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Lead Scientist

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Conservation Science Partners

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Truckee, California

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 23:59:59 GMT

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Job Type Permanent Salary Details $70,000-78,000 Required Experience 2 – 6 years Conservation Science Partners (CSP; ) is seeking a Lead Scientist to provide analytical and project management leadership and client relations support as part of a team of conservation biologists, ecologists, and social scientists working across the U.S. and internationally. Conservation Science Partners is a leader in the fields of conservation biology and landscape ecology, working at the intersection of the latest computational technologies and the environmental sciences. We work in the exciting, complex, and fast-paced non-profit realm where the emphasis of projects is generally on terrestrial ecology and freshwater systems, with applications to human systems (e.g., land and water use, protected areas, social and environmental justice, end-user needs) using tools that include: data science and advanced analytics; disturbance, drought, impacts, or risk analysis; climate change vulnerability analyses; species occupancy and habitat modeling; and wildlife and ecological connectivity analysis, among others. Outcomes of projects are designed to explain ecological phenomena and lead to tools, map products, and strategies often tailored to the needs of decision-makers. The successful candidate will contribute to an internal culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation, creativity, and experimentation, and help to advance the function, direction, and initiatives of the organization. Core responsibilities and skills: The Lead Scientist position brings technical and analytical capacity to a variety of projects, as well as direct and regular engagement and collaboration with core staff, clients, partners, contractors, and other project personnel. Primary responsibilities are expected to include, but not be limited to: Contributing to the design, development, and management of multiple projects simultaneously, as well as leading or guiding advanced technical steps for these efforts. Demonstrated capacity to work in creative collaboration with diverse partners, including core staff, contractors, clients, and others to ensure research questions, methods, and outcomes are clear, and to support appropriate communication, interpretation, translation, and use of scientific products for multiple audiences, including land managers and policy makers. Knowledge of common Geographic Information System data formats and tools to download, process, map, and export such data. Preparing or deriving GIS and other spatial data layers, including metadata, and tabular data sources for use in modeling, reporting, and planning activities, using a variety of tools and cloud-based platforms (e.g., Azure, Google Earth Engine, QGIS, ArcGIS). Developing ecologically relevant statistical models (e.g., species distribution and connectivity models, demographic models, multivariate or hierarchical regression models) using workflows developed in statistical programming languages such as R or Python implemented in platforms such as Azure, Google Earth Engine, Circuitscape, or within a GIS environment. Managing, processing, and utilizing remotely sensed (e.g., Landsat, MODIS, Sentinel) and other spatially referenced (e.g., telemetry, camera) data originating from multiple sources, using workflows and tools enabling reproducibility (e.g., git). Fostering and maintaining positive, respectful communications with clients, research collaborators, graduate students, interns, and project contractors or other personnel. Developing or supporting manuscripts, reports, proposals, and professional presentations. Learning new methods and software for specific projects, as appropriate. Additional desired skills (or willingness and aptitude to receive training): Strong familiarity with land cover (e.g., forest and agricultural) data, climatological andhydrological data, as well as related prioritization-based approaches to public or private landspolicy development and management. Experience with analyses pertaining to climate change impacts, mitigation, and carbondynamics. Experience collaborating meaningfully with indigenous or other under-represented communitiesand non-traditional conservation partners with diverse interests and perspectives. Knowledge of software and workflows to prepare data for visualization and dashboards servedon the web. We encourage you to apply even if you do not bring existing expertise in every listed skill and responsibility. We welcome the broader complement of knowledge and skills that stem from applicants’ professional and life experiences. We seek a candidate with deep curiosity directed toward diverse research interests, as well as aptitude and enthusiasm to develop new skills and areas of expertise. We want to help you grow and, in return, for you to help CSP grow into a well-rounded, inclusive organization. Required qualifications: MSc or PhD (or equivalent experience) in ecology, conservation biology, or a related field AND a minimum of three years of research or professional experience. HOW TO APPLY Application deadline and expected start date: Priority will be given to complete applications received by March 5, 2021, with screening to begin soon thereafter; interviews in the first half of March, and an ideal start date of no later than April 5, 2021. Location: This position is intended to be based in Truckee, CA. Due to the ongoing, fluid situation with the risks of COVID-19 transmission, and CSP’s interest in reducing such risks, we will consider a remotely stationed individual. Ideally, if and when the risks are sufficiently reduced, and if the candidate and CSP staff are comfortable, we would like to revisit the location of this position. Truckee is 30 minutes from Reno, NV. The Reno-Truckee area offers a high quality of life near natural beauty, a vibrant evolving city, outdoor recreation, excellent educational institutions, and a convenient international airport. Compensation: The Lead Scientist salary range is $70,000-$78,000 depending on experience. We offer a comprehensive group medical, dental, and vision insurance package; retirement benefits; and professional growth and advancement opportunities.