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  2. About the Initiative The Migrations initiative at Cornell University aims to cultivate new collaborations that advance science, scholarship, teaching, outreach, and engagement in ways that generate new insights into critical problems. We wish to provide a stronger evidentiary basis for policy and to place Cornell University at the forefront of migration studies around the world. Migrations Postdoctoral Fellows may conduct research in any discipline, including the natural, quantitative, and social sciences, humanities, and the creative arts, as well as interdisciplinary research that transcends traditional disciplines. The Fellows will be selected from a global pool of applicants based on their research’s promise for cultivating dialogue, nurturing collaboration across academic disciplines, and integrating, synthesizing, and building upon existing disciplinary contributions to migrations research, broadly conceived. The candidates will also be evaluated based on how their research during the fellowship could benefit from and contribute to efforts by the Migrations Grand Challenge to advance Cornell’s position as a global leader in the study of the movement of people, plants, and animals. Qualifications Two fellowships will be conferred to emerging scholars studying the movement of people, plants, and/or animals. Both scholars will be housed within the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs’ newly formed Migrations Lab and its closely affiliated Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. One of the scholars will also share a joint appointment with Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology, and their research will connect to the Lab of Ornithology’s mission of advancing the understanding and protection of the natural world, while joining with people from all walks of life to make new scientific discoveries, share insights, and galvanize conservation action. While in residence at Cornell, the Fellows will work to generate new knowledge that addresses key themes and concerns such as those identified in the Migrations Taskforce Preliminary Report. These include but are not restricted to socio-environmental dynamics and complexity, recognition of multiple spatiotemporal and hierarchical scales, and attention to the roles of governance, democracy, and authority as they relate to the subject of migrations. Successful applications will likely identify possible connections across disciplines. Eligibility Awardees must have earned the doctoral degree within five years of beginning their fellowship. Candidates with more than five years of postdoctoral experience, and those who received their PhD from Cornell are not eligible. Awardees may not simultaneously hold any other paid or unpaid position during the term of the appointment. Prior to the start of their fellowship, candidates will be asked to provide confirmation that their doctoral degree has been conferred. Fellowship Terms Migrations Fellows are appointed for a one year term with the potential for a second year renewal. The second year renewal process will led by the Einaudi Center Director in consultation with the Migrations Initiative faculty research team. Fellowship start date is negotiable between July 1 and September 1, 2020. Candidates will be notified of selection decisions between mid-February and mid-March 2020. Migrations Fellows are provided an annual stipend of $54,480 plus Cornell benefits for the first year of the post-doc, and an inflation adjusted salary for year 2 when reappointed. In addition to the annual stipend, Migrations Fellows are provided with an annual professional development fund of $2,000 per fellowship year. Fellows will also have the opportunity to apply for additional research funds through the Migrations Lab. Fellows will be asked to teach one class per year in a department closely related to their field of study. For more information about the Migrations Initiative and How To Apply, please visit: https://einaudi.cornell.edu/migrations/call-postdoctoral-fellows
  3. Whether mothers can prepare their offspring to better cope with a challenging developmental environment is a question of great interest. Testing this question requires offspring of mothers that anticipate either a benign or a challenging environment to be randomly distributed across those environments. While various studies have focused on whether a mother’s environment during reproduction acts as a cue to prepare offspring for a similar environment, we here focus on whether the environment a mother experienced during her own development is used as a cue to prepare the offspring for a similar environment. To this end we will use females of domesticated Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) that either grew up in a challenging environment (with a low-protein diet), or a benign environment (with a standard rearing diet), but that since sexual maturity live in a standard environment. We will let these females reproduce, and then randomly distribute their offspring across the same challenging and benign postnatal developmental environment. This way, we will have a full factorial experiment, in which the offspring’s developmental environment will be either matched or mismatched with that of their mother. Japanese quail are ideal for such an experiment because they easily reproduce in captivity, eggs can be artificially incubated and chicks can be reared without parents. I am searching for a dedicated MSc student who can start in the spring of 2020. The student will be participating in breeding quail, monitoring artificial incubation, raising quail chicks and measuring their growth and age of maturity. The student will therefore experience a lot of close interaction with the birds, and learn handling, breeding and measurement of domesticated birds. Moreover, the project has a clear experimental setup with a fundamental question within the field of evolutionary ecology that allows training in advanced statistical skills. No prior experience with birds is required. For more information, contact: Dr. Oscar Vedder, Institute of Avian Research, Wilhelmshaven, Germany (oscar.vedder@ifv-vogelwarte.de)
