Large Carnivore Research Biologist: Alaska

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Palmer, AK
Job Category
Full time Positions
$4,778 per month
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
NOTE: This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only.

As principal investigator, design and conduct research to provide new and significant information on large carnivores (grizzly bear, black bear, wolves), particularly in relation to maximum sustainable yield and effects of carnivore harvest on predator and prey populations. Provide technical advice to wildlife managers in areas of expertise, which may include population modeling, estimation of population size and composition, population trend indices, optimal population levels, habitat selection, movements and distribution, and/or predator-prey dynamics.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
1) Serve as principle investigator on research projects focused on large carnivore ecology and management in southern interior and southwestern Alaska (DWC Region 4).
2) Plan and design research projects to study the life history, range use, and ecology of wildlife to address applied wildlife management questions.
3) Collect data through ground and aerial surveys, animal capture and handling, radio-telemetry work, and hunter contacts to obtain necessary data on life history, behavior patterns, population identity, habitat use, distribution, population dynamics parameters, and resource use rates to address project objectives.
4) Perform statistical and spatial analysis and work with other biological staff to produce technical reports and summaries.
5) Identify and quantify factors that influence large carnivore population growth.
6) Prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and give oral presentations on research activities at department, inter-agency, professional, and/or public meetings.
7) Develop and refine survey techniques and identify population indices that can be used to assist management biologists in routine survey and inventory work.
8) Work closely with management staff to identify priority research topics and integrate research findings into management programs.
9) Prepare detailed annual budget request for one or more research projects.
10) Prepare federal aid documents, including project statements and annual work plans.
NOTE: This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management;
One year of full performance professional level biologist experience. The required professional biologist work experience is met by service as a Fishery Biologist II, Wildlife Biologist II, Habitat Biologist II, or Fisheries Geneticist I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes or is supplemented by the following credit hours will substitute for the degree in a specific field:
• at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in biology, a branch of biology, limnology, biometrics, oceanography, forestry, or natural resource management (excluding courses that focus on agricultural husbandry techniques, human population dynamics, or the design and manipulation of landscapes), of which 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) are upper division courses; and
• at least 12 semester hours (16 quarter hours) in any combination of two or more of the following: chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, geology, hydrology, or GIS.
Contact Person
Michael Guttery
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