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.

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Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer.

Current job openings:

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Habitat Coordinator 
Bird Conservancy is hiring a dynamic, outgoing and highly motivated Habitat Coordinator to bolster and compliment our Stewardship team. The Stewardship team works collaboratively with state and federal partners to implement on-the-ground conservation on privately owned, agricultural land. The Habitat Coordinator, based in our Fort Collins, CO office will remotely co-supervise 4-5 biologists stationed in the eastern plains of Colorado and New Mexico, who focus on restoring and managing habitat to benefit rangeland health, grassland birds and other species of concern. The Habitat Coordinator will provide mentoring and coaching to the biologists, build relationships with partners, help secure long-term funding for the program, provide expertise on grassland bird habitat needs and management actions, and serve as a member of the Stewardship leadership team. Qualified applicants will be passionate and knowledgeable about the resource concerns, human dynamics, avian communities and habitat interventions in the southern plains grasslands biome, and should be a solutions-oriented thinker ready to navigate the challenges and opportunities of implementing conservation with partners in rural agricultural communities. Qualified applicants will have a demonstrated ability to manage a diverse staff of field biologists, and an understanding of both the Farm Bill and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Private Lands Wildlife Biologists (South Dakota and Wyoming)
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is hiring two Private Lands Wildlife Biologists (PLWBs); one each in Sturgis, South Dakota and Gillette, Wyoming. Each PLWB will work in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and state wildlife agencies to deliver wildlife conservation programs on private lands within their respective regions. The PLWB will provide technical resources to landowners and other land managers to more fully incorporate wildlife conservation on their private lands using voluntary, incentive-based funding opportunities (e.g. Farm Bill, state wildlife agency program funds, etc.). These positions will be based in local NRCS field offices and will require travel throughout the region using a provided vehicle. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Post-doctoral Research Associate (Quantitative Ecologist)
Bird Conservancy is seeking a dynamic quantitative ecologist to join our flock as a post-doctoral research associate. The selected research associate will be expected to develop models and data visualizations that examine spatial and temporal variation in population dynamics and drivers of grassland bird declines using count-based monitoring data. Model outcomes will be used to inform conservation and management recommendations and will be compared to more data intensive demographic-based approaches (e.g., Integrated Population Models). Applicants are expected to have a strong quantitative background and analytical skill set using Bayesian approaches. Experience with large count-based data sets, data integration, N-mixture models, dynamic species distribution models, and interactive data visualization are highly desired qualifications. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with our science team (14 scientists and ecologists) and will be under the direct supervision of our research director. The post-doc will work closely with our lead Biometrician and other research scientists on model development, analysis, and data visualization products. This position is currently funded for 12 months with the potential to extend and/or be promoted to a Research Scientist based on performance and available funding. The research associate will be based in Bird Conservancy’s Fort Collins office; however, we can accommodate flex scheduling and telework with supervisor approval. Click here to download a complete job description.

Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will work directly with Bird Conservancy Biologists and Ecologists to accomplish all aspects of Bird Conservancy’s large-scale breeding bird monitoring programs and other programs within the Science team.  This is a part-time, work-study position through Colorado State University. Click here to download a complete job description.

Nebraska Environmental Educator
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in partnership with Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC), offers conservation and educational activities that  inform and educate students, teachers, landowners, and resource professionals about the shortgrass prairie and ponderosa pine ecosystems of western Nebraska. We work with many partners including organizations across state, federal, and nonprofit levels, as well as private landowners. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is looking for a motivated, dynamic environmental educator who will effectively bring wildlife conservation topics to a variety of audiences. Click here to download a complete job description.

Seasonal Bird Bander Positions
Bird Conservancy is hiring seasonal bird banders at several banding stations for this upcoming fall migration. Primary duties are bird capture and banding, but also include set up and dismantling of banding stations, including clearing net lanes, erecting and maintaining nets, and proper storage of nets at the end of the banding season. These are seasonal positions with varying locations, training/start dates, and duration of employment. Click the links below to view detailed role descriptions and requirements.

Internships – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring  (Arizona & New Mexico)
Visit our internship page for more information about this opportunity.

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.