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  1. The Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN), based in Patagonia, Arizona, is seeking prospective postdocs interested in pursuing joint funding for research related to the ecology and conservation of hummingbirds. We seek postdoc collaborators with strong backgrounds in avian ecology, plant-animal interactions, macro-ecology, and/or modeling who wish to pursue postdoc funding through organizations such as NSF or the Smith Conservation Fellowship program. The postdoc would help develop our research program and would have access to data we have collected, primarily a field dataset shared by HMN and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México that spans 7 years, 12 study sites, and includes data from point counts, floral counts, nest searches, and vegetation structure. The postdoc would also co-author papers associated with our monitoring and audio migration studies. The postdoc could build a topic around using previously collected data and/or collecting additional data. Other benefits to the postdoc of pursuing joint funding with HMN include interaction with a large network of scientists, university faculty, and conservation practitioners in the US, Ecuador, Mexico, and Canada, and the opportunity to mentor student from the US and abroad. HMN has published articles in high-impact journals such as Ecosphere, Science Advances, and Royal Society Open Sciences. We regularly give talks at conferences including North American Ornithological Conferences, Partners In Flight, and Neotropical Ornithological Conference. Interested prospective postdocs should reach out early so a fellowship topic can be developed in conjunction with HMN scientists and conservation practitioners. If you are interested in pursuing funding together, please contact Susan Wethington at swething@dakotacom.net with a CV. We look forward to hearing from you!
  2. The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellowship a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship and research grant program. The NatureNet Science Fellows program bridges academic excellence and conservation practice to create a new generation of climate change leaders who combine the rigor of academic science with real-world application. The outstanding early-career scientists in this 2-year postdoctoral program differ from other postdocs in two major ways: 1. They have prioritized improving and expanding their research skills- directing their efforts towards problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business, technology, and people; AND 2. They are committed to their professional development- participating and applying trainings designed to improve skills in science communication, working-group facilitation, and leadership. Recognizing that The Nature Conservancy's conservation mission is best advanced by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures- NatureNet encourages applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The call for applications features two post-doctoral opportunities. Read the Eligibility and Award Terms carefully to determine the best fit for your research program. For both programs, applicants should identify a project and mentors from the available list: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/ FULL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP Applicants will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a senior scholar (or scholars) from our 2019 Partner Universities- Brown University; Columbia University; Stanford University; Science for Nature and People Partnership, University of California - Los Angeles; University of Minnesota; University of Virginia; or the University of Queensland to develop a research program. The Conservancy expects post-doctoral appointments to start between May and September. Each Fellow will receive a non-negotiable annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives an annual travel budget of approximately $5,000 and an annual research fund of approximately $20,000. Second-year renewal of the fellowship is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. RESEARCH GRANT Applicants and a university mentor from their host institution collaborate with a Nature Conservancy mentor to develop a research application. Each grantee will receive a research stipend of $20,000, with the grant period expected to run for two consecutive years. Second-year renewal of the grant is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program. The Conservancy will distribute grant funds between May and September. Funds are awarded directly to the grantee's institution and may be used by the grantee for such purposes as equipment, technical assistance, professional travel, trainee support, or any other activity directly related to the grantees's research. Salary support is limited to a maximum of three months of the established academic salary (not including IDC). For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellowship and to apply please visit: https://naturenetsciencefellows.org/ Dawn O'Neal, Ph.D. | Director NNSF and SIP | Global Science | dawn.oneal@tnc.org
  3. Registration is open for the course Introduction to Ecological Niche Modeling Dates: November 19th-23rd, 2018, Barcelona (Spain) INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Neftalí Sillero (Centro de Investigação em Ciências Geo-Espaciais Portugal). Program and registration: http://bit.ly/intro-niche-modelling-transmitting-science This course will teach you the base theory of ecological niche modelling and its main methodologies. By the end of this 5-day practical course, you will have the capacity to perform ecological niche models and understand their results. You will be able to choose and apply the correct methodology depending in the aim of your study and type of datasets. The course will be mainly practical, with some theoretical lectures. All modelling processes and calculations will be performed with R, the free software environment for statistical computing and graphics (http://www.r-project.org/). Students will learn to use modelling algorithms like Maxent, Bioclim, Domain, and logistic regressions, and R packages for computing ENMs like Dismo and Biomod2. Also, students will learn to compare different ecological niche models with Ecospat package. This course is orientated to PhD and MSc students, as well as other students and researchers working on biogeography, spatial ecology, or related disciplines. Requeriments: Basic knowledge in Geographical Information Systems and R statistical package is necessary. PLACE: Capellades, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by Transmitting Science. Places are limited and will be covered by strict registration order. With best regards Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno,PhD. Scientific Director Transmitting Science http://www.transmittingscience.org/
  4. https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Tompkins-County/Collections-Development-Manager_WDR-00014401 The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a globally renowned nonprofit institution that advances research, education, citizen science, and conservation to improve the understanding and protection of birds and biodiversity. A vibrant unit within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Lab has 12 interdisciplinary programs directed by full-time faculty and staff. The Macaulay Library (ML) is the world’s largest (over 6,750,000 media assets) and oldest (started in 1929) scientific archive of biodiversity media recordings (audio, video and photos); it is the most heavily used archive of its kind in the world. Collections Development Manager Extension Support Specialist II - Band F Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University The Lab of Ornithology is currently seeking a Collections Development Manager. Specific duties include: Strategically grow the ML archive, increase rates of data collection and improve data quality. Lead activities and projects that work collaboratively with ML staff and other Lab programs, particularly Information Science, as well as outside partners. Work with Program Manager and ML leadership to set overall strategies that align with ML’s mission and the Lab’s strategic priorities. In collaboration with the ML leadership, develop goals and priorities for collections development that will ensure the expansion of the ML archive to better serve clients; build strategic partnerships with institutions and individuals; provide guidance and contribute to the development of online tools and other mechanisms/strategies to facilitate acquisition of media specimens and data from contributors; expand ML’s training efforts to become state-of-the-art and global in scope; sustain a fleet of professional audiovisual field recording equipment for use in the field; and organize and conduct training workshops in collaboration with other Lab programs (particularly eBird and Bioacoustics Research Program) and partners. Basic functions and responsibilities include the following: Collections Development and Strategic Partnerships Development: In collaboration with ML’s Program Manager, Collections Management Leader, and other Lab staff, define strategic plans and projects to increase the rate of media submission and data quality. Facilitate communication, coordination and high-level collaboration with research groups, institutions, biological collections and media archives around the world, particularly with respect to development of biodiversity audiovisual collections. Outreach, Training Activities, and Research Facilitation: Design, implement, and conduct audiovisual field recording, media editing, data management, and recording analysis training programs and related educational resources. Fundraising: Initiate and/or substantially contribute to the identification, preparation and securing of grant proposals and other fundraising efforts in support of the Macaulay Library. This may include recruitment of corporate and institutional partnerships, in addition to foundations or government funding. Project Management: Provide day-to-day functional leadership by overseeing projects and managing workflows, including setting priorities, coordinating individual and group activities and managing activities to meet project deadlines. Facilitate communication within and across teams to ensure that project goals/deadlines are met. Annual term appointment with possible renewal based on performance and available funding. Based in Ithaca, NY. Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references. Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in biological sciences, museum studies, information sciences or other relevant field. Less than 5 years of experience with a combination of: using/curating biological research collections, using audiovisual media for scholarly activities, large-scale digital asset management initiatives, and/or biodiversity informatics data management projects and initiatives. Advanced identification skills and experience with birds. Advanced sound and video recording, and/or photography experience. Must have a record of successfully meeting schedules and milestones of projects involving multiple stages, participants and stakeholders. Demonstrated record of success in large-scale project leadership and management. Experience with audiovisual media recording technology, manipulation and archival practices, with emphasis on birds and natural history. Experience using audiovisual media collections for research, formal and informal science education, and/or public outreach. Mastery of standard office management software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint , etc). Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must have ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport and driver’s license. Must be able to think critically and make a positive contribution to ML’s and the Cornell Lab’s mission. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in biology or related field with at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience. Demonstrated track record of obtaining extramural funding. Experience mentoring and advising undergraduate students. Advanced knowledge and multiple years of experience using eBird. Fluency in Spanish highly preferred. When applying through our system, please remember to attach your application materials (resume/cover letter/CV) in either Microsoft Word or PDF. In the Experience section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the ‘Drop Files Here’ box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to create a profile online please click here as an external candidate or click here if you are an internal candidate Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position; not eligible to apply. Relocation assistance is not provided for this position. University Job Title: Extension Supp Spec II Level: F Pay Rate Type: Salary Company: Contract College Contact Name: Sue Taggart Number of Openings: 1 Current Employees: If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell. Online Submission Guidelines: Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 254-7232, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at equalopportunity@cornell.edu. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. 2018-04-13-07:00
  5. I re-posted this due to its relevance to some OE viewers. For specific information on the course offerings, you'll have to visit the PRStatistics website.
  6. Join the lab! NSF Post-doc available We are currently recruiting for a post-doctoral fellow in the lab. We are an inter-disciplinary lab, studying the interactions between community ecology and evolutionary biology using cutting-edge statistical techniques. We are looking for someone with experience in community ecology or evolutionary biology, who is interested in analysing the co-occurrences and associations of many taxonomic groups with the NEON data. The position is fully-funded, and includes money to travel to conferences and working groups. The one-page summary of the funded NSF MacroSystems proposal is available at this link, and the majority of the the detailed proposal summary is available at this link. What you would be doing. Modelling the eco-phylogenetic structure of the species at NEON sites to better understand, and predict, the evolutionary and ecological constraints on community assembly across North America. More details are provided in the links above. Desirable skills. Strong statistical skills and knowledge of R, and a strong background in at least one of community ecology, trait macro-evolution, biogeography, or eco-phylogenetics. You should have a strong publication record, be comfortable working in an inter-disciplinary environment, and have good oral and written communication skills. More details are given on the job posting at this link. Location. The lab is located at Utah State university (USA). Surrounded by beautiful national parks and rivers on all sides, it’s the perfect place to study biology (and go hiking, skiing, climbing, swimming…)! If the outdoors isn’t enough for you, the bright lights of Salt Lake City (host of the 2002 Winter Olympics) are right on your doorstep. How to apply. Please fill out the application at Utah State University’s website by clicking this link. We need someone to start in the position as soon as possible: the position will be filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We welcome applications from anyone from any background: regardless of ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexuality, or any form of impairment, you will be welcome in the lab. http://pearselab.com/join-the-lab/
  7. Melanie Colón

    Wildlife Specialist

    Attached is a job announcement for the Wildlife Services program, which will be hiring 38 wildlife specialist positions to fill NTE 12-month vacancies in 12 eastern states, including Louisiana. The person selected for each job will assist with various duties related to overall Program objectives and goals specified at the state level, and may include work with feral swine, urban wildlife, aquatic rodents, and others. Applicants who apply for this job should have a strong work ethic; be able to follow instructions; be willing to work independently and alone, often during inclement weather and at night; be willing to work in highly secured environments; have strong verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills; and, have ability to, use specialized equipment, that may include capture and scaring devices, firearms; ATV’s; marine craft, and computers. Additionally, incumbent will be required to maintain work diaries, electronic data, field equipment, and vehicles. Because of the firearms-use requirement and need to work in restricted working environments, incumbent will be subject to a detailed background check and drug testing. Incumbent will be required to obtain mandatory job-related certifications (e.g., firearms qualification training, airfield operations, etc.) identified at start of work. These positions are temporary, 13-month appointments subject to annual renewal. Also, positions do not convey any special competitive status in future job searches. The attached general vacancy announcement for all aforementioned positions include full instructions