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job announcement - The Nature Conservancy


Title:			Conservation Planning Biologist
Supervisor:		Science Director, Great Lakes Program
Location:		Chicago, Illinois
Preparer:		Susan Crispin
Date Prepared:		18 July 1997

Summary of Position

The Nature Conservancy is designing a portfolio of conservation sites to
provide long-term protection for all native plant communities and vulnerable
species in the Great Lakes Ecoregion.  The Great Lakes Program Office will
lead and support Conservancy state chapters and regional and local partners
in designing and implementing this regional vision for biodiversity
conservation.  The Conservation Planning Biologist will assist the Science
Director, and work with TNC and Heritage scientists and other experts to
assemble information, set objectives for conservation targets, identify
priority areas for their protection, and assess protection needs.  This
position, initially funded for one year, is supervised by the Science Director.


1.  Assemble comprehensive regional information on the vulnerable species
and natural communities of the Great Lakes Ecoregion; identify key data gaps
and develop strategies to address them.

2.  Assist  TNC and Heritage biologists in analyzing this regional data to
identify conservation priorities, assess their viability requirements, set
objectives for their regional conservation, and identify sites that will
best sustain them;  organize and summarize this information for effective
presentation and use in site selection workshops.

3.  Assist the Science Director and others in organizing and conducting a
series of workshops to design the portfolio of Great Lakes conservation
sites that will protect identified conservation targets; compile and
summarize the results of these meetings, and document the process used and
decisions made.

4.  Participate in and provide support for other science-related activities
of the Great Lakes Program.


1.  Advanced degree in ecology, biology or related field (specialization in
wildlife/zoology or plant ecology preferred), with at least 2 years of work
experience in applied conservation science; familiarity with state natural
heritage programs and the use of heritage data perferred.

2.  Familiarity with the geography and ecology of the Great Lakes region,
including field experience.

3.  Experience and demonstrated proficiency in organizing information,
managing time and projects efficiently and achieving results on schedule.
4.  Excellent communication and team-building skills, including the ability
to engage cooperation from other biologists and work collaboratively toward
shared objectives; demonstrated ability to write and speak clearly and
effectively;  experience with meeting management and project planning desirable.

5.  Proficiency with database management, spreadsheet, presentation and word
processing software; familiarity with ARC-Info an asset.

6.  A commitment to the mission of The Nature Conservancy and to the
conservation of Great Lakes biodiversity.

Salary range:  $31,000 - 35,000

Submit applications by August 22 to:

Susan Crispin, Science Director
The Nature Conservancy - Great Lakes Program Office
8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 2301
Chicago, IL  60603
FAX:  312-759-8409


Heather Potter
Conservation & Communications Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Program