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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. *Limited Space Remains* BIRD BANDING & EXPEDITION, AMAZON Agency CECCOT - Centro de Educacion, Ciencia y Conservacion Tambopata Location Amazon Rainforest of Peru Job Category Training Salary unpaid - program costs $950 Start Date 06/28/2018 Last Date to Apply 05/19/2018 Website https://www.ceccot.org/ Description 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest of Southeastern Peru! Join us to be trained in bird banding and survey techniques. In addition to learning hands-on, your efforts will contribute important data to our conservation efforts, as we continue to monitor biodiversity and bird populations in our region. CECCOT is a nonprofit fully dedicated to conservation, sustainability, and education in the Madre de Dios of Peru. There will be time to explore the jungle! This includes hiking and some canoeing. We will visit a clay lick to observe lekking parrots and macaws. Abundant wildlife viewing is at every turn. One overnight trip to Lago Sandoval will be included. This is one of the best places in the Amazon to see GIANT OTTERS and even more species of birds! Visit our website and read "how to participate" for more information! Qualifications Qualifications: 1. Eagerness to contribute to conservation of biodiversity 2. Willingness to spend 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest 3. Experience with hiking and camping is useful 4. Further academic or volunteer experience is not required, but should be noted if relevant 5. Yellow fever vaccine required 6. Travel insurance required (We will help you with any questions regarding logistics with vaccines, insurance, and further travel issues.) -------------- LIMITED SPACE REMAINING. PLEASE APPLY SOON! -------------- ** To apply: Email Astacianna Hatcher with a letter of interest. Resumes and CVs will be reviewed, but not considered unless a letter of interest is included. At a minimum, please address the following: 1) Why does this opportunity excite you? 2) What do you hope to gain from the experience? 3) What outdoors or wilderness experience do you have? 4) Why would you be an awesome member of our team? ------------ **cost of your 10 days has been reduced to a total of $950. You will be required to pay $450 to hold your place once you have been accepted into the program. All food, water, lodging is covered!! Contact Person Astacianna Hatcher Contact eMail info@ceccot.org
  5. The Intermountain Bird Observatory is hosting two raptor-related workshops: an introductory field techniques workshop (September 3-7, 2018), and a North American Banding Council (NABC) certification session (September 17-21, 2018). We developed the introductory workshop for folks with little to no raptor banding experience. The workshop is well suited for students, birders, naturalists, biological consultants, and anyone interested in learning more about raptor identification, trapping or banding. Topics we will cover include: safe handling of live raptors, introduction to banding techniques, identifying, ageing and sexing, taking measurements, properly caring for lure birds, recording accurate data, common capture techniques at migration stations (bow net, dho gaza, mist net), road trapping (Bal-chatri design and use), breeding season techniques (tree climbing, GHOW lure), a brief introduction to accessing raptor nests, and an introduction to raptor identification by flight style and shape. The NABC workshop - The mission of the NABC is to promote sound and ethical bird-banding practices and techniques. This is a separate workshop designed for folks that already have some level of raptor trapping and banding experience. NABC offers certification at three levels: Assistant, Bander, and Trainer, depending on your level of expertise and experience. Details of each workshop can be found at https://ibo.boisestate.edu/what-we-do/training/ Questions contact jessicapollock@boisestate.edu Last day to apply 8/15/18
  6. We have 5 PhDs available in a project titled "Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity" (https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151098/5-phd-positions-transforming-citizen-science-for-biodiversity). This is part of a larger initiative on Digital Transformation at NTNU (https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation). Please pass this on to any students who might be interested in doing a PhD in statistics or machine learning in Trondheim (or who might be interested in another aspect of the digital world: there are almost 50 PhD positions available in the whole programme). Deadline for applications is May 27, 2018 The project is an interdisciplinary research programme that will develop tools and methods to improve the way that members of the general public collect data on what they observe in the natural world, and the way this data is used to inform us about the natural world and how it is changing. The amount of data being generated and uploaded to databased such as the Norwegian Artsobservasjoner is massive, and this and the unsystematic way the data are collected provides challenges when making inferences from the data. This project will (1) encourage citizens to collect data, (2) help scientists correctly interpret and use this data, and (3) provide information back to the citizens about how the data they have collected is being used. The project is a collaboration between four departments at NTNU and two organisations (NINA and Artsdatabanken) that are heavily involved in the collection and use of citizen