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  2. PHD or MASTERS POSITION IN CONSERVATION AND ECOLOGY OF GRASSLAND SONGBIRDS The Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba is seeking one or more graduate students for research on the conservation of grassland songbirds in Canada. Chestnut-collared longspurs, Baird’s sparrows and others will be among key focal species. The successful applicant will work on one of the world’s largest manipulative field ecology noise experiments to help us understand effects of anthropogenic noise on birds, particularly from a behavioral and/or physiological / and or trophic level interactions approach. The research will also contribute to knowledge that will lead to mitigating effects of oil and gas development on birds. The student will primarily be based in Winnipeg during the year, with field research conducted in southern Alberta. Only NSERC-qualified candidates will be considered at this time (Canadians and permanent residents in Canada). Applicants will be required to apply for NSERC before the program deadline this fall. http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/index_eng.asp A PhD position would be within the 4-year Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management program based at the NRI, which is primarily dissertation-driven, complemented by 4 graduate courses. Masters candidates would complete the Masters of Natural Resources Management program, an interdisciplinary program that is both course and thesis based. More information on academic programs can be found at http://umanitoba.ca/institutes/natural_resources/. The NRI is an interdisciplinary unit that embraces the need to understand ecology, human dimensions and economic factors that influence environmental sustainability. Applicants must be prepared to demonstrate background and interest in avian ecology and conservation, plus strong research potential and academic background. Preference will be given to applicants with experience mist-netting and banding passerines, and with avian surveying experience. Apply with CV, unofficial transcripts, writing sample (e.g. essay / manuscript), and 3 references (email and phone numbers) to Dr. Nicola Koper at nicola.koper@umanitoba.ca.
  3. Hans Slabbekoorn, researcher at the Institute of Biology Leiden, is one of the editors of the latest volume of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (SHAR). This book is filled with everything known about the effects of sound on vertebrates. Slabbekoorn's contribution to the book as a co-author is in two chapters on hearing and noise impact for terrestrial mammals and birds. View the full article
  4. Birds have long inspired humans to create their own ways to fly. We know that soaring bird species that migrate long distances use thermal updrafts to stay in the air without using up energy flapping their wings. And glider pilots similarly use thermals currents and other areas of rising air in order to remain airborne for longer. View the full article
  5. Brandon Samuels plans to set up cameras this January in hopes of catching footage of birds crashing into windows across campus. Honestly, he really is a nice guy – it's for science. View the full article
  6. A staple of summer—swarms of bugs—seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. View the full article
  7. Species are going extinct all over the world: Scientists believe that Earth is losing between 200 and 2,000 species every year. That number is squishy, partly because there are so many species for which they lack good data—particularly those living in the oceans, which are difficult to track but still critically important to ecosystems and livelihoods. Even the most comprehensive evaluation of extinction risk—the international Red List of Threatened Species—has only spotty data for many species around the globe. View the full article
  8. Position Overview: The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a post-doctoral researcher to develop a modeling framework for linking genome to phenome to demography processes with the goal of forecasting the adaptive capacity and vulnerability of species under different climate change scenarios. The post-doc will work with collaborative teams of ecologists, modelers, and geneticists across different institutions. The position will provide a unique opportunity to develop a transdisciplinary research program that addresses the National Science Foundation’s research priority of predicting phenotypes from genetic and environmental factors. Key Responsibilities: The successful candidate will leverage genomic/genetic, phenotype, and vital rate data from the full cycle phenology project (fullcyclephenology.com) to create an integrated framework for address questions about genetic processes underlying species resilience. In addition, the post-doc will lead and contribute to peer-reviewed publications, present findings at national meetings, and work with partners to extend modeling framework to other systems. Finally, the candidate will participate in professional development activities that may include workshops associated with leadership, developing Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences to recruit and retain a diverse undergraduate workforce, and expanding effective communication skills to engage with diverse stakeholders. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have obtained their PhD by the appointment start date: in mid-late September. Experience generating, analyzing, and/or integrating large datasets – whole genome sequencing, RAD sequencing, or transcriptome sequencing Strong expertise in genomics and its applications to evolutionary questions Previous experience with any of these quantitative areas: population genetics, landscape genetics, agent-based models, integrated population models, size-structured population models, hierarchical Bayesian models. Written and verbal communication skills. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment. Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of creative problem solving The ability to work well on teams and independently Interest and understanding of ecological genomics, population dynamics, and evolutionary concepts. Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote a climate of inclusion and equity The position is based at Boise, Idaho and the post-doc will opportunities to interact with collaborators at Idaho State University, University of Idaho, University of California at Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, USGS, US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The position is available for one year, with potential for renewal for subsequent years dependent on performance. Salary and benefits: Salary $54,000-$58,000 and includes a benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, retirement plan, tuition benefits, sick leave, paid holidays, as well as other benefits. To apply for this this position: Submit a single PDF by email that includes a cover letter that specifically address the qualifications listed above and a description of work experience, curriculum vitae, date of availability, and contact information for 3 references to the following email address: julieheath@boisestate.edu. Please put “evo postdoc” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted with final deadline of October 25. About Boise and our University The City of Boise: Boise is a mid-size city, located on the Boise River near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In national polls, Boise has been repeatedly named one of the best places to live because of surrounding natural beauty, access to outdoors, low cost of living, and low crime rates. Our region boasts numerous outdoor activities that include rivers, hot springs, skiing, and hiking. Boise provides residents with access to local wineries, a distillery, craft breweries, diverse dining that features ingredients from local farms and ranches as well as an active local and regional music scene and clubs for live entertainment. Boise also offers a thriving art scene that includes Ballet Idaho, the Basque Center, the Boise Art Museum, Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, nationally-renowned theater and performing arts companies, and cultural hotspots within a few blocks of downtown. To learn more about Boise: http://www.cityofboise.org/ and http://www.boise.org/ Boise State University: Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State at https://go.boisestate.edu/join-our-team/. Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (see http://hrs.boisestate.edu/resources/eeoaa/), and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion. Boise State works to achieve excellence in computationally and data-intensive research and has established a Research Computing department to support the computing needs of faculty, staff, and students. Support available from Research Computing includes access to and use of on-campus and remote high performance computing resources, provisioning of data storage, assistance with data management, and providing personnel support for research software engineering and development needs. Boise State University is a smoke free campus. For more information please go to: http://healthservices.boisestate.edu/smokefree/ Jeanne Clery Statement - The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their campuses to all job applicants. To read the Boise State University Safety Report go to http://security.boisestate.edu/annual-security-reports.
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  10. I am seeking volunteer(s) who would like to gain some experience in a conservation genetics project in Victoria, Australia. Activities include; - radio tracking of the Eastern yellow robin, - nest searching, - working with eggs and chicks - mist netting, - sperm collection, - setting up wildlife motion cameras, - thermal imaging nocturnal roost site surveys Volunteers with some previous experience are preferred, but training will be provided. The main criteria I am looking for is someone with outdoor skills, ability to work long days in the Australian bush, take instructions and work as a team. Food and accommodation are included. We are in the field everyday until the 12th of December. If you are interested send me an email with a little bit about why you are interested in the project, a bit about yourself (including any previous field work experience), and your preferred dates/length of stay. Looking forward to hearing from you! lana.austin@monash.edu #easternyellowrobinproject
  11. The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat could be improved. View the full article
  12. Central Africa's Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region's mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development. View the full article
  13. Federal court decisions in three recent cases illustrate the complexity of the intersection between scientific wildlife management, public opinion and the judicial system. The Pryor Mountain wild horses (Equus caballus), Yellowstone area grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) and sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) along the California-Nevada state line have all been mired in court decisions and politics for years, with new developments in the last month for all three circumstances. A federal district judged halted a planned gather of wild horses from the Wyoming-Montana border Sept. 5. Though ecologically feral animals, they are managed according to the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, designating them as “wild.” In response to a lawsuit filed by The Cloud Foundation, the judge ordered the Bureau of Land Management not to go forward with the planned gather and removal of horses from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. BLM had been planning to remove 17 of the approximately 150 horses from that area and offer them up for adoption. BLM officials have determined the herd is too large for the arid and sparsely vegetated 59-square mile area, while The Cloud Foundation posits that removing the 17 animals would adversely affect the genetics of the herd. [...] View the full article
  14. In a Sept. 10 memo to Interior Department bureau and office heads, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reaffirmed “the authority of the State to exercise their broad trustee and police powers as stewards of the Nation’s fish and wildlife species on public lands and waters under the jurisdiction of the Department.” Noting the states have fish and wildlife agencies specifically charged with exercising their responsibilities as trustees for fish and wildlife, Zinke asserted that these agencies have “consistently demonstrated their commitment to sustaining fish and wildlife resources in perpetuity.” “The Department recognizes States as the first-line authorities for fish and wildlife management and hereby expresses its commitment to defer to the State in this regard except as otherwise required by Federal law,” he wrote. The memo serves to reaffirm a policy set forth in 1983, which recognizes “the basic role of the States in fish and resident wildlife management, especially where States have primary authority and responsibility, and to foster improved conservation of fish and wildlife.” In the memo, Zinke tasks Interior officials with developing a plan to better align the department’s policies regarding fish and wildlife management with those of the states. To do so, he asks all Interior bureaus [...] View the full article
