This is an approximately three month position with defined deliverables. The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, and four New England wildlife agencies working in partnership (VT, NH, MA, and CT) are seeking a biologist to coordinate the development of a genetic management plan for Timber Rattlesnakes in New England. Responsibilities include gathering available applied and theoretical data; managing large and complex datasets; interacting with partners (agencies and biologists); developing a final, regional genetic management plan and implementation strategy in regular consultation with all partners. This position will lead one project of a Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) grant. The project leader will incorporate population viability and demographic analyses with all available genetic information (including unpublished and published literature on rattlesnakes) to develop a recommended, spatially-explicit genetic management plan for NH, VT, MA, and CT. The management plan will be based on available data and/or theoretical genetic models, where appropriate and where site-specific data are available. The project leader will develop a genetic management plan with guidance and input from agency leads; the final plan will be distributed only to the cooperating state wildlife agencies in New England.
Applicants should be enthusiastic and sociable and work well with agency partners. Applicants should be ready to independently prioritize research-related decisions based upon a strong grasp of project objectives. Applicants should also be able to interact in a professional manner by email and phone. This is not a field-based position, but some field work may be required. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in a field relevant to the project. Graduate experience in a relevant field, such as conservation genetics, is strongly preferred. Applicants with direct experience working constructively with state agency partners will be given preference. The successful applicant may work under the terms of a data-sharing agreement. Applicants able to provide non-federal match in the form of equipment, waived expenses, travel, or reduced rates will be given preference. Applicants will ideally be able to start work in Massachusetts by or about March 20, 2017 and will be available to work until October 2017.
To apply, email a brief cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references as a single Word or PDF document to: Paul Sievert, email@example.com (principal investigator) by 2/24/17. One person can apply for both posted New England rattlesnake positions.