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Conservation Ecologist

Job Location

Salt Lake City


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Dec 6, 2022

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Tracy Aviary’s Conservation Science Program helps conserve birds and their habitats through community science. Focusing on key local habitats and pressing regional conservation issues, our goals are to gather novel information about local avian ecology, inform habitat restoration and stewardship, and engage a diverse community in scientific data collection. Tracy Aviary’s Conservation Science Program is seeking a Conservation Ecologist who will help expand our bird conservation efforts by leading a Motus tagging program focused on birds that rely on Great Salt Lake and its surrounding habitats.


Primary Duties:

• Develop and lead collaborative Motus tagging projects focused on bird species of conservation concern in the region

• Coordinate the Utah Motus Working Group in partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

• Lead installation and maintenance for Motus receiver stations at Tracy Aviary’s Jordan River Nature Center, assist in Motus receiver station installations by partner organizations • Lead regular banding efforts at the Jordan River Nature Center and other project locations, and provide outreach opportunities for members of the public

• Assist in grant writing and fundraising to support Motus program

• Assist in ongoing conservation projects as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

• A bachelor’s degree or higher in conservation science, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to coordinate groups and engage with diverse audiences

• Experience with mist netting and bird banding including extraction, set up and take down of nets, safe handling, ageing/sexing, and collecting morphological measurements

• Ability to obtain Federal Banding Permit

• Ability to identify birds of the region by sight and sound, and experience conducting field research

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

• Willingness to work irregular hours, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends • Outgoing personality; comfortable speaking with members of the public

• Strong work ethic and ability to accomplish tasks independently

Preferred Qualifications:

• Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in conservation science, wildlife biology, ecology, environmental education, or related field

• Experience with Motus or projects related to deploying small radio transmitters or tracking wildlife

• Grant-writing experience

• Data management and analysis experience

• Experience producing research reports and writing manuscripts to be published in peer reviewed science journals

Salary: $42,000-$47,000

Job Status: Salaried, Full Time

Start Date: January 2023 (Flexible)

To apply: Send a cover letter describing relevant experience and skills, a resume, and contact information for three references to Cooper Farr ( Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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