The successful applicant will develop optimal monitoring strategies and an adaptive management framework evaluating the affect of climate change on our ability to manage migratory water-bird habitat through adaptive management and monitoring. The project will focus on National Wildlife Refuge wetlands in regions 6 and 7.

The project will include:
- Estimating the temporal and spatial variance in a suite of climate driven habitat metrics (e.g. lake drying, river flow, flooding frequencies);
- Collaborating with refuge personnel, managers, and researchers to formulate a set of objectives, management alternatives, and conceptual models for developing an adaptive management framework;
- Evaluating the implications of variance in climate-driven habitat metrics for adaptive monitoring and management strategies; and
- Communicating results to collaborating refuges, managers, and the scientific community.

Desirable qualifications include experience in structured decision-making, adaptive management, optimization methods (e.g.
stochastic dynamic programming), ecological monitoring design, demographic modeling, or quantitative ecology. Knowledge of waterfowl and wetland ecosystems would also be valuable. Ability to work independently and cooperatively as well as strong interpersonal, written, oral, and communication skills required. Must have a PhD degree in quantitative ecology, wildlife biology, statistics, or related discipline.

Start date is flexible; position may begin as early as Monday, 1 March 2010. Position is for 12 months with possibility of extension for an additional 12 months.

To apply for this position, please go to and search for Posting Number '0057152'. The complete application will include cover letter, statement of research interests, transcripts (may be unofficial), curriculum vitae, and name and contact information (address, phone number, and email) for three professional references.

For additional information, please search for Posting Number '0057152'

Or contact:
Christine Hunter
Phone: 907-474-6743

Brad Griffith
Phone: 907-474-5067