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Program Associate in Wildlife
Arkansas Forest Resources Center
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
POSITION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is seeking to fill a Wildlife Research Associate position to support the research program of Dr. Douglas Osborne in the area of wild turkey population ecology. This position is a 12-month, one-year appointment with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.
LOCATION: The Arkansas Forest Resources Center is headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus in partnership with the School of Forestry & Natural Resources. The Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas Center of Excellence, has the mission of developing and delivering superior programs in research and extension that enhance and ensure the sustainability of forest-based natural resources. Research is administered through the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will work toward better understanding population dynamics of wild turkey in Arkansas. The project will use data from trail cameras and satellite telemetry, in conjunction with spatial capture-recapture (SCR) models to estimate abundance and predict spatial variation in density. Additional work may involve analysis of telemetry and band recovery data to estimate impacts of harvest rates on population dynamics. Some field work consisting of turkey capture, and deployment of transmitters and trail cameras may be involved. This project will involve collaborative efforts with personnel from state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will take lead responsibility on developing population abundance and density estimates of wild turkeys and will be expected to present work at conferences, and prepare and submit publications for leading research journals.
QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED: M.S. degree in Wildlife Management, Conservation, or Ecology; or a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management, Conservation, Ecology, plus three years of related experience; ability to begin work no later than March 5, 2018; expertise in quantitative wildlife ecology; advanced experience with Program R, satellite telemetry studies, trail camera data, band recovery data, and mark-recapture analysis; familiarity with Bayesian statistics, and harvest and band recovery data. The candidate must have good written and oral communication skills, and be able to work independently and also as a member of a research team. A track record of leadership, publications, and relevant conference presentations is desired.
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits.
APPLICATION: Please visit jobs.uark.edu to apply for this position, # NCA159P. You must electronically submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae, a copy of your academic transcripts, any prior publications, and contact information for 3 references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position in filled.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/
equal access/affirmative action institution.