  4. We study common terns (Sterna hirundo) at a long‐term study population located in the Banter See at Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast. Since 1992, all locally hatched birds have been marked with a transponder shortly prior to fledging and we use antennae at resting places and around nests to identify both breeding and non‐breeding individuals. Combined with 3‐times‐weekly checks of nests to record reproductive parameters and to mark offspring, our methods enable the systematic and remote documentation of individual presence and reproductive performance at the colony. Once birds have established themselves as Banter See breeders, their re‐sighting probability is almost 100% and their return rate is 90%, such that we can collect data over long individual life cycles. For the upcoming breeding season, we are looking for highly motivated students and/or volunteers who can start c. end of April 2020 and who would like to gain experience using several fieldwork methods across different research topics. The students/volunteers will participate in the general monitoring of the breeding population, as well as in research projects. For instance, the volunteer can be involved in (i) behavioural observations, (ii) reproductive checks, (iii) blood sampling, (iv) ring reading and (v) general colony maintenance. The fieldwork is intense and will require patience, but is shared within a team and will involve many close interactions with the birds. Prior experience with birds or fieldwork is appreciated, but not required. Crucial, however, is that the volunteer enjoys working in an international team and is happy to use English as the main working language. More information on the specific projects on offer can be found here: https://www.ifv-vogelwarte.de/en/home-ifv/jobs.html
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  6. A third of the species of tropical plants in Africa are potentially threatened with extinction, according to a preliminary estimate published Wednesday by the journal Science Advances. View the full article
  7. Sheep and dog bones can be whittled into orthopedic pins that stabilize pigeons' fractured wings, helping the fractures to heal properly without follow-up surgery. Researchers describe the treatment, which is cheaper and more efficient than using metal pins for pigeon rehabilitative surgeries. View the full article
  8. It is well known that human hubbub can have a negative impact on some animals, but a new study Wednesday says the noise we make should be treated as a "major global pollutant". View the full article
  9. On some of the Galapagos Islands where human-introduced predators of Darwin's finches were eradicated over a decade ago, the finches are still acting as though they are in danger, according to research published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology. View the full article
  10. The AOS Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds has posted its comments on the 2019 proposals, and also has posted the first set of proposals for 2020. http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/2019.html http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/2020.html We encourage submission of proposals to the committee by non-members. Submissions should follow these guidelines: https://americanornithology.org/nacc/guidelines-for-submitting-a-proposal A new Guidelines for English Bird Names has also been posted: https://americanornithology.org/nacc/guidelines-for-english-bird-names
  11. The USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC) is seeking 3-5 individuals to assist with nocturnal wildlife surveys near Corvallis, OR, and Roseburg, OR. These are full-time, seasonal positions starting in early March and ending in late August (2020). The details of the positions are as follows: DUTIES (specific): Performs the following and similar types of routine tasks to collect field data for studies evaluating the competitive impacts of barred owls on northern spotted owls in Oregon: Under the oversight of the Lead Field Coordinator, collect field data from nocturnal birds of prey (primarily barred owls and northern spotted owls) following specific study plans and established protocols. Locates and identifies nocturnal birds of prey based on auditory and visual observations. Navigate remote forest roads and terrain, primarily at night, using a compass, maps, and handheld GPS unit. Operate a variety of field equipment necessary for performing biological studies and collecting field data, including 4-wheel drive vehicles, remote broadcasting devices, compass, data loggers, and handheld GPS units. Communicate results and logistical details to the Field Coordinator in a clear and timely manner. Enter data carefully into a computer database. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Field work for this position will be in the Oregon Coast and Cascade Ranges. The work generally requires a great amount of physical exertion because it involves long hours hiking on closed roads and trails. Occasional off-trail hikes on steep terrain with abundant vegetation downfall may also be required. Field work is completed almost entirely alone and at night. The appointee must be willing and able to carry backpacks and research equipment weighing up to 45 pounds, to hike up to 10 miles each night, hike off-trails, and to work in inclement weather conditions that may include wind, rain, and snow. Fieldwork will require working flexible hours, typically 10-12 hours per shift. During the summer months (June – August), the work “day” will typically span from 6pm – 6am. Occasional (1-2 times per month) camping at undeveloped Forest Service lands for 1-2 nights per week is also required. