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  • Quantitative Ecologist

    Evan Adams
    • Employer: Biodiversity Research Institute
      Location: Portland, ME
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Hi all,

    Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) seeks a conscientious and detail-oriented biologist to work on offshore wind and wildlife issues for our non-profit organization located in Portland, ME. This position will work on a range of projects relating to renewable energy development and the effects of anthropogenic activities on wildlife. The position will include a focus on quantitative ecology and marine ecology, with the option to work on a range of other projects based on the candidate’s skills and experience. See https://briwildlife.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/ for further details.

    Duties are expected to consist of a combination of: conducting research on marine ecosystems, with the goal of informing conservation decisions in the region; use of R, Python, and ArcGIS to write scripts to manage and analyze survey, tracking, and other types of ecological data; creation of analytical products that are designed to inform managers and decision-makers in the offshore environment; technical support for risk analyses for renewable energy development projects, including research and report writing; traveling to scientific meetings to communicate project results; and assisting with other relevant research and collaborations at BRI as time allows.

    Qualifications: Successful candidates should include: a masters or PhD in marine ecology or a related field; experience with data visualization and mapping for scientific reports and publications and/or online resources; experience and ability to analyze spatial distribution and/or movement data, ideally focusing on seabirds. In particular, we are looking for spatial analysis expertise (including use of ArcGIS) and strong proficiency with R coding and, ideally, package making. Experience in Bayesian modeling tools is preferred (e.g., JAGS or nimble); strong scientific and technical communication skills, including published work in scientific journals; strong work ethic and ability to effectively prioritize and address needs as they arise, and capacity to work independently as well as in a group, and desire to work on a range of projects with a strong, collaborative project team.

    Salary dependent on education and experience. BRI offers an employee health insurance premium, plus optional dependent coverage, dental, LTD and life insurance, 401k with match, and generous paid PTO and holidays. Costs associated with work travel are reimbursed.

    Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file (including cover letter, resume, and references) to jobs@briwildlife.org by December 31, 2021. Please include “Quantitative Ecologist” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

    BRI is dedicated to assessing emerging threats to wildlife and ecosystems through collaborative research, BRI uses scientific findings to advance environmental awareness and inform decision-makers. BRI’s Center for Research on Offshore Wind and the Environment (CROWE) is a growing part of our organization. The successful candidate must possess a genuine interest in supporting BRI’s mission and a strong desire to be part of a non-profit work environment.

    Biodiversity Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.


    Thanks for your interest,



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