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 announcements below to apply for open positions.

Click here for information about internship opportunities.

Click here for Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps) opportunities offered in partnership with AmeriCorps Colorado / Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer.


Current job openings:

Click links provided for full description and application details.

Avian Ecologist (Fort Collins, CO)
The Avian Ecologist will work on the implementation of habitat delivery and monitoring efforts for Grassland Birds across the full annual cycle. Working with a Senior Research Scientist, the ecologist will help oversee the implementation of habitat delivery projects across the Chihuahuan Desert. Specifically, the ecologist will work on the Sustainable Grazing Network (SGN) project that brings together Bird Conservancy, partner organizations in Mexico, and private landowners to support resilient habitat for grassland birds and wildlife while promoting human well-being and economic livelihood. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Seasonal Avian Field Technicians – IMBCR (various locations)
Bird Conservancy is seeking up to 34 experienced avian point count technicians to join the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program in spring/summer 2023. Techs will work within the geography of their crew (listed below) and will travel extensively throughout the season. Work will involve hiking off-trail before dawn, navigating rugged terrain, and primitive camping. Techs will have the opportunity to observe an impressive variety of bird species across many habitats, while experiencing spectacular scenery on public and private land. Click on the links below for the full position description for each crew.

Seasonal Avian Crew Leader – IMBCR (Northern Great Plains)
Bird Conservancy is seeking an avian biologist to serve as Crew Leader for the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program in the Northern Great Plains (Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota). The Crew Leader will assist with preparation for the field season, help with planning and organization, help coordinate and lead training, conduct point counts, and serve as the primary manager for a field crew of four technicians. The Crew Leader should have excellent bird identification skills, prior field experience conducting point counts, and be a flexible, positive, and communicative leader. Click here for the full position description.

Seasonal Technician – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking field biologists to contribute to the long-term occupancy monitoring of the Mexican Spotted owl on US National Forests throughout Arizona and New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to work on a federally-threatened species and to become intricately familiar with southwestern landscapes. Fieldwork entails navigating to established survey locations during daylight hours by driving on remote roads and hiking on- and off-trail. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Seasonal Crew Leads – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is seeking crew leaders for our long-term occupancy monitoring of the Mexican Spotted owl on US National Forests throughout Arizona and New Mexico. This is a unique opportunity to lead a dynamic team of technicians, to work on a federally-threatened species and to become intricately familiar with southwestern landscapes. Fieldwork entails navigating to established survey locations during daylight hours by driving on remote roads and hiking on- and off-trail. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Seasonal Intern – Mexican Spotted Owl Monitoring
The internship is ideal for individuals who have a strong passion for wildlife biology but are looking to gain field experience. Interns will work alongside experienced field biologists to conduct nighttime surveys for Mexican Spotted Owls in National Forests across Arizona and New Mexico. Interns will gain experience conducting playback surveys, hone field skills (e.g. backcountry camping, navigation, etc.), and learn about owl ecology, study design, and occupancy monitoring. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.

Stewardship Director (Fort Collins, CO)
Bird Conservancy is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to oversee the management, implementation, and strategic growth of our Stewardship program. The Stewardship Director collaboratively works with state agencies, joint ventures, foundations, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement private lands conservation across the Great Plains and Intermountain West. Specifically, the program aims to create a community of practice that simultaneously improves human well-being and wildlife habitat on working lands through proactive, voluntary conservation delivery. Click here to download a complete position description and application instructions.


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.