Advanced Wildlife Survey and GIS Technician: Arctic Beringia Program

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks candidates for the position of advanced wildlife survey and geographic information system (GIS) technician in their Arctic Beringia Program. This full-time, one-year position will be located in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The successful candidate will provide GIS, data management, and field assistance to the Dall's sheep monitoring program of the National Park Service (NPS) Arctic Inventory and Monitoring Network (ARCN) and associated aerial distance sampling survey work conducted by ARCN, the Central Alaska Network (CAKN), the Western Arctic National Parklands (WEAR), Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR), Denali National Park and Preserve (DENA), Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (LACL), and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST). The position will provide linkages between the NPS wildlife objectives and those of the WCS in the region, including work on predator/prey interactions, especially as they relate to wolverines, and outreach to hunters and their communities.

Principle responsibilities include:

  • Revise GIS tools and associated protocols for data collection and management;
  • Produce geodatabases, maps, and data collection forms for the 2017 surveys;
  • Participate in field logistics and activities;
  • Lead data compilation and processing from all sheep surveys into NPS databases;
  • Assist with meetings and outreach for local communities and subsistence advisory groups; and
  • Provide GIS and spatial analytical support for WCS projects.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's or Master's degree in a wildlife research or management field, wildlife aerial survey and GIS experience, the ability to pass a federal government background check, and the ability to complete any needed aviation and backcountry safety training for field work within the national parks.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Good understanding of large mammal ecology in the Arctic;
  • Ability to work on repetitive computer and GIS tasks;
  • Experience with aerial survey work in small planes;
  • Knowledge of planning field logistics;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team;
  • Advanced GIS skills, including programming;
  • Understanding and proficiency in databases, including Structured Query Language (SQL) and Microsoft Access;
  • Ability to work independently toward accomplishing specific goals;
  • Ability to work in remote camps, bug and bear territory, cold weather, and snowy travel;
  • Willingness to work remotely for periods of time up to one month; and
  • Experience with modern data collection applications and hardware is a plus.

This position will remain open until filled.

Position start date: 15 March 2017.

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