The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a U.S. Territory consisting of 14 islands in the western Pacific. The Department of Lands and Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is seeking a biometrician or biologist with advanced quantitative skills. The biologist will apply advanced statistical, analytical, and biological knowledge to new and existing programs for the informed management and conservation of terrestrial wildlife in the CNMI. The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the wildlife section supervisor to provide recommendations to DFW biologists to improve the efficiency of research and monitoring protocols and programs.
Duties and responsibilities include:
1. Provide comprehensive quantitative and analytical support for the statistical design, implementation, analyses, and interpretation of biological, ecological, and sociological investigations of wildlife populations in support of DFW management and staff.
2. Collate and organize data. Oversee or complete data entry as needed assuring quality control and quality assurance of wildlife investigations. Use a variety of programs including but not limited to R, MARK, and DISTANCE to conduct statistical analyses of short- and long-term datasets.
3. Author, coauthor, or review statistical content in technical reports and scientific papers in cooperation with DFW biologists, collaborators and others.
4. Develop, evaluate, and implement research and monitoring protocols and programs and make recommendations to more efficiently achieve management objectives.
5. Participate in field sampling to ensure proper sampling practices and to improve understanding of project design and implementation.
6. Examine datasets to identify patterns and establish relationships to solve problems through analyses (i.e. data mining).
7. Contribute to development of grant proposals that will enhance management of endangered and endemic species and habitats.
8. Write grant reports.
9. Provide technical assistance and statistical reports to the DFW Director on a regular basis or as requested.
10. Train others in the fundamentals of statistical analysis techniques.
11. Perform travel as required. Present results of research at scientific conferences and meetings as requested.
12. Follow DFW data storage and sharing protocols.
13. Stay abreast of developments in statistics and quantitative analysis pertaining to wildlife ecology and management and incorporate new knowledge, skills, and tools into programs.
14. Collaborate with the DFW program information specialist to make biological, ecological, and sociological information available to the public.
15. Other duties as assigned.
Candidates will possess a master’s degree or higher in statistics, biology, or a related field. Driver’s License and U.S. work authorization is required for this position. This position requires a minimum 3-year commitment. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume detailing experience and qualifications by email with the subject line "APPLICATION: applicant name".