Field Assistant, Cape Race, Newfoundland, Canada, June 10 – August 22, 2017. Application deadline: May 10th, 2017.

Job description:

We are seeking a summer field research assistant to assist with fish sampling in Cape Race, Newfoundland. The objective of this research is to identify the effects of juvenile brook trout density on their fitness, and whether it operates through prey depletion, competition or microhabitat exclusion. The fieldwork will consist of fish sampling via backpack electrofishing, behavioral observations of young-of-the-year brook trout, quantification of microhabitat-use, sampling of invertebrate drift communities and to divide stream channels in sections where density will be manipulated. Long days are common (10+ hours) and the schedule is unpredictable. Accommodations and food are provided for the duration of the fieldwork. Salary is determined with the experience of the applicant.

Qualifications:

Applicants are expected to be comfortable working in a remote setting and in inclement weather for extended periods of time. Long hikes on uneven ground while carrying heavy gear are a daily occurrence. Applicants must be apt at working in teams. Electrofishing certification (Class I or II) is required. A background in ecology with fieldwork experience is expected. Experience in behavioral sampling and a valid driver’s license are assets, but not required.

Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to Jean-Michel Matte (jeanmichelmatte3@gmail.com) by May 10th, 2017 @ 4pm. Jean-Michel is a PhD student cosupervised by Dr. James Grant and Dr. Dylan Fraser at Concordia University.

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Associate Director, Sharks and Rays Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Background

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. In addition to its global conservation programs across 60 countries, WCS manages five zoos, including the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. WCS’s Marine Conservation Program works in over 20 countries and all five oceans to protect key marine habitats and marine wildlife, to end overfishing, and to protect key species groups, including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and corals, as well as to inspire an ocean constituency.
WCS has made an institutional commitment to the conservation of sharks and rays globally, and to raise awareness on need to protect these species. WCS includes sharks and rays as one of six priority species groups in the WCS: 2020 Strategic Plan. WCS has also convened a partnership – the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) – to develop and implement a 10-year global strategy for the conservation of these species. In addition, WCS is poised to open the new Ocean Wonders exhibit as part of the New York Aquarium, a $120 million investment that features sharks and rays.

WCS has significantly expanded its Sharks and Rays Program to support scaling-up of shark and ray conservation efforts around the world. Goals of this effort are to: save shark and ray species from extinction; transition fisheries to sustainability; effectively control international trade; and reduce demand for shark and ray products from unsustainable sources. The WCS Sharks and Rays Program consists of scientific research and monitoring; conservation programs; policy reform at local, national and multinational levels; and outreach and education. WCS seeks an Associate Director to manage the Sharks and Rays Program.

To Apply

Please apply online at http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers and send a cover letter and CV with the subject line “Associate Director, Sharks and Rays – [your name]” to marineprogram@wcs.org. Applications received prior to April 25 will receive priority, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Position Description

The Associate Director manages the global WCS Sharks and Rays Program. Based in WCS’s Global Conservation Program headquarters located in the Bronx Zoo, NY, the Associate Director reports to the Executive Director of WCS Marine Conservation Program, coordinates with the Vice President of Species Conservation, leads the WCS Sharks and Rays Program Team, and plays a central role with the WCS Marine Conservation Team. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Responsibilities

The Associate Director of the Sharks and Rays Program develops and oversees the program’s strategic direction, manages the program activities in science, conservation and policy, and coordinates shark and ray activities throughout WCS, including with the New York Aquarium. In addition to program management, overall responsibilities include development and fundraising, and communications and marketing, relating to the Sharks and Rays Program, in conjunction with relevant WCS departments. The Associate Director supervises the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator and will shape additional staffing needs. With oversight and coordination by the Associate Director, administration and support for the Sharks and Rays Program are provided by the Marine Program Manager (finances), Marine Program Officer, and Marine Program Assistant.

Specific responsibilities include:

Program development and management

  • Advancing the strategic development and implementation of WCS’s global Sharks and Rays Program (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing and overseeing workplans, activities, and outputs to ensure timely completion of deliverables and achievement of Program goals;
  • Overseeing Program responsibilities relating to data collection, analysis, publication, and sharing, which support delivery of the WCS sharks and rays strategy and GSRI global strategy;
  • Guiding and coordinating with field programs to achieve goals of the Sharks and Rays Program in conjunction with regional and country conservation goals, through regular engagement, communication with regional and country directors, and HQ staff;
  • Coordinating between the global conservation work of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and the exhibits and outreach through the New York Aquarium;
  • Facilitating consultancies, partnerships and relationships globally, regionally and locally in support of the Program and the GSRI (working with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator);
  • Developing the annual budget and managing the finances of the Sharks and Rays Program;
  • In coordination with the Marine Policy Advisor/Sharks and Rays Coordinator, representing the Sharks and Rays Program at meetings, conferences, donor events, etc.