for applying. Note that this announcement is only open for 5 days, beginning June 4,2018, and closing June 8, 2018. Applications should be sent to the POC at the State office handling the position (e.g., the Florida State office POC gets applications for Florida positions, Louisiana State office for Louisiana positions, etc.) The POC’s and addresses for these offices are listed in the 2nd attachment to this email. Applications should be postmarked no later than the specified closing date. Missing or erroneous information may disqualify applicants from further consideration. Please provide transcripts if using education in lieu of experience. Note, also, that no moving expenses will be provided. Please post this announcement in an appropriate location and distribute to interested employees/students/ persons if you can. Please email/call if you have any questions. This announcement is being distributed widely to a number of individual, university, and state/federal government recipients. It has also been distributed internally within our Program. We hope to have someone hired as soon as possible after applications can be reviewed. USDA is an equal opportunity employer POC-Contact Office3JM POC List 5-23-18 Updated.docx V-Announcement Exc Svc Vac Batch Draft 5-18.docx
  8. By Guest Employer: International Data Week Location: Gaborone Country: Botswana Last Date to Apply: 06/24/2018 Open Until Filled: Yes Thursday at 01:08 AM I am writing to you as the organiser or owner of Biodiversity Data Management Safeguarding Species by 2040 with Session ID 180 which has been accepted for SciDataCon, part of International Data Week 2018. Good news! Following a large number of requests and the some practical reasons relating to the review process, the organisers have decided to extend the deadline for abstracts and posters for SciDataCon part of International Data Week to Mon 25 June (23:59 UTC). International Data Week will take place in Gaborone, Botswana on 5-8 November 2018 with a number of related events before and after. In an integrated programme it combines SciDataCon, the international conference on issues of data in research and the 12th RDA Plenary Meeting There will be stimulating keynotes, panels and workshops and other events, including the CODATA General Assembly before and after the main conference. International Data Week is a global conference taking place in Africa. It encompasses all issues relating to data in research from cutting edge issues in data science (the digital frontiers of global science), through challenges of data intensive research, research infrastructures, data stewardship, the use of data in science, society, innovation and development. International Data Week is organised by CODATA the Research Data Alliance, the World Data System the African Open Science Platform and the Botswana Open Data Open Science Forum, represented by the University of Botswana. Publicise your session! As a session organiser please publicise your session; please take responsibility actively to make sure that any names speakers submit their abstracts and please do your best to solicit additional papers. You can point participants and prospective authors to your session description page which has the URL: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/NNN/ where NNN is the three number session ID. If you wish to make any improvements to the session description, particularly for example to attract additional papers, you can do so by sending a revised text to info@scidatacon.org as well as to Asha Law <asha@codata.org> and to Simon Hodson <simon@codata.org> Please note that if a given session receives a greater number of quality papers than foreseen, there is the possibility of expanding that session over more than one slot. Conversely, if a session does not receive a sufficient number of quality papers then the session will not be retained in the programme and any accepted papers will be redistributed accordingly. Important Links Call for Papers: https://www.scidatacon.org/conference/IDW2018/call_for_papers/ List of Accepted Sessions: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/ Conference Themes and Scope: https://www.scidatacon.org/conference/IDW2018/conference_themes_and_scope/ Submission Page: https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/submit/ We reproduce below the information from the acceptance e-mail you received after review of your session proposal. With very best wishes, Raymond Katebaka,
  9. From PRstatistics We still have a few places left on the course "Species distribution/occupancy modelling using PRESENCE and R (OCCU01)" with the registration deadline soon approaching (15.06.18) https://www.prstatistics.com/course/species-distributionoccupancy-modelling- using-r-occu01/ This course will be held in Glasgow from the 25th - 29th June 2018 This course is being provided through a collaboration of PR statistics and Proteus and will be delivered by Dr. Darryl MacKenzie Course Overview: The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modeling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in “false absences” causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection. This workshop will cover many of the latest methods for modeling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Including: • estimating level of occurrence at single point in time • identifying factors that influence species occurrence • creating species distribution maps • modelling changes in distribution over time • study design Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. The first four days will comprise of formal lectures and exercises, and the final morning will be an informal discussion/consulting session where participants can work on their own data, talk one-on-one with the instructor, etc.
