Position: Wildlife Biologist (Mountain Plover Research and Outreach)Agency: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Location: Ft. Collins, CO or Scottsbluff, NE
Job Description:The biologist will be tasked with coordinating and implementing a Mountain Plover conservation program in western Nebraska. The project includes conducting research on Mountain Plover chick survival through banding and radio telemetry. In addition, the biologist will be tasked with conducting outreach to private landowners and engaging them in Mountain Plover conservation programs. The job will include organizing and implementing all of the logistical needs for the research project including hiring and supervising field technicians, collecting and analyzing data and report writing. The outreach efforts will include holding several Kimball County Conservation Cooperative meetings, visiting with individual landowners to increase awareness of Mt. Plover ecology and overseeing the Mt. Plover Nest marking program. The biologist will supervise and have support from a full time technician.
This job will require travel including coordinating the research and outreach efforts centered out of Kimball, Nebraska. It is expected that the biologist will be in the field on a regular basis from April through July. This is a unique opportunity to conduct both wildlife research efforts and cooperative conservation through education, outreach and collaboration. This position is currently funded for at least 19 months but may have longer term funding available through procurement of grants and partnerships.
· MS in Wildlife biology preferred or BS with relevant experience.
· Shorebird banding and radio telemetry experience highly desired.
· Private lands experience: Ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with local agricultural producers is critical.
· Experience supervising and managing a field study.
· Knowledge of Mountain Plover ecology and of flora and fauna of western NE.
· Independent, motivated, self-starter.
· Knowledge of agricultural practices.
· Solid communication skills through writing and public speaking.
· Computer skills, including: Excel, Word, ArcGis, Outlook, Program R, Program MARK
· Understanding of mark-recapture/survival concepts, methods and analyses.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, range ($30,000- $38,000). Benefits provided including, health insurance, sick time, vacation, holidays and retirement plan.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and at least 3 references in ONE WORD DOCUMENT titled “lastname-MOUP-Bio application” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Date to Apply: January 16th (Open until filled)
Location is negotiable; Fort Collins, Colorado or Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Field work is non-negotiable; must be willing to work out of temporary housing in Kimball, Nebraska.