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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Editor-in-Chief of Ursus

The International Association for Bear Research and Managementannounces an opening for the position of

Editor-in-Chief of Ursus.

Ursus is the biannual peer-reviewed scientific journal of IBA, and includes articles on all aspects of bear management and research worldwide. In addition to manuscripts reporting original research, submissions may be based on thoughtful review and synthesis of previously-reported information, innovative philosophies and opinions, and public policy or legal aspects of wildlife conservation. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed, and subject to rigorous editorial standards. However, a prospective Editor-in-Chief should be prepared to work with manuscripts to elevate them to the necessary scientific standard suitable for publication in Ursus.

Job description and qualifications

  • Oversee all aspects of managing manuscripts, editing, and production of the journal Ursus, the official, technical journal on the world’s 8 species of bears, published by Allen Press on behalf of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA).

  • Maintain a high-quality board of Associate Editors.

  • Serve as Chair of the IBA Publications Committee.

  • Keep IBA officers fully informed regarding publication issues, and consult with them when necessary.

  • Manage the Ursus electronic submissions website in association with Allen Press.

  • Maintain relations with electronic databases to which Ursus subscribes.

  • Maintain communication with contracted technical editor.

  • Maintain necessary databases for calculating page charges and other pertinent information on acceptance rates, publication times, and other useful data.

  • Ensure that all papers published by Ursus are of high scientific merit and value for bear management and conservation by:

    • Conducting an initial check on submitted manuscripts for appropriateness and content.

    • Selecting an appropriate Associate Editor for each manuscript.

    • Selecting appropriate peer reviewers for each manuscript.

    • Supervising the process of peer review, providing advice and consultation to all parties as needed.

    • Making final decisions regarding acceptance and rejection of all submitted manuscripts.

    • Making final edits as necessary on all accepted papers.

    • Working with technical editor and publisher on publication issues.

  • Promote the vitality of Ursus by:

    • Encouraging submissions.

    • Developing special issues on timely topics.

    • Ensuring that the review process is fair, helpful, and as quick as possible.

    • Striving for publication of a diversity of papers, including all bear species and by authors in range countries.

    • Encouraging relevant citations to other papers in Ursus to help maintain or bolster the impact factor.

    • Provide leadership on new ideas regarding open access, use of color figures, supplementary material, and financial structuring.

  • Average number of submitted manuscripts: 30 to 40 per year.

  • Average time commitment: 10 to 15 hours/week.

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Location: Collier County, Florida, USA

Salary: $ 18.20 per hour

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closes: 1st February 2017

Position Description: Area Bear Biologist will be hired to provide conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in southern Florida.  The position will work as part of a team with staff from other Sections and Divisions to respond to public requests for assistance with human-bear conflicts, which will include site visits to provide technical assistance and assess causes of conflicts, trapping, immobilizing and either relocating or euthanizing bears, and retrieving information from and disposing of carcasses of dead bears.  The position will coordinate the activities of multiple Bear Response Contractors, manage a bear deterrent loaner equipment program for the public, manage bear traps and other equipment for agency use, and enter field data on bears collected in their area of responsibility.  The position will actively seek out and provide education and outreach opportunities to partner agencies, local governments, businesses, and residents at public events, meetings, schools, and other venues.  The position will participate as the lead agency representative on the South Bear Stakeholder Group and maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders.  The position will provide assistance to FWC agency representatives on the 6 other Bear Stakeholder Groups, follow their progress, and report this information to the Bear Management Program Coordinator. The position may interact with one or two volunteer interns to learn about bear management and those interns would assist this position in completing management tasks.  The position will assist in the implementation of many strategies outlined in the 2012 Florida Black Bear Management Plan. 

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PhD graduate student opportunity in an international collaboration. Project involves using captive grizzly bears at the Washington State University Bear Center to:

1. Explore the use of collar-mounted and implantable activity sensors and heart rate to identify discrete bear behaviors.

2. Measure the energetic costs of movement and other activities using a treadmill and indirect calorimetry.

3. Develop a model using the above information to accurately estimate activities, their costs, and daily or seasonal energy expenditure of foraging bears.

Project will involve close interaction, observation, and training of grizzly bears on a daily basis. Linkages to field research programs and field data will form part of the project. A student that already has an MSc with strong computer and statistical skills along with some experience publishing and working in a team environment is preferred.

Project is expected to last 4 years. Student will be supported through assistantships (research or teaching). Expected start date: May 2017. Application deadline is January 15, 2017.

Contact Dr. Charles Robbins at ctrobbins@wsu.edu for more information.