Human Dimensions Research Technician – Beach Recreation & Shorebirds

Location: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina
Salary: $380/week. Free housing will be provided at Dewees Island
Duration: August 28th to September 30th

Responsibilities: Assist graduate student in administering human dimensions surveys to beachgoers in an effort to better understand human activities that may disturb shorebirds. Work includes: collecting on-site human observational data, conducting social science surveys with beachgoers, interacting with the public, data entry, database maintenance.

Qualifications: Seeking a candidate interested in integrating social science with natural resource management, human dimensions of conservation, and wildlife biology. The candidate must be pursuing or have completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Conservation, Environmental Science/Studies, Wildlife Biology, Social Sciences, or a related field. The applicant must be able to adapt to a flexible work schedule, which will involve working early mornings and weekends. Preferred applicants should have the ability to work in coastal field settings and/or inclement weather (including heat, humidity, and direct sun). Must be comfortable approaching and speaking with people, as this will encompass the majority of the technician’s work. Must have good interpersonal skills and experience interacting with the public. Preferred qualifications include experience using Microsoft Office and Excel and college course-work in human dimensions, environmental interpretation, or the social sciences. Technician will be required to pass background check and driving record check.

Contact: Please email applications to Carolyn Comber at ccomber1@vt.edu by August 16th . Please include a cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications, resume, and three references (including email addresses and phone numbers).

 


National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator – Research Associate

The National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator will serve as the National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator.

The Coordinator will:

1) identify social science research priorities within the bird conservation community; 2) connect those bird conservation partnerships needing social science support with appropriate social scientists and other resources; 3) serve as a liaison between researchers and bird conservation professionals on high priority bird conservation social science study teams; 4) collaborate with other social scientists to develop resources and tools to increase social science knowledge and capacity within the bird conservation community;5) interpret, synthesize, and translate results from social sciences that are relevant to bird conservation; 6) provide expert review for bird conservation-related social science surveys and other types of products; and 7) coordinate and translate social science research relevant to bird conservation on topics with broad transferability. In 2018-2020 projects will focus on 1) a study of private landowners’ behaviors and participation in the Conservation Reserve Program and 2) a study of wildlife recreationists (i.e., hunters, anglers, viewers, and birdwatchers.

The Coordinator will serve as the co-chair of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s (NABCI) Human Dimensions Subcommittee and coordinate relevant priorities as identified in NABCI’s Strategic Plan and the subcommittee’s work plan.  He/she will work closely with the NABCI partners and Joint Ventures. Additionally, the Coordinator will regularly engage with other human dimensions and communications groups within the bird conservation community including the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s Human Dimensions Working Group/Public Engagement Team and other agencies’ human dimensions specialists (e.g., the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System’s Human Dimensions Branch, state agency HD specialists).

The position requires frequent travel throughout Virginia and the US.

Required Qualifications:

M.S. in social sciences related to conservation, natural resources, and/or wildlife management. Knowledge of social science (e.g., psychology, sociology) concepts, principles, and methods as applied to wildlife or other natural resource management sufficient to identify research needs, provide technical support, develop project methods, analyze data, write reports, and present technically accurate and actionable results. Demonstrated experience building relationships with decision-makers and ensuring social science results are applied to conservation planning, program development, and policy. Experience communicating scientific results and methods to conservation professionals through trainings and web-based materials. Experience in project coordination and management of complex projects involving multiple stakeholders. Expertise in qualitative and quantitative social science data collection methods (i.e., surveys, interviews, focus groups), data analysis, and statistical programs (e.g., SPSS).Demonstrated skills in collaborating with others on teams to accomplish shared objectives. Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in social science related to conservation, natural resources, and/or wildlife management or at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.

Knowledge of bird conservation partnerships and initiatives. Experience conducting social science research to better understand key audiences who affect bird conservation, including recreationists, private landowners or public land managers. Experience with social-ecological research, integrating methods and results from multiple disciplines.

Familiarity with private lands issues and Farm Bill conservation programs. Experience designing and leading trainings about social science results and methods to conservation professionals with a biological background. Experience in aiding conservation professional or stakeholders in identifying shared priorities or research needs. Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects and associated timelines

To apply, please complete the online application at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/87683 by the preferred review date of July 16, 2018.  If you have any questions please email Dr. Ashley Dayer at dayer@vt.edu.

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