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1 de febrero de 2023

Coordina un proyecto para proteger aves y biodiversidad de otras especies invasoras en islas del Pacífico

Oferta compartida por Cristina


MEL (MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING) COORDINATOR, PACIFIC ISLAND RESTORATION PROGRAMME


The MEL Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of MEL across a diverse portfolio of biological and social indicators and national and regional projects, partners, and supporters.


BirdLife International (BLI) Pacific Secretariat is looking for an experienced MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) Coordinator with a passion for nature and the Pacific Islands region.

The BL Island Restoration Programme is aiming to secure Pacific Island birds and other native biodiversity by addressing key threats. Of these, invasive alien species are responsible for most extinctions on islands and remain a leading cause for species decline and habitat degradation. Invasive species impacts are not limited to the natural environment profoundly effecting livelihoods (i.e., agriculture), ecosystem services, trade, infrastructure, human health, climate resilience and the Pacific way of life. In countering these issues the Programme is acting through an IAS led, multi-sectoral, Nature-based Solutions approach to securing significant, sustainable outcomes for Pacific Island biodiversity, ecosystems, and people. Knowledge of the Programme impact is essential to the cycle of identifying and integrating successes, learnings, and informing future programme development led by the MEL Coordinator.

The Programmes Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) will be guided through a regional Strategy with technical expertise supporting indicator selection and data interpretation, and the provision of training and advice to (national) Programme partners. The position is to be based at the BirdLife Pacific Secretariat Office in Suva, Fiji.

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MEL (MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING) COORDINATOR, PACIFIC ISLAND RESTORATION PROGRAMME (SUVA, FIJI)

Primary Responsibilities

The MEL Coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of MEL across a diverse portfolio of biological and social indicators and national and regional projects, partners, and supporters. The MEL Coordinator has well developed MEL technical skills relevant to tropical island ecosystems and biota (particularly birds) informing recovery, climate adaptation and capacity building outcomes from IAS management interventions, and preferably the ability to support related social (GESI, economic, cultural) interests in Pacific Island communities. A key challenge will be to support the development of MEL systems and processes which are able to adequately manage the complexity and diversity of individual and local contexts, while still providing a measure of overall impact and learning at programme level.

Key Requirements Understanding of invasive species effects on Pacific Island birds and other indigenous biodiversity, ecosystems, livelihoods, climate change and of the management solutions.
Knowledge of ecological monitoring frameworks for biodiversity outcomes including synergies with social development needs relevant to low income and subsistence based rural economies
Ability to coordinate, engage with, and train people (in MEL) from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds
Ability to collate, analyse, interpret, and communicate MEL results informing impact and programmatic strategic development.
Extensive experience developing and implementing MEL frameworks for indigenous island ecosystems and in assessing the impact of social pressures/interventions (livelihoods, ecosystem services, culture, and traditional values, and GESI)
Knowledge of the application of Nature-based Solutions to terrestrial Pacific Island ecosystems and biodiversity

For a complete description of the role please refer to the Job Description.

Employment Terms

The post is offered initially as a 24-month contract, commencing March 2023. Subject to funding, the position could be extended and developed further in scope.

An annual salary package of up to £40,000.00 based on skills and experience

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Find out more about our Diversity statement.

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We will consider putting into place appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

We are able to offer a hybrid model of working on site and from home/remote for most roles, which helps to ensure a flexible work life balance

Application ProcedureCurriculum Vitae (max 3 pages) including at least two contactable Referees.
Cover Letter (max 1 page) outlining the applicant’s suitability for the role.
Applications to be sent to suva.office@birdlife.org with subject title ‘MEL Coordinator Application’.
Any further information can be requested via the email address above.