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Work will primarily consist of field duties in support of research evaluating the effectiveness of barred owl removals to benefit northern spotted owls in the Pacific Northwest. The appointee should be comfortable with collecting data that informs and facilitates primarily lethal removal of barred owls in select areas across the northern spotted owl’s range. The incumbent will be working independently in the field, but he/she is expected to work as part of a small team under the instruction of the Lead Field Coordinator. The incumbent should be willing and able to coordinate with a variety of partners, including fellow team members, supervisors, collaborators from other federal and state agencies, and private land owners. Some office work will be required. The incumbent will enter and clean the field-collected data to digital systems following established project protocols. In addition, good organizational skills and proficiency with technical equipment (including GPS, personal computer, and digital camera) are required. Incumbent should have had or be willing to take First Aid and CPR. A background investigation is required for this position. Candidates will be chosen based on the combination of experience and education. Housing will NOT be provided, but there are ample affordable housing options in and around the Corvallis and Roseburg areas. QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for a GG-5 you need 9 months of field experience OR 3 years of subprofessional work experience OR 3 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience are qualifying. Incumbents with no experience will not be considered. Previous experience working with spotted owls and/or barred owls is highly desirable, but not required. Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is a required due to the physical demands of this job. HOW TO APPLY: Submit one of the following forms of application: (a) résumé OR (b) OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, OR (c) other written format. Include the Job # for each location that you would like to be considered (Corvallis = #CRG-20-005; Roseburg = #CRG-20-004). IF SUBMITTING A RESUME, BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION REGARDING WORK EXPERIENCE: Job Title (include series and grade if Federal job) Duties and accomplishments Employer's name and address -Supervisor's name and phone number Starting and ending dates (month, day and year) Hours per week Salary Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor Email, mail, or fax applications to: FRESC Jobs USGS-CRG-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center 777 NW 9th St, Suite 400 Corvallis, Oregon 97330 E-mail GS_NW_FRESC_Jobs@usgs.gov Fax: 541-750-1066 APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED Please note: Due to the high volume of applicants and the cumbersome federal hiring process, it may take 1-2 months after submitting your application to be contacted for an interview. For an update on your application status, please contact Krista Dilione (kdilione@usgs.gov) or Michelle Schatz (GS_NW_FRESC_Jobs@usgs.gov).
  12. Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge needs several field researchers (island supervisors and technicians) to monitor seabird colonies on islands along the Maine coast. May 11 - July 31, 2020 (five positions), May 26 - August 14, 2020 (two positions), May 26 - July 31, 2020 (one position), and May 11 - August 14, 2020 (one - PMI supervisor). Seabird species to be studied include common, Arctic, and roseate terns, common eider, laughing gulls, black guillemot, Leach’s storm-petrel, Atlantic puffin, and razorbills. While living on the islands, researchers will: conduct an annual census of all nesting seabird species, monitor productivity, observe chick feedings, trap and band adult seabirds, band chicks, read adult bands, and monitor predators and competitors. Researchers will be living on the island for the entire 12-week period with the exception of one (2-3 day) break. Housing provided (lighthouse keepers’ house or cabins), with propane refrigerators, limited solar electricity for lights and computers, but no running water. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a US Citizen, have a Social Security Number, and a US Bank account for electronic payments. Qualifications: We are looking for people who are willing to learn new techniques, have a solid work ethic, can function well independently, yet are comfortable working/living with other researchers on remote islands with limited amenities. Applicants will work outdoors in variable weather conditions, and need to be able to hike over rugged, uneven terrain and lift and carry 50 pounds. Prior experience with bird identification and seabird ecology preferred, but not required; self-motivation, a strong work ethic, enthusiasm for science, and ability to tackle the rigors of fieldwork (long hours are necessary). Compensation: Housing on islands provided, pay range $425 - $550 per week (depending on site assignment and experience) # of Positions: 9 Application Deadline: 02/10/ 2020 Application Instructions: Interested seabird researcher should email the following materials to michael_langlois@fws.gov: cover letter, resume and contact information for three references (name, phone number and email address). Consideration of candidates will begin on January 15th and continue until all positions are filled. For more information, call Maine Coastal Islands NWR at 207-594-0600 ext. 3 or check out our website at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/maine_coastal_islands/ and the island blog describing the experiences of previous island researchers at http://mainecoastalislands.wordpress.com/.