Development and Fundraising

  • Overseeing fundraising to ensure necessary funds exist for the implementation of the WCS Sharks and Rays Program and related projects and activities;
  • In conjunction with WCS Global Resources, developing and maintaining relationships with funders and donors, including international and domestic public agencies, private donors, foundations and corporations;
  • Preparing and reviewing funding proposals and related reports, including narratives and budgets, in support of the Program.

Communication

  • Representing the WCS Sharks and Rays Program to external audiences;
  • Developing and coordinating programmatic communications between and among WCS staff, including Public Affairs and Global Resources, as well as external partners, donors 
and the general public, regarding program research, results and accomplishments;
  • Writing, editing, and designing programmatic reports, outreach materials and other 
communications;
  • Facilitating and maintaining constant coordination, collaboration and active dialogue 
between WCS staff and external partners, and supporting the strong and transparent governance of the GSRI partnership.

Experience and Qualifications

  • PhD, Master’s Degree or similar graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as marine/fisheries biology, natural sciences, or conservation policy;
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience, including project management and administration, fundraising and development, field research and conservation, finance and operations;
  • Relevant subject-matter expertise and experience, including understanding of general conservation issues, experience in species and/or marine conservation, and familiarity with shark and ray conservation issues and institutions;
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, with an ability to inspire a team and oversee/manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent communication skills in writing, editing, and oral presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player;
  • Effective at both collaborative and independent work;
  • Ability to both take initiative and work as part of a geographically scattered team;
  • Foreign language fluency (e.g., French, Spanish) highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with relevant software and technologies, including the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and Miradi, highly desirable; and
  • Willingness to travel internationally essential.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience. WCS offers a competitive compensation package including medical/dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, pension plan, life insurance, disability insurance, paid sick leave and generous vacation.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands and work environment described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

WCS Marine Scientific Advisor, Madagascar

Reports to: WCS Madagascar Marine Conservation Director
Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar with frequent missions to WCS’s intervention sites Start date: May 15 2017

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Marine Scientific Advisor to contribute to the effective implementation of its field-based marine conservation efforts in Madagascar. WCS is a leading actor in marine research and conservation in Madagascar. WCS develops and leads science- based, community-driven field conservation and capacity building programs in three priority seascapes: Toliara in the southwest, Antongil Bay in the northeast and Nosy Be in the northwest, and is seeking to establish new MPAs in other parts of the country. Through its on-the-ground, long-term investments WCS builds trust and empowers local communities in these priority areas, thus laying a strong foundation for long-term success.

The marine conservation program primarily focuses on: i) working closely with local communities and the government to restore local fisheries and protect coastal and marine systems; ii) managing marine protected areas recently created in the northwest, southwest and northeast and supporting establishment of new marine protected areas, iii) supporting a global effort to conserve threatened populations of globally important marine species, including cetaceans and sharks and rays; iv) training and capacity building in marine conservation within and external to WCS, and participation in overall marine conservation planning and prioritization in Madagascar.

The position is based in the capital city of Antananarivo, and will require extensive travel to field sites in Madagascar. The WCS Madagascar Marine Advisor position is a full-time position with benefits.

Position Objective:

Overall Responsibilities

The Marine Scientific Advisor provides scientific advice to the WCS Marine team in the development, implementation and management of the field level activities for WCS Madagascar marine conservation program. Under the supervision of the Marine Conservation Director, he/she will work closely with the Country Program Director and the WCS NY Marine Associate Director, in overall strategic development, program planning, scientific data collection and analyses, and project development and implementation. He /she is the lead scientific advisor for marine conservation in the WCS Madagascar program and is responsible for integrating scientific research and monitoring activities into program implementation with the ultimate aim of improving the conservation impact of WCS’s field-based conservation work. He/she and will be responsible for advising of technical orientations, building staff capacity in marine conservation science methodologies and applications, providing specific input for on-site decisions, and developing communications materials that contribute to awareness raising and the visibility of WCS’s conservation achievements.

Contribution to Marine Conservation Strategic and Programmatic Planning (10%)

  • Contribute to WCS’s marine conservation vision and strategic plan for Madagascar. Ensure that program priorities, strategy and approaches are based on up to date science and WCS Global Conservation Program (GCP) marine conservation goals and objectives including WCS’s globally important marine species.
  • In collaboration with the WCS Madagascar Country Program Director and Marine Conservation Director, represent WCS’ marine conservation work in Madagascar to technical and financial partners, government partners, and other NGOs, and establish and maintain strong working relationships with these partners.
  • Provide guidance and oversight to the WCS marine team in the preparation of fundraising proposals that are based on sound marine conservation science and that respond to WCS’s marine conservation priorities at the global and national levels.