Closing Date: February 26th, 2023

31 de enero de 2023

Pasa 2 años investigando evolución de megafauna africana con esta posición de postdoc

Oferta compartida por Nuria

A 2-year Post doc position is now open at the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen. The position is in the Wildlife Genetics group led by Rasmus Heller, and will work on analyzing several large genomic data sets from African mammals. The position is part of the African Wildlife Genomics project in which we will sequence 10,000+ individuals spanning 20+ species of large African mammals and use population genetics to better understand the evolutionary history of Africa's megafauna. Topics under investigation include population structure, phylogeography, gene flow, speciation, local adaptations, demographic history and conservation.

The preferred candidate has a strong background in analyzing whole-genome data, including a thorough understanding of NGS data and bioinformatic processing of raw sequencing data. The candidate must also be able to demonstrate an interest in - or preferably experience with - population genetic method development. In addition, the candidate must have demonstrated expertise in performing population genetic analyses on such data using state-of-the-art tools. The candidate is expected to be proficient in at least one scripting language and have a solid statistical background.

The position will provide an opportunity to work on unique data sets and problems in an engaging host environment. Rasmus Heller's group is part of a larger Statistical and Population Genetics cluster consisting of four research groups and PIs working closely together on the African Wildlife Genomics project. This ensures a strong, collaborative scientific environment with diverse expertise ranging from theoretical population genetics and methods development to molecular ecology and conservation genetics. We have a large network of Danish and international collaborators, including close ties to African research environments. Working conditions and quality of life in Denmark are among the best in the world.

The deadline for application is February 20th 2023, and the starting date is June 1st 2023. For further information and a link to the formal application page, see the official advertisement here.

Further questions can be addressed to Rasmus Heller at rheller@bio.ku.dk.

26 de enero de 2023

Asistente de campo explorando bosques boreales y aprendiendo a identificar plantas

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Seasonal Botany Field Assistant

Seasonal Botany Field Assistant

Location: Based in Edmonton, AB, the position requires travel to field sites in Northern Alberta

Term: May through August, 2023

Description: Forestry practitioners in Alberta seek to conserve species diversity and ecological function by planning timber harvests to mimic patterns of natural disturbance. The large harvested areas resemble burns with features like sinuous edges and remnant forest islands within the disturbed area. The successful applicant will assist a graduate student examining the species and functional diversity of forest understory vascular plant species of pine-dominated forest remnants in anthropogenic and natural disturbances.

The field assistant will work with a graduate student to collect field data for the study. The assistant will plan field days, navigate to sites and use dichotomous keys to identify vascular plants to species. They will record data on percent cover of plant species, site characteristics, and leaf metabolism. The assistant will collect unknown plant specimens for later identification, maintain excellent notes and organization of data.

Work Environment: You will have the opportunity to explore large areas of Alberta’s boreal forest region, encounter wildlife and become intimate with the natural communities and rhythms of the boreal forest. You will be working daily in the field with a graduate student who will be available for discussions and to help you advance your research skills such as plant identification.

Field work can be physically and emotionally demanding, often requiring long days, substantial amounts of hiking with a heavy pack, repetitive tasks and difficult working conditions including inclement weather, extreme heat, arduous terrain and nuisance insects. In addition to environmental hazards, the position will require driving long distances on rural highways and unimproved roads, often in areas without cell reception. Though we will take a proactive approach toward safety and personal well-being, the applicant should be prepared to meet these challenges.

Schedule: For the duration of the field season, the team will work a 8/6 or 10/4 work schedule, depending on the needs of the project, averaging 10 hours/day. During each hitch, per-diem and local accommodations will be provided (on rare occasions camping may be required). Transportation from Edmonton to the field sites is provided.

Minimum Qualifications:Ability and willingness to travel to Northern Alberta for 8-10 days at a time.
Ability and willingness to work outdoors in difficult conditions including inclement weather, extreme heat, arduous terrain and nuisance insects.
Ability and willingness to carry a heavy backpack and/or equipment up to several kilometers through difficult terrain.
Authorization to work in Canada.

Desired Qualifications: All interested persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of experience. Those members of social groups who have been historically excluded from or are underrepresented in biological sciences are encouraged to apply.Keen interest in botany, ecology, forestry or conservation.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Knowledge of the flora of the Boreal Forest, Alberta or Western Canada.
Experience collecting data for scientific studies.
Ability to precisely follow written protocols.
Excellent attention to detail and organization skills.
Experience with first aid and managing risks in remote, outdoor setting
Valid, non-graduated class 5 driver’s license issued in Canada or the United States.
Experience driving ATVs and/or 4x4 vehicles.

25 de enero de 2023

Tres meses de voluntariado en las Galápagos con los pinzones de Darwin

Oferta compartida por Cristina

DARWIN'S FINCH MITIGATION VOLUNTEER

Department: Field Programmes

Reports to: Floreana Mitigation Officer

Contract: Temporary (up to 3 months)

Location: Floreana, Galápagos Islands
The Role

Key responsibilities:

• Assisting mist netting wild Darwin’s finches using a mixture of pre- baiting and call back, taking and recording biometrics, safe and secure transport from the collection site to the aviary complex (May – September 2023).

• Assisting daily avicultural work including cleaning and disinfecting the aviaries, preparing feeds, recording data, behavioural observations, light maintenance, vegetation management and checking and setting live traps around the perimeter of the aviary.

• Assisting health management of the birds including collection and analysis of faecal and blood samples, diagnosis, and treatment of sick or injured birds and performing necropsies when necessary.

• Assist with record keeping and general upkeep of the aviaries, laboratory and equipment.

• Work with and liaise with the aviary managers and lead vet.


SEE JOB DESCRIPTION


How to apply

Please fill in the application form and send your CV and cover letter to Recruitment@durrell.org clearly stating the job you wish to apply for.

23 de enero de 2023

Asistente de investigación para estudiar las amenazas en ciertos taxones de insectos

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Research Assistant - Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis project

We are looking for a part-time Research Assistant in the Agroecology Group directed by Dr Lynn Dicks, in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.

The role holder will co-ordinate data collection for an online survey of entomologists, gathering expert judgement on the relative impacts of specific threats to particular insect taxa. They will gain experience running an expert elicitation process at global scale. The results will inform cutting-edge Bayesian models of the current and future status of insect populations worldwide, taking into account multiple sources of evidence and likely to be reported in high impact publications. A background in data processing or communication, with knowledge of global threats to biodiversity, will be helpful.

The successful candidate will join a team based in Zoology with four postdocs and eight PhD students.

The role holder will be required to maintain contact with an international group of entomologists who have agreed to participate in an online survey, based on the Delphi technique. The survey will gather data on expert assessments of how different insect Orders respond to global threats.

The successful candidate will invite experts to join the project, set up an initial online meeting for all participants, send out the survey via email for each round of data collection, answer questions during the survey period, compile responses as they are received, and conduct initial data checks and preliminary analyses. They will interact with other members of the wider Global Insect Threat-Response Synthesis (GLiTRS) project team (https://glitrs.ceh.ac.uk/) involving the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum, and University College London.

Candidates will need to be highly motivated and develop a good understanding of the survey process and the scientific aims of the project. This will be critical to communicating with survey participants in a timely and effective manner. Close teamwork and a collaborative spirit will be essential. Candidates will report to a team leader based in Zoology and will be mentored by an experienced post-doc.

Interview dates: 16th or 17th February 2023.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available up until 31 August 2023.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Flexible working requests would be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva at (an286@cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PF34956 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

22 de enero de 2023

Trabaja en biología marina en un ecosistema subtropical, donde investigarás en áreas poco exploradas y protegidas


Oferta compartida por Cristina

Research Manager

Position: Research Manager 

Hours: full-time
Location: BCSS, Benguerra Island, Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique.
Start date: March 2023
Remuneration: Competitive fees and incentives based on experience
Benefits: 1 flight (return) paid per year, accommodation, food
Applications open: January 2023
Reporting to: Chief Scientist


BCSS is looking for an experienced person in marine sciences to join our Ocean Observatory in the Bazaruto Archipelago to permanently manage and execute a variety of projects under the research station themes, as well as lead the scientific training programs. You will join a young but active research team with a lot of hands-on, and sea-going experience running the Observatory and the data management units.

