The Software Specialist – Species Conservation is part of a small team of conservation scientists and software developers within the Species Conservation Toolkit Initiative (SCTI) to create and test analytical methods and software tools that are used globally by wildlife managers, researchers, and students to advance the conservation of species. The Software Specialist will, alongside of conservation scientists and managers of species conservation programs, ensure that the software tools meet conservation needs and are used effectively, including developing, maintaining, providing technical support for, and helping to build capacity in the use of computer modeling tools that advance risk assessments, conservation planning, and management for threatened species.
Primary job duties and responsibilities:
• Participates in the design of computer modeling tools for species conservation assessments and planning for wildlife populations in the wild and in captivity.
• Implements new methodologies for species conservation through extending existing software tools (Vortex, PMx, Outbreak, and MetaModel Manager) and developing new tools.
• Provides technical support and helps to provide training to conservation professionals and graduate students using modeling methods and tools.
• Prepares reports for scientific publication and presentation.
• Other related duties as assigned.
The requirements for this position include the following:
• Master’s degree in biology or related field or Master’s level degree in information science required.
• Two years of experience in conservation biology research or species management required.
• Experience in quantitative analysis or modeling of wildlife populations, particularly in the area of population biology.
• Ability to learn software programming language and skills.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including proven ability in writing reports, scientific papers and oral presentations.
• English fluency at a full professional proficiency required.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and prioritize tasks.
• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of privileged information is essential.
• Cultural competency; experience or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.
• Valid driver’s license required.
• Broad research and conservation interests preferred.
• Expertise with demographic analysis, population genetics, or ecological modeling desirable.
• Experience with software program VORTEX or other PVA models and PMx or other pedigree analysis tools desirable.
• Experience with C#.NET programming or related object-oriented languages a plus. Software Specialist will be provided technical training of programming in C#.NET.
• Experience with user interface design desirable.
• Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.
Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. The incumbent must show an interest and passion for conservation, biological diversity, and the natural world and have a genuine interest in developing and applying expertise in software programming. Must be able to work effectively in diverse cultural and professional settings. Must represent the CZS and the SCTI in a professional manner at all times.
The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career site to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting a profile as soon as possible. Please visit our website at www.czs.org/careers and look for requisition number 1906BR.
*Application deadline provided is approximate. Anyone interested in being considered for this opportunity is advised to apply via the CZS Career Center as soon as possible.*