  15. Next month, world leaders will gather in London at the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade conference with the aim of stimulating the greater political commitment needed to stamp out wildlife crime. View the full article
  16. The Cornell University Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of Entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our third annual Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend being held from March 7-10, 2019. This event is intended to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to the graduate school application process and to connect them with faculty members that share research interests. Participant housing and meals will be provided, as well as up to $600 in travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds (including underrepresented minorities, first-generation students, low income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA) that are interested in applying for graduate school during the 2019-2020 application cycle. The application deadline is December 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit www.inclusivecornell.org. If you have any questions, please email inclusivecornell@gmail.com.
  17. The Department of Interior has announced the approval of $23.8 million in grants for waterfowl and wetland conservation. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission issued the grants, which will be awarded to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the conservation of nearly 135,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 17 states. Made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the grants will also be matched by more than $60 million from partners. The goal of NAWCA grants, which were awarded Sept. 5, is to increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies; wildlife-dependent recreation such as hunting, fishing and bird watching; family farming and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA perform key ecosystem services such as flood control, reducing erosion, improving water and air quality and recharging ground water. Since 1989, NAWCA has funded over 2,800 projects totaling $1.6 billion in grants. More than 6,000 partners have contributed another $3.3 billion in matching funds. Overall, 30 million acres of habitat through the U.S., Canada and Mexico have benefited from NAWCA. A complete list of the projects funded through this grant cycle is available here. The commission also authorized the funding of 37 NAWCA small grant projects, which were previously approved by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council in February. These grants are available for projects up [...] View the full article
  18. The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2591, Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act last week. The bill allows states to use Wildlife Restoration Account funds to build and maintain shooting ranges, and for communications and marketing efforts aimed at recruiting and retaining hunters and recreational shooters. The number of hunters in the U.S. has declined over the past several decades. The Wildlife Society previously submitted testimony supporting the general effort but also outlining concerns the bill could result in funds being directed away from science-based management and wildlife research efforts. A related bill in the Senate, S. 1613, has not yet been considered by committee. See also The Wildlife Society’s Standing Position on Hunting. View the full article
  19. JOB TITLE: Database Architect REPORTS TO: Director of Global Conservation Science BASED AT (OFFICE LOCATION): Boise, ID REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time Exempt MISSION Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide WORK WITH US The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering methods to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we: · Restore critically endangered species · Research little-known species · Train and support local conservation leaders · Engage all ages with environmental education · Conserve habitat Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made. POSITION SUMMARY The Database Architect is responsible for improving, expanding, and managing the Global Raptor Impact Network’s (GRIN) relational database of raptor observations. They work to ensure that the database structure allows for the storage of all data collected by The Peregrine Fund and users of GRIN. They also develop strategies for warehouse implementation, data acquisition and access, and data archiving and recovery. They oversee any transfer of data or synchronization between partner organizations. The Database Architect works closely with biologists to develop efficient data entry tools and intuitive data outputs and summaries. RESPONSIBILITES AND SCOPE · Avoid data entropy by ensuring all data and metadata are stored on state-of-the-art media · Oversee mobilization of historical data from The Peregrine Fund, atlases, and partners · Develop and enforce quality standards for data and metadata · Add functionality to the database that ensures data-types collected by The Peregrine Fund and partners can be stored · Develop and enforce security procedures · Develop and implement a system of access levels whereby data collectors can decide how data are used and disseminated · Develop summaries and outputs as needed by biologists · Oversee integration with the Avian Knowledge Network (www.avianknowledge.net) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Bachelor’s degree in computer science, data science, or related field · Five years of experience managing databases · Familiarity with SQL, Access, and ESRI databases · Experience with HTML5, CSS3 and other front-end UI/presentation languages PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS · Master’s degree in computer science or related field · Familiarity with html, smartphone app development, and GIS · Experience with large, open biological datasets such as BISON, AKN, GBIF, etc. · Familiarity with NABCI data management standards APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Email cover letter and resume in one file to Hiring Manager, employment@peregrinefund.org
