Position: Waterbird Biologist
Subject Areas: Climate Change, Avian Influenza / Diseases, Spatial Modeling
Target Start Date: As soon as filled; November 2013
The U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) in collaboration with USGS Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) is seeking a full-time research biologist to work in a team setting to study waterbirds and wetlands for multiple research projects. The main focus of work will include analysis and writing scientific papers for ongoing waterbird ecology and disease studies as well as handling logistics and leading fieldwork for ongoing studies. The position is located at PWRC in Beltsville, MD and is funded for 17 months with possibility of extension based on performance and grants.
A major component of the work will include writing up avian influenza disease studies and assisting with applying disease models for web applications. Strong writing skills are required with a proven ability to complete peer-reviewed scientific publications quickly. The position may include fieldwork for studies of wild birds (such as capture, marking, and sampling) and ecology studies (bird surveys, land-use change studies, and population monitoring at restored wetlands). Fieldwork may require long hours under difficult environmental conditions. Duties may also include administrative tasks such as assisting with setting up contracts, ordering supplies, communicating with collaborators, and other logistical tasks.
For more information see attached document: Waterbird Biologist