Terrestrial vertebrate ecologist

Quantitative Terrestrial Vertebrate Ecologist, USGS

Quantitative Terrestrial Vertebrate Ecologist

Assistant Unit Leader -- US Geological Survey AZCFWRU

Assistant Professor -- School of Natural Resources and the Environment,
University of Arizona

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Arizona (UA) wish to
hire an Assistant Unit Leader in the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife
Research Unit (AZCFWRU). This is a year around (12 month) permanent Federal
position with the USGS at the AZCFWRU in the School of Natural Resources and
the Environment, UA (starting at the GS 12 level). The Cooperative Fish and
Wildlife Research Unit Program was established in 1935 to facilitate
cooperation between the Department of the Interior, land grant universities,
the Wildlife Management Institute, and state natural resource agencies to
conduct research and graduate education related to ecosystems, and fish,
wildlife, and their habitats that are of interest to the university and
state and federal agencies. Unit scientists have full faculty appointments
at UA. The UA, located in Tucson, provides world class research and teaching
opportunities, and offers natural resource professionals close access to a
wide variety of ecosystems including lowland deserts, riparian systems,
grasslands, oak woodlands, chaparral, juniper-pinyon forests, spruce-fir
forests, and mountain-top tundra.

Responsibilities: The Assistant Unit Leader plans, conducts, and directs
research and graduate training; develops an extramurally funded research
program; fosters a productive relationship with the Arizona Game and Fish
Department, UA, and federal natural resource agencies; prepares scientific
reports for publication in peer-reviewed journals and for presentation to
scientific and conservation organizations; acts as an advisor to graduate
students; and teaches one graduate level course per year in the area of
his/her expertise.

Experience: Applicants should be experienced in the study of vertebrate
ecology as it applies to management of natural resources.
Terrestrial vertebrate ecologists, especially those with a focus on
herpetological and avian ecology, are encouraged to apply, although
vertebrate or invertebrate ecologists with strong backgrounds in other
disciplines will be considered. Experience and strong interests in the
quantitative aspects of applied ecology and resource management are
required, such as experimental and sampling design, population modeling,
computer intensive methods, Bayesian and frequentist statistics and
landscape/spatial analysis. Ability to teach a graduate-level class on some
aspect of applied statistics or to assist graduate students in research
design and analysis is a plus. Vertebrate ecologists with interest in
climate change, predator-prey dynamics, invasive species, fire ecology,
spatial ecology, and impacts of renewable energy are encouraged. Successful
applicant must possess outstanding communication skills and a demonstrated
ability to collaborate with a wide variety of people, from agency
professionals, academics, students, and laypersons.
Researchers who have worked for or who have collaborated extensively with
state or federal natural resource agencies are especially encouraged to
apply.

The candidate's area of expertise should complement existing strengths in
the School of Natural Resources and the Environment that include, but are
not limited to fisheries science, wildlife science, landscape ecology,
remote sensing, natural resource management, population and community
ecology, hydrology, riparian/watershed ecology and management, range
management, population genetics, environmental assessment and monitoring,
geographic information systems, community-based management, and invasion
biology. We are interested in candidates who can prosper within a
collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, biological, and
social scientists.

Qualifications: Education: Ph.D. in wildlife science, fisheries science,
ecology, natural resource statistics or other field related to the
disciplines mentioned under responsibilities. Other:
Publication and grant record commensurate with experience; demonstrated
ability to develop a productive research program involving academic and
agency collaborators; demonstrated ability to understand needs of state and
federal cooperators; potential for excellence in mentoring graduate students
and training future researchers and managers; and demonstrated willingness
to provide technical assistance with wildlife management, experimental
design and data analysis. The position is available for application
electronically through USAJOBS
(<http://www.USAJobs.opm.gov>www.USAJobs.opm.gov) until October 18, 2012.
Interested applicants with questions may contact Scott Bonar
(<mailto:sbonar@ag.arizona.edu>sbonar@ag.arizona.edu).

The Federal Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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