Monday, March 21, 2016

Raptor Survey Field Lead at the Great Basin Institute in Nevada

https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/job/lake-tahoe-raptor-survey-field-lead/
In cooperation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), the Great Basin Institute is recruiting a Raptor Survey Field Lead (Field Lead) to assist with surveys of two sensitive raptor species, Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) and California Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), in the east Lake Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. The goal of this project will be to detect nesting territories and monitor nest success, and the Field Lead and a Raptor Survey Field Technician will coordinate with NDOW on surveys and associated work. The majority of the survey effort will focus on the Northern Goshawk, with some Spotted Owl work interspersed throughout the field season.

Work will include:
  • Broadcast surveys for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Stand searches for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl 
  • Nest monitoring for Northern Goshawk and Spotted Owl
  • Habitat evaluation and vegetation data collection
  • Data organization and report write-up
  • Aspen stand inventory and mapping (as time allows)
  • Assisting with other NDOW wildlife work (as time allows)
The Field Lead must be able to work in difficult terrain that may include steep, rocky slopes, areas of dense trees, and exposure to adverse weather.  This work is physically demanding and requires long hours of off-trail hiking while conducting surveys.  Goshawk surveys will be conducted at all hours of day, and Spotted Owl surveys will be conducted at all hours of night.  Overnight camping may be required in some cases.

Travel to survey sites may require driving on narrow, winding, dirt roads for distances up to 20 miles.  While driving to and from survey sites, frequent encounters with vehicles, hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders should be expected on backcountry roads.  Radio communication will be necessary for emergencies and for communication with the Project Manager.

Timeline:  2 May - 26 August 2016 (17 weeks), 40 hours per week
Compensation:   $15.00/hour, $15 field per diem (for up to 10 nights camping), Housing stipend
Location: Field work will be conducted in backcountry regions of the east Tahoe Basin, NV and adjacent areas of the Carson Range. Many recreational opportunities are available in the region, which is considered by many as among the most scenic in the country. Base of operations: Reno, NV.

Technical requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology (wildlife or conservation), ecology or related field; 
  • Experience in conducting surveys for Northern Goshawks, including nest monitoring and knowledge of vocalizations, signs, and behavior (required); 
  • Previous field experience that included adhering to field data collection protocols, and accurately collecting, recording and managing field data;
  • Experience in habitat evaluation and collection of vegetation data preferred; 
  • Ability to use standard methods and equipment for habitat characterization, a GPS unit for navigation and data collection, and GIS technology for mapping and other uses;
  • Familiarity with raptor species of the Sierra Nevada and their habitat preferred; and
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in forest ecology and avian ecology and conservation biology.
Additional requirements:
  • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to safely drive a 4WD vehicle on unpaved roads that can be steep and rutted;
  • Experience in supporting field assistants during training and field work;
  • Ability to work productively, consistently and cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals; 
  • Possess strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 20 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition; 
  • Willingness and ability to camp in remote areas; 
  • Familiarity with backcountry, low-impact principles preferred; and
  • Pass National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR) and federal criminal background checks.

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to RA Recruitment, at RArecruitment@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please indicate “Tahoe Raptor Lead” in your email subject line. Please include where you found this position posted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Ph.D. Position in Isotopic Ecology of Wild (Feral) Horses on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

Location: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada AND/OR University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (collaboration). Field work occurs on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Supervisors: Dr. Keith A. Hobson, University of Western Ontario, London, ON and Dr. Philip McLoughlin, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Salary: $20000/year for a minimum of 3 years.

Start date: September 1st 2016 (preferred) or May 1st 2017.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: Applications will begin being reviewed April 1, 2016.

Project: We are looking to recruit a PhD student to contribute to our long- term individual-based study of feral horses on Sable Island (Nova Scotia, Canada) initiated in 2007. This project will focus on the evolutionary consequences of a strong gradient in habitat quality along the length of the island (horse density drops by half from west to east). The student will investigate sources of nutrition and drinking water to feral horses using naturally occurring stable isotope (d13C, d15N, d2H) tracers as well as more conventional methods. The student will spend up to 2 months on Sable Island each summer for fieldwork. Daily tasks, shared by the entire research team, will include walking censuses and photography of horses, collection of samples, laboratory work, identification of individuals from digital photographs, and database management. Students visiting Sable Island must work well in teams, deal well with life in a remote research station, be able to travel by small airplane, fishing trawler, helicopter, or frigate, and be reasonably fit as walking censuses require lots of hiking. Courses on first aid and driving All Terrain Vehicles will be provided prior to fieldwork.

This position is fully funded for a minimum of 3 years (salary of $20000/year) but the student will be expected to apply for internal scholarships (e.g., teaching assistant positions) and external scholarships (e.g. NSERC).

While all applications are welcomed, preference will be given to Canadians who are competitive for an NSERC scholarship (GPA > 3.8) and international students who can secure a scholarship in their home country. Previous experience with using stable isotope methods in ecological research is an asset.

To apply send an email titled SABLE ISLAND PHD 2016 by APRIL 1, 2016 to philip.mcloughlin@usask.ca and khobson6@uwo.ca (cc’d) including:
  • A short summary of research interests
  • A current CV
  • PDFs of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • The names and email addresses of 3 potential references

Graduate Positions in Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo

Two graduate positions are available for Summer/Fall semesters of 2016 in The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/envsciences/ . The two projects aim to enhance the monitoring and early detection efforts of agencies within the Great Lakes Basin. The first project will focus on enhancing a model of invasive species spread via Great Lakes shipping. The goal of the second project is to assess the feasibility of light-traps for efficient early detection of invasive species in their larval stages.

