The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is hiring a full-time Conservation Research Ecologist. We are seeking someone with a diverse skillset to lead several exciting research and monitoring projects to support the conservation, restoration, and recovery of rare plants and animals (e.g., Nelson's checkermallow, Kindcaid's lupine, Fender's blue butterfly, greater sage-grouse). The ecologist will be based in Corvallis, Oregon. Projects primarily take place in western Oregon, but additional projects routinely take place throughout other ecoregions in the state.
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• Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, wildlife, ecology or related field with five years of post-degree experience or Master’s degree in one of the same areas with three years of experience (preferred).
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience managing and coordinating several projects simultaneously.
• Positive attitude and excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Skilled in plant identification, demonstrated ability to learn new species and families, familiar with plant families and use of dichotomous keys, able to identify suite of target species. Familiarity with regional plant communities and habitat requirements for wildlife (including pollinators and grassland birds) desirable.
• Ability to make effective maps in ArcGIS Desktop or Pro, conduct basic analyses and manage and edit spatial and tabular data.
• Statistics: Proficiency using R to conduct statistical analyses. Understanding of and ability to use basic univariate/nonparametric (t-test, ANOVA, Chi-square, Simple Regression/Correlation) statistical analyses. In addition, experience/training in some/all of the following: Advanced Univariate/Intermediate Multivariate (Multiple comparisons, Multiple Regression, Multi-factor ANOVA, Kruskall-Wallace, Friedman Test, categorical data analysis); Experimental design (randomized block, factorial, repeated measures).
• Electronic Data Capture: Able to use and lead instruction of others in basic development and use of electronic data collection forms and mapping applications (typically on tablets). Able to troubleshoot issues with forms. Platforms may include ArcCollector, Survey 123, S1, and others.
• Monitoring: Implement existing monitoring layout and data collection protocols independently and troubleshoot common issues. In addition, able to create monitoring protocols based on project objectives and experimental design/statistical constraints.
• Data Management: Enter data using appropriate database software or other data storage system and independently perform quality control tasks, as well as importing/exporting data and designing simple queries to extract data.
• Peer Reviewed Publications: Ability to contribute writing of individual sections and/or conduct basic statistical analysis. In addition, able to independently complete writing of multiple sections, including conducting necessary statistical analyses and writing of results.
• Good physical condition. Ability to work long hours in adverse weather conditions with potential exposure to poison oak.
• Familiarity with non-profits and a record of funded grant proposals is preferred.
• Current U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record.