Opportunity: Avian Conservation Biologist, FL

Post-doctoral Fellow: Avian Conservation Biologist

New College of Florida and Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment are seeking an Avian Conservation Biologist who will lead Disney’s avian conservation efforts in collaboration with various partners in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, conservation organizations, universities, and local, state, and federal agencies. Primary responsibilities include the oversight and coordination of a native bird monitoring program at Walt Disney World, the coordination and expansion of research, conservation, and public outreach for purple martins (Progne subis), and the development of a research and conservation plan for Siberian cranes (Grus leucogeranus). Applications must demonstrate a strong background in ecological and conservation sciences, demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, engaging the public in programs to inspire conservation, excellent communication skills, and a passion for conservation.

Specific duties to include:

Native Bird Monitoring Program at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

  • Develop a research and conservation program with native birds that align with citizen science opportunities for guests visiting Walt Disney World
  • Oversight of the current native bird surveys at Walt Disney World in Florida
  • Develop native bird surveys and citizen science opportunities for guests visiting various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (China, France, CA)

Purple Martin Research and Conservation Program at Walt Disney World

  • Lead the purple martin research and conservation program at Walt Disney World
  • Train team members in field techniques for the proper handling and care of the birds
  • Assist with the development of key guest experiences for purple martins Siberian Crane Research and Conservation Collaboration
  • Participate in the international strategic conservation planning sessions for the Siberian Crane.
  • Develop research and conservation activities that support the implementation of the strategic conservation plan for the Siberian Crane that involve Disney staff.

Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D (preferred) in Conservation Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Biology, or related field.
  • Qualified to obtain a banding permit and related state and federal permits for all proposed research projects and/or previous banding permits for related species
  • Experience building and leading diverse teams and excellent leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to effectively persuade and influence across a variety of disciplines.
  • Strong quantitative skills and a demonstrated record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience in developing and delivering public education programs that engage families with birds and conservation issues.
  • Familiarity with the goals of the Conservation Measures Partnership and the use of Miradi in strategic conservation planning.
  • Experience with GIS mapping and analysis tools, telemetry, and remote sensing data
  • Passion for avian conservation programs and engaging the public

Applicants should send a cover letter outlining how their training, accomplishments, and experience qualifies them for a position working at Walt Disney World, a c.v., and 3 references (provide phone and email addresses) that will be contacted for additional information regarding the candidates qualifications.

Send applications to: Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director Disney’s Animals, Science, and Environment PO Box 10000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32818 email: Anne.Savage[at]disney.com

Application deadline: January 19, 2015