  13. Coordinated behavior is common in a variety of biological systems, such as insect swarms, fish schools and bacterial colonies. But the way information is spread and decisions are made in such systems is difficult to understand. View the full article
  14. The predentary bone is one of the most enigmatic skeletal elements in avian evolution. Located at the tip of the lower jaw, this bone is absent in more primitive birds and in living birds; it is thought to have been lost during evolution. For over 30 years, the origin and function of the avian predentary has remained mysterious. View the full article
  15. The Northwest Ecological Research Institute’s (NERI’s) 2020 McGowan Grant Application For Neglected Corners and Niches of Ecology NERI (http://www.nweri.org/) is offering a $1,000 grant to an individual or team in honor and memory of Brenda McGowan, a NERI supporter and co-founder of the Hubert Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project in 1987 (www.prescottbluebird.com). Purpose: To enable an individual or team to conduct research in support of NERI’s mission statement: The purpose of NERI is to further knowledge of Pacific Northwest natural history through research, training, and dissemination of information. The target recipient is looking into out-of-the-main-stream research, into the neglected corners and niches of ecology. Application Requirements: 1 page maximum (excluding references) stating the following: 1. Project Name and Keyword(s) (maximum of 5) 2. Applicant’s Name and contact information (including mailing address) 3. Affiliation and position 4. Summary of Project Purpose / Methods / Scientific Rationale (references to existing literature are encouraged – not included in 1 page maximum) 5. Budgeted days or hours for project by personnel and any expenses for reimbursement – in other words, how long will the project take and how much is the project estimated to cost? (see budget example below) 6. Project reference contact information (name, position/relationship, phone number, email). The reference should be someone who knows about the project or would be helping to advise or discuss the results of the project. Ranking Criteria: · Is this an underserved, niche research project? · Will the project answer an important question that will result in new knowledge? · Will this information be of use to other researchers, biologists, educators, natural resource agencies, and/or the conservation community? · Is NERI the best (or only) funding group for this project? Are other sources of funding being sought? Application Deadlines: Announcement: November, 2019; Submittal by December 21, 2019; Award by February 2, 2020. Grant Requirement: Upon receipt of award, grantee agrees to sign NERI’s Grant Recipient Agreement, and Grantee agrees to either: · Provide a brief report [length unspecified] to NERI; · Present the work and results at a NERI meeting; or · Submit a paper for presentation at a scientific meeting or publication in a scientific or environmental newsletter or journal. Deadline: January 31, 2021; extension available upon request. Submit application (in .PDF or .DOC form) and any questions to: info@nweri.org and cmw.NERI@gmail.com. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply. NERI is a 501(c)3 organization and NERI volunteer members (associates and officers) are available to assist with grant writing and other support.
  16. Data collected from electronic tags retrieved from 47 journeys made by the Farne Island Arctic Terns, has revealed for the first time how climate change might affect their behaviour. View the full article
  17. We are seeking an outstanding graduate student to lead an exciting project exploring the role of climate variability on plant and bird populations across continental scales. Climate variability often results in the appearance of unusually warm and dry conditions in one part of the world with cold and wet conditions thousands of miles away. These lasting and predictable fluctuations in temperature and rainfall are known as “climatic dipoles” and emerge across years or decades. This study will use long-term observations of bird movements from thousands of citizen scientists, decades of seed production records in conifer trees, and data collected throughout the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to explore the role of climate dipoles on ecological processes and patterns. This new project is funded by NSF Macrosystems and NEON-enabled Science as part of a collaboration with Dr. Courtenay Strong (University of Utah) and Jalene LaMontagne (Depaul University). This project will begin in the fall of 2020 (or possibly earlier). Applicants must have an MS degree in ecology, forestry, geography, or other related disciplines. I will only consider excellent applicants with a BS degree if they have proven relevant experience. A solid working knowledge of population modeling, GIS or remote sensing, and statistics are required. Although not a requirement, the preferred candidate will have strong experience in hierarchical modeling and previous experience analyzing large biological databases. Excellent English writing and verbal communication skills are essential. Review of applicants will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizen and international candidates. The project includes an annual stipend, plus tuition remission and health care benefits. UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. UW-Madison is an exciting place to learn and conduct research! The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/ To apply, please send a cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences, curriculum vitae, three references, and an unofficial list of coursework (undergraduate and graduate) and GRE scores to bzuckerberg@wisc.edu. After reviewing all applicants, I will ask for reference letters from top candidates.
  18. PROJECT DESCTIPTION: I am seeking an outstanding student to pursue a PhD in Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology (FWE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The student’s dissertation thesis will involve studying the ecology and conservation of forest owl communities in the Sierra Nevada, California. The student will be advised by Dr. Zach Peery (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/peery/). The student would be joining a large, collaborative research group studying the ecology of threatened species in North America with many opportunities to collaborate with other graduate students and research staff. As such, additional field or lab-based research components could be added depending on shared interests and funding opportunities. REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess bachelor’s degree and preferably a master’s degree in animal ecology or a closely related field. Applicants with a strong background in conservation biology and/or population/community ecology – as well as prior publication experience - will be given preference. The selected student is expected to enroll at the UW-Madison in the Fall Semester of 2020, but will begin field work in May, 2020. More details on the graduate programs in FWE can be found at http://forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu/grad.htm. Please see the full job announcement with additional details here: http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/peery/files/2019/11/Forest-Owl-PhD-Announcement.pdf