  10. The position will teach a 16-week undergraduate/Master’s split course on Behavioral Ecology (Monday and Wednesday 3:30-4:45pm from Aug. 27 through Dec. 5, 2018 plus a final exam the week of Dec. 10). The faculty member will be responsible for classroom instruction, student consultation outside of class time (at least 1.5 hours per week), grading, and grade submission. The position also will be responsible for coordination with the Director of the M.S. in Environmental Biology (Dr. Kris Voss). Minimum Qualifications An Environmental Science, Ecology, Behavior, Anthropology, or Biology, or equivalent Doctoral degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association is required. Successful candidates will have professional, research, or teaching experience in behavioral ecology. If interested, please visit: http://jobs.regis.edu/postings/3489
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  12. Postdoctoral Conservation Research and Teaching Fellow The American Museum of Natural History offers a unique opportunity for a recent Ph.D. who is interested in both biodiversity conservation research and educating the next generation of students in applied biodiversity conservation. The purpose of this position is to conduct scientific research with a focus on biodiversity conservation, and teach in the Museum's Student Research Mentoring Program as it expands biodiversity conservation research opportunities for high school students from historically underrepresented groups. For more information and to apply go to: https://careers.amnh.org/postings/1461
  13. District Biologist/District Forester Agency National Wild Turkey Federation Location Pacific Northwest United States Job Category Full time Positions Salary DOE Start Date 08/13/2018 Last Date to Apply 07/15/2018 Website http://www.nwtf.org/ Description POSITION SUMMARY The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) is seeking qualified candidates for a District Biologist or District Forester position overseeing NWTF conservation program delivery in the Pacific Northwest. The exact area of responsibility is to be determined but potential states of responsibility could include Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The primary objective for this position is to help achieve the conservation mission, and goals and objectives of the NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. This is accomplished through strategic alignment of State and District activities in partnership with other NWTF field staff, NWTF volunteers, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), major gift contributors and corporate partners. “The work of the District Biologist/District Forester should focus on both the maintenance and expansion of conservation delivery in the District resulting in the development of new partnerships, innovative matching fund sources and an efficient and effective investment of NWTF resources through the selection of quality projects”. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS • Represents the NWTF at state & district meetings • Assists with coordination of the Hunting Heritage Super Fund and serves on the Super Fund Committee for their respective state(s), assists regional directors with chapter development activities, and assists Directors of Development in prioritization of focal landscapes along with associated PR materials and marketing • Works closely with state and federal wildlife agencies: may include serving on the state’s wild turkey committee, attending agency and commission meetings, partnering on hunting heritage programs, and collaborating on large-scale habitat conservation projects on public and private lands • Works closely with US Forest Service, State Forestry agency and NRCS in the development and delivery of conservation strategies and projects through stewardship agreement, Good Neighbor Authority, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects as well as other delivery tools. May also include participating in Forest Plan Revision review, serving on district-level forestry committees and in meetings with forestry partners. • Tracks important hunting and conservation related regulations and legislation, land use planning and policy within the district. Communicate regularly with State Chapter President and NWTF Volunteer Relations staff and may serve as the NWTF Policy lead for the district. • Identifies funding sources to support conservation delivery objectives. These might include grants, contracts, donations, sponsorships and special game permit auction proceeds. • Provides relevant information to NWTF staff, volunteers and Communications Department for promotion, marketing and awareness of district STH2 priorities and activities. Contributes to Turkey Country magazine / Turkey Call television, NWTF state newsletters, websites, blogs, etc. as requested. • Other Functions: Position will assist in development / review of research projects, administers projects, assists state agency with wild turkey trap and transfer activities, assists Regional Directors with chapter development and outreach activities, and works with Development staff on major gift fundraising