Ecostudies is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to join our Avian Conservation Program as a Project Manager. This position will oversee a project developing reintroduction methods for the federal threatened streaked horned lark. The project will be based in Ellensburg, WA. The position will encompass a range of responsibilities: project management, field work, and data management and analysis. Much of the work will be conducted on Wild
Horse Wind and Solar Facility, where we will trial and compare the effectiveness of three softrelease reintroduction techniques on a closely-related horned lark subspecies as a surrogate for the streaked horned lark. The successful applicant will have a strong field-based background, experience participating in research and management studies, the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and a proven track record of producing
technical reports. This position runs from 15 February – 30 September with extension possible, dependent upon funding; includes vacation, sick leave, and holiday benefits. The project is funded for two years. This position will be based in/near Ellensburg, WA.



  • Assist in the design and construction of on-site aviaries for reintroduction trials.
  • Design behavioral observation protocols for evaluating behavior/health of captive individuals and reintroduction trial success.
  • Coordinate and participate in all field-based activities of the project with biologists and other staff associated with the Avian Conservation program, maintaining a professional work environment.
  • Manage project data to maintain integrity, metadata, and security for current and future use.
  • Summarize and analyze data.
  • Work independently and in a team setting with Ecostudies staff and personnel from agency partners to complete project activities.
  • Communicate progress, results, and conservation implications to partners, Ecostudies staff and the public through written reports, oral presentations, and other communications efforts.
  • Complete other duties as requested.


  • Advanced degree in avian ecology or closely related natural science field
  • Experience with various trapping methods (mist-net, potter trap) for birds, especially in open, grassland settings;
  • Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team setting.
  • Knowledge of avian husbandry techniques and reintroduction strategies, especially with birds.
  • Experience designing, planning, and implementing field based research efforts related to the conservation of birds
  • Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while operating professionally and producing high-quality reports or other documents.
  • Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
  • Ability to synthesize, interpret and communicate scientific information to influence conservation practice.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems; ability to recognize plant and animal species as required to complete position activities.