The position combines research work in various marine science disciplines that requires team-work, multi-tasking abilities, problems forecasting & solving, scientific writing, as well as a solid mindset to work in a remote environment.


BCSS offers professional training beyond the person capabilities, a generous salary to match experience, as well as a convenient leave schedule to be coordinated with the Chief Scientist to always maintain an experienced scientist onsite at all times.

21 de enero de 2023

Dos puestos para monitorear, anillar y estudiar el comportamiento de la urraca piñonera mediante telemetría y grabaciones de audio

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Colorado Pinyon Jay Tech (2)

Employer: University of Georgia
Location: Utah and New Mexico
Country: United States
Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
Open Until Filled: Yes


Description:

2 crew members will assist one graduate student to capture, GPS tag, and monitor Pinyon Jay populations through target capturing, count and behavioral surveys, habitat data collection, remote telemetry data collection, and deployment of audio recording units (ARU). Expected duties also include, but not limited to assist with capture and banding of Pinyon Jays, including deployment of GPS transmitters using leg-loop harnesses; assist in the collection of biological samples from captured Pinyon Jays in the form of fecal matter, nail clipping, feathers, and blood; driving for long distances; hiking long distances in mountainous/rugged terrain to sites and identifying Pinyon Jays by auditory and sight (counts and behavioral data collection).

Qualifications:

Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license, with a clean driving history, and preferably 4-wheel drive vehicle experience at the time of employment. Applicant must be able to work a flexible schedule, with weekends and holidays possible depending on weather and data collection needs. Applicant must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and willing to work outdoors in harsh conditions in remote areas. Applicant must be able to work alone and within a team setting and get along with others as a successful candidate will be living with co-workers. Preference will be given to applicants with avian banding, handling, survey work histories, telemetry experience, and CPR/First AID/AED or Wilderness First Aid certification.

Compensation:

$510/week with communal housing provided

UGA Job Posting:

https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/296414

or submit, in one pdf, a cover letter, CV, and 3 professional or academic references by the application deadline to hcw14040@uga.edu.

PhD: Estudia en detalle la relación entre plantas y polinizadores tropicales en una isla de las Seychelles

Oferta compartida por Cristina

Offer Description

Job description:The Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) offers a PhD position to support the research activities in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) project IslandLife (ID: 101054177), led by Prof. Anna Traveset. This is a 5-year research project funded by the ERC that will be developed at the Terrestrial Ecology lab, within the Department of Global Change and Oceanography of IMEDEA.

The tentative title of the PhD thesis will be:

“The connection between network structure and ecosystem functioning: a mechanistic approach to understand the role of the pollinator community in assisting with plant reproduction”

Pollinators provide critical ecosystem functions by pollinating plant species and structuring plant communities, especially in the tropics. Plant-pollinator interactions at the community level can be studied with network approach, which provides insights into how the mutualistic interactions are structured across the community. These structural properties of networks are relatively well-studied, yet we have little understanding how network structure translates into ecosystem functions. This PhD project will aim to understand the contribution of pollinator species towards plant reproductive performance thereby shaping plant community composition. We propose to use a multi-pronged approach including plant and pollinator traits, phylogenies and abundances at the community level to improve our understanding of how network structure (global, meso-, and micro-level properties) explain functional performance of pollinators, and how this performance varies over time.

We will study these detailed mechanistic relationships between plants and pollinators in a relatively small community on the tropical island of Frégate in the Seychelles, where we have detailed pre-existing knowledge of the plant and pollinator community. The research will consist of strong empirical and theoretical components, which require a keen interest in field work and modelling.

This PhD will be co-supervised by project partner Dr Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury, Centre of Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Penryn, UK. Part of the PhD may involve extended visits to the UK to work closely with Dr Kaiser-Bunbury.