Capacity Building for Marine Team Staff (25%)

  • Advise Marine Conservation Director on personnel and technical needs to ensure implementation of an efficient, effective, and technically capable marine conservation field program.Lead integration of data collection, analyses and integration of results into field based activities of marine program (40%)
  • In collaboration with the Marine Conservation Director, analyses capacity building needs and provides regular training and technical support to staff in relation to project implementation, data collection and analysis and field level implementation.
  • Oversee establishment and implementation of a program wide monitoring and evaluation system including a set of core indicators to measures WCS’s field based conservation impacts. Ensure appropriate and efficient collection, analysis and dissemination of data, including training of national staff in these skills.
  • Lead development of adaptive management frameworks for WCS-managed marine protected areas and Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) supported by WCS that ensure use of analyzed data in field based conservation decisions by communities and WCS field staff.
  • Develop and implement an action plan to valorize existing and historic datasets collected by WCS Madagascar on marine conservation issues in order to inform future conservation actions.
  • Publicize WCS Madagascar marine program achievements through popular and scientific media, and as possible, publish project results in scientific journals and through presentation at national and international forums. Ensure capacity building of national staff in undertaking research and participating in the preparation of scientific publications.
  • Liaise with national and international research institutes to attract researchers and students to develop research activities based on WCS marine conservation priorities. In accordance with priorities and available resources, oversee the implementation of marine research activities, including training of national students and staff research.
  • Liaise with conservation support teams in WCS Madagascar to provide technical and scientific input to marine priority setting and spatial planning processes at the national and regional levels

WCS Marine Conservation Program Administrative and Management Support (25%)

  • Act as project Principal Investigator (PI) on projects related primarily to scientific data collection and analyses including responsibility for project technical and financial management.
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts targeting science and research based activities as stand-alone projects or as part of broader conservation projects.
  • Contribute to the preparation of annual work plans and periodic technical project reports as required by WCS and financial partners.

Qualifications:

  • MSc./ Ph.D. or equivalent experience in marine conservation science, marine ecology or biology, including conservation and project management experience. A specialization in coral reef ecology or shark and ray ecology would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to achieve successful on-the-ground conservation outcomes in tropical developing countries.
  • Experience in community-based conservation initiatives, coastal fisheries sustainable management, coral reef habitat and fisheries monitoring and/or marine species conservation.
  • Experience in capacity building with national professional counterparts and partners.
  • SCUBA certification level equivalent at least to PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Demonstrated success in publishing scientific articles in peer reviewed journals
  • Ability to work sensitively and effectively with people of diverse cultures, value systems, perspectives and levels of education, and to manage staff in these contexts.
  • Professional proficiency in French and English. Working knowledge of Malagasy will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within Madagascar.
  • Previous working experience in developing countries is essential.

Applications for the position, including a CV and a covering letter, should be made online or sent to wcsmad@wcsmad.org with copy to cramilison@wcs.org before 7 April 2017.

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE) seeks candidates for the position of Director

The Canadian Institute for Ecology and Evolution (CIEE/ICEE; http://ciee-icee.com/) seeks candidates for the position of Director. Since its inception, CIEE/ICEE has brought together scientists and their diverse partners (industrial, government, non-governmental) to identify and attack important integrative problems in ecology and evolution through synthesis working groups. Recent working groups have addressed critical topics including: optimal design of Canadian protected areas in a changing climate; effects of human disturbance on the structure and function of coastal eelgrass communities, and; evolution of microbial metabolic and genomic diversity at multiple scales. The Institute also sponsors training workshops in conjunction with the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE/SCEE; http://csee-scee.ca). CIEE/ICEE is seeking a new Director to build on our history of successful synthetic activities and to provide leadership and strategic direction as CIEE/ICEE continues to grow and mature. The Director is appointed by CIEE/ICEE’s Management Board (3-year, renewable term) and receives a $5,000 yearly allowance. Normally, CIEE/ICEE would relocate to the Director’s home Institution, although the Board is open to exploring other potential models with interested parties (e.g., a distributed Institute where activities are hosted both at and beyond a physical centre). The Director is expected to develop the Institute infrastructure, staff complement, and avenues of fiscal support from the host institution, partnering organizations, and federal funding programs, as appropriate. In the current model, for example, funds were secured by the Director, for an Associate Director to oversee the many day-to day activities of the CIEE/ICEE including assisting with outreach, budgeting, fundraising, and arranging practical aspects of the Institute’s programs such as travel and local housing.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Institute Development: The Director proposes and develops new and innovative programs and partnerships that advance the CIEE/ICEE mission. This includes the recruitment and retention of member institutions.
  • Programs: The Director issues calls for proposals for CIEE/ICEE programs and, with advice from the Scientific Advisory Group, selects proposals for funding.
  • Communications and Outreach: The Director communicates information on CIEE/ICEE programs and accomplishments to relevant administrative officers at member institutions and to a broad community of potential users.
  • Fundraising: The Director seeks financial support from governmental granting programs, universities, private donors, and other sources. The Management Board assists with this responsibility.
  • Budget: The Director proposes a budget for approval by the Management Board.

The Directorship of CIEE/ICEE is an exciting and unparalleled opportunity to influence the direction of ecological and evolutionary research through the promotion of new syntheses for the benefit of Canadians. To learn more about this opportunity, contact the Chair of the Management Board (Mark Forbes, Dept. Biology, 206 Nesbitt Bldg,, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6). Applications for the directorship will be accepted immediately until the position is filled. Send a letter of interest and a CV to Mark Forbes: mforbes6@gmail.com.