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Deputy Science Coordinator - NM - DL

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Job # 9501521
Date Posted: 06-21-2017
Deputy Science Coordinator
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST), is one of the premier environmental and statistical consulting firms in the United States. WEST has a permanent core of professionals with broad experience in basic and applied ecological studies and the sophisticated analysis of natural resource data that allow us to provide original solutions to a wide range of natural resource issues from inventory to permitting to risk assessment to basic research. WEST has an immediate opening for a full-time, Deputy Science Coordinator to the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program (Collaborative Program).  The Collaborative Program is charged with protecting and improving the status of endangered species along the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) of New Mexico while simultaneously protecting existing and future regional water uses. Two species of particular concern are the Rio Grande silvery minnow and the southwestern willow flycatcher. The Collaborative Program is made up of 16 federal, state, interstate, and local agencies; Tribal Nations; stakeholders; and the University of New Mexico. Applicants must be willing to relocate to the Albuquerque, New Mexico area.
Job Description:
The successful candidate will have experience and expertise in environmental consulting and/or wildlife biology/ecology/environmental engineering management and will be responsible for assisting the Science Coordinator in coordinating and managing wildlife and/or fisheries studies, including consulting with Program stakeholders on research and monitoring projects and providing review of study plans, protocols, and reports, as appropriate. The Deputy Science Coordinator will work with a team of other Program staff to assist the Science Coordinator and Program Manager, and the work will include:
  • Assist the Science Coordinator in providing leadership for the Collaborative Program and develop and further the collaborative efforts of the group, with a focus on scientific activities
  • Develop relationships with and maintain open lines of communication with technical experts and scientists who work on the Middle Rio Grande, including those within Program signatory organizations
  • Along with the Program Manager, the Science Coordinator and stakeholder technical experts assist in developing an Adaptive Management Plan for the Middle Rio Grande.
  • Participate in scientific and technical meetings in support of Program monitoring and research
  • Assist the Science Coordinator in helping the client and other Collaborative Program agencies coordinate scientific research and monitoring efforts, including reviewing proposed study and monitoring plans, tracking project timelines and budgets, reviewing deliverables, and QA/QC of data and study results
  • Assist the Science Coordinator in providing scientific guidance to Program signatory organizations as needed.
  • Assist the Science Coordinator in coordinating Program science activities to ensure efficient and effective use of resources, and that the activities are in line with the MRG Adaptive Management Plan
  • Assist in the synthesis and communicate results of projects to the Program Manager, Program Executive Committee and its workgroups
  • Assist the Science Coordinator in supporting the Program Executive Committee and its workgroups in its research and monitoring endeavors, and helping coordinate efforts
  • Provide advice to Program and stakeholder scientists on design ecological studies and field data collection protocols, the most appropriate statistical analysis for a given study design, and interpretation of results
  • Presentation of scientific information and study results in writing (reports and publications) and orally to clients and collaborators
  • Assist in the design and population of databases, design and conduct data quality checks, extract and format data from many sources for analysis, develop statistical models, and analyze data associated with studies of natural resources and wildlife populations
    Collaborate and consult with internal and external colleagues to conduct data analyses for reports and scientific manuscripts
  • Engage in written and oral communications with clients, co-workers, and project managers to understand and clarify study objectives and methods
  • Participate in developing project proposals
  • Develop or assist in the development of project budgets. Provide input on and actively participate in, quality assurance of client data and preparation of databases
This is a general description of the functions for this position and is not inclusive of the duties which may be associated with this position.
The Deputy Science Coordinator we are seeking has a great opportunity to help WEST manage a successful Collaborative Program, start a new office in the Southwestern U.S. and take the next step in our growth as a premier environmental consulting firm. The successful candidate must be a self-starter who possesses:
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree with preference given to those with a specialization in ecology, fisheries or wildlife research  in ecology, natural resources, wildlife or fisheries management, environmental engineering, or a related field, with a preference given to those with a specialization in quantitative analysis and in statistics,  plus 2years of experience. A PhD in one of the above disciplines is desired
    • Avian and/or fisheries and water resource management are the primary areas of technical expertise sought, but experience in wetland and/or riparian ecology, plant ecology, or other areas of ecology or environmental engineering potentially of interest to commercial clients will also be considered
  • Previous project management experience, including budgeting, and report writing experience, professional scientific experience, and a track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, clients, or stakeholders
  • Strong understanding of statistics, particularly with regard to study design validity
  • Experience with statistical software is required. Preference will be given to those with experience in R
  • Experience with SQL Server, data management, and geographical information systems (ArcGIS, QGIS,  etc.) is a plus
  • Experience in the following analytical techniques is a plus: bootstrapping and simulation, spatial analysis, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, and survival analysis
  • Wildlife/fisheries biology/ecology/river systems technical knowledge, and experience with water management in the West, as well as application of the Endangered Species Act
  • Ability to translate complex technical information and concepts to the layperson, and place science in a management and policy context
  • Ability to be a collaborative leader, with a diverse group of stakeholders, manage conflict, and be aware of large political sensitivities and situations
  • Strong, competent writing skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail and accurately report the scientific methods and results of field studies
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Good time management, project management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines
  • Ability to follow instructions from managers and accept guidance and constructive criticism
  • Ability to effectively supervise others
Successful candidates must be able to pass a background check; a pre-employment drug screen; and a DMV records check that meets WEST’s minimum criteria to operate a motor vehicle on behalf of the company. A valid driver’s license will be required. Candidates must adhere to all health and safety requirements.

Join WEST and you will discover a company comprised of dedicated employees, many of which have been part of the WEST family for over a decade. WEST is an employee owned organization with a tradition of professional integrity dedicated to a family atmosphere and a diverse workforce.
Key Benefits:
  • Competitive salary and bonus structure
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and holidays
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • SEP IRA (100% employer contributions)
  • Life insurance, Long Term Disability and AD&D
  • Profit sharing potential
  • Excellent administrative support
  • Flexibility
WEST provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Further, WEST takes affirmative action to ensure that all individuals are treated fairly, and without discrimination, for recruitment, selection, advancement and every other term and privilege associated with employment.

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