Design, execute, and report independent and original research on white-tailed deer and elk and provide new knowledge that can be applied to ungulate management; model statewide deer populations and formulate management recommendations; develop and evaluate new methods and techniques for the advancement of ungulate management; serve as a state expert on deer and elk; and represent the Department in public meetings and disseminate advanced technical expertise to natural resource professionals and the public. In addition, integrate ungulate survey data and research findings; convey this knowledge to wildlife staff, peer committees, and other professionals and act as a key participant in the development, evaluation, and implementation of DNR wildlife management policies required to ensure the sustainability of wildlife resources in Minnesota. Other duties as assigned.
This is a Ph.D. level position (M.S. required) with post-graduate research experience required. We are looking for someone with 1) a strong background in ungulate ecology, 2) previous experience designing and conducting management-oriented research, 3) demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed articles, 4) a strong background in population modeling, with an understanding/experience in a variety of population models, and 5) the skills and desire to work closely with Minnesota wildlife managers and biologists to answer relevant research questions.
Research Scientist 2 positions perform advanced independent wildlife scientific research work and are responsible for initiating and completing research projects. They also review research activities in progress, correlate complex technical findings, interpret theories and reports, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and instruct lower level employees in research procedures.
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Starting salary is dependent on education and experience; relocation expenses may be provided.
Advanced degree in biology, wildlife management, or closely related area, and
1-3 years experience (1-year with Ph.D., 3 years with M.S.) as a research biologist including project design and analysis at the NR Specialist Senior Wildlife Research level or equivalent.
At least two (2) wildlife research articles (minimum 5-6 pages) in peer-reviewed journals.
Exceptional personal and written communication skills as well as oral presentation skills.
Knowledge of current wildlife research and management.
Analytic skills to conduct research and evaluate research work conducted by others.
Conflict resolution skills both internally (e.g., setting season recommendations) and externally (e.g., participating in public meetings).
Management skills to effectively plan, budget, motivate, coordinate, supervise, and direct resources available to meet wildlife research and management needs.
Recognized ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships.
Capability to operate and maintain a variety of equipment including: trucks and trailers, capture equipment, and telemetry equipment.
Demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook Excel, Access) and knowledge of statistical software including Program R.
PhD in wildlife ecology, preferably on ungulates.
Extensive computer programming experience with SAS and R.
Extensive knowledge of current wildlife research and management in the Midwest, particularly as it relates to deer and elk.
Experience modeling white-tailed deer populations and understanding the outputs sufficient to make harvest recommendations.
Publication in the Wildlife Society Bulletin and/or the Journal of Wildlife Management.
Experience at the level of Research Scientist 2, or equivalent.
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