science data. Five students will be employed to work on the following topics:    Tools for a Biodiversity Atlas: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151327    Quality Control in Citizen Science data: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151324    Transforming the Geography of Citizen Science: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151410    Extending Digital Data collection in Citizen Science: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151492    Transforming Ecology with Citizen Science: https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151253 For more information about the project, contact Prof. Bob O'Hara (bob.ohara@ntnu.no) The candidates are expected to start in the autum 2018. All 5 successful candidates linked to this project are expected to work and collaborate closely through the duration of the project. Sharing knowledge, experience, and research is the key to a successful result. We have 5 PhDs available in a project titled "Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity". This is part of a larger initiative on Digital Transformation at NTNU (https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation). Please pass this on to any students who might be interested in doing a PhD in statistics or machine learning in Trondheim (or who might be interested in another aspect of the digital world: there are almost 50 PhD positions available in the whole programme). Application deadline May 27. https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151098/5-phd-positions-transforming-citizen-science-for-biodiversity The project is an interdisciplinary research programme that will develop tools and methods to improve the way that members of the general public collect data on what they observe in the natural world, and the way this data is used to inform us about the natural world and how it is changing. The amount of data being generated and uploaded to databased such as the Norwegian Artsobservasjoner is massive, and this and the unsystematic way the data are collected provides challenges when making inferences from the data. This project will (1) encourage citizens to collect data, (2) help scientists correctly interpret and use this data, and (3) provide information back to the citizens about how the data they have collected is being used. The project is a collaboration between four departments at NTNU and two organisations (NINA and Artsdatabanken) that are heavily involved in the collection and use of citizen science data. Five students will be employed to work on the following topics:    Tools for a Biodiversity Atlas: supervised by Prof. Steinsland at the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, with collaboration from Artsdatabanken    Quality Control in Citizen Science data: supervised by Prof. Bob O'Hara the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, with collaboration from Artsdatabanken    Transforming the Geography of Citizen Science: supervised by Prof. Jan Ketil Rød at the Dept. of Geography with collaboration from NINA    Extending Digital Data collection in Citizen Science: supervised by Assoc. Prof. Francesca Verones at the Dept. of Energy and Process Engineering, in collaboration with NINA    Transforming Ecology with Citizen Science: supervised by Prof. Anders Finstad at the NTNU University Museum, in collaboration with NINA. For more information about the project, contact Prof. Bob O'Hara (bob.ohara@ntnu.no) See also: https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation The candidates are expected to start in the autum 2018. All 5 successful candidates linked to this project are expected to work and collaborate closely through the duration of the project. Sharing knowledge, experience, and research is the key to a successful result. Deadline for applications are May 27, 2018 We have several PhD positions in statistics currently available, if you know any students interested in doing a PhD in statistics or machine learning in Trondheim There are 5 PhDs in statistics and machine learning in three different exciting projects within NTNUs Digital Transformation initiative, (https://www.ntnu.edu/digital-transformation). Please pass this on to any students who might be interested in doing a PhD in statistics or machine learning in Trondheim (or who might be interested in another aspect of the digital world: there are almost 50 PhD positions available in the whole programme). Application deadline May 27. Transforming Citizen Science for Biodiversity The project is an interdisciplinary research programme that will develop tools and methods to improve the way that members of the general public collect data on what they observe in the natural world, and the way this data is used to inform us about the natural world and how it is changing. The amount of data being generated and uploaded to databased such as the Norwegian Artsobservasjoner is massive, and this and the unsystematic way the data are collected provides challenges when making inferences from the data. This project will (1) encourage citizens to collect data, (2) help scientists correctly interpret and use this data, and (3) provide information back to the citizens about how the data they have collected is being used. Statistics / Machine Learning PhDs:  Tools for a Biodiversity Atlas (https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151327)  Quality Control in Citizen Science data (https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151324) -- Bob O'Hara Institutt for matematiske fag NTNU 7491 Trondheim Norway Mobile: +47 915 54 416 Journal of Negative Results - EEB: www.jnr-eeb.org
