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Avian Project Manager Full-Time

The Avian Project Manager will provide organizational support for KBO’s science and conservation programs. These programs are built upon ongoing research, monitoring, and science delivery to address fundamental questions and opportunities in the ecology and conservation of birds; principally within the Pacific Northwest but including international collaborations throughout the Nearctic and Neotropical ecoregions. They will manage conservation-relevant science, including long-term monitoring, applied ecology studies, conservation delivery, and species-specific full annual cycle research. Primary job duties include the administrative management of research and conservation projects through working with partner agencies and KBO’s scientific staff to further KBO’s goals of providing robust science and conservation through a focus on avian ecology.

The position includes grant writing and management, collaborating on study design, building, and managing partnerships, coordination and support in hiring seasonal staff, support of research and science delivery, and community and scientific presentations. Grant management, contract acquisition, permit acquisition, management, and reporting, and partnership building and management are essential job duties. This position may also include personnel management, field research, statistical analyses, coordination and upkeep of field stations, equipment and fleet management, and project development. This position will serve on KBO’s administrative committee.

Salary: $55,000-$56,000 plus a 15% cash benefit (in lieu of health/retirement benefits)
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Application: Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and 3 professional references to Ryan Terrill at
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 1 and continue until filled

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

  • Manage partner relationships including federal, nonprofit, and international organizations and researchers
  • Manage grants and contracts, including permitting, reporting, tracking, and deliverables
  • Work with the Science Director and Administrator to ensure contracts are fulfilled in a thorough and timely manner
  • Field station and vehicle management
  • Coordinate/facilitate the hiring of seasonal staff
  • Provide administrative support for Research Biologists, Biologists, and Field Technicians
  • Lead or contribute to field methodology training as needed (e.g. point counts, spot-map, nest search, banding, tagging, vegetation surveys)
  • Availability to respond to occasional, unexpected needs and emerging issues during the field season (mid-April to mid-October), including evenings and weekends
  • Assist in the implementation of long-term monitoring, effectiveness monitoring, and theoretical research
  • Assist in outreach, DEIJ, and education projects/priorities
  • Contribute to securing programmatic funding, including grant writing and contract acquisition
  • Collaborate with the Science Director to set annual program-specific goals and objectives and develop and manage program budgets and staff workplans
  • Work with the Communications Specialist to integrate scientific findings into education and outreach materials and engage in community outreach activities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling of inclusive behaviors, and proactive management of bias
  • Provide organizational support for training workshops hosted by KBO


  • Combination of education and/or experience equivalent to an MS in the Natural Sciences or Ornithology and an additional eight years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of concepts in applied ecology and conservation
  • Experience in program management contract management and implementation
  • Experience with conservation partnerships
  • Sound decision-making skills and ability to work with minimal oversight
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail in writing, copyediting, proofreading, and product development
  • Ability to develop, implement, track, and manage a budget at the divisional level
  • Successful track record of grant writing or management including foundation, federal, and other funding sources
  • Demonstrated skills in partner development
  • Excellent scientific writing skills; experience with reports and manuscripts
  • Excellent popular writing skills; experience with social media, web, blogs, and communications
  • Notable experience and high comfort level with public speaking in field, community, and professional settings
  • Ability to represent KBO’s non-advocacy approach of conservation-relevant science to partners and the public, and within professional networks
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements
  • Regular travel across the Pacific Northwest as needed for project development and maintenance

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Cover Photo: Western Tanager by Frank Lospalluto