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Herpetofauna Survey Supervisor and Coordinator

Date Posted: 21 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Institution: State of Wyoming
Location: Casper, Wyoming
Closing date: 5 December 2014

Description:

The hire will coordinate and supervise the Central Wyoming Herpetofauna Survey State Wildlife Grant-funded project, and be responsible for supervising technicians and writing reports to summarize results. This is a 2-year project and contract position, funded from January 2015 through February 2017. The salary is $20.57/hour. No benefits are included.

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Determine amphibian and reptile distributions within central Wyoming,
  • Record habitat features where amphibians and reptiles are observed,
  • Determine detection probability and more accurate weather parameters for spadefoot species in Wyoming.

General herpetofaunal surveys will be conducted in central Wyoming. Spadefoot surveys will be conducted in priority areas across the state. These spadefoot survey sites will also include collecting detailed data using acoustic recorders and weather stations.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a crew of 1-2 technicians to survey for reptiles and amphibians; survey techniques will likely entail visual encounter surveys, auditory surveys, funnel traps, and possibly pitfall trapping.
  • Collect detailed data on reptile and amphibian captures and surrounding habitat; compile, enter, and analyze data (including data collected using acoustic recorders and HOBO weather stations).
  • Write reports to summarize results and to provide management recommendations.
  • Coordinate efforts with other Wyoming Game and Fish personnel, external agencies, and landowners involved in the project.
  • Work with public and private entities to develop relationships for future conservation efforts.
  • Make purchases for the project, file appropriate paperwork, and manage project budget.

The hire will spend extended periods (1-2 weeks at a time) in remote field locations. A camper, camping equipment, and other provisions will be provided while in the field.

May work and camp in the field (or stay in a hotel) with coworkers for up to 8 days at a time. Will work a variable schedule (including long hours, weekends, and nights, as needed). Extensive travel across the state is required. May be required to backpack in rough, mountainous terrain and carry a heavy pack (50lbs or more) up to 10 miles in a day. May be required to work, camp, and backpack in grizzly bear country.

Qualifications and Preferences:

Preference may be given to those with a M.S. degree in herpetology or related natural resources field:

  • Knowledge of reptile and amphibian identification, survey techniques, and management concepts and practices.
  • Skilled in use of computer software and hardware, including GIS, databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
  • Must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and be able to work well with others in a team setting.
  • Good physical condition and ability to work in the field for extended periods of time.
  • Excellent decision-making ability, oral and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Good analytical skills and ability to collect detailed data.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and perform fieldwork under adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

To Apply:

Applicants need to submit a cover letter (including dates of availability) to:

Charlotte Snoberger
3030 Energy Lane,
Casper, WY 82604

(307) 233-6402
charlotte [dot] snoberger [at] wyo [dot] gov

Class Specifications are subject to change, please refer to the A & I HRD Website to ensure that you have the most recent version.

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology

Date Posted: 21 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of California Davis
Location: Davis, California
Closing date: 9 January 2015

The Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis is looking for an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Ecology.

Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will develop a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program that addresses quantitative questions relevant to the ecology of wild vertebrates, including those in California and beyond. The appointee will be expected to develop an undergraduate course in quantitative wildlife/fish ecology and estimation. The appointee will also be expected to share responsibility in other departmental teaching needs and to develop additional coursework in his/her area of expertise, such as biological statistics or biometrics.

Collegiality and good teaching are valued highly in the department, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, service, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other tasks that are shared by department faculty. This position includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

This position is offered at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level, with academic year (9-month) term employment. Salary is commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor rank at the University of California.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in a biological discipline relevant to quantitative wildlife/fish ecology.
  • Evidence of research excellence and an established record in the development or application of quantitative or analytical tools for the estimation or analysis of wildlife or fish demography, and ability to obtain extramural support for research activities.
  • Interest in developing a research program to investigate analytical or quantitative aspects of wildlife/fish ecology to inform management, conservation or broader understanding of wild vertebrate populations.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching (e.g., experience, awards, course reviews, letters from colleagues).
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present information to non-scientific and public audiences.
  • Evidence of collegiality and professional service consistent with departmental, campus, and professional citizenship. Interest in training/mentoring graduate students and in advising undergraduate students.
  • Interest, understanding, and commitment to the land-grant mission.

To Apply: 

Application materials must be submitted online at recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00442. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 9, 2015. Please provide:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • publication list,
  • up to three publications,
  • statement of research interests,
  • statement of teaching interests and philosophy,
  • four professional letters of reference.

Additional inquiries should be directed to:

Associate Professor Brian D. Todd,
Recruitment Committee Chair,
Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology
One Shields Ave.
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Tel (530) 752-1140
FAX (530) 752-4154
email: btodd [at] ucdavis [dot] edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Fisheries Biologist

Date Posted: 19 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Closing date: 1 December 2014

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management is seeking a full-time fisheries biologist for the Florida Artificial Reef Program. Duties include: Manage marine artificial reef construction, monitoring, and research contracts with local coastal governments, non-profit corporations and state universities utilizing allocated state and federal funding sources; Conduct SCUBA dive assessments to report on the performance/compliance of previously deployed artificial reef projects; Track state-wide artificial reef development activity and maintain the FWC artificial reef website; Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other agency managers, state and federal regulatory staff, local coastal government managers, media, general public and affected artificial reef stakeholders; Assist in developing or revising rules, management plans, and other policy documents related to the artificial reef program; Develop visual presentations and speaks at public meetings and workshops; Participate in Gulf and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission artificial reef committees, and other marine fisheries meetings as required.