  20. JOB TITLE: Spatial Ecologist REPORTS TO: Director of Global Conservation Science BASED AT (OFFICE LOCATION): Boise, ID REGULAR/TEMPORARY: Regular FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time Exempt MISSION Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide WORK WITH US The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering methods to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we: · Restore critically endangered species · Research little-known species · Train and support local conservation leaders · Engage all ages with environmental education · Conserve habitat Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made. POSITION SUMMARY The Spatial Ecologist is responsible for analysis of raptor movements and distributions across the globe using data housed in The Peregrine Fund’s Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) database. They supervise the input of data into the GRIN database—soliciting and mobilizing historical and contemporary data from researchers around the world. The Spatial Ecologist develops and implements methods to estimate historical distributions of raptors and estimate changes in distributions as data are collected. They perform various spatial analyses to inform, for example, reintroduction efforts, species and landscape conservation, and habitat management. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE · Oversee mobilization of historical spatial data into the GRIN database · Develop and implement methods to estimate historic, current, and future ranges of global raptor species · Identify, map, and prioritize landscapes of conservation importance to raptors · Develop and implement methods to map the distributions of threats to raptors · Map and analyze raptor movement data from tracking devices · Work closely with the Peregrine Fund’s project directors to produce publication quality maps and other data visualizations as needed · Solicit and standardize data in collaboration with raptor researchers around the world MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Master’s degree in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field · Experience in spatial analysis of terrestrial vertebrate distributions or movement · Proficiency with the most current versions of ArcGIS software and ESRI databases PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS · Ph.D. in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field · Proven record of peer reviewed publications · Experience with spatial analysis of bird distributions · Experience with large databases of bird sightings such as eBird, GBIF, and the Avian Knowledge Network · Experience with MaxEnt modeling · Proficiency using R for statistical or geospatial analyses · Experience analyzing animal movement data · Knowledge of raptor ecology and global conservation issues · Knowledge of publicly available geospatial data for terrestrial land cover APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Email cover letter and resume in one file to Hiring Manager, employment@peregrinefund.org
  21. Noticing that songbirds, such as finches, never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, London environmental biologist Lewis Halsey wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. In a literature review published September 18 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, he explores whether songbirds don't need to worry about their calorie counts because they can control the way their bodies use energy. View the full article
  22. Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots. View the full article
  23. SUMMARY: 1 volunteer research assistant is needed for approximately 4 months beginning December 15th 2018 to assist a PhD student investigating avian seed dispersal in the Dominican Republic. ORGANIZATION: Avian Ecology Lab, Old Dominion University (Virginia, United States) RESEARCH LOCATION: Jarabacoa, La Vega, Dominican Republic POSITION DESCRIPTION: The volunteer field assistant will be trained to identify approximately 40 species of birds and 50 species of fruit- bearing plants in order to carry out avian biodiversity and plant phenology surveys. Other data collection protocols will include focal foraging observations on marked populations of plants, collecting samples from seed traps, collecting/identifying fruits and botanical samples, and data entry. The volunteer will be expected to assist with some manual labor activities such as plot fence repair and maintaining rustic trails along transects. The field crew will work 5-6 days per week with the sixth day typically devoted to service and conservation projects overseen by local partners. Such work may involve invasive species control, forest restoration project, and development of educational materials for local school groups. For more information about the project, visit: https://student.wp.odu.edu/sschu001/ LOGISTICS & COMPENSATION: Accommodations will be provided at a rental house that operates as a field station. Meals, consisting of typical Dominican food, will be provided to the volunteer at no cost during their stay. Reimbursement will be provided for food expenses for daily field trips to distant sites. All costs for in-country transportation and lodging will be provided by the project (with the exception of recreational trips on off-days). Transportation to field sites (i.e. rural farms) will be as a passenger in a 4x4 SUV or as a passenger on a motor-bike. No funds are available for air travel to/from the Dominican Republic, and volunteers are expected to cover these costs. The target start date for this position is December 17th, 2018 (flexible) and the assistant must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 weeks on the project. FIELD STATION & AMENITIES: Assistants should expect to share a dormitory-style room with a male roommate. Potable water, (cold) showers, and wireless internet are available at the field station. QUALIFICATIONS & EXPECTATIONS: Competitive candidates for this position will have a demonstrated interest in botanical or wildlife research in the field. The applicant must be in good physical condition with a willingness to tolerate difficult working conditions. We regularly hike 10 km each day off-trail, often carrying 20-30 lbs of equipment, going up and down steep slopes, frequently crossing barbed wire fences. Strong organizational skills are expected for this position to adequately manage data collection and entry as well as the ability to work independently at times. Intermediate