  7. Field Methods in Ornithology Course at Flathead Lake Biological Station-Montana Agency University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab Location University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station Job Category Training Salary N/A Start Date 07/23/2018 Last Date to Apply 04/30/2018 Website http://hs.umt.edu/birdecologylab/default.php Description The University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab is excited to announce a Field Methods in Ornithology Course this summer at University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station This field course focuses on conceptual and practical understanding of advanced techniques in ornithology. You will get experience in bird identification (including molt, aging and sexing), mist-netting and banding, point count surveys, telemetry, recording and bioacoustical analyses. We will read and discuss some key papers in the relevant literature. After successful completion of this course, you will have high-level field research skills in avian biology. These skills would help in your own research, or in getting field research jobs. The instructors are certified trainers by the North American Banding Council. Field Methods in Ornithology is an intensive, week-long summer field course available to upperlevel undergraduate students and graduate students with interests in gaining hands-on and practical skills pertaining to ornithology and wildlife biology. This course is designed for students who would like to gain advanced field skills that are difficult to obtain from within a traditional academic framework. The 1-credit course includes lectures, classroom discussions, and, primarily, field-based work. Students who take the course will gain high level research skills in avian biology which will assist in conducting independent research or securing field research jobs. The course provides an applied foundation in various field techniques in ornithology. We will focus efforts of learning practical skills utilized for avian studies such as handling, banding, and extracting birds, taking morpho-measurements, conducting point counts, telemetry, and bioacoustics work. Lectures and in-class discussions will be used to explore topics such as avian survival and productivity; physiology, body condition, and stress hormones; usefulness and applicability of different study methods; life-cycle and molt-cycle of birds; migratory strategies; and avian communication. Field-based work will take place daily and will emphasize an experiential learning environment. Students will have exposure to a variety of species in different habitats. Students will work with instructors to collect data across many technical disciplines and discuss applications of those data. Qualifications At least one year of college-level biology, a semester of mathematics and some experience with bird identification; or consent of instructor. Please visit Flathead Biological Station's website (https://flbs.umt.edu/apps/education/ss_apply.aspx) to apply. Contact Person Megan Fylling Contact Phone 4062432056 Contact eMail megan.fylling@mso.umt.edu
  8. The Beaudrot Lab in the BioSciences Department at Rice University seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral associate. We combine observational field data with statistical modeling approaches to investigate questions at the interface of ecological theory and conservation biology. The primary goals of the lab are to 1) identify mechanisms that structure tropical vertebrate communities across spatial scales 2) understand how tropical fauna respond to global change and 3) apply results to biodiversity conservation. The lab works closely with the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network and particularly the long-term TEAM camera trap data (see teamnetwork.org). More information about the lab is available at http://lydiabeaudrot.weebly.com. The postdoc will manage and analyze large spatial and temporal data sets, develop statistical and theoretical models, carry out analyses, and write manuscripts and proposals. The position will begin during the 2018-2019 academic year. Precise start date is flexible. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed- term position with reappointment conditional on satisfactory performance. Funding is available for two years. Additional years of funding may be obtained through grants. Application review will begin on June 1, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled. Please apply directly through the Rice University online job posting https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/14269.
  9. Melanie Colón

    Population Analyst

    Population Analyst 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. GENERAL SUMMARY 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. Education Requirements: Masters degree in biology, population ecology, or related discipline required. Experience working with conservation managers, threatened species management, and/or reintroduction programs is desirable. Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All. All employment queries should be directed to: Human Resources hrjobs@lpzoo.org To complete an application for employment at Lincoln Park Zoo, download and open this PDF, fill in your information, save the form and e-mail it to hrjobs@lpzoo.org. We require a cover letter, resume, and application for all positions. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. Lincoln Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer.