Salary is $43,225.52 annually, with $1,673 bi-weekly + benefits.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the physical or natural sciences and a minimum of four years of professional experience or a master’s degree in the physical or natural sciences and a minimum of two years of professional experience;
  • SCUBA certification.

Preferred Experience and Characteristics:

  • Ability to work with the general public, public officials, regulatory agencies and local governments and to conduct communications in a tactful and courteous manner.
  • Skill in dealing with difficult situations and difficult people.
  • Ability to operate personal computers using word processing programs to generate correspondence, reports, develop presentations with PowerPoint, spreadsheets with Excel to generate and maintain databases.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and other GIS –related software applications preferred.
  • SCUBA certification-advanced open water or higher preferred. Pass a diving physical; ability to conduct working dives from a vessel in an offshore marine environment.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team situation with one or more individuals in a strenuous field situation over a multi-day period and demonstrate ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in both a close-quarters field working environment and an office environment.
  • Ability to operate and trailer an outboard motorboat.
  • Ability to successfully work independently on projects that involve coordination, monitoring, problem solving skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, graphically, and in writing including production of formal technical and annual reports.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize workloads.
  • Ability to think critically and develop logical responses to problems.
  • Ability to identify Florida coastal marine fishes and major reef associated invertebrate taxa.
  • General knowledge of marine fisheries management issues relevant to Florida.
  • Must be willing and able to travel and work some overtime hours including occasional weekends, and weeknights.

To Apply:

Apply online: jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?refnode=3206192.

Assistant Professor - Global Change Ecology

Date Posted: 19 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Institution: University of Florida
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Closing date: Applicants should apply by 15 December 2014

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida is seeking an Assistant Professor in Global Change Ecology. This position is available 1 July 2015, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available; specific start date is negotiable. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is a 12-month tenure-accruing appointment available in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The appointment will be 40% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized teaching and research program that addresses global change impacts on wildlife and biodiversity. Duties will include: (1) teaching an innovative, state-of-the-art undergraduate course that provides a foundation in the concepts and tools of global change ecology and its effects on behavior, ecology and population dynamics of wildlife; (2) teaching a graduate course that integrates quantitative, theoretical, and field approaches to address wildlife management and conservation in a global change context; and (3) developing and supporting a rigorous, internationally recognized research program focusing on how large-scale, natural and anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate, sea-level rise, biological invasions, diseases, fire regimes, pollution, land-use transformation, human population growth and sociopolitical factors) affect wildlife diversity in Florida, the Southeastern US, and abroad.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Position assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the department. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Qualifications:

Candidates must possess a doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in wildlife biology, ecological or biological sciences, or related natural resources discipline; evidence of scholarship and depth of knowledge in global change ecology; experience and willingness working with resource agencies and stakeholders; and commitment to teach and inspire undergraduate and graduate students while promoting a diverse educational and professional work environment. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Background Information:

The University of Florida (UF) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).

The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

The programs of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation emphasize biological and human dimensions of wildlife ecology and conservation in local to international arenas. Department faculty may be affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies, Center for African Studies, and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Also housed with the Department is the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, whose principal

Nominations:

Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
P.O. Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430
Telephone: (352) 846-0552
Facsimile: (352) 392-6984

To Apply:

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to jobs.ufl.edu/postings/58734 and submit:

  • Application
  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of research and teaching/mentoring philosophies (4-page limit total – attach as ‘Other Document’)
  • Names and contact information for at least 3 references

Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree should be sent to (please refer to Requisition # 0906992):

Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
P.O. Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430
Telephone: (352) 846-0552
Facsimile: (352) 392-6984
Electronic Mail: docg [at] ufl [dot] edu

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at www.naces.org/ .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. 

Assistant Professor in Fish Biology

Date Posted: 8 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Institution: Western Michigan University
Location: Kalamazoo and Traverse City, Michigan
Closing date: 3 December 2014

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program at Western Michigan University (WMU) seek applications for a jointly-appointed tenure-track position with specialization in Fish Biology at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor beginning in Fall 2015, pending budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will participate in a new interdisciplinary undergraduate Freshwater Science and Sustainability major, establish an extramurally funded research program, participate in the training of Master's and Ph.D. students, and serve on departmental and university committees. Western Michigan University is a learner centered, discovery driven university with high research activity, provides Master's and Ph.D. degrees, and offers a unique opportunity for individuals seeking a balanced research and teaching career.

As part of regular teaching duties (2-3 courses per year), some teaching in an online or hybrid format will be required in collaboration with the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, MI. The Institute has excellent research facilities on Lake Michigan available to the candidate.

Qualifications:

A Ph.D. and relevant post-doctoral experience are required. Candidates with expertise in any area of fish ecology, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology, and ecotoxicology are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Applicants should visit www.wmujobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=54086 to apply. To apply please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and have three letters of reference sent to:

Maarten Vonhof, Ph.D.,
Fish Biologist Search Committee,
Department of Biological Sciences,
Room 3441 Wood Hall,
Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5410.

Applications are due December 31, 2014, but will be considered until position is filled.

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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