  19. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Multimedia Intern DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Marketing REPORTS TO: Multimedia Producer LAST REVISED: November 2019 Basic Summary: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. Founded in 1947, Defenders is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. Organizational priorities include protecting and restoring imperiled North American wildlife; ensuring conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands, with particular emphasis on national wildlife refuges and national forests; and ensuring the adoption and implementation of a national program for the conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystems in the face of global warming. The Multimedia Intern will assist with the organization, creation and optimization of multimedia materials – including creating videos, thumbnails, caption files, transcripts, logging, and organizing and archiving still and motion media. The intern will also interact with field offices and other departments to capture and promote events and campaigns on digital platforms. There are opportunities for the intern to explore projects relevant to their own multimedia interests as pertains to the Defenders of Wildlife mission. Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources. We do offer a transportation stipend. Hours are flexible to allow for other paid opportunities. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Primary responsibility: The Multimedia Intern’s most important priority will be managing and organizing existing and incoming media assets (graphics, photos, videos, GIFS) in our asset management system, Libris Photoshelter Secondary responsibilities could include:Assisting the Multimedia Producer in the creation and optimization of engaging, entertaining, and educational multimedia content Creating digital video hub content, like Defenders: Day in the Life and Trail Cam Tuesday as well as fulfilling ad hoc video requests. Fulfilling ad hoc multimedia requests such as product photography, image sourcing, script writing, info graphics, GIFs Conducting and transcribing interviews for video projects Creating graphics for video projects Sourcing stills, broll, and music for video projects Helping to script, shoot, edit and package videos for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, our website, and our magazine Assist the Multimedia Producer with other duties as assigned Qualifications: Education: An undergraduate or graduate-level video, digital media, or multimedia student with an interest in wildlife conservation. Must be a currently enrolled student. Must know Adobe Premiere Pro experience with graphic design and motion graphics preferred. Interest in media, asset management, and storytelling. Skills: Must be a self-starter and able to take initiative with projects Organization – must have some experience with media management Creative problem solving Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants should send an email to HR@defenders.org and reference Multimedia Intern in the subject line. Please include a resume, cover letter and reel or specific video example explaining your involvement in the video project. About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  20. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: National Outreach Manager GRADE: 25 SALARY: 51,000-70,000 FLSA: Exempt DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Government Relations and External Affairs REPORTS TO: Director of National Outreach LAST REVISED: November 13 2019 Basic Summary: Defenders of Wildlife is seeking a creative, forward-thinking and dynamic organizer to strengthen Defenders’ advocacy of national issue priorities and build support for wildlife conservation and recovery. This position will oversee the growth of Defenders college engagement program by engaging with students, faculty and coalition partners to sustain Defenders branded campus clubs while implementing strategies to expand the program. The manager will also work closely with the Director of National Outreach to achieve national outreach program goals, including building political support for Defenders’ national advocacy goals by engaging new and more diverse constituencies. General responsibilities include: day-to-day management of Defenders’ Campus Club Initiative; outreach to new and more diverse constituencies; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing supporters; expanding support by the general public; implementing effective accountability efforts for members of Congress; and assisting in implementing Phone2Action campaigns and other platforms as needed. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Oversee the success and growth of Defenders of Wildlife College Club Initiative Serve as the direct conduit between Defenders of Wildlife and the student leaders of each club Develop, distribute and/or present necessary campaign materials such as talking points, factsheets, and multi-media presentations to student volunteers Develop student leadership training documents with direct consultation from current student leaders Develop a student leadership incentives structure through opportunities such as internships, externships or other resume builders Keep student leaders up to date on campaign advancements and advocacy opportunities Identity and implement opportunities to expand the program Work with the Director to identify and implement strategies to meaningfully engage new and diverse demographics in the fight to stop extinction and protect our public lands such as the faith community, indigenous voices, veterans, youth activists, and the LGTBQIA+ community Educate and mobilize Defenders’ donors, members, and e-mail activists nation-wide with an emphasis on using various organizing tools like Phone2Action Implement congressional issue accountability strategies Work with coalition partners to advance federal campaigns Work in close coordination with Defenders’ national outreach team and staff located in assigned region as needed Stay current on legislative and administrative issues of priority interest to Defenders Assist Director with administrative tasks as needed Perform all other related duties as assigned Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in related discipline Experience: 3+ years of proven grassroots organizing success · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills: · Experience organizing on college campuses and/or working with diverse stakeholders a plus · Fluency in Spanish a plus · Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency, the general public, and media · Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including private landowners, hunters and anglers, local political leaders, and religious and scientific communities · Ability to work independently and maintain strategic issue focus · Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies · Passion and commitment to Defenders’ mission Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  21. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE POSITION DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Policy Analyst, Climate Adaptation GRADE: 25 SALARY: 51,000-66,000 FLSA: Exempt DIVISION/SITE: Headquarters, Washington DC DEPARTMENT: Landscape Conservation REPORTS TO: Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Change Adaptation LAST REVISED: November 2019 Basic Summary: This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s strategic goal of ensuring effective climate change policies and practices to conserve wildlife, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, key species and focal landscapes. The incumbent will engage with federal departments and agencies to advance wildlife adaptation science and strategies in national forests plans, national wildlife refuge comprehensive conservation plans, resource management plans, and other public planning processes for projects with major habitat impacts. The Policy Analyst for Climate Change Adaptation will also collaborate with Defenders’ Field Conservation offices to develop and implement state, tribal, and regional strategies for habitat conservation and connectivity that are critical to climate adaptation, and integrate efforts with Defenders’ other policy program priorities led by our Government Relations, Conservation Law, Communications and other departments. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Engage in public land and natural resources management and similar conservation planning processes (e.g., reviewing policies and plans, drafting comments, meeting with stakeholders, etc.) to ensure that federal departments and agencies address climate change impacts and adaptation for wildlife. Advocate to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that the threat of climate change is weighed appropriately in listing, management and recovery planning for endangered and threatened species. Identify and promote the best available scientific information on climate change and wildlife adaptation to federal, state, tribal and local governments to incorporate that information in climate adaptation planning, policies and strategies. Coordinate with Defenders’ Center for Conservation Innovation to develop spatially explicit, climate-informed conservation recommendations. Analyze and draft technical comments in response to proposed regulatory changes, administrative policy proposals and project-level actions affecting wildlife and habitat climate change adaptation. Analyze proposed legislation, and work with Defenders’ Government Relations staff and partners to educate Congressional offices on climate change adaptation for wildlife and habitats. Assist in identifying legislative champions and coordinating messaging and outreach to federal legislators and their staff to advance a progressive climate and conservation agenda for wildlife. Closely coordinate engagement on climate adaptation and wildlife conservation issues with relevant Field Conservation offices and other key staff. Research, write, and/or edit materials on climate change and wildlife, educate and mobilize Defenders’ members and activists, and communicate to diverse audiences Defenders’ position on proposed policy and legislative initiatives, including but not limited to reports, website content, blogs, factsheets, testimony and other publications. Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, news media, conferences, coalitions, and in general communications with public officials, legislators, the media, Defenders’ membership, donors, and the public to further Defenders’ departmental and organizational objectives. Work with Development staff to raise operating funds for Defenders’ Landscape Conservation department. Perform all other related duties as assigned. Qualifications: Education: Advanced degree (Masters Degree or higher) in ecology, climate science, environmental/public policy, natural resources, conservation biology, or related discipline, with experience in successful advocacy for natural resources protection. Experience: Four or more years of progressively responsible experience (which may include graduate study) in at least one of the following areas: researching climate science or climate policy, especially with an emphasis on wildlife, ecosystems or adaptation; developing, advocating for and/or implementing federal, state and/or privately administered programs to conserve biodiversity; reviewing and analyzing environmental law and regulations; engaging in land management planning and/or federal permitting processes; or organizing campaigns for non-profit organizations. Experience in working with federal or state land or wildlife management agencies, and knowledge of the laws and regulations affecting federal land management and wildlife management is preferred for this position. · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Skills: Interdisciplinary skills and practical experience in translating cutting-edge science into programmatic initiatives to conserve species and ecosystems. Leadership skills and demonstrated ability to help guide the implementation of programs and/or initiatives affecting wildlife, natural resources, or related resources. Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work effectively with other staff members in an interdisciplinary team context. Self-starter and entrepreneurial, demonstrated ability to take initiative. Working knowledge of Geographic Information System data, application and analysis helpful. Work Expectations: Work Environment: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. How to Apply: Interested applicants please apply with a letter of interest through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs About Defenders: Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places. Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
  22. DESCRIPTION: The Cooperative Wildlife Research Lab at Southern Illinois University is hiring two experienced field technicians for a project investigating swamp rabbit, herpetofauna and avifauna occupancy in bottomland hardwood forests of Southern Illinois. Fieldwork will be conducted along the Cache River within the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, located approximately 40 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois. The field season will begin April 1st, 2020 and continue until mid- to late- July 2020. Field duties will include avian point counts, vegetation surveys, herpetofauna surveys using coverboards and PVC pipe refugia, swamp rabbit pellet surveys using artificial latrine logs. This position is a great opportunity to gain more experience with a variety of survey methods and investigate important questions related to wildlife-habitat management and community ecology. Salary is ~$412/week. Housing is not included. QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered for this position, applicants MUST have previous avian point-count experience, be proficient in bird call identification for Eastern and Midwestern species, be able to accurately identify local herpetofaunal species before the start of the field season and have or be working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or a related field. Candidates must also have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, strong communication skills, a strong work ethic, and be comfortable with working long, irregular hours in variable weather conditions. Preferred applicants will have prior field experience in bottomland hardwood forest ecosystems and experience with two or more or the survey methods listed above. To apply, send an email containing your resume, a brief cover letter describing your interest in the project and relevant experience, and contact information for three references, to Jess Esposito (Jessica.Esposito@siu.edu). Please write “2020 Research Technician” in the subject line of the email. Applications will be received until December 18th, or until position is filled.
