The Alaska Natural Heritage Program, located within the Alaska Center for Conservation Science and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), invites applications for our Program Zoologist.
The position will oversee the zoology program at the Alaska Natural Heritage Program (AKNHP) and be responsible for its continued success. This includes program development and overseeing all aspects of the zoology program and supervising research professional and technical staff in both the office and the field. The mission of the zoology program is to assimilate and synthesize information concerning animal species of conservation concern (rare or threatened, as well as invasive) in the state and to aid land management planning and species conservation in Alaska http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/zoology/. The program is involved in many areas related to wildlife biology, but primary focuses include habitat modeling, habitat field surveys, collection of biological data, conservation assessments, and biogeography of rare and invasive animals. The zoology program is the central repository of biological information on Alaska's rare animal species and tracks occurrence and range data for over 760 animals, which is available through several data portals. Habitat distribution models for over 330 vertebrate animals are available on the website for the Alaska GAP Analysis Project, which is maintained by the zoology program. The position is currently funded both by UAA and multiple grants (Alaska Department of Fish and Game, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and BLM). Qualifications include a MS or PhD with an emphasis in zoology, conservation biology, or related field. Excellent writing and oral communication/presentation skills are required. Proficiency in relational databases (Access) and GIS technologies (ArcGIS) is desirable. The incumbent must have the ability to collaborate effectively with biologists, conservation professionals, and resource managers of varying technical levels and with technical and scientific staff. Ability to coordinate and manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines is required. Experience conducting fieldwork in remote or otherwise challenging conditions is desired. Responsibilities include writing papers and reports for funding agencies and scientific journals. The position requires writing proposals, preparing budgets for extramural funding, and pursuing additional avenues for extramural funding. Responsibilities also include: tracking budgets, travel encumbrances and personnel; solving complex ecological research questions using statistical analysis; knowledge of ecological principals and literature; and effective use of Geographic Information Systems. The position requires that the zoological database is kept up to date, including supervising staff on data entry and answering data requests. Additional responsibilities include overseeing zoology fieldwork and working with other staff to ensure safe work conditions in remote places in Alaska. Serve on university committees as assigned or in areas of interest. Network with other UA researchers and collaborate with others in the scientific community. For additional information and application, please see: https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=87998