The students will work with UT faculty and agency partners. These projects have budgets for student RA support for two semesters and two summers. It is expected that the students will qualify for TA support for the remaining two semesters of a two year program.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will have a background in ecology, fisheries, quantitative biology, GIS or statistics. In particularly, the modeling project will require good quantitative skills, experience with GIS, and a desire to learn ecological modeling techniques. If you have questions or are interested please contact Dr. Jonathan Bossenbroek (jonathan.bossenbroek@utoledo.edu). For consideration, please provide a cover letter outlining your interests and background relevant to the project, GPA, GRE scores, and research experience to Dr. Bossenbroek

How to Apply
The application process can be initiated at http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/prospectivestudents/index.html. The University of Toledo is an Equal Access, Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and Educator and is committed to increasing the diversity of our campus.

Contact
Jonathan Bossenbroek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Sciences University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: 419-530-4595
Jonathan.Bossenbroek@utoledo.edu

Research Biologist Position at Klamath Bird Observatory

Job Title: Research Biologist
Pay Range: $39,000 to $41,000 plus benefits
Duration: Permanent, beginning spring 2016
Project Location: based in Ashland, OR; job duties throughout southern OR / northern CA
(Please also see our earlier posting for a Biologist position.)

Position Description: Klamath Bird Observatory (www.KlamathBird.org) seeks to fill a position with primary responsibilities to support ongoing avian long‐term monitoring and applied ecology studies to advance bird conservation. The Research Biologist will oversee all aspects of a specific program which consists of several distinct and always evolving research projects. Job duties include grant writing, partnership building, study design and project management, datamanagement, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, community and scientific presentations, and field work as needed. Involvement in implementing field studies will be a component of this position and may include point count, area search, spot‐mapping, nest searching, mist‐netting and bird banding, and species-specific survey protocols.

Job Duties (to include, but not limited to):
  • Leads the development, design, and review of research studies
  • Responsible for grant writing and contract acquisition
  • Coordinates and manages field studies, including scheduling, data collection, data entry,
  • data management, and program reporting
  • Recruits and hires project leads, field technicians, and/or interns
  • Provides for daily supervision, training, support, and coordination of project leads, field
  • technicians, and/or interns
  • Performs field work as needed and associated data entry
  • Performs management and maintenance of field station housing, vehicles, and equipment
  • as needed
  • Performs data analysis for reports and manuscripts
  • Writes project reports
  • Produces manuscripts for publication in peer‐reviewed journals
  • Ensures timely delivery of project deliverables within the program
  • Markets science projects to partners and community
  • Communicates bird conservation objectives and scientific findings to land managers
  • Contributes program-specific goals and objectives to annual planning
  • Participates and holds leadership roles in local and regional professional networks
  • Presents research findings at scientific conferences
  • Participates in community outreach activities
  • Provides input on program budget to Science Director
  • Provides support for accounting and billing at the program level

 Basic Qualifications:
The Research Biologist must have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in the Natural Sciences and an additional two years of project management. The applicant should have experience with avian monitoring techniques and willingness to work as a team member for a growing non‐profit organization. Qualifications include supervisory experience, excellent written and oral communication skills, data management, statistical analyses, report and manuscript writing, grant writing, and public speaking. This position requires good physical condition and the ability to work in the field hiking over rough terrain in inclement weather.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Experience and successful track record with grant writing and fundraising
  • Experience with study design and multiple avian monitoring methodologies (point count, area search, spot‐mapping, nest searching, mist‐netting and bird banding, and species-specific survey protocols)
  • Experience in personnel management and supervision of field crews
  • Ability to develop, implement, track, and manage a budget for multiple projects within a program
  • Experience with current statistical methods and analysis of avian data
  • Experience with distribution modelling using occurrence and abundance data
  • Proficient with data management and analysis programs (Access/Excel/R/PCord or Primer)
  • Proficient with ArcGIS for study design and spatial analysis
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and technical science writing and publication
  • Good attention to detail and ability to multi‐task in a busy work environment
  • Must have good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with others, both internally and externally
  • Ability and positive attitude to work long days in the field beginning before sunrise
  • Ability and positive attitude to hike in rough and steep terrain in inclement weather, in areas with poison oak, ticks, biting and stinging insects, rattlesnakes, black bears, and cougars
  • Willingness to live in a remote area and/or camp on a regular basis
  • Ability to drive on unmarked narrow forest roads
  • Ability to represent KBO to partners and the public, and within professional networks
  • Knowledge of avian natural history and ecology
  • Must provide and maintain reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and meet minimum driving record and insurance requirements

 To apply: Please send cover letter (please include date of earliest availability), resume, writing sample (report or manuscript), and 3 references to Jaime Stephens (jlh@klamathbird.org, 541‐201‐0866 ext.2#). Review of applications will begin on March 15th and continue until the position is filled.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Environmental Educator Positions Available

Position: Per diem environmental educator (2 positions available)

Description: The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium seeks an individual who is enthusiastic about environmental education to work with us on a per diem basis. Students range from pre-K through adult, with the majority being in early education. Programs focus on freshwater aquatic ecosystems and include guided tours of the Hatchery & Aquarium, hands-on outdoor programs, summer camps and birthday parties. Programs will mostly be onsite, but may also include outreach.
Hours: Hours are based on an as needed basis and can be limited during certain seasons. Programs typically run from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and weekends with possible evening and holiday hours.
Qualifications:
  • Background in biology, environmental science or education.
  • Interest in early education.
  • Must be enthusiastic and enjoy working with children.
  • Must have flexible hours.
  • Must be comfortable handling fish, turtles and amphibians.
Benefits:
  • Per diem educators will be paid $20/hour and receive 5 hours of paid training.
  • Hours may be used to fulfill observation hours (paid or unpaid). Check with your advisor for approval.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Krissy Forman, Education Coordinator, at krissyf@cshfishhatchery.org. No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled.