Title: Conservation Coordinator

Summary: The Conservation Coordinator will be responsible for a variety of initiatives aimed at educating the public about wildlife issues and sustaining the diversity and health of the ecosystems of the Piedmont of North Carolina.  The position will focus primarily on these main areas:  coordination of a wildlife care network; the care, feeding and training of PWC’s live animal collection; local conservation projects at Leigh Farm Park; and regional conservation projects with impacts across the Piedmont.

Reports to: Executive Director

Duties and Responsibilities:

Wildlife Care Network

  1. Develop and coordinate operation of wildlife emergency phone line
  2. Facilitate donation of supplies and sharing of information with wildlife rehabilitators in the Piedmont area

Care, Feeding & Training of Live Animals

  1.  Train volunteers on all aspects of animal care & feeding
  2. Coordinate the volunteer feeding schedule for all animals
  3. Manage animal care notebook, animal care supplies and general animal care related communications
  4. Train outreach volunteers in animal handling and outreach procedures
  5. Improve and maintain animal habitats

Local Conservation Projects

  1.  Implement box turtle connection research project
  2.  Develop protocols and implement box turtle rehabilitation release project
  3.  Coordinate habitat improvement projects in Leigh Farm Park
  4.  Implement biological inventory of Leigh Farm Park and develop habitat restoration plan for the Park
  5.  Facilitate environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of Piedmont Wildlife Center’s operations
  6.  Manage wildlife conservation internship program

Regional Conservation Projects

  1.  Investigate ways to improve and protect habitat in areas around the Piedmont with a particular focus on rare and native species preservation
  2.  Network and partner with other organizations to determine the best course of action to help assist with conservation projects at a regional level

In addition, the incumbent will provide resources and information to raise public awareness about wildlife issues and the organization’s conservation projects by:

  1.  Providing updates and resources to the wildlife conservation area of PWC’s website
  2.  Providing updates and resources to the wildlife emergency area of PWC’s website
  3.  Facilitating rare species educational materials project
  4.  Contributing to Naturalist Journal observations and articles
  5.  Developing and improving indoor and outdoor exhibit displays as well as informational resources on wildlife issues
  6. Investigating new ways to expand the impact and extend the wildlife conservation element of Piedmont Wildlife Center’s mission
  7. Occasionally working at outreach events to represent PWC and evaluate outreach effectiveness
  8. Writing grants and speaking with donors to raise money in support of the conservation program

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the natural sciences, environmental studies, wildlife conservation, education, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working with wildlife in a rehabilitation, education , field study or other wildlife program
  • A minimum of 1 year experience working with or supervising volunteers
  • Demonstrated knowledge of flora and fauna of the area with an emphasis on wildlife
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organization and computer skills and ability to produce flyers and other program brochures/newsletters
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid North Carolina driver’s license with no record of major or repeated minor traffic offenses
  • Must be able to stand for long periods during programs or outreach events and be able to lift tables and chairs up to 50 lbs
  • Candidates with a current or past wildlife rehabilitator license and training is a plus
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for environmental sustainability

The position is a part-time 20 hours/week position with occasional evening and/or weekend work.  This position is grant-funded through December 2011.  The position may continue and could expand to full-time if adequate funding becomes available.

To apply for this position, please send your resume, a cover letter and three references to:   pwc@piedmontwildlifecenter.org