Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year.
Utilizing Lincoln Park Zoo’s diverse scientific specialties, the Urban Wildlife Institute (UWI) studies the interaction between urban development and the natural ecosystem to develop scientific standards for minimizing human-wildlife conflict. Landscape ecology, animal behavior, population biology, epidemiology, and other core disciplines contribute to an increased understanding of ecosystem health in an urban setting. The Urban Wildlife Institute aims to use Chicago as a model for wildlife management and coexistence in urban areas.
This position will work closely with UWI’s Assistant Director and Director to develop the connection between the Institute’s broader field research program to on-grounds wildlife management learning programs, and community engagement.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Maintain existing long-term wildlife monitoring programs on zoo grounds and develop new on-grounds research;
- Work in close collaboration with other zoo departments/science centers (i.e., Horticulture, Facilities, Animal Care) to manage wildlife on grounds and mitigate wildlife conflicts;
- Maintain permits necessary for conducting wildlife research and management on zoo-grounds;
- Foster an appreciation of urban nature and effectively communicate UWI’s research and messaging through informal and formal interactions with people of diverse backgrounds (e.g., tours and presentations to donors, zoo visitors, camp groups, and students);
- Develop community science initiatives that engage diverse communities about urban wildlife ecology and research;
- Mentor interns and teens in field research techniques and development of short-term, zoo-based research projects;
- Collaborate with the zoo’s Learning Department by providing relevant expertise to education programs; mentor participating teens in field research techniques and study design;
- Support the Urban Wildlife Institute by assisting with administrative duties.
- Domestic travel for conferences and field projects;
- Support UWI’s field research programs and the Urban Wildlife Information Network (UWIN) by conducting field work, contributing to research design and interpretation, and assisting with equipment purchasing, maintenance, and organization;
- Establish or maintain links with Urban Wildlife Institute partners including other AZA institutions, university research departments, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations where appropriate;
- Attend Lincoln Park Zoo and/or Urban Wildlife Institute-related activities as necessary;
- Disseminate results at local and national scientific professional conferences and in lay and peer-reviewed literature as appropriate;
- Assist with volunteer training and management;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the director of the Urban Wildlife Institute.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Successful candidates must have a demonstrated ability to design, conduct and communicate the results of research and applied programs in wildlife ecology;
- Possess strong knowledge of Illinois fauna; skilled in bird identification;
- Possess strong communication skills; comfortable speaking to large groups of all ages and backgrounds;
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of ecology & epidemiology for collaborative purposes;
- Possess strong computer, organizational (project management), and communication skills (written and spoken);
- Demonstrate a commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and captive populations, and willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to research projects;
- Possess expertise in the specific areas covered in ‘essential job functions’.
- B.S.in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resource Management or a closely related biological discipline is required.
We prefer applicants that:
- Have experience conducting or assisting with wildlife ecological field studies. Preference for those that have conducted field research in an urban environment;
- Have experience supervising volunteers, interns and/or assistants;
- Have experience working in formal or informal education;
- Have experience working in a zoo environment;
- Experience developing or leading community science projects;
- Possess knowledge of and skills to identify Illinois fauna, especially birds.
- Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.
To apply, please include a cover letter describing your interest and fit for this position in addition to your resume.
Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All.
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