verbal communication skills in Spanish is highly preferred, and applicants will be tested on this ability during the interview. These communication skills are essential, since the volunteer will spend most of the time working in a team setting with a Dominican field crew leader as well as communicating with private land owners and our conservation partners. OTHER COMMENTS: This position is ideal for undergraduates or recent graduates looking for experience in field ecology, wildlife/plant sciences, and conservation biology for their careers. Undergraduates considering applying should communicate with their academic advisor to inquire about the possibility of using the experience to count for course credits. APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS: Please send… (1) A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and summarizing your relevant background and professional goals. I especially want to know how you see this experience benefiting your career development. (2) A resume or CV detailing your education and experiences relevant to the qualifications discussed above (2 page max). (3) Information for 2-3 references who, preferably, know your work habits in a field or laboratory/office setting. Provide name, title, and email for each of these persons. DEADLINE & INTERVIEW TIMELINE: Materials must be received by October 15th 2018 to guarantee consideration, though interviews may begin sooner. Decisions will be made when a qualified candidate is found, following phone/Skype interviews and consulting references. Email all materials as a single PDF file attachment using the subject header "Volunteer Research Assistant Application" to: Spencer Schubert Department of Biological Sciences Old Dominion University Email: sschu001@odu.edu
  24. Colorado State University – Fort Collins, Colorado POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Assistant Professor in Spatial Ecology LOCATION: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA APPOINTMENT: Nine-month, tenure-track, academic faculty QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Biology, Geography, or closely related field; ability to meet the minimum criteria of rank of assistant professor. Demonstrated research focus on spatial/landscape ecology involving fish and/or wildlife as well as experience in spatial data management, display, and analysis. Highly Desirable: 1) Excellence in spatially explicit ecological research as evidenced by a strong record of research and publication in high impact scientific journals; 2) research focus that addresses both applied and theoretical aspects of spatial/landscape ecology using a diversity of approaches and demonstrating conceptual breadth in fish and/or wildlife biology and conservation; 3) university teaching experience; 4) experience working collaboratively and across disciplines at local, regional, and global scales; 5) a strong commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology fields. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Establish an internationally recognized program of externally funded research and scholarly activity, including support for graduate students and involvement of undergraduate students; 2) teach two courses per year, one of which will be focused at the junior/senior undergraduate student level on a topic such as spatial/landscape ecology; 3) participate in professional and university service and outreach activities. SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Sick leave, group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement benefits are per University policy (http://hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/fap-insplans.html ) APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application materials include: 1) Cover letter, listing three representative publications of your work, 2) the names and contact information for 3 professional references, 3) statements of teaching philosophy, research interests, and commitment to inclusion and diversity (not to exceed 3 pages total), 4) curriculum vitae, and 5) graduate transcripts. All application materials should be submitted to: http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/60142 For questions contact: Prof. Mevin Hooten, Search Committee Chair. mevin.hooten@colostate.edu, 970-491-1415. DEADLINE: For full consideration by the search committee, all materials must be received by the application review deadline of Nov. 16, 2018. Preferred start date is August 16, 2019. ACADEMIC AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES: Colorado State University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students. It is located in Fort Collins, Colorado (http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/), an attractive and dynamic community of 164,000 residents at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins has been named one of the most desirable places to live by a variety of organizations. The region is home to a diverse range of ecosystems and land uses with numerous outdoor recreational activities. The Department (http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb-home/) offers Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Undergraduate students choose one or more concentrations in the major: a) Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, b) Conservation Biology, and c) Wildlife Biology. Faculty also advise graduate students in the inter- college Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (http://ecology.colostate.edu/), a premier interdisciplinary graduate program in ecology. The Department is one of the top-ranked programs nationally, comprising approximately 600 undergraduates, 60 graduate students, and 18 academic faculty. The Department houses the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Larval Fish Laboratory, and faculty have established strong connections with colleagues in other colleges, e.g., Warner College of Natural Resources, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Engineering, and other relevant units including the CSU Water Center and School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Faculty also team with a diverse group of local to national research partners, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA National Wildlife Research Center, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Experiment Station, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non- discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. Application materials of semifinalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.
