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Lead Ecologist

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Alaska - America North
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 10/08/2014
Company Name Wilderness Society
Contact Name HR
Website Further Details / Applications
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Lead Ecologist - Req. CONS201594  

The Wilderness Society is seeking a visionary conservation Ecologist to lead research efforts in our Anchorage office and advance our work to protect the Alaskan Arctic. The Lead Ecologist would be an integral member of our Alaska conservation team and will lead the Alaska ecology team which includes a watershed ecologist and a wildlife ecologist. This position will be responsible for working with the team to identify and conduct priority ecological research and review environmental impact assessments necessary to advance conservation campaign outcomes for Alaska’s Arctic. He/she will also collaborate with other TWS scientists outside Alaska. Work is done in collaboration with federal, state, tribal, NGO, and university scientists and managers and requires close coordination with Alaska’s State Director and TWS’s interdisciplinary Alaska team also comprised of policy and communications experts.

This position is located in our Anchorage, AK office.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Evaluate scientific information in land management plans, Environmental Impact Statements, as well as national plans and policies; communicate evaluation results in written and oral comments; work with federal agencies to improve analyses of impacts of industrial development on ecosystems.
  • Design and conduct spatial analyses of industrial development scenarios and evaluate potential impacts on wildlife and communities in Arctic Alaska.
  • Work as part of highly integrated Alaska conservation team to use science to advance campaign outcomes and conservation priorities.
  • Use biological and climate information to identify ecologically significant areas.   Prioritize, design, and conduct research based on ecological significance, conservation objectives & opportunities, and organizational & partner capacities.
  • In coordination with The Wilderness Society’s Alaska Director, lead all aspects of Alaska ecology program development and management, including drafting funding proposals, developing and managing budgets, hiring and supervising scientific staff.
  • Share scientific expertise with advisory groups, including Arctic conservation coalitions, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group, the North Slope Science Initiative, and other resource/land management advisory groups.
  • Synthesize scientific results in ways that are appropriate for sharing with diverse audiences, including conservation partners, native Alaskans, members of the public and government audiences.
  • Promote diversity in ecology through participating in education and mentoring opportunities.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Competencies and Education
  • PhD required with 2 or more years of experience in an applied scientific field of work, such as conservation biology, terrestrial ecology, landscape ecology or wildlife ecology.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with spatial analytical techniques that can help identify conservation priorities and guide energy development.
  • Demonstrated desire and proficiency to prepare reports, white papers and manuscripts for peer-review in a timely manner and to make presentations in front of public and professional audiences.
Desired Characteristics
  • Well-organized with strong attention to detail, able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Interest in public land management and climate change issues and experience with, or desire to learn about, Alaskan ecosystems.
  • Strong commitment to The Wilderness Society’s mission and to the protection of America’s Arctic wildlands.
  • Willingness to travel, including to remote areas within Alaska.
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, veteran status or sexual orientation.
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