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David Anderson

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  1. POSITION SUMMARY A primary responsibility of the Project Manager for Gyrfalcon and Tundra Conservation is coordinating all aspects of seasonal fieldwork on Gyrfalcon ecology in Alaska. The Project Manager will aid in conservation planning and monitoring of the Gyrfalcon, and potentially other raptors, in the context of the suite of species important for tundra conservation, as well as help build and coordinate institutional partnerships at national and international levels for The Peregrine Fund. Grant writing is an essential function of the position. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Project Manager is primarily responsible for supervising all aspects of seasonal fieldwork on Gyrfalcon ecology, including: preparation for summer field season; recruiting, hiring, and supervising seasonal employees; oversight of data collection, synthesis, and reporting; conservation research, including design and implementation of field studies through to writing scientific papers and reporting at conferences. Additional functions of the position include aiding in the Science Team at The Peregrine Fund in conservation planning for Arctic raptors and other iconic tundra species; communicate effectively through written and oral means the importance of project findings to the scientific and conservation communities in support of achieving conservation objectives; maintain positive and constructive relationships while working creatively with partners with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, and interests. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Supervision of seasonal fieldwork · Recruit, hire, and supervise seasonal field technicians · Organize and prepare for all aspects of seasonal fieldwork in remote locations · Lead survey efforts for nesting Gyrfalcons and other Arctic raptors to assess occupancy and productivity · Must possess excellent field capabilities and the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in severe field conditions that may include below-freezing weather, strong winds, precipitation, encounters with grizzly bears and other dangerous animals, river crossings, and clouds of mosquitoes Ability to carry heavy backpacks over uneven terrain in inclement weather, and to enjoy all aspects of remote fieldwork Ability to maintain positive relationships within a field crew and project volunteers by exemplifying a positive team attitude is key Safe entry into cliff nests with rock climbing techniques Handle nestling raptors for the purposes of banding and collecting biological data Install and maintain motion sensitive cameras at nests Collect prey remains and pellets Conduct prey surveys Coordinate maintenance of field vehicles Host VIPs and other project visitors Conservation Planning and Research · Plan and execute the collection of field data · Provide quality control and data synthesis and reporting · Assist in data analysis, and the drafting and submission of scientific papers and written/oral presentations for scientific and lay audiences · Provide the intellectual leadership and professional capacity necessary to identify, develop, and catalyze a portfolio of impactful research initiatives that advance our understanding of the effects of climate change on the Arctic tundra ecosystem · Design research to broaden knowledge on effects of global climate change on Arctic diversity and ecosystem function · Oversee undergraduate and graduate student interns in literature review, data entry, and analysis to aid in conservation planning for raptors Development · Design and implement a fundraising plan, incorporating grant proposals and targeted development activity · Identify and pursue external funding from public and private sources to advance research priorities for avian and terrestrial research and conservation in the Arctic · Write and edit grant proposals · Craft meaningful engagement experiences to attract and retain new donors and to elevate donor involvement with The Peregrine Fund, including special donor-focused field trips, guest lectures, special events, and meetings with scientists and advocates · Develop long term relationships with key parties for development purposes MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Advanced degree in vertebrate ecology, terrestrial ecology, or natural resources management as a demonstration of ability to conduct biological research. Candidates nearing the completion of an advanced degree who have completed coursework and demonstrate advanced progress and dedication toward completing a degree will be considered. · ≥3 years of fieldwork on Arctic raptors in remote locations · Must possess excellent field capabilities and the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in severe field conditions that may include below-freezing weather, strong winds, precipitation, encounters with grizzly bears and other dangerous animals, river crossings · Experience avoiding and mitigating hypothermia · Experience surveying for birds of prey during the breeding season · Identification of avian and mammalian prey, both when they are alive and encountered during prey surveys, as well as when they are collected as prey remains · Demonstrated ability to maintain positive relations with co-workers in confined and remote field settings · Proven experience with methods to conduct wildlife surveys · Demonstrated proficiency in rock climbing sufficient to install anchors in treeless tundra for rappels into eyries, and provide safe supervision of climbing · Experience capturing and handling raptors · Experience supervising others and providing guidance in fieldwork · Able to carry heavy backpacks over uneven terrain in inclement weather · Backpacking and backcountry navigation · Must be authorized to work in the USA with valid driver’s license and ability to drive 4WD and ATV vehicles DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS · Successful record in obtaining external funding COMPENSATION Annual salary of $35,000 plus competitive benefits. TO APPLY Send via email a single file attachment (PDF preferred) including: a cover letter clearly stating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references to HIRING MANAGER employment@peregrinefund.org Name the file, “LastName_FirstName_Project Manager.”
  2. POSITION SUMMARY The position requires a highly skilled wildlife biologist capable of working in remote conditions to conduct surveys for prey of Arctic-nesting raptors. The field technician will work as a member of a 4-person crew at a remote site in Alaska and in collaboration with biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and other partners. When time allows, crew members will participate in surveys for Gyrfalcons and in nest entries. This position offers unparalleled scenery, exciting fieldwork, and a unique Alaska experience, but applicants must understand that field conditions will include the best and worst that Alaska has to offer, and long hours are required. Duration: Approximately 1 May to 15 July (dates flexible). RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE · Conduct surveys for prey of Arctic-nesting Gyrfalcons and other raptors · Collect prey remains and pellets · Careful data collection and reporting · Drive a 4WD pickup and ATV MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS · Must be enrolled in a 4-year university program centered on wildlife management, vertebrate ecology, or similar field · Excellent demonstrated ability in identifying birds and mammals of Alaska · Experience recording scientific data in the field, and checking for quality and errors · Must possess excellent field capabilities and the ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time in severe field conditions that may include below-freezing weather, strong winds, precipitation, encounters with grizzly bears and other dangerous animals, river crossings, and clouds of mosquitoes · Ability to get along with co-workers and project volunteers while maintaining a positive attitude is key · Ability to carry heavy backpacks over uneven terrain in inclement weather, and to enjoy all aspects of remote fieldwork · Backpacking and backcountry navigation experience · U.S. driver’s license and ability to drive 4WD · Legal status to work in the USA DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS · Bear safety training · Familiarity with firearms · Knowledge of safe use of an ATV and driving 4WD pickups in remote field settings · Photography skills · Practice living in a small space and contributing to household chores (e.g., cooking, cleaning, emptying the honey bucket). COMPENSATION $790 Every two weeks, plus travel to Nome, food and lodging, and travel at the field site are included. TO APPLY Send via email a single file attachment (PDF preferred) including: a cover letter clearly stating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references to HIRING MANAGER employment@peregrinefund.org Name the file, “LastName_FirstName_PreyTechnician.”
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