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  1. Position(s) Overview: Bird Conservancy is hiring a GIS biologist to provide spatial analysis support for our Avian Research Programs including Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) and Non-breeding monitoring. The GIS Biologist will be tasked with spatially balanced sample draws, study design development in collaboration with staff and partners, covariate extraction from diverse land cover data sources and cartography. Applicants are expected to have a strong background analyzing geospatial data using ArcGIS. Experience and/or proficiency writing R code for spatial analysis is strongly preferred. The GIS Biologist will be part of our integrative science program (14 scientists and ecologists) directly supervised by a Spatial Ecologist and under the oversight of the Director of Science Operations. The biologist will be based in Bird Conservancy’s Fort Collins office; however, we will accommodate flex scheduling and telework with supervisor approval. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: • Analyze geospatial data, develop and maintain spatial data layers, databases and associated metadata using both ArcGIS and R • Extract spatial covariates from diverse land-cover data sets (e.g., NLCD and Landfire, etc.) • Use remote sensing products (e.g., Landsat and MODIS) to create spatial layers for ecological analysis • Cooperate with the Science Team and partners to develop, design, and review research projects, including defining data needs and GIS outputs • Produce professional cartographic materials for use in reports, presentations, and publications as well as reference materials for the development of new projects Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): • BSc in the Natural Sciences (Biology, Ecology, etc.) or commensurate experience • MSc degree and/or commensurate experience with spatial analysis in a natural resource setting • Extensive experience (>2 years) with ArcGIS or class work equivalent. • Proficiency coding in R preferably with spatial analysis • Experience with USGS Global Visualization Viewer (GloVis) • Experience with project management • Proficiency in use of computer software including Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint and the ability to quickly learn new software • Knowledge of current avian monitoring protocols (study design and methodology) • Willingness to work as a team member for a growing non-profit organization and supervise part-time personnel • Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. • Must possess a valid Driver’s License. Physical Demands / Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Ability to work in a standard office setting, with considerable sitting, standing and viewing of computer • Mid-level stress • Requires reaching continually throughout the workday (mouse, keyboard, telephone) • May include lifting up to thirty (30) pounds of project gear on an infrequent basis- proper lifting techniques required • Able to stand, walk, and hike for extended periods of time outside in all weather Equal Opportunity Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and contacts for three references in ONE document to applicants@birdconservancy.org with “GIS Biologist” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before October 30th, 2020. GIS Biologist Job Posting_Final.pdf
  2. Bird Conservancy is hiring a dynamic Research Scientist with a background in quantitative population ecology. The scientist will be expected to develop a cutting-edge independent research program that leverages our diverse long-term data sets (monitoring and movement) to inform conservation. Applicants are expected to have a strong background and analytical skill set using Bayesian approaches. Experience with integrated population modeling, data integration, N-mixture models, multi-species occupancy, and animal movement models are highly desired qualifications. The Research Scientist will be part of our integrative science program (14 scientists and ecologists) directly supervised by our lead Biometrician and under the oversight of the Research Director and Chief Conservation Scientist. This position is currently funded for one-year with extensions available based on performance and available funding. The scientist will be based in Bird Conservancy’s Fort Collins office; however, we will accommodate flex scheduling and telework with supervisor approval. Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: · Leverage monitoring and demographic data to inform conservation delivery using quantitative approaches including: integrated population models, N-mixture models, multispecies occupancy and spatiotemporal analyses · Develop and apply innovative approaches to analyze animal movement data · Collaborate with internal and external scientists to develop, fund, and implement conservation research projects from design, to analysis and publication · Communicate results to diverse stakeholders through reports, manuscripts and conference presentations · Build collaborative partnerships internally across the Science Team and externally with diverse partners to strategically grow the research program at Bird Conservancy Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted): · PhD in quantitative, population, or wildlife ecology with a strong statistical background or commensurate experience · Post-doctoral experience preferred (~2 years post PhD) · Proven ability to successfully work in a collaborative team setting · Experience with diverse statistical approaches (Bayesian and Frequentist) · Experience with Integrated Population Models, Abundance, and Occupancy Models · Experience with animal movement models (e.g., state-space modeling, home-range analyses, etc.) using diverse data sets (e.g. telemetry, GPS and Motus) · Experience with spatial analyses using either ArcGIS and/or Program R platforms · Proficiency in habitat relationship and landscape modelling · Familiarity with remote sensing methods and data sources for North America · Strong R programming skills beyond model implementation including JAGs and WinBUGS · Strong written, verbal communication skills with a track record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications and effective presentations in varied settings · General knowledge avian ecology including sampling and design Physical Demands / Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · Ability to work in a standard office setting, with considerable sitting, standing and viewing of computer · Mid-level stress · Requires reaching continually throughout the workday (mouse, keyboard, telephone) · May include lifting up to thirty (30) pounds of project gear on an infrequent basis- proper lifting techniques required · Able to stand, walk, and hike for extended periods of time outside in all weather Equal Opportunity Employer: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume and contacts for three references in ONE document to applicants@birdconservancy.org with “Research Scientist” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Preference will be given to those applications that are submitted before September 30th, 2020.
