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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Area Bear Biologist in Florida, USA

Position Number:  77902889
Application Deadline: 11/19/17

Description of Position & Duties:

The Area Bear Biologist will be hired to provide human-bear conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in northeast and central Florida. This position is one of five Area Bear Biologists located in key locations across the state. 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 biological 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 into an agency-wide human-wildlife conflict database. 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 be expected to maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders. The position will participate as the lead agency representative on the North Bear Stakeholder Group and maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders. The position will responsible for tracking and reporting the activities of the Bear Stakeholder Group. The position will assist in the implementation of many strategies outlined in the 2012 Florida Black Bear Management Plan.

Pay Rate: $18.20 per hour
Region:  Northwest
Position Title:  Biological Scientist III
County:  Franklin
Office Address: 350 Carroll Street, Eastpoint, FL 32328
Working Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm, a flex schedule may be considered

Level of Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in environmental science, biology, or other natural resources field. Experience working with wildlife, preferably human-wildlife conflicts – 1 year required, 2+ years preferred.  Experience with trapping and handling wildlife, preferably bears.  Experience working with stakeholder groups. Related professional experience may substitute for a graduate degree or a graduate degree may substitute for some related professional experience. Proficiency in MS software applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, Salesforce and SharePoint preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·      Knowledge, skill and ability to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a variety of effective human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and techniques.
·      Ability to work well as part of a team to accomplish tasks.
·      Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor.
·      Ability to communicate and manage high stress situations in a calm, organized, and professional manner.
·      Ability to engage with stakeholders for effective conservation and management efforts.
·      Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally to large and small groups with various educational backgrounds.
·      Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments.
·      Ability to represent agency viewpoint without personal conflicts.
·      Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, mechanical winch, bear trap, dart rifle, and shotgun, as well as safely pull trailers.
·      Ability to be trained to use chemical immobilization methods and handle all aspects required to maintain a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.
·      Ability to accurately collect and log field data.
·      Ability to work in harsh outdoor conditions in high heat and humidity carrying heavy loads and exposed to biting insects and venomous snakes.
·      Ability to work in a highly adaptive environment.
·      Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of wildlife conservation understanding.
·      Skilled in the use of computers for word processing, information management, communications, and data management.
·      Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential night, weekend, and/or holiday work hours.

How to Apply:  Application packets must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site (https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/) and should include a cover letter and resume in addition to the state application.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Area Bear Biologist in Florida, USA

Position Number:  77900592
Application Deadline: 09/28/17
Supervisor:  Mike Orlando

OPS Employment Description: The position is 40 hours per week, however, it is a full-time OPS (Other Personnel Services) position which means that employees are paid for the number of hours they work.  Employees are required to ask for permission to work over 40 hours in a work week.  In the event that hours worked exceed 40 in a work week, the employee will receive hourly pay at 1.5 times the regular hourly rate.

Description of Position & Duties: Area Bear Biologist will be hired to provide conflict resolution, education, and stakeholder engagement in central 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 be expected to maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders. The position will participate as the lead agency representative on the North Bear Stakeholder Group and maintain communications and relationships with local stakeholders.  The position will report information on the Bear Stakeholder Group activities to the Bear Management Program Coordinator. The position will assist in the implementation of many strategies outlined in the 2012 Florida Black Bear Management Plan.

Pay Rate: $18.20 per hour
County:  Volusia
Office Address: 5450 U.S. Hwy. 17, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130
Working Hours:  8:00am – 5:00pm, a flex schedule may be considered
List of Subordinates Supervised:  None
Residency Requirement:  None

Level of Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, in environmental science, biology, or other natural resources field. Experience working with wildlife, preferably human-wildlife conflicts – 1 year required, 2+ years preferred.  Experience with trapping and handling wildlife, preferably bears.  Experience working with stakeholder groups.  Related professional experience may substitute for a graduate degree or a graduate degree may substitute for some related professional experience. Proficiency in MS software applications- Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required, Access and SharePoint preferred.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·      Knowledge, skill and ability to design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a variety of effective wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and techniques.
·      Ability to work well as part of a team to accomplish tasks.
·      Ability to provide clear, timely, and effective updates to supervisor.
·      Ability to communicate and manage high stress situations in a calm, organized, and professional manner.
·      Ability to engage with stakeholders for effective conservation and management efforts.
·      Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally to large and small groups with various educational backgrounds.
·      Ability to work independently to plan, coordinate, and prioritize work assignments.
·      Ability to represent agency viewpoint without personal conflicts.
·      Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, pull a trailer, and operate a mechanical winch.
·      Ability to be trained to use chemical immobilization methods and handle all aspects required to maintain a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.
·      Ability to accurately collect and log field data.
·      Ability to work in harsh outdoor conditions in high heat and humidity carrying heavy loads and exposed to biting insects and venomous snakes.
·      Ability to work in a highly adaptive environment.
·      Ability to work well with a variety of personalities and with persons of varied levels of wildlife conservation understanding.
·      Skilled in the use of computers for word processing, information management, communications, and data management.
·      Ability to travel overnight and/or multiple days to complete job tasks.
·      Ability to work a flexible schedule, with potential night, weekend, and/or holiday work hours.

How to Apply:  Applications must be submitted through the State of Florida’s official employment site (https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com/)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Two post-doc / PhD positions available in Slovenia

We invite applications for 2 post-doc positions within the projects “DinAlpBear” and “Development of a multi­method approach to study wildlife behaviour: investigating human­-bear conflicts in contrasting landscapes of Europe” at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical faculty, Forestry Department in Slovenia, for 2.5 years with possible extension.

Topics:
(1.) Adaptive behaviour of brown bears in contrasting landscapes of Europe (first position)
(2.) Development& optimisation of monitoring system for Alpine-Dinaric brown bear population (second position)

Application deadline: 30.04.2017

All further information available on the link below:
http://dinalpbear.eu/two-post-doc-phd-positions-available-in-slovenia/

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – Veterinarian for FOUR PAWS VIET

FOUR PAWS VIET is a Vietnamese NGO founded in 2014. The operations in Vietnam are focused on but not limited to the building of a BEAR SANCTUARY in Ninh Binh Province. The BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is currently under construction in its first phase and is planned to enlarge over the coming years. The BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh aims to rehabilitate bears from the bile industry as well as those confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade.

The veterinarian will be responsible for providing extensive veterinary care to bears rescued from bile farms in Vietnam. This includes wildlife anaesthesia, surgeries, relocations, diagnostic imaging, blood analysis, and long term treatments. Most of these bears have been physically and psychologically compromised and require extensive veterinary care to facilitate their rehabilitation. The sanctuary will be brand new and the veterinarian will be involved in the establishment of the onsite veterinary clinic, all veterinary protocols and recordkeeping. The veterinarian will also be expected to contribute to capacity building of local veterinarians and will work closely with the bear keeper team to provide holistic care for the rescued bears.

Closing date is Tuesday, April 31st 2017.

A detailed Job Description can be downloaded here

 

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.
For more information click Here