SUMMARY OF JOB
The Research Zoologist is responsible for enhancement, updating, and quality control of the English-language global fields of information in NatureServe's Central Biodiversity Conservation Database (Biotics). This position is responsible for developing information on vertebrates and invertebrates occurring in the United States and Canada. Biotics includes summary of information on taxonomy, identification, distribution, element occurrence specifications, abundance, population trends, threats, migration, habitat, ecology, phenology, reproduction, management, monitoring, research needs and sources for this information. The information in Biotics is the source for the NatureServe Explorer online searchable conservation database. Major responsibilities of the Research Zoologist are to review global conservation status rankings and evaluate and recommend taxonomic and nomenclatural changes. The Research Zoologist works closely with the other members of the Zoology Program staff. He/she is supervised by NatureServe's Director of Species Science, and supervises no staff although opportunities to supervise interns or college work-study students may arise.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Review and update global and U.S. national ranks for animal species using information from scientific journals, other publications and reports, online databases and information from NatureServe Member Programs including element occurrence data. Quality control the database to ensure consistency and accuracy of information. Review, evaluate, edit as necessary, and enter into the database information submitted by NatureServe staff, Member Program staff, contractors, professional zoologists and users of the database.
- Provide recommendations for the adoption of proposed taxonomic changes for standard animal groups covered by NatureServe.
- Perform data analyses, write reports and present in webinars or at meetings as needed for project deliverables.
- Serve as a source of zoological expertise for NatureServe, including accuracy checking of outreach, social media and promotional materials.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Advanced degree in organismal zoology or biology with expertise in ecology and conservation of one or more vertebrate or invertebrate groups, and a good working knowledge of taxonomy and taxonomic methods.
- At least two years post-degree experience working as a zoologist in a government or nonprofit biological or conservation agency or academic program. At least two years of field experience on zoological projects in the United States or Canada, which may have taken place during graduate studies.
- Excellent English writing/editing skills; keen attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to work cooperatively and productively with professional scientists and conservationists.
- Experience writing senior-authored papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Experience working in the NatureServe Biotics database, especially in the context of a NatureServe Member Program.
- Experience in proposal writing and donor cultivation.
- Experience working with IUCN Red List assessments and the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to travel independently within the U.S. and Canada to attend meetings and workshops with partners and others.
- Ability to converse verbally and in writing with others regarding organizational goals and needs.
- Ability to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems.
Review of applications will begin Monday, 10 April 2017.
POSITION START DATE
As soon as possible.
This is a full-time, short-term position (six months) with potential for full-time regular status contingent upon funding.
NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
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