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  • Scientist 1 (hourly, part-time)

    F. Smith
    • Employer: Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University
      Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/01/2018
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description:

    The Center for Conservation Biology seeks a biologist with extensive avian field experience to join our research team. The biologist will be responsible for 1) Field project assistance – including bird surveys, banding, resighting color marked birds, data management, logistics, planning, and other related tasks. 2) Managing citizen science programs – including project expansion through marketing and volunteer management, and 3) Assisting with project-related fund raising. This is an hourly position that provides no benefits.



    • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
    • Experience in project management, including concept development, research design, and production of deliverables.
    • Experience with bird capture and banding techniques and resighting of color marked birds.
    • Demonstrated experience in safe collection of samples (blood, feather, or tissue) from wild caught birds.
    • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving experience.
    • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills, and customer service skills.
    • Experience with logistical support of field projects.
    • Extensive experience with database management.
    • Skill in Microsoft Office software (Work Excel, Access) and experience working with large databases.
    • Working knowledge of social media.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and work in hot, cold, humid, muddy, bug-filled environments.


    • Experience with communicating conservation-based issues to the general public through outreach and education.
    • General knowledge of avian ecology and conservation issues.
    • Experience with fund-raising and/or grant writing.


    Conditions of employment:

    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and work in hot, cold, humid, muddy, bug filled environments.
    • All hourly employees are subject to the limitations of the Virginia Manpower Control Program and total hours worked may not exceed, on average, 29 hours per week, over the course of a twelve month period beginning May 1 each year.
    • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive overtime in accordance with the Fair Laboar Standards Act.  This position may be subject to overtime during high peak times, etc. as directed and approved by the supervisor.
    • This is a restricted position subject to availability of funding.


    Specific Job duties:


    Project Development, Management, and Product Production: Responsible for working independently and with the director to develop, manage, and complete research projects, including grant-related products. Specific duties will vary with individual projects, but successful applicant will be:
    1) Developing new research projects with the that are consistent with the interests and expertise of The Center for Conservation Biology. This will include concept development, statement of objectives, project design, protocol development, and budgeting.
    2) Responsible for managing a portfolio of research projects. Project management will include overseeing project logistics, meeting project benchmarks, managing and archiving data, and timely production of project deliverables.
    3) Responsible for data management, using data to address key research questions posed by project objectives, and producing project deliverables as indicated within grant agreements.

    Fieldwork: Incumbent will be responsible for fieldwork covering a wide range of avian taxa, a diverse and changing set of research questions, and covering a wide geographic area. Specific duties will vary with individual projects, but may include:
    1) Bird capture and banding – applicant will be responsible for all aspects of various bird capture and banding operations from planning to operation through data delivery. Incumbent must be willing to learn about the capture techniques and banding of additional species as needed. Incumbent must be familiar with or able to learn banding software and record submission.
    2) Bird surveys – incumbent will be responsible for all aspects of bird surveys from planning to operation through data delivery. Incumbent will be responsible for transect, plot and point sampling, and collection of associated metrics. May also be responsible for behavioral, diet, and substrate-use sampling.
    3) Project assistance – incumbent will be required to provide assistance in all aspects of project execution as needed.

    Fundraising: Incumbent will be responsible for developing and submitting grant proposals on a wide range of conservation questions and problems. This will include the development of collaborative and independent projects, identification of funding partners, and development and submission of proposals. Specific duties in relation to fund raising will be:
    1) Production of grant proposals – Incumbent will be responsible for developing and executing grant proposals to raise funds for identified conservation priorities.
    2) Identify funding partners – Applicant will be responsible for helping to identify foundation, corporate, and government funding partners for a wide range of projects.

    Compensation: $ Starting hourly wage between 13 and 16 dollars/hour commensurate with experience.

    To apply submit required materials to: https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/33591

    Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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