  25. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/science/saltmarsh-sparrow-extinction.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront The species, which breeds in coastal marshes from Maine to Virginia, and lives only on the Atlantic Coast, has always been at the mercy of time and tide, nesting between the highest spring tides. But now a sea level rise of a fraction of an inch a year caused by climate change is pushing tides higher and higher, threatening the birds’ survival. Their population has been declining about nine percent a year since the late 1990s. They now number somewhere from 40,000 to 80,000, although overall population estimates are tentative because the birds are not always easy to find. Dr. Elphick and his colleagues recently predicted that they will reach a threshold, when the highest spring tides come too often to allow the birds time to raise their young. “After that threshold is crossed,” he says, “these birds have maybe six years before they’re extinct.”
  26. Description: This is a highly advanced professional position managing and coordinating activities associated with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Viewing Program’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. This is a career service position with an annual salary of $37,867.70 Duties and Responsibilities: · Provide overall strategic leadership to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (Trail)) including: o Working with partners, site managers, tourism groups and wildlife viewing stakeholders to deliver a high-quality experience to Trail users; o Engaging the Technical Assistance Group to obtain input for materials development and promotion methods o Leveraging partnerships to increase support of Trail o Managing the Trail’s physical infrastructure (wayfinding signs), support materials (guides) and communication tools (website and social media). · Coordinate outreach and promotion of the Trail to increase the number and diversity of Trail users. · Oversee the evaluation of the Trail and its products to assure user satisfaction. · Monitor trends and developments in wildlife viewing programs to improve and expand wildlife viewing in Florida. · Actively participate in the National Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Working Group · Promote Wildlife Viewing programs and FWC at outreach events · Represent the agency and Office of Public Access Services on appropriate committees. · Develop operational work plans and prepare required program reports. · Prepare and monitor program budget. · Respond to customer requests for information as needed. · Attend staff meetings, prepare required forms, participate in professional development courses, complete timesheets in a timely and through manor, respond to telephone and mail inquires. · Complete other duties as assigned. KSA’s · Knowledge of Florida’s natural communities · Knowledge of wildlife management practices · Ability to identify and interpret natural history information about birds, butterflies and other Florida wildlife · Excellent public speaking skills including leading field experiences · Experience in outreach and promotion · Advanced writing skills · Knowledge of social media and website maintenance · Skilled in operational planning and implementation · Skilled in using computer software applications particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe and Acrobat Professional. · Ability to travel when required (26% – 50%). · Ability to work independently and prioritize work. · Ability to collaborate with others. · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. · Ability to create and distribute routine reports. · Ability to utilize problem solving techniques and apply critical thinking skills. · Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments. · Ability to collect, organize, evaluate and analyze data. · Ability to design, edit and produce a variety of program materials. · Ability to maintain a valid drives’ license. · Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Minimum Qualification: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a life or physical science. A master’s degree is preferred. Apply: Online at https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/TALLAHASSEE-FISHERIES-&-WILDLIFE-BIO-SCIENTIST-III-77001068-FL-32399/505310000/
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