Descriptive Title: Project Coordinator, New York Mammal Survey
Department: Environmental and Forest Biology
Duration: Two years, with possible extension
This project is focused on conducting the first formal assessment of distributional data for all mammals in the state, excluding marine mammals. Baseline data on distribution and population status is not available for many mammal species in New York State. Information on species locations exist from various sources but have not been compiled and analyzed to provide spatial distribution and population trend data needed to reliably determine species status. Distribution and population status information is also needed to determine specific conservation actions to improve the status of the selected mammal species.
This project will be conducted as a joint effort among the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the SUNY-ESF Roosevelt Wild Life Station, the New York Natural Heritage Program, the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University, and professionals from various other contributing organizations. We seek a Theodore Roosevelt Postdoctoral Scholar working under the direction of Dr. Shannon Farrell, Dr. James Gibbs, and Dr. Jacqueline Frair to oversee the day-to-day implementation of the project: 1) developing a framework for managing species occurrence records online, 2) coalescing and mapping existing public and privately-collected data on the distribution of mammals in New York State, 3) identifying and filling key data gaps as appropriate, and 4) modeling and mapping species distributions to provide a baseline assessment of population status.
Brief Description of Duties
• Coordinating the project team including stakeholders
• Training and overseeing personnel undertaking targeted field surveys and those acquiring existing occurrence records from various sources
• Designing effective and efficient surveys for rare/cryptic mammals statewide
• Modeling species distribution and abundance
• Recruiting regional experts to participate in the project
• Managing project database
• Publishing findings in peer-reviewed journals as well as generating project communications to the public
• Reporting to project Steering Committee at regular meetings
• Providing periodic progress reports to NYS DEC
• Working with project Steering Committee to identify and pursue additional funding opportunities
• PhD in ecology-related field
• Knowledge of mammalian biology, biogeography and field assessment methods
• Project management and coordination experience
• Expertise in statistical and spatial data analyses
• Demonstrated technical writing skills
• Strong communication skills (written and oral) to clearly articulate vision and plans, and provide instruction effectively
• Ability to prioritize activities and multitask
• Travel throughout NYS; must have valid driver’s license
• Familiarity with design of web-based data entry systems and field data collection apps
• Previous experience working with mammals of the Northeastern U.S.
• Connections with New York State government agencies and non-government organizations with land management or wildlife management responsibilities
• Familiarity with the status and distribution of eastern mammals, especially New York
• Familiarity with species occurrence mapping methodology
• Experience with ArcMap or related computer mapping products
• Experience with the R software environment
• Experience with web design, social media, and other outreach tools
Working Conditions/Physical Effort: May travel throughout New York State conducting field work and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances, in isolated settings.
Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by October 8, 2018 to ensure optimal consideration.
Application Procedure: Please upload a single .pdf file containing: 1) one page cover letter, 2) one page statement of research discussing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, research interests, and future career goals, 3) curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of three references with a brief explanation of the candidate’s relationship to each reference, and 4) a copy of the applicant’s most relevant journal publication (only one) and employment application must be submitted on-line at http://www.esf.edu/hr/.