Ecologist - Chinook Salmon Needed
Integrated Statistics is looking for an Ecologist to support the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Fisheries and Ecological Services program.
The position will conduct a threat analysis and status assessment for the Chinook Salmon. The person will identify and describe stressors, and carry out quantitative analyses of current and future effects of these stressors on the distribution and abundance of Chinook Salmon in Alaska. The intended end product is a threats analysis using the Species Status Assessment (SSA) framework. In achieving this purpose, the Ecologist will undertake science-based studies and analyses related to the landscape conservation ecology, population ecology and viability analyses, bio-climate modeling and climate change effects on Chinook Salmon. The work will incorporate these tasks:
The threats analysis should include a prioritization recommendation for management and conservation actions to address the threats most critical in affecting Salmon distribution and productivity in the freshwater environment. Development of the threats analysis will require outreach and coordination with internal (USFWS – Anchorage, Kenai, and Fairbanks Fisheries branches; Anchorage and Fairbanks Ecological Services branches), and external partners (e.g., the State of Alaska, local universities, other Federal agencies).
- Conceive and implement landscape-scale analyses that promote adaptive management of in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors.
- Recommend actions to integrate the results of these studies and analyses into the management goals and objectives of the Region 7 and FWS partners.
- Develop and maintain databases containing information on the status, trends, and recovery needs of Chinook Salmon.
- Generate GIS layers and maps in support of Region 7 program and team activities.
- Coordinate with climate change organizations within and outside of FWS.
- Develop and maintain performance measures for landscape conservation and climate change management activities
- Prepare project recommendations, including draft scopes of work, study designs, investigation plans, and technical specifications for ongoing and future contracts and cooperative agreements dealing with landscape conservation and climate change.
- Bachelor's degree or higher in a field involving wildlife management, biostatistics, and/or population viability analysis.
- Formal coursework and/or demonstrated experience in initiating and completing analytical projects.
- Experience with the SSA framework and/or landscape scale geospatial analysis is ideal.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Ecologist must possess:
- Professional knowledge of Alaska, Pacific Northwest, or other regional scale fisheries conservation (particularly anadromous species).
- Expertise in fisheries biology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, biogeography, and population ecology to conduct quantitative analyses of the effects of environmental stressors and change dynamics for landscapes, ecosystems, natural communities, habitats, species and populations
- Knowledge of climate change and global climate modeling as it relates to landscape ecology and the management of ecosystems, communities and species
- Professional and regulatory knowledge to develop and implement scientific studies that lead to conservation actions that support the recovery of federally listed species.
- Skills in species distribution modeling, population viability analyses, GIS analyses and mapping, statistical analyses, experimental design, and other methodologies, to evaluate changes in the current and future distribution and abundance of organisms due to natural and manmade environmental stressors.
- Ability to work as a member of a team to develop and maintain cooperative and positive interactions with a variety of parties that have concerns or interests in Service activities, including research scientists, public and private land managers, and conservation agencies and organizations.
- Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communications, including skills in presentations of data, analyses, and results. Ability to produce objective reports and scientific publications that require minimal editing or revisions, in a timely and orderly manner.
The position is full-time with an expected duration of one year. The rate of pay is expected to be approximately $35-40/hr, depending on skills and experience. The position is eligible for the benefits described on the Integrated Statistics website.
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