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This position is responsible for coordination and management of multiple projects pertaining primarily to mammal and avian ecology and management in northern Minnesota.

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Wildlife Ecologist
University of Minnesota Duluth
Researcher 5
Job Opening 328934

About the Job:
NRRI seeks a qualified wildlife researcher to provide scientific input to the conservation, management, and use of natural resources. Depending on the availability of research funds, the position would be an annual, renewable appointment.

The researcher must be capable of working independently as part of interdisciplinary teams on a variety of externally-funded research projects and data sets related to wildlife ecology and management in Minnesota and the Western Great Lakes region. This position is responsible for coordination and management of multiple projects pertaining primarily to mammal and avian ecology and management in northern Minnesota. Research activities include involvement in several extensive monitoring programs to track regional population trends and investigate land use patterns and habitat relationships.

The individual will be expected to develop research ideas and proposals and serve as principal investigator on successful proposals. The applicant will also collaborate with team members to develop project plans and implement research projects in the field to acquire data. Applicant will be required to manage data from collection to analysis, write reports, prepare manuscripts for publication, and coordinate and supervise project personnel. The position will often require travel to gather data on fauna and vegetation.

Required Qualifications:

1. Advanced degree in ecology, wildlife biology, or related environmental science from an accredited college or university;

2. Evidence of field skills and expertise in sampling mammal populations and quantifying habitat characteristics;

3. Evidence of knowledge of land management practices and policies as related to wildlife habitat and breeding bird ecology;

4. Experience in analyzing and interpreting remotely-sensed data, particularly LiDAR data sets of varying resolution. Ability to generate standard LiDAR metrics and relate these to habitat conditions;

5. Experience with statistical and spatial analysis software, such as R, ArcGIS as well as organizational (e.g. Microsoft Access, Excel) software;

6. Experience presenting scientific results to varied audiences; i.e., scientists, policymakers, agency personnel, or general public;

7. Experience working in a cooperative, collegial atmosphere with professional and support personnel on natural resource issues;

8. Excellent written communication skills in the English language, including publications in the peer-reviewed and technical literature.

Application Instructions:

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 328934. Complete applications must include:

● Letter of application

● A current resume/curriculum vitae

● Contact information for three professional references

The cover letter and CV/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.

Please send any inquiries to Patrice Hell,