SCBNA welcomes Megan Keville as our new Operations Director

Society for Conservation Biology North America is pleased to announce that Megan Keville of Missoula, Montana has been hired as the new SCBNA Operations Director. The SCBNA Operations Director, as SCBNA’s sole staffperson, works with the SCBNA board and volunteers to advance the scientific study and conservation of biological diversity, especially through our biennial NACCB conferences.

Megan Keville’s background includes positions and research in science communication, restoration ecology, fire science and ecosystem ecology. Megan previously served as research coordinator in the Restoration Ecology Lab in the University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation, and as co-coordinator with the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network. She also edited and produced the Society for Ecological Restoration’s quarterly newsletter. Megan received a B.A. in biology from Carleton College, and an M.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana. Megan will work from a new SCBNA office located in Missoula, Montana.

We’re hiring a SCBNA Director of Operations

SCBNA is hiring a Director of Operations (DO). This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to have impact in strengthening the community of conservation scientists and practitioners in North America. The DO manages the daily operation of the Society for Conservation Biology North America (SCBNA). The DO works with the SCBNA board and volunteers to further our mission to advance the scientific study and conservation of biological diversity. Essential functions and responsibilities include administrative, finance, conference management, governance, and outreach duties as described here. SCBNA is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2016, representing conservation professionals in North America. SCBNA is an affiliate and regional section of the global Society for Conservation Biology and a founding member of the Diversity Joint Venture to increase diversity in the conservation field.

The DO is primarily responsible for SCBNA’s administrative support and information management. The DO supports the board of SCBNA, particularly the President and Treasurer, in their work, and reports to the Board via the Executive Committee. Currently, the DO is the sole SCBNA employee, although additional staff are anticipated as the organization grows. Therefore, the position allows substantial scope for individual initiative, but also requires a high level of self-directed organizational skills, and a willingness to work within existing organizational mandates and to collaborate with a wide variety of individuals involved in SCBNA. SCBNA is committed to increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity both within the conservation field and in conservation efforts. A strong commitment to equity and inclusion and to advancing the field of conservation science is required for this position. Familiarity with the Society for Conservation Biology is highly desirable. The SCBNA DO works remotely from home or a co-working facility of their choosing, but must be based in the US. The full job description is available here. We will begin review of applications on February 15, 2019 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.


SCB North America Professional Development Survey

SCB North America Professional Development Survey

Calling all SCB North America members! We seek your input about professional development activities you would like to see offered to our members. Please take the time to fill out this brief survey by November 15. Thank you for participating!

*If you participated in the 2018 Members Meeting Professional Development dot-voting exercise in Toronto at NACCB, we have already captured your interests and there is no need to fill out this form.