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  • California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover Research Coordinator I

    • Employer: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
      Location: Escondido, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: No


    Must apply through link above or on website. Starting date of April 10th. Pay range of $62,400 to $65,140.

    Req #2563: The SDZWA Conservation Science team is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate to form part of a team focused on research and monitoring of California least terns and Western snowy plovers. Successful candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, marine science or a related field as well as more than three years of experience with seabird and shorebird conservation research, monitoring (nest checks and banding), and leading field crews. Position is part of a team focused on research, monitoring and applied management to aid recovery of endangered and threatened seabirds/shorebirds. Our team works on two military bases, Naval Base Coronado and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Main goals of our work are to investigate ecological effects of changing ocean conditions and other factors on the reproductive success of California least terns and Western snowy plovers. Duties include supporting field teams monitoring, surveying and tracking nesting terns and plovers, as well as performing data analyses, geographic information system mapping, scientific writing (e.g., journal publishing and reports) and compliance management. Being a field intensive position, candidate should be able to cover 5-7 miles of beach habitat per day during nesting season, as well as have proficiency in capturing/banding avian wildlife and identifying local bird species and potential avian and mammalian predators (including evidence of predators). Candidate must also have broad experience documenting, summarizing and presenting monitoring and research data in reports and publications, have excellent scientific writing skills, effective oral communication, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. In addition, candidate must be well skilled in analyzing data using Matlab and R (RSutdio) statistical computing and graphical software as well as ESRI and open-source Geographic Information System software, and SQL databases. Finally, forming part of a diverse team of people working in varied conditions—including military bases—candidate should have strong emotional intelligence and soft skills.


    • Bachelor's or Masters Degree Bachelor's Degree in biology, zoology, wildlife ecology, marine science, or a related field • Experience monitoring seabird and shorebird colonies. • Experience capturing and banding seabirds/shorebirds. • Experience managing and analyzing data using Matlab and/or R and GIS software.

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