People & Job Vacancies
Suzanne Dorsey, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Suzanne E. Dorsey, earned her doctorate in coastal oceanography and has been working in research and education for over 15 years. Communicating the importance of our coastal ecosystems, particularly Barrier Islands, is a primary focus for Dr. Dorsey. She feels that the first step to promoting conservation and preservation, of these critical coastal habitats, is forging a connection between the people who live and visit our beaches and the senstive habitats found here. The Smith Island Complex encompasses so many examples of rare and sensitive habitats, and the mission of the Bald Head Island Conservancy provides a perfect opportunity to not only educate people but to promote effective stewardship of these environments. She enjoys working with people and sharing her passion for nature. Her spare time is devoted to her husband and two children.
Nicki Dardinger email@example.com
Director of Conservation
Nicki brings over fifteen years of experience in the environmental conservation, research, and education world to the Bald Head Island Conservancy, where she serves as the Director of Conservation. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, and her experiences have included working as a State Park Naturalist in both New York and Ohio, conducting research on the endangered Massasauga rattlesnake, working with a raptor education program at Cornell, writing grants for Central Piedmont Community College, and leading the education team at Carolina Raptor Center, a non-profit organization focused on the conservation of birds of prey. She is thrilled that working at the Conservancy allows her to combine her passion for conservation research and environmental education with her love of working with people. She believes strongly in the power of environmental educators and scientists to have a meaningful impact on their communities and help people understand how their everyday choices can have a positive impact on the environment.
Director of Operations
Poul was born and raised in Denmark and graduated from the Danish Technical University with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. He is married to Dee from England and have two kids, Sebastian 18 and Louise 16 who were both born in the US. Poul worked for a Danish biotech company for approx. 25 years, primarily heading up technical organizations with responsibility for North America. He has been coming to BHI for more than 10 years, been a property owner and a life member of the Conservancy for approx. 5 years and have been a board member and volunteering in various capacities for the conservancy for the last year. He is exited to join the Conservancy full time, as the new Director of Operations. When he is not at the Conservancy, you will likely find him at the golf course or on the beach swimming and fishing!
Caroline Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Shepherd joined the Conservancy in 2008 as Financial Manager. She feels this is the perfect opportunity to share her love of nature while using her professional skills to further our important mission in the effective stewardship of barrier island environments. After serving in the Charlotte area as a CPA in CFO positions for a variety of industries, she became an island girl to enjoy the benefits of sunny coastal living full time. She enjoys any free time spent on or near the water, walking, fishing, preparing the catch of the day for good friends, and reading.
Kendyll Collins (Goeman) Kendyll@bhic.org
Kendyll graduated with a B.S. in environmental science, minor in psychology, and departmental honors, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In May 2011, she came to the Conservancy as a summer intern. Kendyll paired environmental science and psychology because the ultimate goal of environmental education is behavioral modification. While in school, Kendyll interned with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. When shes not working, Kendyll enjoys beachcombing, swimming, running, reading, and drinking coffee. Through exciting education programs, she hopes to inspire youth to alter their harmful behaviors to prevent the escalation of environmental epidemics.
Jaymie Reneker email@example.com
Jaymie grew up in a small town outside of Des Moines, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Iowa State University with a minor in Animal Ecology. Even though she spent her whole life in a landlocked state, she has always been passionate about the oceans and the animals that inhabit them. Jaymie joined BHIC as a Sea Turtle Intern in 2012 and will continue to work with us as our Sea Turtle Program Coordinator. She is excited to continue her work with sea turtles and the community of Bald Head Island. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, beachcombing and being outdoors.
Elyse Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Ohio, Elyse has lived in St. Louis, Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo, Japan and Sparta, N.J. She has recently worked for Bald Head Island Limited as a Sales Executive in their real estate office, but has diverse background starting in Retail and then in Data Processing as a computer programmer/EDP Auditor/Consultant. For many years she participated in a variety of volunteer activities which include: raising funds for non-profit organizations, chairing a variety of town events and committees, and managing/buying for two non-profit gift shops. Elyse graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Computer Science and also took graduate courses in Marketing and Accounting at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jane Lawton Baldridge email@example.com
Operations and Marketing Coordinator
Campus Maintenance Director and Jr. Naturalist
Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island, NY. He has a lovely wife, three beautiful children, and three precious grandchildren. Mike first came to BHI in August 2003 joining the Transportation Dept. as a ferry mate. Prior to 2003, he worked for 30 years in Marine Transportation for an oil company in the north east. Mike looks forward to participating in the growth of the BHI Conservancy and getting involved with the preservation of the island.
Fall Education/ Conservation Intern
Having graduated from Boston University with a degree in Marine Science, I am thrilled to be joining the team at the Bald Head Island Conservancy! I am originially from the Chicago area, but I recently spend six months in the Florida Keys educating students about the ocean. When I have free time, I enjoy traveling, SCUBA diving, and figure skating. I am looking forward to the fall on Bald Head, and hope to see you on the island soon!
Jimmy earned his Bachelor's of Science in Marine Science in May of 2013 from Coastal Carolina University with a minor in Coastal Geology. Originally from Connecticut, he spent many vacations whale watching in Cape Cod and fell in love with the ocean. Jimmy came to BHIC in the summer of 2013 as an education intern, and is eager to continue to help the BHI Conservancy's mission into the fall and winter. He hopes to one day combine his passion for whales, marine education, and conservation while working aboard a whale watching vessel. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the beach, being outside, and watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and UConn basketball. Some of his favorite things include being happy, bacon, whales, and his family.