opportunities REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS – This position reports to the Conservation Field Manager for the Northwest Area. Position will serve as the work leader for contractors working on conservation projects within the district and will be responsible for contractor monitoring/oversight on specific project activities. QUALIFICATIONS • Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources related field and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master’s Degree or equivalent OR a Bachelors degree in forestry from a SAF-Accredited Program, and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent. • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of game and non-game species habitat management in the ecosystems where they will be working and a solid working knowledge of ecosystems and forest management within district of work • Ability to work independently without close supervision and ability to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required • Must have good public speaking and presentation skills for both technical and nontechnical audiences • Basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft office • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques AND/OR strong knowledge of forest management and associated research techniques • Knowledge of wildlife population dynamics, knowledge of wildlife capture, monitoring and handling techniques in addition to accepted forestry practices • Ability to identify tree species, wildlife species, shrubs and invasive species within the district and to read, understand and keep abreast of wildlife research and management peer-reviewed journals • Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas, communicate with land managers and provide advice to agency workers in the field • Must be willing to incur moderate travel within respective state(s) and district including overnight stays of 3 to 5 nights or more PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Masters degree and three (3) or more years of professional experience • In-depth knowledge of wild turkeys, big game or upland game birds • Able to meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist OR able to meet the requirements for SAF Certified Forester or Registered Forester status • Experience managing large projects with multiple objectives • Experience working with major gift contributors • Policy and legislative experience • Experience working with State and Federal agencies, and corporate / industry partners PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS Applicant must be able and willing to: • Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted • Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently. Qualifications QUALIFICATIONS • Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resources related field and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master’s Degree or equivalent OR a Bachelors degree in forestry from a SAF-Accredited Program, and a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience, and/or a Master’s degree or equivalent. • Employee must possess a solid working knowledge of game and non-game species habitat management in the ecosystems where they will be working and a solid working knowledge of ecosystems and forest management within district of work • Ability to work independently without close supervision and ability to determine work priorities daily, weekly and monthly to maximize time efficiency is required • Must have good public speaking and presentation skills for both technical and nontechnical audiences • Basic computer skills such as e-mail, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft office • Strong knowledge of wildlife habitat management, population management, harvest management and research techniques AND/OR strong knowledge of forest management and associated research techniques • Knowledge of wildlife population dynamics, knowledge of wildlife capture, monitoring and handling techniques in addition to accepted forestry practices • Ability to identify tree species, wildlife species, shrubs and invasive species within the district and to read, understand and keep abreast of wildlife research and management peer-reviewed journals • Ability to navigate in remote and rural areas, communicate with land managers and provide advice to agency workers in the field • Must be willing to incur moderate travel within respective state(s) and district including overnight stays of 3 to 5 nights or more PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS • Masters degree and three (3) or more years of professional experience • In-depth knowledge of wild turkeys, big game or upland game birds • Able to meet the requirements for a TWS Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist OR able to meet the requirements for SAF Certified Forester or Registered Forester status • Experience managing large projects with multiple objectives • Experience working with major gift contributors • Policy and legislative experience • Experience working with State and Federal agencies, and corporate / industry partners PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS Applicant must be able and willing to: • Work alone in a diverse range of climatic and topographic conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures, biting insects, and snakes, possibly in remote areas with limited access and amenities and other extreme conditions as warranted • Walk several miles per day in the conditions described above and drive and/or ride long distances frequently. Contact Person Lisa Wart Contact Phone 8036377314 Contact eMail lwart@nwtf.net
