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Employment at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through science, education and land stewardship. Our organization employs people who are passionate about our mission and vision. Whether you are a scientist, an administrator or an educator, at Bird Conservancy, you help connect people, birds and land.

Staff are based in our offices in Brighton or Fort Collins, Colorado, or western Nebraska, or they work remotely from partners’ offices or seasonal housing throughout the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and northern Mexico. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies offers competitive wages and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off and a retirement plan.  Follow the directions provided in the job announcements below to apply for open positions.

Click here for information about internship opportunities.

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer.

Current job openings:

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Research Director (Fort Collins, CO)
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is hiring a dynamic scientist with a proven track record of being a leader in the field of avian ecology and conservation delivery. The Research Director will oversee Bird Conservancy’s major science initiatives (e.g., full-annual cycle grassland bird research, western Motus network, coordinated bird monitoring, demographic modeling and analysis). Ideal applicants will have a strong background in study design, demographic modeling and analysis of large “count” datasets, and application of novel technological approaches. Additional desired qualification include: a track record of extramural (federal and non-federal) grant funding, strong record of peer-reviewed publications, and the ability to translate science into conservation delivery. The Research Director will supervise four full time staff while working collaboratively with our Director of Science Operations and Chief Conservation Scientist to oversee and grow our integrative research program. The incumbent will also be expected to work closely with our Stewardship and Education Directors on programmatic integration. The Research Director will be based in Bird Conservancy’s Fort Collins office; however, flex scheduling and telework can be accommodated with supervisor approval.  Click here to download a complete job description.


IMBCR Seasonal Crew Leads (multiple locations)
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced crew leaders for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. Crew leaders are responsible for managing 4-6 seasonal technicians, communicating with private landowners, coordinating field logistics, and participating in research activities to determine basic population estimates of breeding birds. Prior field work experience is required, and prior experience managing a field crew is preferred. The ability to identify all avian species within designated geographic areas—by sight and sound—is necessary. These are term positions with varying locations, training/start dates, and duration of employment. Click the links below to view detailed role descriptions and requirements.

IMBCR Seasonal Crew Lead (Arizona New Mexico and Utah )
IMBCR Seasonal Crew Lead (Northern Great Plains)
IMBCR Seasonal Crew Lead ( Southern Great Plains)

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IMBCR Avian Field Technicians (multiple locations)
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking experienced field technicians to conduct point counts for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. These positions represent an excellent opportunity to explore some of the most wild and scenic places in the lower 48 states while advancing avian conservation at regional scales. Survey work includes long, physically-demanding days in the field, working independently and on a variable schedule. The ability to identify all avian species within designated geographic areas—by sight and sound—is required. These are term positions with varying locations, training/start dates, and duration of employment. Click the links below to view detailed role descriptions and requirements.

Avian Field Technician (Colorado)
Avian Field Technician (Northern Great Plains)
Avian Field Technician (Southern Great Plains)
Avian Field Technician (Utah)
Avian Field Technician (Wyoming-Idaho)
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Seasonal Crew Leaders – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring  (Arizona & New Mexico)
Bird Conservancy is hiring seasonal crew leaders to participate in and lead technicians in research and fieldwork activities to estimate occupancy rates of Mexican Spotted Owls as well as other research projects pertaining to Mexican Spotted Owl population monitoring in Arizona and New Mexico. Fieldwork involves backcountry camping and navigating to established survey locations during daylight hours by driving on remote roads and hiking on- and off-trail, often in rugged terrain.  This is a seasonal position lasting approximately 16 weeks (Late March or early April into July).  Click here to download a complete job description.
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Seasonal Technicians – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring  (Arizona & New Mexico)
Bird Conservancy is hiring seasonal technicians to participate in research and fieldwork activities to estimate occupancy rates of Mexican Spotted Owls as well as other research projects pertaining to Mexican Spotted Owl population monitoring in Arizona and New Mexico. Fieldwork involves backcountry camping and navigating to established survey locations during daylight hours by driving on remote roads and hiking on- and off-trail, often in rugged terrain.  This is a seasonal position lasting approximately 16 weeks (Late March or early April into July).  Click here to download a complete job description.
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Internships – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring  (Arizona & New Mexico)
Visit our internship page for more information about this opportunity.
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Research Scientist (Fort Collins)
Bird Conservancy is hiring a dynamic Research Scientist with a background in population and quantitative ecology. The scientist will be expected to develop a cutting-edge independent research program that leverages our diverse long-term data sets to inform conservation. Applicants are expected to have a strong background and skill set in quantitative ecology using Bayesian approaches. Experience with integrated population modeling, N-mixture models, multi-species occupancy, and data integration is highly desired.This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package.  Click here to download a complete job description.
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Board of Directors
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for talented, energetic candidates to join its Board of Directors. Volunteers should have a commitment to and interest in conservation. Though headquartered in Brighton, Colorado, our reach includes the western United States and Mexico, so candidates within and outside the Front Range of Colorado are eligible. The Board meets quarterly, typically in the Denver-metro area. Remote participation is possible, although some personal attendance during the year is necessary for engagement and immersion in the mission.  Click here to download a complete Board of Directors role description.
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