  3. The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu) in Front Royal, VA, USA is excited to open enrollment for its intensive two-week course: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. Are you 1) A wildlife professional looking to expand your research skills to include migratory birds, 2) A recent college graduate looking to obtain professional skills to help you get into grad school or begin a career in natural resources and conservation, or 3) Beginning a graduate degree studying birds, but lack field and lab experience needed for your thesis/dissertation? If so, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation has a solution for you. We are excited to offer for the second time this intensive two-week course in Front Royal, VA, USA designed to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, tissue sampling, radio-tracking and point-transect distance sampling. Full modules will focus on analysis of mark-recapture data in rmark, and distance sampling analysis using program DISTANCE. R packages used in the analysis of isotope, geolocator, and standard telemetry data will also be demonstrated. Lecture topics will include: migratory connectivity, seasonal interactions, radar ornithology, life-cycle analyses, overwinter ecology, applied genetics, threats to migration, and applied conservation strategies. Finally, participants will learn to prepare museum study skins of bird specimens. SCBI scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from local hot spots of migratory bird work will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 14-25, 2015 and the deadline to apply is July 6, 2015. Full scholarships are available on a competitive basis and reduced course fees are offered to those applying from “less-developed” nations. Priority for scholarships will be given to applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean. For information on course fees, scholarship opportunities and contact information, please visit: http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/professional-training-courses/species-monitoring-and-conservation-bird-migration/ Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
  4. Are you: - A wildlife professional looking to expand your research skills to include migratory birds? - A recent college graduate looking to obtain professional skills to help you get into grad school or begin a career in natural resources and conservation? - Beginning a graduate degree studying birds, but lack field and lab experience needed for your thesis/dissertation? If the answer is yes, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu) have a solution for you. We are excited to announce a new intensive two week course in Front Royal, VA, USA: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. The course builds on the expertise of the Migratory Bird Center incorporating concepts surrounding the ecology and evolution of migration, migratory connectivity, breeding and non-breeding life history, population dynamics, and the ecological services that migratory birds provide. This course is designed to capitalize on this expertise to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, digital imagery and morphometrics, tissue sampling, and collecting behavioral observations. A tracking module will include stable isotope analysis, geolocator deployment and analysis, and radio telemetry. A second lab component will consist of workshops on data management and analysis including mark-recapture statistics with Program MARK. Lecture topics will include: seasonal interactions, evolution and adaptation, agro-ecosystems, eco-physiology, stopover ecology, and applied conservation strategies. SMBC scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from other parts of the Smithsonian Institution, American Bird Conservancy, and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 1-12, 2014 and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2014. Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. Four fully paid scholarships are available through SI-GMU. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
  5. Are you: - A wildlife professional looking to expand your research skills to include migratory birds? - A recent college graduate looking to obtain professional skills to help you get into grad school or begin a career in natural resources and conservation? - Beginning a graduate degree studying birds, but lack field and lab experience needed for your thesis/dissertation? If the answer is yes, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu) have a solution for you. We are excited to announce a new intensive two week course in Front Royal, VA, USA: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. The course builds on the expertise of the Migratory Bird Center incorporating concepts surrounding the ecology and evolution of migration, migratory connectivity, breeding and non-breeding life history, population dynamics, and the ecological services that migratory birds provide. This course is designed to capitalize on this expertise to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, digital imagery and morphometrics, tissue sampling, and collecting behavioral observations. A tracking module will include stable isotope analysis, geolocator deployment and analysis, and radio telemetry. A second lab component will consist of workshops on data management and analysis including mark-recapture statistics with Program MARK. Lecture topics will include: seasonal interactions, evolution and adaptation, agro-ecosystems, eco-physiology, stopover ecology, and applied conservation strategies. SMBC scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from other parts of the Smithsonian Institution, American Bird Conservancy, and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 1-12, 2014 and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
  6. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, in conjunction with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (http://SMconservation.gmu.edu), are excited to announce a new intensive two week course in Front Royal, VA, USA: Ecology and Conservation of Migratory Birds. The course builds on the expertise of the Migratory Bird Center incorporating concepts surrounding the ecology and evolution of migration, migratory connectivity, breeding and non-breeding life history, population dynamics, and the ecological services that migratory birds provide. This course is designed to capitalize on this expertise to teach conservation professionals, field scientists and graduate students the most current methods in the research of bird migration including theoretical concepts, field and laboratory methods, data analysis and applied conservation strategies. Field sessions will involve training in avian sampling techniques including: daily mist-netting sessions, banding, aging and sexing, digital imagery and morphometrics, tissue sampling, and collecting behavioral observations. A tracking module will include stable isotope analysis, geolocator deployment and analysis, and radio telemetry. A second lab component will consist of workshops on data management and analysis including mark-recapture statistics with Program MARK. Lecture topics will include: seasonal interactions, evolution and adaptation, agro-ecosystems, eco-physiology, stopover ecology, and applied conservation strategies. SCBI scientists will lead the course, and guest lecturers from other parts of the Smithsonian Institution, American Bird Conservancy, and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will provide students a glimpse into exciting, ongoing research and conservation efforts. The course takes place from September 9-20, 2013 and the deadline to apply is July 1, 2013. For information on course fees, scholarship opportunities and contact information, please visit: http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/graduate-and-professional/professional-training-courses/species-monitoring-and-conservation-bird-migration/ Participants earn Continuing Education Units; graduate course credit (3) is available for qualified applicants through George Mason University at an additional fee. See the course’s page on our website for prerequisites.
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