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  • National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator


    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Virginia Tech
      Location: VA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 08/27/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    The National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator (United States)
    will:

    1) identify social science research priorities within the bird conservation
    community; 2) connect those bird conservation partnerships needing social
    science support with appropriate social scientists and other resources; 3)
    serve as a liaison between researchers and bird conservation professionals
    on high priority bird conservation social science study teams; 4)
    collaborate with other social scientists to develop resources and tools to
    increase social science knowledge and capacity within the bird conservation
    community;5) interpret, synthesize, and translate results from social
    sciences that are relevant to bird conservation; 6) provide expert review
    for bird conservation-related social science surveys and other types of
    products; and 7) coordinate and translate social science research relevant
    to bird conservation on topics with broad transferability. In 2018-2020
    projects will focus on 1) a study of private landowners' behaviors and
    participation in the Conservation Reser
     ve Program and 2) a study of wildlife recreationists (i.e., hunters,
    anglers, viewers, and birdwatchers.

    The Coordinator will serve as the co-chair of the North American Bird
    Conservation Initiative's (NABCI) Human Dimensions Subcommittee and
    coordinate relevant priorities as identified in NABCI's Strategic Plan and
    the subcommittee's work plan.  He/she will work closely with the NABCI
    partners and Joint Ventures. Additionally, the Coordinator will regularly
    engage with other human dimensions and communications groups within the bird
    conservation community including the North American Waterfowl Management
    Plan's Human Dimensions Working Group/Public Engagement Team and other
    agencies' human dimensions specialists (e.g., the USFWS National Wildlife
    Refuge System's Human Dimensions Branch, state agency HD specialists).

    The position requires frequent travel throughout Virginia and the US.

    Required Qualifications:

    M.S. in social sciences related to conservation, natural resources, and/or
    wildlife management. Knowledge of social science (e.g., psychology,
    sociology) concepts, principles, and methods as applied to wildlife or other
    natural resource management sufficient to identify research needs, provide
    technical support, develop project methods, analyze data, write reports, and
    present technically accurate and actionable results. Demonstrated experience
    building relationships with decision-makers and ensuring social science
    results are applied to conservation planning, program development, and
    policy. Experience communicating scientific results and methods to
    conservation professionals through trainings and web-based materials.
    Experience in project coordination and management of complex projects
    involving multiple stakeholders. Expertise in qualitative and quantitative
    social science data collection methods (i.e., surveys, interviews, focus
    groups), data analysis, and statistical pro
     grams (e.g., SPSS).Demonstrated skills in collaborating with others on
    teams to accomplish shared objectives. Excellent oral and written
    communication skills and organizational skills.

    Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in social science related to conservation,
    natural resources, and/or wildlife management or at least 3 years of
    relevant professional experience.
    Knowledge of bird conservation partnerships and initiatives. Experience
    conducting social science research to better understand key audiences who
    affect bird conservation, including recreationists, private landowners or
    public land managers. Experience with social-ecological research,
    integrating methods and results from multiple disciplines.

    Familiarity with private lands issues and Farm Bill conservation programs.
    Experience designing and leading trainings about social science results and
    methods to conservation professionals with a biological background.
    Experience in aiding conservation professional or stakeholders in
    identifying shared priorities or research needs. Demonstrated experience in
    managing multiple projects and associated timelines

    To apply, please complete the online application at
    BlockedCaution-https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/87683Blocked <
    BlockedCaution-https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/87683Blocked >  by the
    revised
    review date of August 27, 2018.  If you have any questions please email Dr.
    Ashley Dayer at dayer@vt.edu < Caution-mailto:dayer@vt.edu > .

    Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or
    applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity,
    gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion,
    sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis
    protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies,
    contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010
    or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW,
    Blacksburg, VA 24061.

     



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