Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org.
The Population Analyst is a full-time position to apply tools and concepts from population biology to help manage zoo and wild populations. This may include analyzing demographic data, conducting population viability analyses (PVAs), and assisting or conducting research on small population management. Through individual projects, the Population Analyst will be working collaboratively with conservation partners managing field programs around the world, and with zoo and aquarium professionals managing zoo populations. The Population Analyst will work with a team of scientists in the Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology and the AZA Population Management Center based at Lincoln Park Zoo, with a preferred start date of August 2018.
Essential Job Functions:
Work with conservation managers to support science-based management of zoo and wild populations, including those with reintroduction or translocation components.
Work with conservation managers to conduct PVAs for animal populations, including analysis of retrospective demographic data and population modeling using Vortex.
Assist collaborators with managing individual-based animal data (e.g., providing training on relevant principles and software, advising on best practices).
Collaborate with the Research Scientist on research projects related to small population management.
Prepare reports or manuscripts to summarize project results and facilitate interpretation.
Present at scientific conferences and professional meetings.
Participate in the Department’s team approach to research and data management.
Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Successful candidates will ideally have a strong background in population biology, including the use and interpretation of deterministic and stochastic population models.
Strong analytical skills, including demonstrated proficiency in quantitative data analysis and ability to learn new software relatively quickly. Proficiency in Vortex and the statistical software R is strongly preferred.
Strong collaborative skills, including experience working successfully in culturally diverse and interdisciplinary teams
Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing, to scientific and non-scientific audiences. Experience publishing scientific manuscripts is desirable.
Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects.
Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors, general public, and colleagues at other institutions.
Ability to represent the Zoo and the project team in a professional manner at all times.
Available to attend work meetings as assigned, which may occur outside of the regular work schedule and/or require travel outside of Chicago.
Must be able to work at computer for 6-7 hours per day.
Masters degree in biology, population ecology, or related discipline required. Experience working with conservation managers, threatened species management, and/or reintroduction programs is desirable.
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