  14. Summer Sage-grouse Habitat Inventory Technician Needed-Montana Agency Montana State University Location Glasgow, MT Job Category Temporary/Seasonal Positions Salary 2250 Start Date 06/01/2018 Last Date to Apply 08/15/2018 Website http://animalrange.montana.edu/faculty/rangescience/mcnwildlifeecol.html Description Seasonal technicians are needed for a study evaluating habitat selection, movements, and demography of greater sage-grouse in scenic north-central Montana. Duties will include: conducting radio-telemetry, monitoring nests and broods, and measuring habitat conditions. These tasks require individuals who are mentally and physically prepared for long days in the field and various environmental adversities. Such adversities could include: challenging backcountry navigation, UV radiation, biting insects, rugged terrain, dust, wind, harsh weather, and wild animals. We will be consistently examining the sagebrush-steppe so some experience with and knowledge of this ecosystem type is desired. Applicants should be comfortable working in groups or independently while also remaining focused during repetitive outdoor tasks. The work schedule will be adaptively managed by the graduate student leading field research. The nature of large scale field work typically necessitates long hours in the field. Rain may postpone field efforts but working in bouts of inclement weather should be expected. Days off may include a disproportionate amount of rainy days which may make study area roads impassable. Technicians will be working roughly 5 ten-hour days per week; the exact schedule will be influenced by the ecosystem being researched. Qualifications A positive attitude, excellent work ethic, and motivation to contribute to conservation science. Preference will be given to applicants having experience with sage-grouse radio-telemetry, nest checks, mortality assessments and especially applicants with training and experience conducting habitat inventories or vegetation surveys. Applicants familiar with or trained in BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring protocol are highly desirable. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Other important qualifications include: • safely operating four-wheel drive vehicles and ATVs in rugged terrain • navigating with GPS receivers, as well as maps and a compass • first aid training and practiced wilderness safety habits • exceptional organization and proven data-handling skills • knowledge of the plants of Montana especially the Northern Great Plains • communicating professionally with co-workers to help ensure crew health and project success Prepare a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should describe your relevant experience and interest in this position. Resumes should include at least three references. Send these application materials as a Microsoft Word document or PDF to Trapper Haynam at robert.haynam@montana.edu. Please name the file using the date of submission and your full name: 2018-05-28_SAGRtech_FirstNameLastName. Applications must be submitted no later than June 15th. The position will close when a qualified applicant is found. Contact Person Trapper Haynam Contact Phone 307-690-1935 Contact eMail robert.haynam@montana.edu
  15. 2018 SUMMER FIELD COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT TROPICAL AVIAN ECOLOGY (TAE C-18) COURSE LOCATION: Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Boca del Drago, Isla Colon, Republic of Panama. The biological station is located on a hill facing Almirante Bay and Volcan Baru on the mainland. Coral reef and lowland tropical rainforest ecosystems are immediately accessible from the field station. This juxtaposition of the two most biologically diverse ecosystems along with Panama's rich cultural diversity provides tremendous opportunities for education and research. See http://www.itec-edu.org for details. INSTRUCTOR: Julio Gallardo, Ph.D. cand., Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mississippi State University, USGS Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Phone: 662-341-6617. Email: fcg384@msstate.edu, jcgallardodelangel@gmail.com COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will start with a gentle introduction to the ecology of tropical birds and their habitats. We will then analyze fundamental concepts of evolution and ecology and discuss bird conservation issues. The main purpose of the course is to provide students with a relevant background in ecology, biogeography, and evolution to build an understanding of natural history as it links to social issues and bird conservation in the tropical Americas. We will be discussing ecological