Wildlife Research Specialists (2)-Iowa

Agency
Pheasants Forever/Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Location
Boone, Iowa and Clear Lake, Iowa
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$40,185/year with benefits
Start Date
08/01/2018
Last Date to Apply
07/01/2018
Description
Pheasants Forever, Inc. is hiring two Wildlife Research Specialists to assist the Iowa DNR Wildlife Research Section. One position will be located in Clear Lake to assist with the waterfowl program and the second position will be located in Boone as an assistant to the biometrician. Specific job duties for each position (see below) will differ but the desired qualifications are largely the same. Clear Lake primary job duties include conducting and compiling waterfowl surveys, capturing and banding migratory game birds, compiling basic reports and statistical analyses from data collected on wildlife surveys, producing publication grade biological reports, and routine vehicle and facility maintenance. Boone primary job duties include compiling and analyzing various wildlife data using programs such as Program R, Program MARK, or others, preparing sampling frames for mail card harvest surveys using Microsoft Access and Program SAS, producing reports for distribution and articles for publication in scientific literature, assisting staff with research project and survey design, assisting with seasonal sampling efforts for Chronic Wasting Disease in White-tailed Deer, and assisting with database design and development of online survey tools. These are limited term positions with one year contracts that may be extended up to three years. Successful candidates will be full-time employees of Pheasants Forever, Inc. but will be stationed within the Iowa DNR Wildlife Research Section with daily supervision by Iowa DNR staff.
Qualifications
Minimum qualifications include a valid driver's license with clean driving record, a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology or related field (M.S. preferred), a positive attitude and passion for wildlife conservation, and an ability to work successfully in both office and field settings. Desired skills include strong organization and communication skills, experience working with large data sets and database programs (e.g., Microsoft Access), experience conducting wildlife surveys, experience with wildlife data analysis and analysis programs including Program R and SAS, ArcGIS mapping and analysis capabilities, a strong work ethic, ability to work alone and as a part of a team, and experience publishing technical reports and peer-reviewed publications. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter indicating your preferred position, and references to Chris Ensminger, Research Section Supervisor (Chris.Ensminger@dnr.iowa.gov). Applicants interested in both positions only need to submit a single application package. Applications are due by July 1, 2018.
Contact Person
Chris Ensminger
Contact eMail
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