The Wildlife Ecologist I is responsible for the coordination and implementation of wildlife conservation and management program actions, including wildlife monitoring programs, the District's deer management and animal damage management programs. Participates in planning of and coordinates the implementation of wildlife conservation and management projects, including scheduling work and follow-up assessments. Provides coordination of volunteer-based wildlife monitoring programs and provides training to volunteer monitors.
Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Biology or related field. Two years of experience in the field of wildlife conservation and management with full understanding of wildlife conservation, monitoring and management techniques and knowledge of fauna native to northeastern Illinois. One year of experience with wildlife management (deer management, nuisance wildlife management), mammal ecology and conservation biology. Analytical skills necessary in order to assist with scientific studies, wildlife monitoring, population modeling and to interpret relevant scientific literature. Ability to collect, compile and analyze data and facts and exercise sound judgment in arriving at conclusions and translating observations and results into clear, concise reports. Ability to use wildlife management and conservation technology, tools and techniques. Ability to collect, organize, process, maintain and analyze long term datasets. Proficient in the use of Geographical Information Systems to plan and track conservation and ecological/biological monitoring actions. Must possess valid driver’s license.