Requirements
Research FieldEnvironmental science » EcologyEducation LevelMaster Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications
Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in Biology or Environmental Sciences.
Experience in sampling biological communities, conducting field work in the tropics, and knowledge of plant-animal interactions are desirable but not essential. Ability to withstand harsh field conditions like heavy rain, heat and extensive sun.
Willingness and ability to take responsibility for independent data collection and processing.
Very good statistical skills, including programming in R, are highly desirable but not essential. Ideally, the candidate should have experience with analyzing and interpreting interaction networks.
The applicant must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and proficiency in communicating complex information, orally, in writing and electronically in English. Good command of Spanish is not essential but desirable because the applicant will be part of a research and social community that primarily uses Spanish as their main language.
Ability to work collaboratively and liaise with colleagues and students. Sampling will involve being part of a research team.
Ability to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks for the exchange of information and collaboration.
An understanding of the importance of equality and diversity within an organization and a commitment to help create an inclusive culture.
Willingness to work flexibly to achieve project demands and engage in continuous professional development.
A valid driver’s license.

IMPORTANT: Applications including links to previous works/projects/initiatives that show how the applicant meets these requirements will be given priority.

Specific Requirements


Main tasks:Develop research objectives and detailed proposal for the PhD project
Conduct an extensive literature review
Conduct extensive field work under potentially physically and mentally challenging conditions, including sampling of plant-pollinator interactions, measuring plant and pollinator traits, monitoring plant community composition, evaluating plant reproductive success, identifying plants and pollinators in the field, etc.
Laboratory work, including sorting and processing samples, species identification, potentially repetitive diagnostic work and measurements of seeds, pollen grains, etc.
Analyze and visualize data, including modelling in R.
Publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and disseminate results.
Actively engage in the research group and support the organization in project meetings and conferences throughout the project.
LanguagesENGLISHLevelExcellent
Research FieldBiological sciences » BiodiversityEnvironmental science » Ecology

Additional Information

Benefits
Interdisciplinary and inspiring work environment. Researchers will join a vibrant interdisciplinary team and will work in an interdisciplinary research center, recently accredited as Center of Excellence María de Maeztu by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (https://imedea.uib-csic.es/en/).
Combination of field and lab work in two different countries (Spain and Republic of Seychelles).
Possibility of participating in internal training, learning, and corporate social responsibility activities at IMEDEA.
Possibility of participating in field work in other archipelagos studied within the ERC project.
35-hour work week calendar.
30 days of vacation per year.

Term of contract: Starting in Spring 2023, the position will be for a maximum of 4 years.

Salary: The position will carry competitive salary, matching the academic and professional profile of the applicant, and excellent work conditions. The annual net salary of a PhD contracted by CSIC is 23,064€.

Eligibility criteria


The criteria used to be eligible are indicated in the skills/qualifications section.

Selection process


Applicants should send one PDF document with the following information: Letter of application / motivation, a CV, and the names and email addresses of two referees to the following email address: IslandLife.ERC@gmail.com, noting in the subject of the message “JOB TITLE”

The deadline for applications is January 30th 2023; candidate interviews will start as applications are received.

All applicants will receive an answer before February 15th 2023.

Additional comments


Location: Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, Mallorca, Spain

Additional information: IMEDEA is committed to conciliating research-academic requirements and family duties. Being a center of CSIC, it is particularly concerned with creating equal opportunities for people independently of gender, culture, and race. Anyone with relevant qualifications is therefore strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Work Location(s)
Number of offers available1Company/InstituteCONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICASCountrySpainState/ProvinceMallorca, Balearic IslandsCityEsporlesPostal Code07190StreetMiquel Marqués 21

Where to apply E-mail
IslandLife.ERC@gmail.com

Contact State/Province
Mallorca, Balearic IslandsCity
EsporlesStreet
Miquel Marqués 21Postal Code
07190E-Mail
atraveset@imedea.uib-csic.esPhone
+34 971611718Mobile Phone
+34 680561270

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