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Bird Conservancy of the Rockies


Fort Collins, Colorado


United States

Last Date to Apply:

27 Oct 2017


The person in this position will work within a dynamic team of biometricians and biologists to answer pressing regional management questions about bird populations using a large bird survey database. The Bird Conservancy manages one of the largest coordinated bird monitoring programs in the nation entitled Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program (http://www.birdconservancy.org/what-we-do/science/monitoring/imbcr-program/).


About the Organization:
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (BCR) is a non-profit that is headquartered at the Environmental Learning Center at Barr Lake State Park with a satellite office in Fort Collins and fieldwork outposts in the Great Plains Region. BCR conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of Science, Education and land Stewardship. Our work radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. We are innovative leaders in bird monitoring, research and stewardship. We support a dedicated team of scientists, educators and biologists. We have an annual budget of nearly $5 million, which is primarily from federal/state grants and agreements. The organization will be celebrating 30 years of conservation and education efforts in 2018.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
· Work within a team to apply sampling design and data analysis techniques. Common estimation and modeling methods include point-transect distance sampling, hierarchical abundance models, site occupancy, and spatial-temporal analysis of long-term monitoring data. Experience with Bayesian analysis frameworks is preferred.
· Collaborate and consult with internal and external colleagues and partners to conduct data analyses and develop conservation support tools that are useful for land and wildlife management agencies.
· Communicate results, including authorship of peer-reviewed manuscripts, grant proposals, and reports as well as interpreting and sharing results with land managers and public audiences directly through various outlets.


Other Duties:
· As assigned
· Contribute to a healthy organization culture of a growing non-profit dedicated to bird conservation


Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted):
· PhD (preferred, MS required) in ecology, statistics, wildlife biology or zoology, with a strong understanding of math/stats and relevant experience in ecology or wildlife biology.
· Experience developing abundance and occupancy models that account for incomplete detection
· Proficiency in habitat relationship and landscape modelling
· Knowledge of current approaches to assessing ecosystem health including ecological integrity, resilience, and resistance.
· Superior R programming skills beyond basic model implementation
· Strong written and verbal communication skills
· Bayesian estimation and modeling, desired
· Geographic Information Systems, desired
· Structured Query Language, desired
· Knowledge of various field methods to monitor bird populations, desired


To Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three references IN ONE DOCUMENT named “Last Name – biometrician 2017” (with Subject line same as document name) to Luke George at luke.george@birdconservancy.org; Microsoft Word or PDF files only.


Application deadline: 27 October 2017. All applications will be reviewed as they are received.


No relocation funds available.


The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer.