Job Announcement: Restoration Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator (Full Time)

Job Title: Restoration Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator (Full Time)
Salary: $43,000 to $44,000 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health coverage)
Location: Ashland, Oregon; regular travel required
Application: Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (report or manuscript), and 3 professional references to Jaime Stephens (
Application Deadline Extended: Review of applications will begin July 26th and will continue until position is filled

oaks from flyer 72ppiJob Description: Klamath Bird Observatory is seeking to fill a position with primary responsibilities to support ongoing work informing forest management and restoration to advance bird conservation in western ecosystems. The Restoration Ecologist and Partnerships Coordinator will engage with partnerships aimed at advancing oak and conifer forest restoration, as well as work toward new and diverse partnerships to promote forest resilience, fire management, forest economies, and human well-being. This work will contribute to a larger western program of Partners in Flight conservation delivery. Work will also include an emphasis on developing Tribal partnerships, including but not limited to, engagement in oak restoration. In addition, the ecologist will provide project support for long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies, and species-specific research. Core job duties include coordinating restoration partnerships (e.g. Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network) and contributing to forest collaboratives to provide expertise specific to bird conservation and the application of birds as focal species to inform planning and evaluate success. Grant writing and ongoing partnership building will be essential job duties. Depending on qualifications, the ecologist may contribute to study design, field survey training and oversight, data management and quality control, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, and community and scientific presentations. Annual salary $43,000 to $44,000 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health coverage).

About KBO: Klamath Bird Observatory advances bird and habitat conservation through science, education, and partnerships. We use birds as indicators of the healthy and resilient ecosystems on which we all depend. Our program areas reflect the highest conservation priorities for reversing the decline of western bird populations and the habitats on which they depend. Our current applied ecology programs focus on improving management and restoration of conifer forests, oak woodlands, riparian habitats, and alpine meadows. Our theoretical research improves our understanding of current and projected future densities of birds in those same ecosystems and studies birds throughout their full annual life cycle to identify non-breeding season limiting factors. We bring our results to bear through science delivery involving partnership driven engagement in conservation planning, informing the critical decisions being made today that will have lasting influences on the health of our natural resources well into the future.

Job Duties (to include, but not limited to):

  • Serve as the Coordinator for the Klamath Siskiyou Oak Network (KSON) – A collaborative regional partnership working to conserve oak habitats on private and public lands in southern Oregon and northern California; plan and facilitate meetings, manage notes and files, and respond to inquiries
  • Advance the KSON Strategic Action Plan, share content and engage partners through communications, presentations, and development of outreach materials
  • Develop site level oak habitat mapping tools applicable to project-level planning
  • Develop a KSON Monitoring Plan to implement the Progress Monitoring Framework in the Strategic Action Plan and inform adaptive management
  • Lead a revision and expansion of the Oak Landowner Guide
  • Develop Tribal partnerships for oak restoration
  • Contribute to forest collaboratives, provide expertise specific to bird conservation and the application of birds as focal species to inform planning and evaluate success
  • Review NEPA documents, timber plans, and restoration prescriptions and provide written and/or verbal input
  • Provide project support for long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies and species-specific research
  • Contribute to development, design, and review of research studies to inform restoration planning and measure success
  • Coordinate and manage field work including scheduling, data collection, data quality control, data entry, and data management as needed
  • Contribute to vehicle management as needed
  • Perform data analysis including point count, and other avian monitoring data types
  • Manage contracts, track budgets, and complete project reporting
  • Produce manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Present research findings at scientific conferences
  • Complete programmatic fundraising, including grant writing and contract acquisition
  • Communicate bird conservation objectives and scientific findings to land managers
  • Participate and hold leadership roles in local and regional professional networks
  • Collaborate with the Science Director to set annual program-specific goals and objectives and develop and manage program budgets
  • Supervise seasonal and full-time staff as needed


  • Combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s or PhD in the Natural Sciences, Forestry, or Ornithology and an additional two years of project management
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements
  • In-person work and regular travel will be necessary when public health guidelines allow
  • Knowledge of western avian ecology and conservation
  • Knowledge of western forest ecosystems, silviculture, and restoration techniques
  • Field experience with restoration, timber management, and/or bird conservation
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent facilitation skills
  • Must have good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Good attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a busy work environment
  • Successful track record of working effectively with diverse partnerships
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision
  • Excellent scientific writing skills; experience with report and manuscripts
  • Excellent popular writing skills; experience with social media, web, blogs, and communications
  • Ability to represent KBO’s non-advocacy approach of conservation-relevant science to partners and the public, and within professional networks
  • Notable experience and high comfort level with public speaking in field, community, and professional settings
  • Ability to develop, implement, track, and manage a budget for multiple projects within a program
  • Successful track record of grant writing including foundation, federal, and other funding sources
  • Proficient with current statistical methods and analytical programs (e.g. R, ArcGIS) for advanced mapping and analyses of avian banding and count data

Effective June 21, 2021, and until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19, and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.


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