IBA Job Board


Location: Collier County, Florida, USA

Salary: $ 18.20 per hour

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closes: 25th January 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.



Location: Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada

Salary: $ 83,499 - 94,751 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Closes: 9th December 2016

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

Reporting to the Wildlife Biologist II – Polar Bears, the Polar Bear Biologist I works to plan, develop, implement and report on Polar Bear research and management initiatives.  This may include leading the field component of research initiatives and undertaking initiatives as directed by the Wildlife Biologist II – Polar Bears.

The wildlife research completed by the Polar Bear Biologist I helps contribute to the planning, analysis and polar bear management under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and Government of Nunavut (GN) Wildlife Act, and fulfills obligations under international and national wildlife agreements for conservation of wildlife and public safety. 

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Department of Fish & Wildlife, State of Washington 

Location: Thurston County - Olympia, WA

Salary:  $4,913.00 - $6,445.00 Monthly

Hours: Full Time - Permanent

Closes: 2nd Ocotber 2016

Are you an energetic and dynamic leader in a natural resource field? Do you want to lead professional teams in managing carnivore species in Washington? The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full time, permanent, Natural Resource Scientist Section Manager position located in the Game Division of the Wildlife Program. The duty station for this position is the Natural Resources Building, Olympia, Washington.

This position oversees the Wildlife Program Game Division's Carnivore section, including statewide management of bear, cougar, wolf and furbearers.  The incumbent is responsible for evaluating research, harvest, and survey data to inform recommendations related carnivores.  Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for budget management, making rule or policy recommendations regarding hunting other management issues, and supervision of professional staff working in the Carnivore Section.

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University of Oxford 

Location: Oxford

Salary: £30,738 to £32,600 per annum (Grade 7)

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Contract / Temporary

Placed on: 25th August 2016

Closes: 28th September 2016

The Postdoctoral Research Assistant will be responsible for collecting data on preferences and attitudes towards, and the legal and illegal consumption of, bear bile products in China. They will be an experienced inter-disciplinary scientist, with expertise in conducting fieldwork and data analysis in the area of wildlife trade and consumption. They will use a range of novel methods from behavioural economics, psychology and social science, and analyse these data using appropriate statistical methods. They will ideally have previous experience of working in the region, and able to engage actively and constructively with a range of different stakeholders. They will work well within a large, multidisciplinary, multi-site and multi-sectoral team, but also to take the initiative and lead a research team while in the field.

They will hold (or be about to submit) a relevant PhD/DPhil; have relevant experience in the general area of conservation science; possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to work within established research programmes (specifically, expertise in conservation economics, wildlife trade dynamics, household surveys, statistical methods in social science, qualitative data analysis); be able to manage own academic research and associated activities; have previous experience of scientific publication in a relevant subject area, and of dissemination to and engagement with a range of audiences and using a range of mediums; and have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, organise and lead meetings, and represent the research team.

This post will be based in the Department of Zoology, Oxford and is fixed-term for 36 months.

You will be asked to upload a CV and a supporting statement.

Only applications made online before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 28 September 2016 will be considered.

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Wildlife Management Institute

Bear Safety Education Coordinator Position Description

Position Title: Southwest Montana Bear Safety Education Coordinator

Reports to: Wildlife Management Institute

Dates of Employment:  Employment will be from the date of hire through May 31, 2018 with the possibility of up to 4 months furlough, December through March, in both years.

Start Date: Immediately

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to colleen@igbconline.org. Deadline May 23, 2016

Salary/Benefits: $20.79 per hour, and will be expected to work an average of 74 hours per pay period (i.e. $1,528.46 each 2 weeks). In addition, the incumbent will be enrolled in WMI’s 401(k) program, with an annual contribution of 3-8% of incumbent’s annual salary. WMI does not provide health insurance or any other benefits for limited-term-employees.

The Southwest Montana Bear Safety Education Program is a two-year pilot program, April 2016 through May 2018, which will improve program delivery and efficiency by employing a human-bear coexistence outreach trainer and coordinator. The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) is currently recruiting for a limited term employee to serve as the Bear Safety Education Coordinator. Employment will be from the date of hire through May 31, 2018 with the possibility of up to 4 months furlough, December through March, in both years.

The coordinator will be employed by WMI and collaborate with the locally-based Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group (SMBEWG).  Working Group members include the U.S. Forest Service; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the Wildlife Management Institute; and People and Carnivores. The Coordinator will support and synchronize consistent bear education messaging, support seasonal bear education technicians, organize bear-related public outreach for  member agencies of the SMBEWG, and increase public contact through year-round outreach. In addition, the Coordinator will work with WMI to create an ongoing and summary evaluation plan that will assess the effectiveness of this approach.

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