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Rivers Program Biologist
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Coordinate routine monitoring and research on large river species with emphasis on: Catfish species, Paddlefish, Alligator Gar, Sturgeon species, Buffalo species, and large river Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). Coordinate and implement research used to inform Species Status Assessments for petitioned Endangered Species Act aquatic species. Manage commercial harvest of fish, mussels, and aquatic turtles in the state, including assisting with population assessments, recommending regulation changes, and engaging stakeholders. Coordinate and implement research and data collection related to commercial harvest data including management of an electronic database system and population assessments for commercial species.
Link: https://jobs.agfc.com/postings/posting/2920/
Avian survey technician
Audubon - Minnesota
Position Summary:
Audubon Minnesota is seeking one or two seasonal point-count technician to assist in our long-term bottomland forest bird surveys for the Upper Mississippi River system. Working under the Conservation
Manager, Point Count Technicians will assist in conducting point-count surveys on islands and areas along the Mississippi River during the spring/summer. Technicians will also assist in associated data entry and quality assurance, as well as data analysis. This position starts May 23rd until July 1st (dates may vary due to river
conditions). Some weekend and holiday work may be required. Housing is not provided. Applicants will be accepted until the position is filled.

Essential Functions:
• Navigate study points using GPS and other orienteering methods
• Collect detailed information on bird species locations, timing, and movements
• Record measurements on data sheets and/or field notebook computers
• Meticulously enter data into computer databases
• Collect, record, summarize, organize, and/or file data using various standardized data collection procedures and equipment
• Assist with facilitation of monitoring and logistics. This may include putting together survey equipment, assisting in transportation to and from survey sites (by boat and by car), etc.

Qualifications and Experience:
• Working to or currently have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Natural sciences, or related field required
• Prior experience conducting biological surveys is preferred
• Familiarity with identifying Midwestern songbirds by sight and sound is preferred
• Familiarity with avian point count surveys is preferred
• Willingness and flexibility to work early morning hours, weekends, or holidays
Link: None
Interdisciplinary Computer Scientist GS-1550-12, Mathematical Statistician GS-1529-12, Physical Scientist GS-1301-12
USGS
We are seeking an interdisciplinary Computer Scientist/Mathematical Statistician/Physical Scientist for software application, statistical analysis, and machine learning development within the U.S. Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC) Geospatial Sciences & Technologies Branch.

Responsibilities:
• Design, develop, test, and support new and existing applications built using a variety of computer programming languages and statistical approaches.
• Implement data processing applications in both local server and cloud environments.
• Utilize GitHub or other code repositories to preserve the functionality of computer science tools and web services used by USGS scientists, data managers, cooperators, and stakeholders.
• Participate in agile software development lifecycle in a team environment.
• Apply an understanding of natural science arenas in partnership with USGS scientists and collaborators to translate business requirements into application architecture, design, user interface, and other technical specifications.
• Knowledge of statistical modeling approaches and ability to develop machine learning methods to conduct artificial intelligence computing tasks with remotely sensed data.
• Apply principles and concepts of scientific data management, including techniques for making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.

Additional information: Please contact Domenik Gonzalez-Santos at 703-648-7416 or Dgonzalez-Santos@usgs.gov with any questions about this opportunity.
Link: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/644340900; Opening and closing dates: 03/24/22 to 04/06/22
Four-year PhD assistantship: Southeastern U.S. freshwater mussel conservation
Mississippi State University
Description: We seek a PhD student to help develop a landscape risk-assessment tool to assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists evaluate imperilment of southeastern freshwater mussels while providing analytical support for the Species Status Assessment of a petitioned freshwater mussel under the Endangered Species Act. The hired candidate will work directly with Drs. Corey Dunn (U.S. Geological Survey, Mississippi State University) and Mike Colvin (Mississippi State University) while learning in-demand skills transferable to broader applications in natural resources decision making. The project will mainly use existing distributional data, but there may be opportunities for fieldwork if supporting project objectives.

Qualifications: Completed master’s degree in natural resources, ecology, or closely related field before start date and interest in freshwater mussel conservation. Candidates should have interests
in R programming, Geographic Information Systems, species distribution modeling, and communication. The hired candidate must be willing to learn emerging species status assessment methods and work collaboratively with project partners.

Salary and benefits: Fully funded four-year Graduate Research Assistantship worth $23,500 per year + free health insurance, waived tuition, and support for professional travel (professional development, conference attendance). Student may have opportunity for a Pathways position potentially leading to employment with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service post-graduation.

Start date: Negotiable, but the targeted enrollment is August 2022 (fall semester) or January 2023 (spring semester).

Apply: Email with the subject line “Mussel Application” to Dr. Corey Dunn in a single, merged PDF: (1) brief letter describing experience, career goals, and project interest; (2) resume/cv; (3) email addresses and phone numbers for three professional references; (4) updated official or unofficial transcripts. We welcome informal inquires.
Link: https://dunnfishresearch.weebly.com/opportunities.html
Postdoctoral or Postgraduate Research Associate: Southeastern U.S. freshwater mussel conservation
Mississippi State University
Description: We seek a postdoctoral or postgraduate (completed PhD or MSc) research associate to help develop a landscape risk assessment tool to assist U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists
evaluate imperilment of southeastern freshwater mussels, while providing analytical support for the Species Status Assessment of a petitioned mussel under the Endangered Species Act. The hired candidate will work directly with Drs. Corey Dunn (U.S. Geological Survey, Mississippi State University) and Mike Colvin (Mississippi State University), while learning in demand skills transferable to broader applications in natural resources decision-making.

Qualifications: Completed graduate degree in natural resources, ecology, or closely related field before start date and interest in freshwater conservation. Candidates should have interests in R
programming, Geographic Information Systems, species distribution modeling, and communicating research to agency decision makers. The hired candidate must be willing to learn emerging Species Status Assessment methods and work collaboratively with project partners.

Salary and benefits: Two-year position with potential for extension depending on funding and performance: post-masters: $38,000–$43,000; post-doctoral $50,00–52,000 per year (DOE) +
retirement, health benefits, support for professional travel (professional development, conference attendance).

Start date: Applicant review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position will be readvertised May 1, 2022 if unfilled. Start date is negotiable but targeted for summer or fall of 2022. Telework options may be available.

Apply: Email with the subject line “Mussel Research Associate” to Dr. Corey Dunn (corey.dunn@msstate.edu) in a single, merged PDF: (1) brief cover letter describing experiential background, career goals, and project interest; (2) cv; (3) email addresses and phone numbers for
three professional references. We welcome informal inquiries.
Link: https://dunnfishresearch.weebly.com/opportunities.html
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