DEPARTMENT OF MARINE AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT
Position Description: Wildlife Biologist III (Bird Specialist)
The Wildlife Division of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), American Samoan Government, carries out numerous short- and long-term wildlife research, monitoring, and management programs on tropical forest birds, seabirds, fruit bats, sea turtles, invertebrates, invasive species and wildlife habitat.
DMWR is seeking a Wildlife Biologist III to lead the Tropical Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (TMAPS) and Bird Population Monitoring programs. S/he will lead or assist in other Wildlife Division projects as needed.
This is a 2-year contract position with possibility of extension. Salary range is $21,715 - $51,875 dependent on qualifications and education as determined by the ASG Department of Human Resources. The position includes travel to American Samoa, subsidized health care at the local hospital, a shipping allowance, and a housing stipend.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead the TMAPS bird banding project. Included duties: run 6 bird netting sites on Tutuila, manage the bird netting sites on Ta’u and Ofu, training and supervising interns, logistical planning, and reporting.
Lead the point count based bird population monitoring project. Included duties: conducting quarterly point counts, improving project design to meet monitoring goals, reviewing, revising and drafting protocols, data analysis, grant writing, and reporting.
Collaborate with and/or provide scientific and technical guidance to other Division biologists in the development, implementation, and write-up of wildlife projects.
Assist in preparation and submission of grant proposals and reports.
Conduct or supervise ecological impact assessments as needed.
Represent the Wildlife Division and DMWR in professional meetings, workshops, and working groups within and outside of the Territory.
Knowledge and Skills and Ability:
Avian project management experience, preferably in tropical ecosystems.
Experience with mist netting and bird banding and/or leading MAPS stations.
Experience with bird population monitoring, including point counts and analysis of point count data to detect trends.
Proven skills in report writing, data management, and data summarization.
Applicants must be willing and able to accept off‑island work assignments and be able to work in rugged conditions (involving backpacking, camping) for periods at a time; ability to operate manual transmission vehicles is a plus.
Experience working/living internationally, a strong work ethic, both independently and as a team player, a sense of adventure, the ability to be flexible when conditions require it, and a good sense of humor are all valuable assets.
Academic and Experience Requirements:
Applicant must have a MS in related field from an accredited university plus 4 years of work related experience, 2 years of supervisory capacity OR
BS in related field from an accredited university plus 5 years of related work experience, 3 years at a supervisory capacity
Years of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for portion of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience.
For additional information or to apply, submit a CV and cover letter (PDF preferred) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed as received but should be submitted by March 31, 2019 to receive full consideration.