Project Leader-Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program
The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a motivated, interdisciplinary science professional to lead the creation and launching of an exciting new program: the Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program. The Program Director will have the unique opportunity to play an early and influential role in the Coastal Solution Fellowship Program, which will have a lasting positive impact on coastal ecosystems in Latin America.
Specific duties include:
- Maintain an understanding of the latest science, coastal development, environmental challenges, solutions, and community of practitioners related to the Pacific Americas Flyway.
- Communicate effectively across sectors (e.g., science, planning, development), recruit fellows, engage with partners, plan and execute the Program’s annual activities, and develop strategies to secure the long-term funding of the Program.
- Build, train, mentor, and support a collaborative network of young scientists, developers, and planners who will design and implement new evidenced-based solutions to coastal environmental challenges in Latin America.
- Build and maintain a network of Program partners across academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector.
- The Project Leader will be encouraged to pursue research and publish findings related to shorebird and/or coastal conservation.
- The Project Leader will work in collaboration with others to fundraise for additional Program support .
The position will be based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Ithaca, NY). This is a full-time 2-year appointment, with conditional reappointment dependent on satisfactory performance and available funding.
- Master Degree or equivalent (required) or higher in a discipline related to environmental sciences, planning, architecture, or related fields.
- 2– 4 years of experience in managing personnel and project budgets.
- Fluent in English and Spanish with excellent writing and oral communication skills.
- Ability to organize and clearly present project and research information in written and oral form.
- Experienced in fundraising and grant writing.
- Must be a science minded individual who has a strong interest in running and creating a multidisciplinary conservation project.
- Outstanding leadership and organizational skills.
- Ability to work well with others while creating a high quality and respectful work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, mentor, and lead a broad range of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Demonstrated abilities to organize and oversee complex projects, complete tasks in a timely and effective manner, and negotiate partnerships with advisors, clients, and stakeholders.
- Willingness and ability to travel both nationally and internationally as necessary to perform tasks.
- A solid understanding of shorebird ecology and wetland conservation along the Pacific Americas Flyway is desirable.
- A solid understanding of coastal ecosystems, development and planning in Latin America is desirable.
- A proven track record in past work related to program management and mentorship is desirable.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please send a single pdf file containing a letter of application outlining qualifications and experience for the position, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details for three references. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in hard copy to Sue Taggart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, 291A Johnson Center for Birds & Biodiversity, Ithaca, NY 14850. Inquiries about position specifics can be directed to Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez at email@example.com. Review of applicants will continue until the position is filled.