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  • Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Illinois Natural History Survey
      Location: Champaign, Illinois
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/06/2018
      Open Until Filled: No

    Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist- Illinois
    Agency Illinois Natural History Survey Location Champaign, Illinois Job Category Full time Positions Salary $38,000 to $42,000 Last Date to Apply 04/06/2018 Description The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois—the state's biological memory. With more than 260 scientists and staff, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. To learn more about INHS please visit http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/. INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Scientist, Avian Ecologist to conduct and manage field- and lab-based research projects on conservation priority bird species. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois. Major Duties and Responsibilities: • Identify birds by sight and sound and interpret survey and quantitative study results. • Find and monitor nests to examine reproductive success. • Capture and handle birds, including collecting measurements and applying bands to individuals. • Review literature, collections, and databases to evaluate the historical and contemporary distribution of focal species. • Collect, sort, and identify arthropods. • Conduct field work throughout the state, some of which may be under adverse conditions (inclement weather, remoteness, moderate physical exertion), including overnight stays. • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment. • Independently conduct data analyses and compile results into technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. • Respond to requests for scientific/technical information and speaking engagements, participate in outreach and service events, and serve on internal committees. • Hire, supervise, and mentor hourly staff. • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI. Required Qualifications: Master's degree in wildlife ecology, natural resources, or related discipline, with a research interest in avian ecology and conservation. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Three years of relevant experience. Expertise in avian ecology and conservation including a strong knowledge of the fauna of Illinois, including endangered and threatened species and their habitat requirements. Must have knowledge and experience related to sampling and identifying arthropods. Experience with processing and analyzing remote-sensing data. Experience publishing results in peer-reviewed journals. Experience communicating directly with natural resource agencies for research coordination. Must have the ability to identify birds by sight and sound. Must be familiar with current and appropriate sampling and analysis methods for bird occurrence, abundance, and demography. Must have strong quantitative skills, including statistical and mathematical modeling, and be competent with statistical software packages such as R, SAS, Program MARK, and OpenBUGS. Must have strong GIS skills (e.g. ArcGIS), including the ability to interpret maps and aerial photographs. Ability to work independently, collect and analyze field data, and coherently translate findings both verbally and in writing to granting agencies, the scientific community, and the general public. Ability to apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve problems. Ability to work effectively both independently and in team settings. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases. Valid driver’s license. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, natural resources, or related discipline. Familiarity with sampling approaches for non-avian vertebrates. This is a visiting, full-time, contract-funded academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. The starting annual salary of $38,000 to $42,000 is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by April 6, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at lwalston@illinois.edu or 217-244-2401. For technical inquiries, please contact Dr. Thomas J. Benson, Senior Wildlife Ecologist and CTAP Coordinator, at tjbenson@illinois.edu. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu. Qualifications Qualifications and how to apply are included in the job description. Contact Person Lori Walston-Vonderharr Contact eMail lwalston@illinois.edu

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