INHS is seeking a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Conservation Biologist to conduct research projects on the conservation and management of species and natural communities in Illinois. This position will be located in Springfield, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
•Conduct research on the prioritization of species and natural communities for conservation in Illinois.
•Develop vulnerability indices.
•Compile data and model species or community-habitat relationships.
•Organize and facilitate working groups.
•Conduct data analyses and prepare results for inclusion in technical reports and peer-reviewed publications.
•Present results at meetings with sponsoring agencies and at professional and scientific meetings.
•Develop and maintain liaison with other individuals or groups (in -state, national, or international) engaged in similar research.
•Respond to requests for scientific/technical information and speaking engagements, participate in outreach and service events, and serve on internal committees.
•Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
•Required: Bachelors’ degree in conservation biology, natural resources, ecology, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Emphasized areas of research include biostatistics, conservation planning, conservation reserve design, biological/habitat assessment, landscape ecology.
•Preferred: Master’s degree in conservation biology, natural resources, ecology, or related discipline.
Required: Experience contributing to the publication of results in peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred: Experience working with government agencies.
Required: Possess scientific knowledge and skills necessary to apply analytical thinking to define and solve problems, and collect and analyze data. Highly organized and detail oriented and have demonstrated ability to work with large datasets. Possess strong GIS skills (e.g., ArcGIS), including the ability to interpret maps and aerial photographs, and edit and analyze spatial data. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases. Ability to coherently translate findings both verbally and in writing to granting agencies, the scientific community, and the general public. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and in team settings. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision.