Join Us

Join Us

Wildlife Ecologist (Avian / Raptor)

Wildlife Ecologist (Avian / Raptor)

Are you interested in avian ecology, and in particular raptor ecology?  We are looking for a full-time, experienced wildlife ecologist with avian expertise to work on projects pertaining to golden eagle, Swainson’s hawk, burrowing owl, and other types of raptors. We work on an array of projects from general wildlife surveys to applied conservation efforts to cutting-edge raptor research. 

This position reports to a senior avian/raptor ecologist in our San Francisco Bay Area headquarters office and includes duties consistent with the role of an assistant project manager. Examples of primary responsibilities are: coordinating wildlife/ornithological field studies and crews; managing resulting databases and associated QA/QC; assisting with data analyses and technical reporting; managing relevant permits and associated annual reporting; and helping to maintain productive client relationships and exposure within the wildlife conservation and scientific communities.

Required background and skills:

  • Strong academic background (minimum M.S. degree) in wildlife ecology, ornithology, or a related field
  • Broad ecological knowledge and familiarity with the flora and fauna of western North America (and ideally California)
  • At least 2–4 years of non-academic field experience conducting and coordinating relevant field studies, including involvement in raptor trapping/banding/telemetry and nest monitoring, managing and analyzing resulting databases, and preparing technical documents
  • Familiarity with biological components, impact analyses, federal and state regulatory and permitting requirements, bird and bat conservation strategies, and eagle conservation plans
  • Strong database management and quantitative skills
  • Excellent communication and technical writing skills
  • Previous experience managing field personnel

Additional qualifications:

  • Experience with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Valid driver’s license with no major traffic violations or multiple minor violations
  • Willingness and availability to travel throughout California and beyond.
  • Willingness to work irregular and long hours, as needed
  • Ability to maintain good physical condition and work in harsh and rapidly changing field environments, in all types of weather conditions, walking over varied terrain, and lifting and carrying upwards of 50 pounds
  • Familiarity with best practices for field safety and low impact principles

Here's where to apply