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  1. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437 Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and acquires and provides 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. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs. 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. The Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, established in 1894, is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois. It is the oldest inland field station in North America and one of nine field stations of the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is housed at the Forbes Biological Station. Staff of the Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to wetland ecosystems, with a specific focus on the ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds. Our research efforts focus on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the wetlands throughout the State. INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Waterbird Ecology to develop, direct, and conduct research and monitoring activities in the area of Wetland Bird, Wetland Ecology, or related natural resources fields to address the goals and objectives of the Survey. This position is located at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, Illinois. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Conduct research activities related to waterfowl, wading birds, marshbirds, shorebirds, passerines etc. as well as in the area of wetland ecology and other natural resource fields. Collect, manage, and analyze scientific data. Conduct field and laboratory work. Manage, analyze, and translate research and monitoring data into scientific findings and provide management recommendations to funding agencies, collaborators, and other interested parties. Translate scientific data into reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations to be delivered at conference and professional meetings. Provide outreach and service to the public, the INHS, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, PRI, UIUC, and other professional organizations. Communicate and interact with recipients of services and provide technical assistance. Work with lay community to engender positive feedback regarding scientific research. Coordinate and cooperate with the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other groups. Represent the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois and other agencies on committees. Supervise, mentor, and lead hourly staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, and ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback and travel approval. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Bachelors with a minimum of 5 years of experience or Masters with a minimum of 3 years of experience related to wetland birds. Experience identifying wetland birds (one or more of waterfowl, marshbird, wading birds, shorebirds), plants, and invertebrates. Experience using common software packages for data recording and analysis, reporting, and processing, including but not limited to ArcGIS and R. This position requires experience and training in wildlife capturing/handling, specifically waterfowl and other wetland birds. Experience working with boats, and ATVs. Must be able to swim. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Demonstrated ability to communicate well in writing (reports and/or papers) and in oral presentations. Demonstrated leadership skills for the purpose of supervising, planning and monitoring research activities, and documenting progress. Valid Driver’s License Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in natural resources management, wildlife biology, ecology or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Environmental Demands: Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel throughout the State of Illinois working irregular hours. Must be able to physically carry out wetland bird survey field work, including being able to swim, walk through water and on uneven terrain. Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position. Proposed Start Date: Estimated start date is August 16, 2019. Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment Status: This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Eligible for full University benefits package as well as generous vacation and sick leave packages. To Apply: Applications must be received by July 31, 2019. Interviews may take place prior to the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Please visit http://jobs.illinois.edu 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 technical inquiries regarding this position, please contact Auriel Fournier, Director, Forbes Biological Station at auriel@illinois.edu or 217-300-8698. For further information, please contact Amber Hall, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at amberh@illinois.edu or 217-300-4080. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=118437
  2. Waterfowl Research Technician (Hourly) Illinois Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Successful applicants will assist with capture and telemetry of radio-marked wood ducks in LaGrange Pool of the Illinois River. Primary duties will include maintaining bait sites, trapping (confusion traps), rocket netting, 24-hr surveillance of marked ducks, and recovery of mortalities. Additionally, technicians may assist with a diverse array of ongoing waterfowl and wetland related projects, possibly including, waterbird surveys, trap fabrication for wetland birds (e.g., rails), cover mapping wetland vegetation, true metabolizable energy trials of teal, captive duck husbandry, double observer counts of shorebird flocks, and other duties as assigned. The incumbents will work closely with graduate students and INHS staff. Qualifications: Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science, natural resources, ecology, or a related field. Candidates must have a strong work ethic, contribute to a positive work environment, be able to lift 50 lbs., work in waders for extended periods, work nights and weekends during field season, and generally endure the physical demands of field work during fall, and early winter in the Midwest. Ability to follow written protocols pertaining to the use of laboratory equipment, ability to identify unknown wetland vegetation using plant characteristics and an identification key. Preferred candidates will have experience in handling and capturing waterfowl, VHF telemetry by truck mounted and hand-held antennas, identifying wetland vegetation, and operating ATVs and boats. Self-motivation, a passion for research, and ability to work effectively within a team and independently are critical personality traits for the incumbent. Must have a valid driver’s license. Wage: $10/hour, working at least 40 hours per week, overtime (time and a half) after 40 hrs. Housing (bunkhouse) is available onsite at a reasonable rate (~$200/month). Duration of Appointment: Approximately August 1, 2019, to November 30, 2019, with possible extensions pending projects and funding. Application: To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by July 26th, 2019, but review of applications will begin immediately. To apply, please send cover letter detailing skills and experience, resume, and names and contact information of three references to Aaron Yetter at ayetter@illinois.edu. (Be sure to reference Wood Duck Tech in the subject line). 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.