  10. Stephen F. Austin State University, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position responsible for contributing significantly to Stephen F. Austin State University’s undergraduate and/or graduate programs through teaching, scholarship/creative accomplishment and service. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the dean. Essential Job Functions 1. Performs an equivalent of eight teaching units of work during the regular academic year; reduction of teaching load through reassignment of duties is possible under certain circumstances. 2. Engages in research/scholarly/creative and service activities at levels that are appropriate to faculty rank and departmental tenure/merit criteria. 3. Provides services to the university and the profession. 4. Participates in promotion review of lower-ranked faculty members within the department. 5. When tenured, participates in tenure review of candidates for tenure. 6. May conduct supplemental instructional activities such as independent studies, internships, advising and thesis/dissertation supervision. Non-Essential Job Functions 1. May receive course-load reassignment when assigned administrative duties in support of the department/college/university. 2. May receive course-load reassignment when assigned to prepare course material during the first semester/year when included as part of initial contract. 3. May receive course-load reassignment when approved to engage in research or scholarly/creative activities and service that exceed normal expectations. 4. May supervise the work of student and/or graduate assistants. 5. May serve on departmental, college and university committees. 6. Performs other related duties as assigned. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. 1. Extensive knowledge in the field in which the individual will be teaching. 2. Ability to effectively teach undergraduate and/or graduate students. 3. Ability to conduct research and/or commitment to production of scholarly/creative accomplishments and service. 4. Ability to work within a collaborative faculty environment. 5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. 6. Ability to work effectively and patiently with students. Required Education Terminal degree in the field in which the individual will be teaching is required. ABD candidates may be considered if Ph.D. is earned prior to start date. Required Experience and Training The rank of assistant professor is held by an individual who demonstrates the capability to produce research/scholarly/creative accomplishments, teach effectively, and provide service to the academic and general communities. Preferred Qualifications The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is seeking an assistant professor in the area of Game Ecology and Management. This is a nine-month, tenure-track appointment with strong potential for summer employment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the forest wildlife management major concentration in the B.S. in Forestry degree program. Possible courses to teach include Introduction to Wildlife Management, Forest Wildlife Habitat Management, and undergraduate and graduate electives in the successful candidate’s area of expertise; successful candidate will also participate in a summer field-based course for undergraduate forestry students. It is expected that the successful candidate will be active in research and contribute to a nationally recognized applied wildlife research program. This includes advising M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, developing extramural sources of funds, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. We seek an individual that can complement existing areas of expertise within the college, particularly in the ecology and management of waterfowl and/or upland game bird species. Participation in outreach and service is also expected, including involvement with appropriate student organizations in the College. Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D., completed by the date of hire, in wildlife ecology, wildlife management, or a closely related field. Candidates should demonstrate: (1) a strong commitment to teaching, student advising and professional development; (2) evidence of ability to secure grants and develop and manage a competitive research program; and (3) a publication record, including publications in refereed journals. Expertise and experience in the study and management of game species is required; expertise in avian ecology and waterfowl and/or upland game bird management is preferred. A basic understanding of and appreciation for applied forest or range management is strongly encouraged. All applications must be submitted online: (1) a letter of application including summary of academic training, professional experience, qualifications, and teaching and research interests related to the position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) names and complete contact information (including phone and email addresses) of three references; and (4) transcripts of all college or university work. Copies of transcripts are acceptable for the application; official transcripts will be required prior to an interview. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Link: http://careers.sfasu.edu/postings/2729
  11. Since 2009, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) has provided opportunities for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and the biological sciences. /Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS/ provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. NIMBioS announces two new Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships. ***Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Species Distribution Modeling and Conservation*** Applications are currently being accepted for a postdoctoral position in species distribution modeling and conservation at NIMBioS and in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This is a full-time, one year position. The postdoctoral fellow will work with UT faculty (Paul Armsworth, Xingli Giam and Mona PapeÅŸ) as part of an interdisciplinary team researching how to account for the combined effects of land use change and climate change when designing conservation strategies for the Appalachian region. The postdoc will help collate relevant data on current species distributions, future climate scenarios and other variables to estimate projected shifts in species distributions within the Appalachian region. The individual will work with others to integrate resulting biodiversity data with data from other project components focused on modeling land use change in optimization analyses intended to inform future land protection strategies. This