Post-doc: New York Mammal Survey Coordinator

SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wildlife Station
Syracuse, NY
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Minimum of $55,000
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The New York Mammal Survey (NYMS) seeks a biologist with small mammal expertise and excellent data management skills to serve as Program Coordinator. NYMS is the first comprehensive, statewide assessment of the distribution of New York’s terrestrial and freshwater mammals. Our approach combines several sources of data, e.g., citizen accounts via iNaturalist and other online sources, existing but uncatalogued records from the published literature, previous statewide research and monitoring projects, and our own targeted field surveys. These data are managed online, enabling public exploration of records, and ultimately will be used to inform species distributions and changes over time. The Program Coordinator works closely with PI(s) Jacqueline Frair (SUNY ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station) and Matt Schlesinger (NY Natural Heritage Program) and biologists from the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), in consultation with the NYMS advisory committee. Primary duties: • Coordinate field data collection: With NYS DEC regional staff, assist in the selection and survey of locations across the 9 different DEC regions, help train field techs in survey protocols, and manage field equipment loans and replacement purchases; manage tablets and app used for data collection; manage research permits, renewals, and reports. • Manage Google Drive connections and database: periodically pull georeferenced data from online databases (e.g., iNaturalist, GBIF), bulk upload research and other reference data into NYMS database, and manage/clean tablet-based field data. • Confirm/check species ID: quality check field and online data sources, coordinate genetic confirmation of field specimens via the Whipps lab at ESF. • Coordinate web site updates with external contractor; prepare and manage text and reference materials for website. • Analyze species distributions and produce peer-reviewed publications. Additional duties: • Provide public and scientific talks, produce periodic reports, and contribute to scientific papers on the New York Mammal Survey. • Manage purchasing card, volunteer appointments and related travel expense paperwork. • Manage and regularly update NYMS social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Facebook).
• PhD in relevant discipline • Experience in small mammal identification, surveying, and natural history. • Excellent data management skills, with working knowledge of R and ArcGIS required. Coding aptitude also required, with experience in Python and SQL desired. • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively with a diversity of stakeholders.
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Jacqueline Frair
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