes on the wintering range in Texas; trains volunteers to serve as citizen scientists, and supervises their involvement in field research activities aligned with the Texas Program work plan; responsible for the operation and maintenance of drone technology and equipment and its application in the field; conducts data analyses and produces site portfolios, reports and manuscripts for publication.
- Collaborates with ICF North America program research staff on planning and coordination of research projects focused on both AWBP and Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes; participate in whooping crane research projects that involve captures, banding and monitoring transmitters.
- Collaborate with North America Program Director and staff to write and administer grants and participate in development work for funding Whooping Crane conservation activities. Prepare reports for donors on work activities.
- Responsible for safety procedures for all field operations and equipment. This includes boat and vehicle safety, scheduled maintenance and repairs for overall field activities and related equipment.
- Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Biological Sciences or closely related field, or five or more years’ experience in field conservation and/or research programs.
- Proven experience in working with ESRI ArcGIS/Pro software and R statistical program to evaluate publicly accessible data for land use/land cover, elevation and hydro-logic modeled data, GPS and GSM telemetry data and prepare professional mapping products.
- Experience utilizing the basic features of Microsoft Word suites; e-mail, internet and database software. Ability to perform queries of data and provide appropriate reports for research needs.
- Ability to write reports that conform to prescribed style and format.
- Ability to travel throughout the Central and Eastern Flyway and occasionally to ICF headquarters in Baraboo, WI.
- Ability to work in an outdoor and remote work environment.
- Experience in driving all-terrain vehicles over rough terrain in remote locations and six-passenger motorized boat including current safe boating certification (or ability to pass certification test) and use of GPS/Sonar equipment; familiarity in navigating through large, private landscapes and in Texas coastal bays and waterways under sometimes adverse weather conditions.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn native flora and fauna identification within the Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes ecoregion in Texas and Louisiana.
- Ability to engage with landowners and work as team member to recommend management actions in collaboration with the Land and Water Engagement Director.
- Ability to interact with donors as needed and participate in outreach activities.
- Work as a constructive member of a team, including the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
- Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work ethically and with integrity.
- Quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work environment and duties, processes, and technologies.
- Attention to detail and thoroughness.
- Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
- Extensive knowledge of the avian biology, ecology, and Whooping Crane conservation initiatives in North America.
- Knowledge of management and restoration techniques and actions for the management of cranes and other native species on private lands.
- Experience working with landowners in rural landscapes, partners and government agencies to further wildlife conservation goals.
- Knowledge and experience with prescribed burns as it relates to managing landscapes and habitat for wildlife.
Physical abilities and work environment:
The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- Ability to use hands and fingers to type.
- Ability to talk and hear.
- Ability to lift or move up to 35 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.
- Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time.
- Ability to reach, climb, balance, crouch, and kneel.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time.
- Ability to work outside a traditional office and in a variety of outdoor environments.
To Apply: Please send Resume and Cover Letter to [email protected]. Please put Whooping Crane Biologist I in the subject line.
ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer