Job Announcement & Description: Lead Scientist

Job announcement and description: Lead Scientist

The Lead Scientist position provides a combination of analytical and project management leadership and support engaging as part of a team of ecologists for landscape and conservation planning projects, with emphasis on the U.S.

The work requires highly creative quantitative thinking and includes developing models, tools, and maps using remotely sensed imagery, cutting-edge spatial analysis and statistics, and advanced techniques in GIS, database applications, and programming. The emphasis of projects is generally on terrestrial ecology but includes freshwater systems as well as interactions with human systems (e.g., land use, protected areas, social networks) using analyses such as disturbance, impacts or risk; climate change vulnerability; species occupancy modeling, and habitat/space use or movement of species. In this context, CSP has been working to cultivate an internal culture of innovation and creativity to more precisely define the function, direction, and branding of the organization.

Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Conducting advanced statistical and spatial analyses
  • Contributing to the design, development, and management of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Fostering, maintaining, and directing communications with clients, research collaborators, graduate students, interns, and project personnel, as appropriate
  • Developing or supporting manuscripts, reports, proposals, and professional presentations
  • Providing project management and other logistical support to projects and key personnel, as needed
  • Preparing GIS and other spatial data layers, including metadata, and tabular data sources for use in modeling, reporting, and planning activities
  • Managing, processing, mapping, and utilizing remotely sensed and other spatially referenced (e.g., telemetry, camera) data originating from multiple sources
  • Developing ecological metrics (e.g., dependent and independent variables for models) of interest using biological and spatially referenced data and associated tools (e.g., GIS or R based spatial statistics and regression models)
  • Learning new approaches, methods and software, as appropriate

Required qualifications: MS or PhD in ecology or conservation biology, or a related field. One to three years of additional research or professional experience in the field is preferred. Applied experience using advanced spatial analysis, statistical modeling, and mapping methods is a plus. Demonstrated experience acquiring and processing remotely sensed images, as well as a strong grounding in field work in western ecosystems are highly desirable.

Expected start date: January 2017

Deadline to apply: Position open until filled

Location: This position is located in Fort Collins, CO. Salary: A highly competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: CSP offers a comprehensive group medical, dental, and vision insurance package, as well as retirement benefits.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for three professional references to davet@csp‐ Please place LEAD SCIENTIST POSITION in the subject line. Applications will be handled electronically and by email only.

Conservation Science Partners, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer.