We are seeking an ornithologist with passion for nature education. The WFVZ, a non-profit ornithological museum, wants to expand its museum and outdoor outreach to southern California community members. The new hire will add to our current programs by: teaching about southern California birds and their ecology both in lectures and in the field; teaching about the museum and taxonomy; and writing grants to support expanded outreach. Outreach is generally to students ranging from 2nd grade through college undergrad and beyond; expanded outreach is desired for all of these age levels. The new hire will also assist with volunteer management and their involvement with outreach.
Compensation: The position will pay $35,000 for 1 year of full-time work. Moving costs from out of state will not be paid. If the WFVZ and the new hire agree to continue the relationship after 1 year, the annual salary will be continued for a second year, and benefits will include paid holidays and up to $300 per month in health care coverage for the hire.
Duration: 1 year, with possible 1 year extension
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an advanced degree (MS or PhD) in an ornithological subject. Must have good birding field skills, and have extensive experience with southern California birds. Must be comfortable outdoors. Must have teaching experience with undergraduate students, and preferably with elementary, middle school, and high school students as well. Must be passionate about, and good at, teaching about nature. Fluency in Spanish also is highly preferred. Must have very strong writing skills, and have a record of securing funding for projects.
To Apply: (1) Send a cover letter detailing the items in your experience that relate to the qualifications outlined above. (2) Send a CV of teaching and ornithological experience, and other experience you think makes you a good candidate for this position. (3) Send the names and contact info for at least 3 references who can judge your qualifications as an ornithologist and a teacher. All materials can be sent by email to: Dr Linnea Hall, Executive Director, Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, firstname.lastname@example.org