Elk Research Associate, Bozeman MT

Agency
Montana State University and MTFWP
Location
Bozeman, Montana
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
$45-55K per year DOE, plus benefits
Start Date
12/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
10/15/2021
Description
The research associate will conduct data analysis and writing as part of an applied elk movement and population ecology research project. The research project is co-directed by Dr. Kelly Proffitt (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) and Dr. Jay Rotella (Montana State University). This purpose of the research project is to provide information to enhance elk population and habitat management in Montana. Elk populations in many areas of Montana that are above the population abundance objectives require more detailed information regarding elk movement and habitat selection to inform management strategies. The research associate will develop and lead a project to broadly evaluate factors such as habitat quality, security, and hunter access associated with elk distributions and population trajectories. The research associate will also play a supporting role in other aspects of the project and may assist with graduate student mentoring. The research associate will be involved in project development, data analysis and scientific writing. The position will require experience using Program R to manage data, conduct spatial analyses and analyze demographic data. Experience using Program R to manage large datasets and to develop and conduct spatial analyses of wildlife telemetry data is required. The position will require excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to coordinate with multiple agency and University staff. An interest in working closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff to develop relevant questions and communicate research findings is required. Start date is December 2021 (flexible), 12-18 months in duration. Minimum Requirements: 1. M. S. in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, or Ecology. PhD preferred. 2. Experience using Program R to conduct spatial analysis of wildlife telemetry data. 3. Lead author on a minimum of 1 peer-reviewed publication. To apply: Please send cover letter addressing the three minimum requirements and resume that includes contact information for 3 references to Kelly Proffitt (kproffitt@mt.gov) by Oct 15, 2021.
Qualifications
Minimum Requirements: 1. M. S. in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, or Ecology. PhD preferred. 2. Experience using Program R to conduct spatial analysis of wildlife telemetry data. 3. Lead author on a minimum of 1 peer-reviewed publication.
Contact Person
Kelly Proffitt
Contact eMail
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