The Newfoundland Atlas Coordinator reports to the Atlantic Director and works with BSC staff, an Atlas Advisory Committee, and partners to implement a feasibility study for a Newfoundland Breeding Bird Atlas; and to actively lay the groundwork for oversight, development, coordination, and delivery of the Atlas. Primary responsibilities in subsequent phases will be to develop, coordinate, and deliver all aspects of the Newfoundland Atlas.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES
The Atlas Coordinator’s primary role in the startup phase is to assess the prospects and challenges of initiating a breeding bird atlas project on the island of Newfoundland. This scoping work includes assessing and establishing partnership arrangements with government, NGO, and industry; evaluating and engaging volunteer networks of citizen scientists; convening science and technical experts; and developing a funding and operations strategy for the project.
Specifically, in the startup phase, the Atlas Coordinator will work with the Atlantic Director, other BSC Staff, and the Atlas Advisory Committee, to:
Pending approval for subsequent Atlas phases, the Atlas Coordinator will also:
Master’s of Science in biology or comparative field, or demonstrated equivalent work experience.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Experience managing conservation and research programs is essential, as is experience in managing volunteers. Experience in developing and using various wildlife monitoring methods and sampling design is also a must. The position requires a highly motivated team player, with a positive and creative outlook and with excellent communication skills (written and oral, including public speaking). Also required are skills in volunteer and staff management; ability to meet deadlines; computer, analytical and database management skills; and competence with microsoft programs. Demonstrated fundraising ability, including a track record of successful funding proposals, will be an asset. The coordinator should also be broadly familiar with the birds of Newfoundland, geography and habitats of Newfoundland, and the Newfoundland birding community. A valid driver’s license is required.
The Atlas Coordinator is responsible for developing an annual operating plan and budget (up to ~ 200K/a), fundraising to support the atlas, and, with support from the Atlantic Director, managing and tracking program expenses against an approved budget.
The Atlas Coordinator is responsible for managing any seasonal staff (field technicians) associated with the project. Also the Coordinator will lead and support Regional Coordinators and volunteers.
The Coordinator regularly interacts with multiple partners, government, industry, and members of the public. The Coordinator’s ability to work with these groups to obtain positive results and constructive dialogue is key to the effectiveness of the atlas. The Coordinator’s ability to represent BSC professionally in a myriad of situations, including with opposing viewpoints or in other challenging circumstances, is important to the integrity of BSC. The Coordinator may have responsibility for seasonal staff that s/he directs. As well, some volunteer activities may occur during evenings and in urban areas, where safety considerations are high priority.
TRAVEL AND WORK SCHEDULE
This position will require some travel for meetings with partners, volunteers, citizen scientists, and potentially to conduct workshops or other outreach events. Work schedule will generally follow a regular workday, except on occasions when evening or weekend work for workshops may be required. Travel may occasionally require an overnight stay. Opportunities for fieldwork, with associated evening or weekend work, may exist for subsequent atlas phases.
The position is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, although alternative NL locations would be considered.
HOW TO APPLY
Those interested should send their resume (including at least 2 references) before 31 December 2018 to:
Laura McFarlane Tranquilla
Director, Atlantic Programs
Approved 30 October 2018