Hi! My name is Emily Prosser, and I have recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and minor in Anthropology. I'm originally from NW New Jersey and love to spend time outdoors kayaking, hiking, camping, and exploring! I became interested in marine ecosystems while studying abroad in Baja California, Mexico with the School for Field Studies. During my semester abroad, we got the chance to study gray whales, California sea lions, and green sea turtles while learning about the importance of protecting our marine resources. I am extremely excited to have been given the chance to work with the BHI Conservancy, and am looking forward to all it has to offer!
Roux Calypso, pirate sailing dog
Roux loves the Conservancy. She enjoys greeting all the nice people who come to the island and helping the staff. She especially enjoys the attention from her favorite volunteers. She lives on a sailboat with her pirate family.
Vacancies:Development SpecialistThe Development Specialist will be an active member of the BHI Conservancy’s development team and have a leading role in the organization’s fundraising activities and donor relations.
Key Responsibilities:Oversee donor relationships and communicationManage fundraising activities including but not limited to membership program, annual fund drive, individual gifts, Adopt-A-Turtle programs, corporate sponsorships, and planned givingPlan and implement fundraising events, especially the annual July PicnicAssist with formulating fundraising strategiesCoordinate and oversee all fundraising mailings and contactsIdentify funding sources and support grant preparationEnsure accurate and updated donor database
Minimum Requirements:Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and 3-5 years of experience relating to major gift fundraising, annual funds, grant writing, and/or special events
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:Knowledge of fund-raising fundamentals and practices, particularly in a non-profit setting Excellent interpersonal and community relationship skillsEffective communication skills, incl. ability to deliver presentationsAbility to plan, organize and direct multiple programs, campaigns and events Ability to compile, analyze and prepare information for reports Attention to detail and accuracyKnowledge of basic accounting and fiscal management principles
Position Type/Schedule:This position is full-time, exempt.Days and hours of office work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the office with an expectation of a minimum of 40 hours per week.The Development Specialist is often required to extend work week hours to include late, early, and weekend and holiday programming. This is particularly acute during the summer months.
Send Applications to Poul Lindegaard, Director of Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-338-1706
Conservation Biologist- Coastal Ecology Program Coordinator
The Conservation Biologist is responsible for the oversight of the Bald Head Island Conservancy's coastal ecology conservation research and monitoring programs and supports the efforts of the organization's Conservation and Education Team. The Coastal Ecology Program Coordinator is responsible for the conservation intern program, including the management of up to four summer undergraduate interns and up to three undergraduate and graduate student semester interns. Additionally, the Coastal Ecology Program Coordinator works collaboratively with the Director of Conservation, Conservation Biologist- Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, and Conservation Biologist- Education Program Coordinator to develop strategic partnerships with research institutions and oversee research by external scientists.
1. Oversight of the Bald Head Island conservation monitoring and research program which includes dune erosion, oyster reef restoration, freshwater aquifer monitoring, water quality studies, and wildlife management – including coordination of the deer immunocontraception project;
2. Conduct field work in support of conservation monitoring and research programs;
3. Monitor and remove invasive species;
4. Develop and submit progress reports for externally funded research and monitoring projects;
5. Work with the Director of Conservation to organize and facilitate short courses, long courses and the semester program with university partners;
6. Support and facilitate outside researchers’ studies;
7. Identify and apply for grant funding to support conservation activities;
8. Oversee the care and maintenance of essential research equipment and facilities;
9. Recruit, train, and supervise Conservation interns;
10.Support the scheduling and management of up to eighteen undergraduate summer interns;
11.Respond to wildlife emergencies and marine strandings on Bald Head Island;
12.Assist with leading a wide range of education programs including birding, island nature tours, forest hikes, touch tank programs, kayaking, and others as needed;
13.Assist with sea turtle protection program activities;
14.Contribute articles for the Conservancy newsletters, website, and other publications;
15. Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
· Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife ecology, marine science, or a related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
· A minimum of two years experience in the field of coastal ecology.
· Knowledge of field methods and best practices in ecological research.
· Experience managing volunteers and/or interns preferred.
· Knowledge of local North Carolina flora and fauna.
· Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with knowledge of MS Office applications. Experience with GIS technology preferred.
· Excellent listening and communication skills.
· This position is full-time, exempt.
· The Coastal Ecology Program Coordinator is often required to extend work week hours to include nights, overnights, weekends, and holidays, particularly during the summer sea turtle nesting season.
· Salary commensurate with experience.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
· Work requires physical exertion and strain and exposure to all seasonal conditions found on a barrier island.
· Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
· Must be able to work in hot, humid, and buggy conditions in all types of outdoor environments including marine, forest and salt marsh.
· Must be willing to work with injured or dead animals and respond to all matters of wildlife calls including but not limited to marine mammals, sea turtles, birds and alligators.
· Must maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
· Must have the ability to work flexible/overtime hours, as needed.
· Requires valid driver’s license and ability to drive vehicles including golf carts, UTVs, and other vehicles as necessary.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Nicki Dardinger, Director of Conservation at email@example.com.