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  • Acoustic Surveyor Crew Lead


    Guest Kevin Kelly
    • Employer: University of Wisconsin - Madison
      Location: Madison, WI/Sierra Nevada, CA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 12/31/2021
      Open Until Filled: No

    Full time crew lead position acoustically monitoring avian species in the Sierra Nevada (Crew Lead in California during the summer and curating/analyzing the data at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the rest of the year).


    Species inhabiting dry forest ecosystems are increasingly threatened by severe wildfire, drought, and other stressors owing to interactions between climate change and past management practices. We are seeking an experienced crew lead to join existing teams which are acoustically monitoring wildlife across the Sierra Nevada.
    The incumbent would report to a project manager while recruiting, training, and leading 2-4 technicians each summer to deploy, collect, and assist with processing and analyzing data from acoustic recording units across the landscape in the (likely southern) Sierra Nevada of California. The project is crucial to multiple well-funded projects and is expected to directly inform management planning and practices in an ecologically sensitive and high-profile region.


    The researcher would spend the remainder of the year (mid-August to mid-April) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI as part of the Peery research group. The Peery Lab (https://peery.russell.wisc.edu/) currently is composed of 10 graduate students, 7 full time research scientists, and multiple alumni who have chosen to remain involved in collaborative projects with current graduate students. The large lab fosters an active, inclusive, collaborative, and supportive research atmosphere.

    The position ideally would start on February 1, 2022 but could be shifted slightly, if necessary, and includes a full-time salary with benefits package, including health insurance, and retirement. The position would be for 2 years with the potential to extend.


    Applicants with a MS degree in wildlife, ecology, conservation biology, or other related disciplines are preferred, but exceptional applicants with a BS degree will be considered if they have relevant experience. Experience with acoustic data collection, geographic information systems, data interpretation, and analyses, especially with autonomous recording units is preferred. The applicant should have some field experience from wildlife, biology or ecology positions, especially in remote areas and leadership experience involving hiring, training, and independently supervising crews. The applicant should demonstrate knowledge of assessing and addressing diverse crew needs, identifying safety concerns, as well as tailoring training and leadership accordingly. The candidate should possess excellent organizational, management, and office skills, as well as have experience with database management.

    Please submit your application materials by December 31, 2021 to https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/511428/acoustic-crew-lead. For more information contact Anu Kramer at hakramer@wisc.edu. or Kevin Kelly at kkelly29@wisc.edu.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all interested individuals to apply. The position is open to both US citizens and international candidates.


    UW-Madison has a long history of excellence in ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and geography. The university ranks consistently among the top research universities in the United States. Total student enrollment is 43,000 of which approximately 12,000 are graduate and professional students, and there are over 2,000 faculty. The city of Madison ranks as one of the most attractive places in the U.S. to live and work. For information about campus and the city, please see http://www.wisc.edu/about/




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