work will provide the individual with experience of a range of interdisciplinary techniques and approaches relevant to conservation science. The postdoc will join a community of postdoctoral scholars at NIMBioS and UT Knoxville's ecology program, one of the top 10 percent of ecology units in the U.S. UT-Knoxville is a vibrant campus located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Within the U.S., the region is a hotspot for biodiversity and is projected to lie at the forefront of future efforts to conserve US species in a changing climate. Applicants for the position should have a PhD in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography or other relevant discipline, strong quantitative and computational skills, and proficiency in English. Experience with GIS and analysis of spatial ecological data are essential. Review of applications will begin May 14, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Ideal start date: September 1, 2018. /For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs
  12. ***Call for Applications: Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowship in Spatial Biology** *Applications are currently being accepted for a targeted postdoctoral position in spatial biology in the Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL http://www.nimbios.org/SAL) at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) in collaboration with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This is a full-time, two-year position, with the potential for a limited-time-period renewal. Since 2009, NIMBioS has provided opportunities for postdoctoral scholarship at the interface between mathematics and the biological sciences. /Targeted Postdoctoral Fellowships at NIMBioS/ provide support for specific research questions on projects directed by faculty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The postdoctoral fellow will integrate remote sensing tools with publicly available data to answer interdisciplinary topics in Global Environmental Change (with possible foci in macroecology, physiology, and environmental sociology and economics). The fellow will be expected to participate in and contribute to NIMBioS activities. Technical remote sensing expertise is required, specifically experience in data-fusion techniques and in working with multiple types of remotely sensed data (multispectral + hyperspectral or multispectral + radar or multipectral + lidar, etc.). The most competitive candidates would have had experience collating, processing, and analyzing large datasets (e.g., biodiversity, physiology, climate, agriculture/land-use, economic trade) at the regional and/or global scale(s) and have published some of this work in leading peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral fellow will be mentored by Xingli Giam (EEB), Monica PapeÅŸ (EEB and SAL), and Kimberly Sheldon (EEB). Review of applications will begin 14 May 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Start date flexible, but not later than 31 August 2018. /For more information and the online application, visit http://www.nimbios.org/postdocs/targeted_postdocs. Additional Targeted Postdoctoral Positions are listed on the web page./
  13. The Western Section of The Wildlife Society will hold a workshop on basic camera trapping for wildlife biologists July 6 to 9 at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. This workshop will examine the pros and cons of commercially available camera traps, their use in the field and case studies demonstrating their value. The goal of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive introduction to camera trapping equipment and methodology so that participants acquire the basic knowledge to plan, outfit and implement their own surveys. The workshop is intended for biologists who have little to no experience in using remote cameras. Each participant will have hands-on experience setting up a variety of commercially available camera traps. Early bird registration lasts until June 6. The workshop costs: $450 for Section members $495 for non-members $225 for students or new professionals To register, please go to: www.wildlifeprofessional.org/western/cam2018_reg.php. A flyer with more information is also available here. Contact Ivan Parr at mailto:workshops@tws-west.org with any questions.
  14. Reposted.... If you have wanted to learn about distance sampling, but have not been able to attend one of our workshops, those workshop materials are now available online. We have 21 videos of our lectures described by workshop instructors here in St Andrews. There are also PDFs of the lectures. In addition, there are 12 exercises, complete with description, data and discussion of solutions. There are narrated demonstrations of working with the distance sampling software, Distance. https://workshops.distancesampling.org/online-course/ We have plans for covering additional content by adding to the online offering. In future, there may also be live webinars working through exercises and datasets. We are anxious for you to try the course and provide feedback to us. We hope having these materials on line will promote best practices and assist in management of wildlife populations around the world. Eric Rexstad
  15. We invite applications for Unit Leader of the Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an open rank faculty position in Wildlife Biology or Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. We seek candidates that relate terrestrial wildlife populations or communities to landscape ecology, address wildlife dynamics across multiple spatial scales and/or relate wildlife to habitat use and/or management practices. Cooperative Research Units exist in partnership with the host university, state wildlife agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and Wildlife Management Institute, and have a three-fold mission: (1) graduate education, (2) research, and (3) technical assistance. In fulfillment of the CRU mission, Unit Leaders are required to develop a robust, well-funded research program, teach and advise graduate students, mentor and supervise Assistant Unit Leaders, participate as faculty members at the host university, and collaborate with state and federal management agencies. Requirements include: Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field and demonstrated research accomplishments. This is a position with the U.S. Geological Survey open only to federal employees and eligible veterans. For more information on the position and to apply see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/497025700. Application closing date is 05/25/2018. Search committee chair: Dr. Daniel Magoulick (danmag@uark.edu).
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