The Urban Wildlife Institute, located at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois, is hiring for a Coordinator of Wildlife Management position. The Urban Wildlife Institute studies the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem to develop scientific standards for minimizing human-wildlife conflict. We use landscape ecology, population biology, epidemiology, endocrinology, veterinary medicine and other core disciplines to contribute to an increased understanding of ecosystem health in an urban setting. The Urban Wildlife Institute aims to use Chicago as a model for
wildlife management (relocation, rehabilitation, disease and conflicts) in urban areas.

This position will work closely with the Institute’s Director to develop the connection of the Institute’s work in the field to work on zoo grounds, and to educational programs, and will also provide administrative support and oversight to the Urban Wildlife Institute and a new nationwide urban wildlife data collection initiative.

Manage on-grounds research and wildlife monitoring programs with the Urban Wildlife Institute, with specific emphasis on species at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Nature Boardwalk including black-crowned night herons. Develop and coordinate new field studies on zoo-grounds in conjunction with the Urban Wildlife Institute’s mission and strategic objectives. Perform administrative tasks such as report preparation, permit acquisition, and data management for the Urban Wildlife Institute and a new initiative gathering urban wildlife data across the nation.

Domestic travel for conferences and field projects; Establish or maintain links with Urban Wildlife Institute partners including
other AZA institutions, university research departments, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations where appropriate; Advise research interns when appropriate; Disseminate results at zoological and scientific professional conferences and in lay and peer-reviewed literature as appropriate; Perform other duties as assigned by the director of the Urban Wildlife Institute.

Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to design, conduct and communicate the results of research and applied programs in wildlife ecology; Knowledge of permit application process  Possess strong communication skills
Demonstrate a basic understanding of ecology for collaborative purposes (active research in these disciplines preferred);
Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken); Experience with and willingness to perform administrative tasks as listed in job functions, and strong attention to detail necessary to support multiple projects with a large number of collaborative partners.

Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to conservation research projects.

Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resource Management or a closely related biological discipline is required.

Experience with wildlife ecological studies.  Preference for those that have:
-Conducted field research in urban environments.
-Incorporated GIS applications in their work.
-Knowledge of Illinois fauna.
-Used Program R and Microsoft Access.
-Experience in participating and/or leading large collaborative projects/workshops.
-Experience supervising volunteers, interns and/or assistants.
-Experience working in a zoo environment

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Questions can be directed to Seth Magle at smagle AT