  3. Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Salary: Approximately $24,000 per year, plus tuition waiver and health benefits Description: We are seeking a MS student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to study the ecology and status of wetland species of concern in Illinois. The project will focus on surveying wetlands across the state to determine the current distribution of several species of concern, as well as more focused work on nest success in relation to changes in wetland hydrology. The student will perform a combination of point count surveys and nest searching as well as vegetation sampling. The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with other researchers, natural resource managers, and private landowners, and to lead the overall research project including resulting publications. The student will be co-advised by Drs. T.J. Benson and Auriel Fournier. The student will spend time both on the main University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign Campus, and at Forbes Biological Station in Havana, IL, where much of the field work will likely be conducted. The successful candidate will pursue a degree through the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (www.nres.illinois.edu), preferably starting graduate school in January 2020, with field work beginning in the spring/summer 2020. Qualifications: BS degree in wildlife management, ecology, or a related discipline. Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in working either with non-passerine birds and/or wetlands. Applicant should have a track record of being able to work independently. Previous experience doing field work is preferred, especially training or experience with nest searching. The applicant should also possess excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills. Send cover letter, CV, contact information for 3 references and unofficial GRE scores to the email address listed below. The successful applicant will submit official GRE scores to the University. Application review will begin August 30th. Dr. Auriel Fournier – auriel@illinois.edu
  4. Any of you who have talked with me about teaching R for any length of time have heard me talk about how 'life changing' the instructor training I received through Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry as been. A big part of that is because Software Carpentry was founded by Greg Wilson, and he has spent a LOT of time thinking about teaching, and learning from the best pedagogical research on how to teach coding. Greg just released a new book all about teaching technology, and while not all of will apply to teaching R, this is 100% what I recommend folks read if they want to learn how to teach coding based on the best science of how people learn. Greg is also fantastic at building practices into his classrooms that are welcoming to new comers and make sure that some of the barriers that those with great experience sometimes put up without thinking are broken down. The book is available open source online, more info here. http://third-bit.com/2018/07/15/teaching-tech-together.html
  5. Hi All, This is likely to become the largest tab within R Onithology. Here is where you can post on most any topic, but we request you use tags to help other users sort through the posts and find things of interest. Possible tags could include bioacoustics, power analysis, distance sampling, radar, modeling, and many many others. Feel free to start new tags of your own!
  6. There is a R package to help build hex stickers! https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/hexSticker/index.html I wonder if we could graph the outline of a bird or something and use that?
  7. Hi Everyone, I almost exclusively use ggplot for my graphing, but sometimes I have folks ask me questions about how to do something graphing related in base R. Anyone know of good resources I can point them to?
  8. Looking to find someone who has a Lotek Pinpoint-Argos Tag Interface [DLC-1 or 2] that I can borrow/rent/buy from them.
  9. We are working on putting together a blog post for the ROpenSci blog that will better outline the community we want to create, I'll be sure to post a link here when it goes live [might be a few weeks]. Glad to hear about github classroom, I've not used it myself but it sounds really powerful. Certainly a great skillset to give to students.
  10. Michael Hallworth taught some amazing spatial R lessons at the last AOS meeting. Its all available here, do check it out!
  11. Hello Everyone. I had the great chance to attend the ROpenSci 'unconference' this past week and one product to come out of that was a science education group around R, with the goal of sharing teaching resources. More details here - https://github.com/ropenscilabs/rOpenSciEd
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