Job Title: Habitat Restorationist
Department: Department of Conservation
Reports to: Director of Conservation
Supervises: Volunteers, Staff from other Departments that help during fieldwork, collaborating Conservation Biologists
- Plans, develops and implements a diversity of habitat restoration conservation projects, including those focused on benefitting desert tortoise, Western pond turtle, pronghorn, and/or other conservation programs as approved by the leadership at TLD.
- Advises and directs botanical aspects of our conservation projects focused on habitat restoration, including planning, propagating, outplanting, and monitoring.
- Serves as a liaison with a variety of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups, mostly across Southern California and Northern Mexico.
- Writes reports that summarize the success of the field research that can be used in grants and reports in support of TLD field conservation strategies in Southern California and Northern Mexico. Report writing will be guided by TLD’s Director of Conservation.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Plans, develops, and implements a wide range of projects and initiatives associated with habitat restoration projects including botanical aspects as well as outreach, education, and field surveys and censuses, mostly focused on work in and across Southern California and Northern Mexico.
- Assists with development, writing, and submission of funding proposals that will fund habitat restoration projects led by TLD.
- Writes and edits a broad range of written materials.
- Organizes and carries out project coordination activities such as adhering with project budgets, preparing project timelines, analyzing projects for required elements and key tasks, identifying key individuals and resources needed to complete assigned projects and tasks, and organizing and carrying out projects tasks and elements to meet project goals, deadlines, and performance targets.
- Establishes professional relationships with a wide range of individuals, groups, and organizations interested in species recovery and habitat restoration efforts.
- Attends working group meetings, conference, workshops, and other meetings associated with outreach activities. Prepares and conducts presentations to agency sponsors to report on outreach program activities.
- Researches and identifies appropriate sources of government and non-government funding support that may help to provide funding for additional staff and support staff in the Department of Conservation. Assists in crafting grants and other proposals to secure funding to further the approved goals and objectives of the Department of Conservation. Prepares progress reports and project summaries for reporting to grant-giving organizations.
- Manages volunteers and coordinates with staff for conservation projects, including leading the Agents of Conservation program to involve staff in conservation projects.
- Keeps financial records, correspondence, and other documentation on tortoise outreach program activities.
- If needed, will assist with organizing and conducting education work, including teacher meetings, conferences, and workshops as necessary to communicate and distribute education materials about value of habitat restoration to target education audiences.
- Contributes to desert conservation through reduction of waste, water and energy use, and inspiring guests and team members to take conservation actions.
- Other duties as assigned.
SPECIFIC ZOO FIELD SKILLS
- Skill in coordinating volunteers and collaborators from other Departments at TLD and from among the general public
- Overseeing and conducting biological field research, education, and outreach programs, all of which may involve either solitary (when safe), collaboration with other professionals, or involvement with volunteers
- Ability to coordinate all aspects of an education and outreach program involving the conservation of a listed species at the state or federal levels, in collaboration with a wide range and diversity of stakeholders
- As needed, ability to plan, implement and evaluate communications strategies, education programs, and interpretive media based on established professional practices
- Knowledge of computer, multimedia, and information technology
- Knowledge of broad range of interpretive skills and techniques applicable to interpretive media development
- Skill in written communications, including the ability to write grants, plans, and reports in accordance with TLD policy, and generate and answer routine correspondence
- Skill in oral communications, including the ability to present material in a training or instructional capacity, speak before large and small audiences, and interact effectively with a diverse collection of individuals and groups
- General knowledge, enthusiasm, and compliance with the TLD mission, history, and policies
- Knowledge of the natural and cultural history of southern California’s desert ecosystems
EDUCATION AND PRE-REQUISITES
- Four-year university degree in the biological sciences or environmental sciences. Ideally, with a Master’s Degree in biological sciences, environmental sciences, or with the equivalent conservation project implementation experience.
- Valid California driver’s license. Must be insurable on The Living Desert's automobile policy.
- Must be a motivated self-starter with good leadership and communication skills.
CONDITIONS OF WORK
PHYSICAL EFFORT: Requires walking, hiking, bending, climbing, lifting, and driving of vehicles. Requires time working on a computer.
DISCOMFORT/RISKS: Work with constantly changing external groups may be physically and intellectually demanding. Occasional exposure to the extreme heat and aridity of the desert environment will occur.
HOLIDAY/EVENING WORK: Holiday, weekend and evening work may be required.
TRAVEL: Regular travel in the deserts of California in carrying out job responsibilities. Occasional travel to attend workshops, conferences, symposiums and meetings nationally will be necessary. Rarely, international travel in support of conservation projects in other countries.
Standard biological fieldwork equipment, PC and/or Apple computer, general office equipment, telephone, radio, electric and gas cart, manual and automatic transmission vehicles, digital camera, audio-visual equipment, camping equipment, among others.
This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification, including projects in locations other than Southern California.