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Employer:  The Wilderness Society.
Categories:  Env. Health/Safety
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Doctorate
Experience Required:  4-5 years
State/Province:  AK - Alaska
City:  Anchorage
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Reporting directly to the Lead Ecologist, the Wildlife Ecologist’s main objective is to develop analytical methods and research products which expand the organization’s understanding of changes to, impacts on and conservation needs of Arctic wildlife and wildlands. This position leads analyses including resource selection by Arctic species and/or population viability. Work is completed in a collaborative environment with federal, state, tribal, NGO, and university scientists and managers to create management-relevant scientific analyses.

This position will be located in Anchorage, AK.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Works within a network of scientists to develop wildlife resource selection, population viability, disturbance and climate change impact models for Arctic Alaska.
  • Builds, maintains and shares spatial databases with collaborators and partners.
  • Interprets and presents analytical results in written and oral form to collaborators and external groups including scientists, land managers, elected officials and other audiences.
  • Works collaboratively with scientist in agencies, industry, university and NGO’s; work interdependently with TWS policy staff to understand conservation opportunities; work with TWS communications staff to help communicate science to non-technical audiences.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.               

Experience, Competencies, and Education 
  • PhD with strong quantitative and analytical skills and an emphasis in population and/or spatial ecology. This could include (but is not limited to) experience with techniques for analyzing resource selection and movement patterns, population viability, landcover change, and disturbance modeling.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with simulation modeling and software used to describe population or landscape dynamics and statistical analyses, including R and ArcGIS.
  • Demonstrated desire and proficiency to prepare reports and manuscripts for peer-review in a timely manner and to make presentations in front of public and professional audiences.
  • Well-organized with strong attention to detail; ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired Characteristics 

  • Interest in public land management and climate change issues, and experience with or a desire to learn about Alaskan ecosystems.
  • Willingness to travel within Alaska, including remote areas.

Please Note: This position is currently funded for two years, with potential for extension. This is a science position within the Ecology and Economics Research Team of The Wilderness Society. Compensation and benefits are competitive with university postdoctoral programs. Associate will work closely with the Lead Ecologist and Watershed Ecologist in our Alaska Regional Office as well as our regional conservation policy and communications team. 

Review of applications will begin on June24, 2013 and the position will remain open until filled. 

Application Procedure:

  1. Please submit a PDF file containing a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information for three references (as one attachment) using the application below. 
  2. Please submit up to 3 recent, relevant publications as PDF or links to online open access to: Dr. Wendy Loya ( Please email files with the subject line “Wildlife Ecologist".  Please email Dr. Loya with questions about the position.
The Wilderness Society offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; and a pension plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair and equal treatment of its employees and constituents regardless of culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, or sexual orientation.  We are only able to consider applications from individuals authorized to work in the US at this time.

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