  23. Point Blue Conservation Science seeks four banding interns and three nest searching interns for the 2020 spring/summer season at the Palomarin Field Station in Bolinas, CA. These internships will support our long-term mist-netting, bird banding, nest searching, and territory mapping research. Each banding intern will be trained to run a mist-netting station which includes extracting, safely handling, and gathering identification and morphological data on songbirds and other species. Each nest searching intern will be trained to identify songbirds by sight and sound, resight colorbanded individuals, record territory boundaries, and search for and monitor nests. Since 1966, Palomarin has been training the next generation of conservation scientists through intensive field-based internships. These post-baccalaureate internships teach landbird research techniques and data-driven solutions to conservation challenges. Palomarin is among the longest running bird observatories in North America, with a rich history as a leader in studying the impact of environmental change on birds. Interns completing our program leave with a comprehensive knowledge base, including the ability to design and implement conservation research, communicate research to the public, and ensure data are incorporated effectively into data management systems and resource management planning efforts. Palomarin’s Intern Training Program has a global influence, having prepared over 600 interns from over 22 countries for careers in academic research, applied conservation, natural resource management, and beyond, with approximately 80% of intern alumni developing careers these fields, the majority related to birds. Interns will learn key concepts and skills in the following six areas: · Field methods in ecological and conservation research with emphasis on mist netting, bird banding, nest searching, and territory mapping of songbirds · Understanding the scientific process and the role of natural history observation in guiding meaningful research and conservation · Critical thinking and evaluation of research and conservation · Climate-smart conservation · Best practices in science interpretation · Skills and advances in data management and data integrity At the end of the internship, interns will demonstrate synthesis of their new knowledge by completing a final capstone project. Qualifications: Self-motivation, a sense of humor, and the desire to spend long hours in the field and office are required. Participants must be able to work independently as well as in groups. Exposure to poison oak is unavoidable. Duration: The spring/summer internships are between 4.5 - 6 months long. Banding internships start between March 1 – 15, 2020 and end in August 2020. Nest searching internships start March 15, 2020 and end on July 31, 2020. Applicants must be able to commit to the full period. Compensation: This is a voluntary training position that includes a stipend to offset living expenses while on the project ($850 per month, gross) and communal housing is provided. To Apply: Please email your application to Hilary Allen (hallen@pointblue.org) AND Mark Dettling (mdettling@pointblue.org). Applications should include: 1) a letter of interest describing why you’d like an internship and which internship position you would like (if you have a preference), previous experience (field-based or otherwise), dates of availability, and whether or not you have a vehicle (it is not necessary for all interns to have a vehicle), 2) a resume, and 3) contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until December 15, 2019. Point Blue is an equal employment opportunity employer and do not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, disability status of an otherwise qualified individual, membership or application for membership in an uniformed service, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law and will make reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities to complete the application and/or participate in the interview process. Learn more about Point Blue and our Palomarin Field Station at www.pointblue.org.
  24. A new 2-3 year postdoc or longer-term staff position is available in association with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center, https://bgc.yale.edu/), Map of Life (https://mol.org/), and the Jetz Lab (https://jetzlab.yale.edu/). We are seeking a highly quantitative ecologist with strong R programming skills and a background in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and species distribution modelling. The goal of the position, supported by NASA and other sources, is to demonstrate the power of novel quantitative approaches and data for addressing central questions in ecology or conservation. The successful candidate is expected to work with an array of biodiversity data (e.g., survey, citizen science, GPS tracking, and camera trapping) as well as a range of remote sensing products and sources, including hyperspectral data. While there is thematic and taxonomic flexibility, a particular focus of the position will be the collaborative development and use of multi-species models at large spatial scales. We therefore expect a background in Bayesian and/or machine-learning approaches to model species and/or assemblage distributions and changes. Experience in Python, Jupyter Notebooks, Google Earth Engine, SQL, and HPC is a plus. The preferred candidate will be dedicated to conscientious work in a team and have excellent writing and communication skills. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with an international working group of leading biodiversity modelers associated with Map of Life and the Yale BGC Center. Support for project-related travel and workshops is available. Target start date for the position is winter to summer 2020. Depending on preference, employment as either postdoctoral researcher or longer-term Yale Center staff is possible. The position will benefit from interacting closely with a growing group of Center-based biodiversity scientists, modelers, coordinators, and informaticians. The Yale BGC Center connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and hosts a range of speaker and workshop events. It supports research and training around the use of new technologies and data flows for model-based inference and prediction of biodiversity distributions and changes at large spatial and taxonomic scales. Flagship Center projects include Map of Life and associated activities supporting the Half-Earth Map and the development of the GEO BON Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables. Other initiatives associated with the Center include the integration of phylogenetic information with spatial distributions (e.g., VertLife, ButterflyNet), NASA-supported remote sensing-informed layers and tools for biodiversity modelling (EarthEnv), Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data, and the Wildlife Insights initiative for camera trapping data. Yale University offers researchers and staff competitive salaries and a generous package of benefits. Yale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the EEB Department, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City. To apply please send, in one pdf, a short motivation (i.e. cover) letter, CV and names and contact information for three referees to anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu, subject "BGC Postdoc“ Biodiversity Modelling. All applications received before 30 Nov will receive full consideration. We passionately believe that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.
  25. Position: Ecology Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-track The Department of Biological Sciences of College of Life and Physical Sciences at Tennessee State University invites a broadly trained ecologist to apply for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor position. This position will begin in August 2020. The selected candidate will have responsibilities for teaching undergraduate major and graduate courses in Ecology, Biometrics, and specific area of expertise, establishing an externally funded ongoing research program, and directing graduate and undergraduate students research projects. There is also an opportunity to develop innovative, upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses that complement and diversify current offerings. The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees at the Bachelor's, Master's, as well as Doctoral levels in Biological Sciences. Minimum Qualifications/experience: 1) A PhD in Ecology or related field with two or more years of postdoctoral experience. 2) Evidence of commitment to teaching with a diverse student population. 3) Demonstrated research capability and ability to publish primary research in the field of ecology or related area. Application is open until January 6, 2020. To apply, please go to the Jobs website of Tennessee State University through the link (https://jobs.tnstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/) and search for relevant positions. Tennessee State University is an AA/EEO employer TSU-20-0051(B)-15d-13102 ==================== Dafeng Hui, Ph.D. Professor of Ecology Department of Biological Sciences Tennessee State University Nashville, TN 37209 Tel: (615)963-5777 Fax:(615)963-5783 Email: dhui@tnstate.edu Http://www.tnstate.edu/faculty/dhui
  26. The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2020. We seek a dynamic teacher, scholar, and activist/practitioner whose work addresses the ecological and environmental dimensions of global change, the ecological dimensions of coupled human-natural systems, and the ways that global environmental change undermines human well-being and the potential for sustainable development. Applicants must have a PhD (or its international equivalent) in an integrative natural sciences field (e.g. sustainability science, ecology, environmental science, or earth systems science). The ability to teach introductory and upper level courses on the science that informs sustainable development as well as a demonstrated commitment to high-quality teaching are essential. Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of applied social-ecological or socio-environmental approaches in their research and teaching as well as evidence of potential to collaborate across degree program concentrations within the department for research, curriculum development, and teaching purposes. Ideal applicants will pursue integrative and collaborative approaches to crucial questions about multiscale, interconnected social-ecological problems. We are particularly interested in a colleague whose work is visionary and will deepen the department's strengths in: -The climate crisis: drivers and consequences of climate change as well as climate change mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and other responses to climate disruption; and -The biodiversity crisis: drivers and consequences of mass extinction, ecological collapse, and reductions in biosphere integrity as well as conservation, restoration ecology, and other approaches to addressing biodiversity loss. We will prioritize applicants whose work broadens our geographic and disciplinary strengths as well as applicants who demonstrate a commitment to justice dimensions of, and community-engaged responses to, global change. Diversity is a key (though still under-realized) component of our department's mission. Thus we seek candidates who strengthen our department's commitment to improving intercultural competencies and working across difference to combat historical inequities and promote positive social and ecological change. We are a critical development studies department that is committed to preparing students for transformative, community-driven development and social change. The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department integrates theory and practice from across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. We function as a collaborative, transdisciplinary team of scholar-activists and scholar-practitioners with backgrounds in agroecology and forestry, anthropology, ecology, environmental humanities, environmental studies, human geography, labor studies, and political science. Many of our current faculty deviated from their disciplinary mainstream in order to study, to teach, and to respond to pressing socio-ecological challenges with a more integrative and action-oriented approach. As such, we welcome applicants with unconventional intellectual trajectories and interdisciplinary training. The department is composed of ten core faculty members whose research and teaching draw on a broad range of local and international partnerships and resources, including the department's Teaching and Research Farm and Agroecology Laboratory, located in Fleetwood, NC. We have more than 350 undergraduate majors who concentrate in one of four degree programs: a BS in community, regional, and global development; a BS in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; a BS in environmental studies; and a BA in environmental studies. These degrees are offered in-house, rather than through faculty affiliates in other departments, providing for highly dynamic and integrated approach to curriculum and mentorship. The Department's mission is to prepare students to engage in the social, economic, and environmental transformations necessary to create thriving, equitable, and sustainable communities within an ecologically healthy world. Our graduates are prepared to work in leadership positions and fulfill the University's commitment to building a just and sustainable future. https://appstate.peopleadmin.com/postings/23921
  27. A combined team of researchers from Japan and China has announced the finding and study of the fossilized remains of a bird from the Early Cretaceous. In their paper published in the journal Communications Biology, the group describes where the fossil was found, its features and what it represents to avian evolutionary history. View the full article
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