The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time, non-tenure track Research Specialist position at our Fort Hood, Texas research facility. This position will provide supervision and technical expertise collaborating with US Army personnel to implement and install research and monitoring programs for migratory birds, at-risk species, and candidate species on the Fort Hood, Texas Military Reservation.
The successful candidate will work with US Army personnel with implementation of the Installation's research and monitoring program for migratory birds, at-risk species, and candidate species on the Fort Hood Military Reservation. Conduct research and implement monitoring activities. Prepare annual reports including state and federal permit reports, as well as manuscripts for publication in scientific journals. Conduct education and outreach to Soldiers, civilians, and contractors working on the installation, as well as plan and attend outreach events throughout the year to a variety of age groups at various levels of expertise. Develop and maintain conservation partnerships with various local, state, federal, and private organizations. Leverage funding opportunities for the program through grant opportunities and donations from various organizations. Duties also include field season preparation including the hiring of seasonal personnel, maintaining field equipment, and purchasing supplies. The biologist will also be expected to train and supervise hourly employees hired as seasonal field biologists.
Education Required – Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences or related field.
Experience Required – 2+ years of wildlife experience or conducting migratory bird, at-risk species, or candidate species research.
Experience Preferred – Experience in nest searching and avian banding, experience in grant writing or leveraging of funding from various sources, experience in outreach/education activities, experience in developing and executing research projects using standardized scientific methodologies.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required – Must have an understanding of state and federal environmental policies and Army regulations related to migratory birds, candidate species, and at-risk species across multiple taxa.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred – Experience with grassland species, primarily Northern bobwhite and Monarch butterflies, and familiarity with technical writing/methodologies for creating technical reports using statistical analysis.