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Nature Conservancy Job Opportunity

The Nature Conservancy's Great Lakes Program is continuing its search
for a Science Director.  If you, or someone you know, may be interested,
please send a resume to Helen Taylor at the address listed below.


TITLE:          Great Lakes Science Director

SUPERVISOR:     Great Lakes Program Director

LOCATION:       Great Lakes Program Office
                            Chicago, Illinois

DATE PREPARED:   8 January 1998

SUMMARY OF POSITION:  The Great Lakes Program is a collaborative effort
of the eight state Chapters and the Midwest Regional Office to protect
the globally significant biological diversity of the Great Lakes
Ecoregion.  The Science Director is responsible for ensuring that the
best possible scientific information is assembled and used to identify
priority conservation sites through ecoregional planning and to guide
effective conservation action.  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.

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 to guide conservation in the Great Lakes Ecoregion;
work with state heritage programs, and regional and national Conservancy

offices to develop and implement methods for ecoregional data assembly,
analysis, and conservation design and serve as the Science Team leader
for TNCís Great Lakes ecoregional planning initiative; liaise 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
expertise and information among Conservancy units and partners;
cultivate partnerships with scientific experts and other providers of
relevant information in the ecoregion to connect knowledge with
practitioners; assist in the dissemination of scientific information and

knowledge developed by Conservancy staff.

4.      Catalyze and coordinate regionwide studies of priority elements
systems involving multiple jurisdictions; assist with 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 bioreserves and other 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.

4. Knowledge of The Nature Conservancy and its programs, and experience
with heritage program methodologies and databases.

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.


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


Keith Monzingo,
Conservation Systems Specialist

The Nature Conservancy
Great Lakes Program
8 South Michigan Avenue - Suite 2301
Chicago, IL  60603
phone:          (312)759-8017
fax:            (312)759-8409

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