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Science Director

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Town/City Gorham
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 31/03/2011
Company Name BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI)
Contact Name
Email jobs@briloon.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


Summary: The mission of BioDiversity Research Institute (BRI) is to assess emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, and to use scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision makers. The Science Director will manage the Science Program, assist in program development/institutional planning, and provide in-house technical expertise to the Executive Director, Program Directors and BRI staff regarding scientific issues. BRI’s Science Program currently includes: Tropical, Raptor, Waterfowl, Songbird, Wetland Bird, Marine Bird, Mammal, and Fish.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Primary responsibilities focus both on short-term and long-term strategic goals for the individual programs in conjunction with the Project Coordinators, Program Directors, and the Management Team.


  • Integrate & coordinate all science programs;
  • Assist Program Directors in developing and achieving goals outlined within individual Science Program Strategic Plans;
  • Ensure that the Science Program is coordinated with all other areas of BRI including Human Resources, Outreach, GIS, Communications, Policy and the Data Team; 
  • Ensure peer-review quality and professional field work, external reports, papers, and presentations by the science programs;
  • Report the activities of the science program regularly to the Executive Director;
  • Develop, secure funding for, and execute new projects in conjunction with program directors and project coordinators;
  • Manage internal peer review of reports, proposals, and papers;
  • Ensure all data has gone through a QA/QC process;
  • Assist science staff in research design, data analysis, and presentation;
  • Work with Communications Specialist to communicate results to a broader audience;
  • Work with Science Initiatives Coordinator on new initiatives;
  • Submit original papers to peer-review journals and facilitate Program Directors submitting papers; and
  •  Actively participate in field research when relevant or of interest.


  • Provide overall management direction for the science programs and perform supervisory duties for the scientific staff;
  • Manage science Program Directors;
  • Work with the Finance & Accounting Manager and the Deputy Director to manage budgets for each science program;
  • Ensure that all projects at BRI are conducted with correct safety protocols and adhere to current state and federal regulations;
  • Facilitate and maintain communication between BRI and external science stakeholders;
  • Manage personnel/HR issues (including conflict resolution), involving the HR Manager as appropriate;
  • Work with Project Coordinators, Permit Manager and other BRI staff to ensure proper protocols are followed, including permits, landowner permission, and “chain of custody” for data and samples; and
  • All other duties as directed or assigned by Executive Director.

Hours/Schedule: This is a full-time position. Standard office hours are 9-5, Monday - Friday. Science Director will be required to travel as needed, and work some weekends and evenings. It is at the discretion of the employee to work effectively as conditions dictate.


  • Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field;
  • More than 10 years of direct experience at a strategic management and scientific level;
  • Mastery of conservation biology and applied science, research design, and statistics in order to serve as the principal advisor for the organization in the area of ecological and environmental research;
  • General knowledge of management, human resource development, contracts, science funding, financial management, technology and development;
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funding;
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally in order to represent BRI; and
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing in order to write complex reports, papers, and policies in a clear and concise language on subjects concerning the areas of responsibility.

Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience. Eligible for benefits as outlined in BRI’s handbook.

Application Instructions: Send application materials to jobs@briloon.org with “Science Director” in the subject line. Application materials should include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter containing leadership philosophy (limit 1 page)
  • Outline of past and present research interests/specialties (limit 1 page)

BioDiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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