The person in this position will work within a dynamic team of biometricians and biologists to answer pressing regional management questions about bird populations using a large bird survey database. The Bird Conservancy manages one of the largest coordinated bird monitoring programs in the nation entitled Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program (http://www.birdconservancy.org/what-we-do/science/monitoring/imbcr-program/).
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work within a team to apply sampling design and data analysis techniques. Common estimation and modeling methods include point-transect distance sampling, hierarchical abundance models, site occupancy, and spatial-temporal analysis of long-term monitoring data. Experience with Bayesian analysis frameworks is preferred.
• Collaborate and consult with internal and external colleagues and partners to conduct data analyses and develop conservation support tools that are useful for land and wildlife management agencies.
• Communicate results, including authorship of peer-reviewed manuscripts, grant proposals, and reports as well as interpreting and sharing results with land managers and public audiences directly through various outlets.
• As assigned
• Contribute to a healthy organization culture of a growing non-profit dedicated to bird conservation
Knowledge, Skills and Experience required (unless otherwise noted):
• PhD (preferred, MS required) in ecology, statistics, wildlife biology or zoology, with a strong understanding of math/stats and relevant experience in ecology or wildlife biology.
• Experience developing abundance and occupancy models that account for incomplete detection
• Proficiency in habitat relationship and landscape modelling
• Knowledge of current approaches to assessing ecosystem health including ecological integrity, resilience, and resistance.
• Superior R programming skills beyond basic model implementation
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Bayesian estimation and modeling, desired
• Geographic Information Systems, desired
• Structured Query Language, desired
• Knowledge of various field methods to monitor bird populations, desired