Gulf Coast Avian Ecologist
Gulf Coastal Program Director
$55,000 per year, depending on experience
Submission Deadline: October 20, 2023
The mission of American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is to conserve
birds and their habitats – the places birds need to thrive – across
the Americas. We are a growing group of 125+ dedicated staff,
located across the United States and with a network of partners
from Canada to Chile. Each year, we grow in budget and staff, and
we deliver more results aimed at preventing bird species
extinctions and reversing declines that are reducing populations of
nearly all bird groups. Our work is guided by our principles, which
include a commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
ABC is looking for a motivated, self-starting, and
detail-oriented avian ecologist. This is a full-time position that
will work with the Gulf Coastal Program Director and partners on
projects to protect and monitor solitary and colonial nesting sites
(e.g. Least Tern, Wilson’s and Snowy Plover, Black Skimmer) for
shorebirds and seabirds, monitor migrating and wintering shorebirds
(e.g. Piping Plover and Red Knot) along the Gulf Coast, and work
with coastal communities to develop bird conservation practices and
ABC’s Gulf Conservation Program provides protection and
conservation of birds including those that have been adversely
impacted by the BP oil spill and other persistent year-round
anthropogenic threats. We work closely with a variety of partners
to proactively implement conservation measures for birds that rely
on coastal and near coastal habitats.
- Work with partners to implement protective measures at
breeding sites, conduct surveys of priority species, monitor nest
success and productivity, and reduce bird disturbance through
- Represent ABC’s Gulf Conservation Program in Texas through
interactions with stakeholders to implement projects, engage local
communities, and generate funds for conservation work in
- Regularly interact with stakeholders outside the organization,
through person to person interactions with people at important
beach habitats, public presentations, meetings, telephone calls and
conferences, and through e-mail and other correspondence (i.e.
partnership building and ongoing networking).
- Integrate an understanding of ABC’s mission and a thorough
knowledge of beach-nesting bird, shorebird, and waterbird biology
to work with regional and local partners to implement on-the-ground
conservation in Texas.
- Interview, hire, and manage seasonal subcontractors to complete
site-specific project work in Texas.
- Manage and assist seasonal subcontractors in: identifying,
posting, and maintaining nesting and foraging habitat; conducting
avian surveys tracking nest fates, reproductive output, migration
counts, disturbance occurrences, and wintering counts; and
conducting public outreach through community events and on-site
activities. Implement specific survey and data collection protocols
for all survey efforts in collaboration with partners.
- Work with partners and sub-contractors to recruit and
coordinate volunteer efforts that support avian conservation
- Frequently work with local stakeholders; including local
governments, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, US Fish and
Wildlife Service, Houston Audubon, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory,
Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Audubon Texas, and other
agencies and organizations.
- Maintain all seasonal (spring and fall migration, summer,
winter) field data electronically and work with Gulf Conservation
Program Director to improve electronic data platform for the state
- Prepare and distribute technical and scientific reports on
Texas projects to funding sources, partners, and other program
- Present Texas program results at local and regional scientific
and natural resource management meetings and to non-technical
- Work with stakeholders and partners in other Gulf states to
identify locations where habitat protection and reproductive
monitoring is needed.
- Work with local communities to participate in Bird City Texas
and/or adopt bird friendly practices such as landscaping with
native plants, lights out during major migration periods, and
keeping cats indoors. Assist in identifying other locations to
promote and start up the Bird City program in other Gulf
- Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Natural Resources,
Wildlife Sciences, or a related discipline is required; a Master’s
degree is preferred.
- Working knowledge in avian research, management, and
- Extensive field experience with shorebird identification and
various survey protocols.
- Field experience with breeding beach-nesting birds, including
locating nests, following broods and re-sighting birds; Experience
with endangered and threatened species such as Piping Plover and
Red Knot preferred.
- Experience with trapping and banding shorebirds and seabirds
(permit holder or sub-permitted preferred).
- Must be comfortable communicating and working with recreational
beach users, volunteers, community members, and staff of multiple
- Strong verbal and written communication skills are a must and
will include conflict resolution.
- Personal knowledge and experience working with avian
stakeholders including researchers, agency staff and managers,
non-profit organizations, and the community; Texas experience is a
- Intermediate to advanced skill in Microsoft Word, Excel, and
- Proven data management and analysis skills.
- Proven report writing skills and ability to assist in proposal
- Must have valid driver's license and reliable personal vehicle
for travel between work sites (mileage reimbursed).
- Travel will be required primarily throughout the Texas coast,
but occasionally in other Gulf States as well.
- Travel may also include ABC Headquarters in Virginia and
Washington DC or locations selected for ABC staff retreats.
- Highly committed to conservation and to ABC’s conservation
mission (see abcbirds.org).
- Background screening required
- Position open to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
- Benefits include medical, dental, flexible spending accounts,
and supplemental health insurance policies; including vision.
- Paid vacation days, holidays (10+), sick leave, retirement
savings with employer match, life insurance, parental leave, and
Verizon cell service discount.
- Field equipment/office expenses covered.
- Pre-approved professional training and workshop expenses
- Lodging and meals covered for work related travel.
- Rental vehicle or personal mileage reimbursement, if partner
vehicles are unavailable.
Please apply online at
If you have trouble submitting an application, please send your
cover letter and resume as one document to HR@abcbirds.org
At American Bird Conservancy, we believe that a diversity of
backgrounds, perspectives, and skills makes us more effective. We
are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive work
environment for all of our employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, ABC is committed to
ensuring that employees and applicants for employment have equal
opportunities regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry,
sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical
condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other
factor unrelated to the requirements of the position.