constraints that shape bird diversity in terms of behavioral adaptations, habitats, sexual selection and the evolution of tropical birds. The course will be composed of lectures and critiques of research articles aiming to foster class discussions in which students will help each other breakdown arguments into their various components to question and evaluate them. We will also spend a good amount of time outdoors watching birds, linking class with field observations. Through the length of the course, we will nurse the value of educated observations in ecology to identify patterns, ask questions, and find creative answers to practical problems. Students will learn the principles of bird study design and the basic use of analytical tools to address a research question and conservation needs. The course includes a practical component, where students will design and implement field projects individually and in small groups. COURSE TOPICS: · Introduction to the tropics Tropical origins Tropical environments · Introduction to Neotropical birds Introduction to bird identification Neotropical bird families Biogeography of Neotropical avifauna Birds of Central America and Panama · Behavioral Ecology of tropical birds Life history traits and breeding seasons Principals of sexual selection and mating systems Territoriality and communication · Niche concept and tropical birds Evolution of the concept Abundance, distribution, and niche Niche on a macroscale · Introduction to bird migration The migratory process Migration patterns Population constraints and migration Bird migration in the Americas · Introduction to tropical island ecology Introduction to island theory Island biotas and island adaptations Island Conservation · Animal abundance estimation Reasons behind commonness and rarity: the big picture Speciation in the tropics Introduction to habitat selection in birds · From populations to communities Introduction to population Introduction to community ecology Measures of diversity · Project design How to design a research project Behavioral studies Monitoring projects · Data management and analysis Introduction to statistical inference Introduction to program R Basic statistical tools in R Introduction to abundance and occupancy modeling in R READINGS: Readings corresponding to lecture-topics will be assigned from the course text and from relevant articles in the primary literature. In addition, each student will read, critique, and provide oral reports on published papers from the primary literature. REQUIRED TEXTS: Hilty, S. 2005. Birds of the tropical Americas: a watcher¹s introduction to behavior, breeding and diversity. Texas University Press, Austin, TX. Kricher, J. 2017. The new Neotropical companion. Princeton University Press, Princeton. Angehr, G.R. and R. Dean, 2010. The Birds of Panama, Zona Tropical Publications, Ithaca, New York. FIELD BOOK: A field book will be required in the course. The field book will contain all data related to group projects and the independent research project. The field book should also contain all other incidental observations such as species lists, bird behavioral notes, etc., and contain detailed location information. The field book must be waterproof and either pencil or waterproof ink used to record data. BOQUETE CLOUD FOREST FIELD TRIP: This field trip will allow students the opportunity to visit other areas of Panama, to experience Panamanian culture, and to visit tropical cloud and seasonal forests firsthand. We travel in ITEC boats to the mainland and then by chartered bus to Boquete which lies at the base of 11,000 ft. Volcan Baru. The bus trip will take us up and over the central mountain range and through Palo Seco Protected Area. Several stops will be made in route. COURSE LENGTH: ITEC Summer field courses are about four weeks in length. The TAE C-18 course will run from July 15, through August 9, 2018. TUITION: $2250 USD. Tuition fee includes all lodging, meals and airport transfers in Bocas del Toro. The tuition also covers transportation and lodging during the 3-day cloud forest field trip on the mainland. A $100 lab fee is applicable to this course. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 15, 2018. The course is limited to 10 students and applications will be evaluated as they arrive. Applications can be found at http://www.itec-edu.org/application.pdf <http://www.itec-edu.org/application.pdf> . If you believe that your application may arrive late, notify ITEC. GRADING & CREDIT: Up to 6 units of credit will be given, 3 for the lecture portion and 3 for the field portion. A letter grade will be assigned based on exams, research reports and presentations, lecture attendance, and participation in discussions and activities. Course credit must be arranged at the student's institution. Contact ITEC for details. CONTACT: Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, 2911 NW 40th PL, Gainesville, FL 32605, phone: 352-367-9128, email: itec@itec-edu.org <mailto:itec@itec-edu.org> , web: http://www.itec-edu.org <http://www.itec-edu.org/> . ITEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1996.
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