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The following is a revised job description for the position of Great
Lakes Science Director that we announced a few weeks ago.  If you or
anyone you know is interested, please contact Helen Taylor at the
address below.


TITLE:                 Great Lakes Science Director

SUPERVISOR:            Great Lakes Program Director

LOCATION:           Great Lakes Program Office
                        Chicago, Illinois

DATE PREPARED:   24 February 1998

SUMMARY OF POSITION:  The Great Lakes Program is a collaborative effort
of the eight state Chapters and the Midwest Regional Office to ensure
the long-term survival of all viable native species and communities that
make up the biological diversity of the Great Lakes Ecoregion.  The
Science Director is responsible for ensuring that the best possible
scientific information is used to identify priority conservation sites
across the Great Lakes; collaborating with state chapters, Heritage
programs, and conservation scientists and partners to advance The Nature
Conservancy s approach to achieving effective conservation across the
region; and facilitating strategic scientific partnerships to enhance
conservation knowledge and action in the Great Lakes.  The Science
Director works closely with Regional Heritage Task Forces, Heritage
Programs, Conservancy scientists and protection specialists, and with
partners to identify and track priority elements and sites within the
basin, to understand the ecological processes that sustain them, and to
help design scientifically sound protection strategies.  The Science
Director plays a lead role in the Conservancy s collaboration with
Canadian conservation partners to identify priority sites in Canada in
the Great Lakes ecoregion; to identify ways in which the Conservancy can
scientifically support Canadian conservation partners  efforts to
protect these sites; and to develop joint projects with Canadian
partners in areas of shared biological interest.

S/he also works with the Great Lakes Program Director to implement a
concerted, science-based strategic approach for protecting the
biodiversity of the Great Lakes Ecoregion through partnership with
scientists, governmental officials, industry, conservation and
environmental organizations and others.  The Great Lakes Science
Director is supervised by the Great Lakes Program Director, and works
collaboratively with the Midwest Region Science Director.


1.      Provide leadership for the development, management and
application of biodiversity data (both aquatic and terrestrial) to guide
conservation in the Great Lakes Ecoregion; work with state heritage
programs, regional and national Conservancy offices, and expert partners
to develop and implement methods for ecoregional data assembly,
analysis, and conservation design and serve as the Science Team leader
for TNC s Great Lakes ecoregional planning initiative; collaborate with
and provide consultation to other Conservancy ecoregional planning

2.      Working with Heritage Programs and TNC Regional and Field
Offices in
 the basin, identify key gaps in biodiversity information for the Great
Lakes ecoregion, and develop strategies to address those gaps.

3.      Develop and implement strategies to facilitate sharing of
scientific expertise and information among Conservancy units and
partners (including Canadian partners); cultivate partnerships with
scientific experts and other providers of relevant information in the
ecoregion to connect knowledge with practitioners; facilitate the
dissemination of scientific information and knowledge developed by
Conservancy staff.

4.      Catalyze and coordinate regionwide studies of priority elements
and ecological systems involving multiple jurisdictions; lead
region-wide activities and projects that have significant scientific
components or require scientific input from a region-wide perspective.

5.      Provide scientific information and expertise to support the
communications, fundraising, partner development, and conservation
activities of the Great Lakes Program; provide regional science support
to TNC science staff and site projects that address ecoregional

6.      Hire, train and supervise scientific and data management staff
in the Great Lakes Program Office.


1. Advanced degree in ecology, botany, zoology or related field, or
equivalent experience.

2. Strong familiarity, including field experience, with the biota and
ecosystems of the Great Lakes basin.

3. Minimum of five years' experience planning and administering complex
projects, including supervisory experience.  Experience with strategic
planning and implementation.

4. Knowledge of The Nature Conservancy and its programs, and experience
with heritage program methodologies and databases.  Familiarity with the
Great Lakes environmental leadership and organizations, agencies, and
government and non-governmental institutions is desired.

5. Ability to write and speak well, and work effectively with a wide
range of people.

6. Success developing partnerships, creating and leading teams, and
raising funds from public & private institutions in support of
conservation science.

CONTACT:        Helen Taylor, Program Director
            The Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes Program
            8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 2301
            Chicago, IL  60603

The Nature Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer

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