The successful candidate will work directly with the program coordinator to facilitate all aspects of the American Burying Beetle (ABB) Reintroduction program in central New York state. The successful candidate will be responsible for various project-related tasks, including project planning, supervision of surveying efforts by student interns, maintenance of ABB colony in accordance with USFWS guidelines, landscape analyses, assistance in publication of preliminary survey data and continued monitoring efforts, interaction with media and campus communications dept. Opportunities exist to serve as a mentor for other staff on activities in which the successful candidate has particular expertise. We are particularly interested in individuals with applied, field-based research experience and strong quantitative skills including familiarity with R and ArcMap. Additional research or teaching opportunities may exist on campus depending upon the interests and qualifications of the candidate.
Salary is competitive and benefits are provided; salary range $40,000 - $45,000. This is a multi-year position, dependent on funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Applicant must be willing to relocate and live near Cobleskill, NY and function as a member of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Management academic dept. at SUNY Cobleskill. Most work will occur in socially-distanced or outdoor settings.
Description of Duties:
• Manage & Coordinate Project: Serve as project manager for the reintroduction effort by coordinating the work of contractors (primarily student interns) working on the project and training contractors as needed. Review contracts, administer project budgets, and act as a liaison to project sponsors in coordination with the Primary Investigators. Present project overviews at conferences and meetings and write periodic progress reports and final reports as needed.
• Field Work: Conduct habitat surveys and landscape analyses to assess community composition of Nicrophorus spp., other carrion feeding insects, soil type, vegetation cover and potential hosts of burying beetles (small mammals and birds). Another important aspect of fieldwork will be monitoring the establishment and spread of N. americanus using either traditional monitoring techniques or cutting-edge tagging methodologies.
• Database Management: Assist the Primary investigators in the management and analysis of habitat assessment information through the review/development of habitat specifications, characterization of communities of carrion-feeding insects, potential hosts and other ecologically relevant factors.
• Communications: Communicate the significance of the reintroduction effort to partners and potential stakeholders. In collaboration with the primary investigators, communicate regularly with key project partners and others to maintain strong partnerships and facilitate effective conservation.
• Fundraising: Assist in the identification and development of funding proposals that will complement the reintroduction effort and allow specific research related to the reintroduction, to be addressed. This could include (but not limited to) ecological changes resulting from the addition of ABB, assessment of new monitoring technologies, assessment of additional reintroduction sites, fate of carrion studies, etc.
• Information Requests: Respond to requests for information related to the reintroduction effort and provide interpretation, as needed.
• Mentor: Serve as a mentor for student interns involved in various aspects of the reintroduction effort.
• Graduate Degree in Entomology, Zoology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Ecology, or Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 3 years of related experience.
• Experience in using common software applications (e.g., Word, Access, Excel, Web browsers, ArcGIS, and R).
• Experience working with other parties to obtain data.
• Experience in building and developing a social media platform
• Experience in collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting large datasets and preparing reports and scientific papers of findings.
• Insect Ecology field work study design, planning, and implementation including field experience
• Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information to influence conservation practice.
• Must have a valid driver’s license; willingness to travel to meetings and for limited field work.
• Preference will be given to candidates with background and experience in conservation methodology.
• Course work and/or field experience indicating knowledge of insect ecology.
• Experience with lab rearing protocols for insects
• Creating or assisting in creating and using databases for data entry and report production. GIS mapping and analysis. R for data manipulation and statistical analysis.
Review of applications will begin 15 Feb 21 and continue until position is filled. Start date is 15 Mar 21 (negotiable)