In search of a project coordinator to contribute to conservation and recovery of threaten and endangered wildlife species in Illinois.  The project coordinator will take the direction and guidance from the principal investigator and be in charge of field supervision, data acquisition, management and analysis, proposal development, as well as independent research and writing for publications as instructed.  The project coordinator will be of an important research and coordinating role in implementing and evaluating the recovery actions for threatened and endangered species, including osprey and Franklin’s ground squirrel, in the state of Illinois.

The successful candidate must have a M.S. degree in environmental science, wildlife, biology, or related field by December 31, 2014.  Candidate should have a minimum of two seasons of directly related field or professional experience.  Experiences working with mammals and birds of prey, trapping, PIT-tagging, radio-tracking, maintaining field equipment, chainsaw operation, and prescribed burns are preferred.  Experiences with database management, writing reports and journal articles, statistical analysis, and presenting at scientific meetings are also preferred.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, ArcGIS 10.1 or above, GPS, and statistical software packages is highly desirable.  Experience in R or Python programming a plus.  Successful candidate must demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills.  Candidate must have a commitment to high level of work quality, attention to detail, and field personnel and equipment safety.  The individual must be willing to travel, have and maintain a valid driver’s license, and be able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions for long hours.  The work requires the ability to lift loads which may exceed 50 pounds, to traverse outdoor terrain on foot without mechanical assistance, and to negotiate a variety of natural obstacles while carrying or transporting equipment.

This is a full-time, grant-supported visiting academic professional position.  Start date is flexible, but preference will be given to those who can start as soon as possible and no later than March 1.  The duration of the position ends on June 30, 2017, with possibility of extension based on funding.  The continuation of the position also depends on satisfactory performance.  Starting salary is $30,000 per year, with full benefits and annual salary increase.

To apply, please email the following to Dr. Tih-Fen Ting<> as soon as possible.  Review of applications will begin shortly until the position is filled.

1.  Cover letter addressing background and extent of qualifications.
2.  Resume, including contact information for three references.
3.  Transcripts (unofficial or scanned copy acceptable).