marine ecology/conservation position
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POSITION TITLE: Senior Coastal/Marine Ecologist, Coastal/Marine Habitat
SUPERVISOR: Vice President for Science / Chief Scientist
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
DATE POSTED: March 15, 2001
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
As a new and growing organization, with the strength and expertise of 100
staff and 85 partner organizations, the Association for Biodiversity
Information is poised to be a key player in the conservation arena. The
Association for Biodiversity Information (ABI) is a not for profit
organization that works in partnership with the Network of Natural Heritage
Programs and Conservation Data Centres (CDC) throughout the Western
Hemisphere to manage and distribute authoritative information critical to
the conservation of biological diversity. On July 1, 1999, ABI and The
Nature Conservancy (TNC) formed a new organization through a merger of the
existing natural heritage membership organization (ABI) and The Nature
Conservancy's heritage-related functions, primarily in their Conservation
Science Division. The new organization retains the ABI name.
ABI offers a results-oriented and collaborative workplace where a common
mission provides focus and excitement and where staff are empowered to take
ownership of projects and mission success. Benefits include a 401k savings
and retirement plan; health, dental and vision insurance; short and
long-term disability; annual and sick leave and life insurance.
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Senior Coastal Ecologist will be ABI's resident expert on coastal and
marine issues and will be responsible for implementation of ABI's Coastal
Habitat Initiative. S/he will develop standards and methods for
classifying and mapping coastal and marine habitats, and will work with ABI
and Heritage Network staff to develop standards for the acquisition,
management, and analysis of coastal and marine habitat data. The Senior
Coastal Ecologist will organize and facilitate a workshop to provide
peer-review of marine and coastal habitat classification standards, and
assist senior management with the development of an Advisory Committee for
Coastal and Marine Issues. The Senior Coastal Ecologist will assist ABI
staff with the development of information-based "decision support tools"
that advance coastal and marine conservation planning. S/he will work with
senior management to develop public and private sector partnerships, raise
funds, and guide strategic planning for coastal and marine issues. Upon
receipt of additional funds, s/he will oversee pilot application of these
standards and guide the Coastal Habitat Initiative towards comprehensive
application throughout the Western Hemisphere.
This position is funded for one year but will be extended upon receipt of
1. Develop generic standards and methods for classifying and mapping
coastal, estuarine, and marine habitats, building upon previous work in
both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Work with ABI and Heritage
Network staff to develop standards for acquisition and management of
coastal, estuarine, and marine habitat data.
2. Organize and facilitate workshop of scientists and practitioners
that will provide peer-review of coastal, estuarine, and marine habitat
classification system. Refine classification system based on peer review.
3. Work with V.P. for Science/Chief Scientist and President/CEO to
organize an advisory committee that will provide strategic oversight to ABI
on coastal and marine issues.
4. Work with staff to develop information-based "decision support
tools" that advance coastal and marine conservation planning, including
analyses of conservation priorities and management alternatives.
5. Work with V.P. for Science/Chief Scientist and President/CEO to
develop public and private sector partnerships that foster application of
habitat classification, data management, and decision support
tools. Represent ABI in meetings with public and private sector
organizations and at relevant conferences and workshops. Work with senior
management to identify appropriate donors and solicit funding.
6. Based on the availability of additional funding, oversee pilot
application of habitat classification and mapping standards, data
management protocols, and decision support tools. Revise and refine these
tools based on pilot exercises. Devise and implement strategy for
comprehensive application of these tools throughout the Western Hemisphere.
7. Provide general expertise on coastal and marine issues.
8. Perform other duties as needed.
1. Graduate training (Ph.D. preferred) in community ecology, marine
ecology, or benthic ecology and three years of work experience applying
scientific information to conservation planning/policymaking.
2. Training and practical experience in the principles and processes
associated with habitat classification, mapping, data acquisition, and data
3. Proficiency with spatial analysis tools such as ArcView (required),
ArcInfo (required), and spatial statistics (preferred).
4. Demonstrated grantwriting and fundraising ability.
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
6. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
7. Knowledge of domestic and international marine conservation actors
and initiatives desired. Spanish language skills a plus.
SEND COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO:
Jennifer McLaughlin, Human Resources & Operations Coordinator
Association for Biodiversity Information
1101 Wilson Blvd., 15th Floor, Arlington, VA 22209
E-mail: jennifer_mclaughlin at abi.org
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