Summary: The Jekyll Island Authority is seeking a Research Biologist or Ecologist to manage the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Research program. Under limited supervision, the Research Biologist/Ecologist is responsible for collaborating with Jekyll Island Authority’s GSTC, other JIA staff and other professional organizations (Universities, wildlife agencies, other rehabilitation centers) to plan and manage programs and services. Overall responsibilities include: management and providing expertise for various GSTC turtle field, education, and health related research projects; supervision of a research specialist; grant writing, data collection, analysis and reporting; establishment and maintenance of working relationships with other state agencies and professional organizations.
•Provide research expertise in support of the JIA/GSTC mission and work directly with other JIA/GSTC staff to develop a broad and collaborative research program in support of the JIA conservation plan.
•Supervise Research Specialist who manages the loggerhead sea turtle loggerhead saturation tagging program. Develop specific research centered on this project.
•Assist Research Specialist in coordinating the AmeriCorps/Volunteer Program for the JIA/GSTC research department.
•Manage the budget for the research program including the maintenance of accurate records of purchases, purchasing, processing invoices in accordance with GSTC, JIA and AmeriCorps requirements, and related financial tasks.
•Develop and maintain relationships with other related professional organizations for research and management collaborations.
•Seek out grant opportunities; publish in peer reviewed journals; produce reports and articles to highlight research department efforts and products; respond to media and marketing requests.
•In collaboration with other departments, develop and conduct outreach and education activities that promote conservation research and stewardship for Jekyll Island. Focal areas of research: sea turtles, diamondback terrapins and other local chelonians, but also provide research expertise for the rehabilitation, education, marine debris, and diamondback terrapin conservation programs. Interface heavily with the Conservation Department on JI. Concentration areas will be turtle related and may integrate population ecology, ecosystem sciences, environmental conservation, eco-physiology, species health, toxicology, and potentially other areas depending on expertise.
•Completion of PhD degree in marine sciences, wildlife conservation, program management, or related field from an accredited institution.
•Minimum of three years’ experience in marine science with research emphasis or wildlife research management.
•Must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, including writing and public speaking; competence in various computer applications (e.g. GIS, various statistical programs) and web-based technology.
•Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with others.
•Familiarity with budget management, program planning, and program evaluation desirable.
•Must have a valid drivers license
Apply online at https://goo.gl/MF6FkT
To apply: Complete online application, submit resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted in the "Other" upload OR submitted with cover letter as one file. Applications submitted without the appropriate documents will not be considered.