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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) is seeking a full-time Science Programs
Director. SFBBO is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the conservation of birds
and their habitats through science and outreach. Located in Milpitas, CA, SFBBO has 5 full-time
3 part-time staff and an annual budget of $500,000. Establishing in 1981, SFBBO has 31 years of
experience conducting avian research and monitoring in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our
research contributes to land management decisions that address local conservation challenges of
concern to resource agencies, policymakers, and California citizens.
Key projects in our Science Program includes those that support our long-term involvement with
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the South Bay Salt Pond
Restoration Project such as the Snowy Plover Recovery Program, monitoring of pond-dependent
waterbird populations, and breeding population studies of colonial waterbirds and California
Gulls. In addition, we have operated the Coyote Creek Field Station, our bird banding station,
since 1982 and have several ongoing studies focused on riparian and marsh songbirds. Our team
of 100 long-standing, dedicated volunteers greatly enhances the reach of our science.
Candidates should possess the following qualifications:
Ph.D. or M.S. in ecology or a related field with extensive experience in field ornithology.
Experience with experimental design, statistical and spatial data analysis, and database
Excellent leadership skills and with experience supervising and training staff and
volunteers in standard ornithological field techniques and data management.
Experience preparing technical reports, manuscripts, and writing grants.
Excellent communication skills with experience working collaboratively with
government and natural resource agencies and communicating with the public.
Experience working with plovers, endangered and threatened species, and/or experience
overseeing a nest monitoring program highly desirable.
The Science Program Director leads SFBBO’s Science Program and reports to the Executive
Oversees current Science Programs and develops new initiatives and programs to build
upon current datasets and expertise.
Manages program data by overseeing database development and data collection, entry,
proofing, and storage.
Analyzes data and produces reports and manuscripts.
Mentors, supervises, and evaluates biologists and interns; hires program staff.
Conducts field work as part of the Snowy Plover Recovery Program.
Administers grants and contracts, tracks project deliverables and due dates,
communicates with project contacts and collaborators, tracks and maintains project
Develops proposals, writes grants, and maintains and develops funding streams.
Participates in networking and partnering meetings, presents scientific research, and
represents SFBBO at professional meetings.
Participates in outreach and fundraising activities as needed.
Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. SFBBO offers a competitive benefits
package with health care, dental, and vision coverage, plus 20 days paid time off/year. Some
weekend and evening work may be required.
To apply please submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of 3 references to Executive Director
Jill Demers at jdemers at sfbbo.org. Review of applications will begin immediately, position
open until filled. An ideal candidate will be able start no later than July 15th.
For additional organizational information, please see our website at www.sfbbo.org. SFBBO is
an Equal Opportunity Employer.