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20 Jul 2021

Conservation Ecologist – Santa Lucia Conservancy

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The Santa Lucia Conservancy (Conservancy) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit land trust incorporated in 1995 to steward and protect the ecological integrity of the Santa Lucia Preserve within the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in Carmel, California. We are dedicated to advancing the art and science of conservation-compatible development through adaptive land management, conservation easement stewardship, ecological research, and environmental education programs.

The Conservancy actively manages 18,000 acres of contiguous lands within the 20,000-acre Santa Lucia Preserve to protect and enhance their extraordinary ecological values. Approximately 10,000 acres, 50% are owned by The Conservancy and approximately 8,000 acres, 40%, are owned by individual landowners and managed through conservation easements held by the Conservancy.

The Conservancy works with a variety of academic and environmental partners to conduct and promote land management and ecological research to increase our understanding of the interactions between human communities and the natural environment.

Position Summary
The Santa Lucia Conservancy is seeking an experienced full-time wildlife ecologist with a strong foundation in applied conservation ecology and climate change scenarios to develop and lead biodiversity monitoring protocols, manage and develop institutional partnerships, engage in outreach, and advance the mission of the Conservancy. Duties of this position will include but are not limited to: monitoring and studying California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, Smith’s blue butterfly, tricolored blackbirds, grassland birds, raptors and habitat management and change over time.

A key member of a small, high-energy and multidisciplinary team, the Conservation Ecologist will guide and implement biological monitoring efforts and evaluate and provide valuable input on the Conservancy’s biodiversity conservation and land management programs. Working in a collaborative work environment, this position requires broad field-based skills and knowledge including field research design and implementation, wildlife handling, species identification, habitat assessment, climate change, and GIS analysis and outputs. This position also requires the continuation and advancement of long-term wildlife monitoring programs, quantitative analysis of long-term ecological and spatial datasets, presenting to a variety of audiences and producing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of developing and successfully implemented biodiversity monitoring/research projects, peer-reviewed publications, supporting progressive land management techniques and a passion for hands-on biodiversity conservation.

Reporting to the Director of Ecological Management, the Conservation Ecologist conducts field research, manages contracts, proactively builds partnerships, and collaborates with other institutions. This position requires comfort communicating to a variety of audiences, including, but not limited to scientists, volunteers, and the general public. This position has no staff supervision duties, but will be expected to manage contractors, student interns/volunteers, and academic partners on specific projects.

Please submit your application by Friday, August 13, 2021.

Download Job Description here.

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