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Research Project /Field Station Leader

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: North Dakota

Posting Date: 11 Aug 14

Closing Date: 10 Nov 14

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services (USDA-APHIS-WS) program is expected to recruit a Research Project/Field Station Leader for its North Dakota field station. The official announcement is expected to be posted in late fall 2014.

NWRC provides science-based solutions to the complex issues of wildlife damage management as related to agriculture, human health and safety (including wildlife disease), natural resources, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species.

NWRC's North Dakota field station conducts research to develop information and tools for managing bird depredations on ripening grain and fruit crops and collaborates with other scientists on issues related to bird-borne diseases at feedlots and dairies. For more information on current NWRC research efforts, please visit

The Research Project/Field Station Leader plays a key role in determining research priorities for the field station and graduate students supported by the project. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with faculty at North Dakota State University (NDSU) and interact with a broad range of stakeholders.

Research entails a variety of species and objectives, including the following:
• Assessing and developing methods to manage the impacts of blackbirds and starlings on agriculture (sunflowers, rice, other seed and fruit crops, feedlots and dairies)
• Developing uses of unmanned aerial systems for surveillance and hazing of bird crop pests
• Mitigating impacts of oil and gas development on wildlife

The following skills, expertise and experience are desirable:
• Ph.D. in biological or wildlife sciences
• Good people skills to interact and communicate with diverse stakeholders
• Field research experience with birds
• Applied experience managing wildlife
• Knowledge of animal behavior and learning
• Quantitative skills entailing GIS and spatial analyses
• Radio-telemetry skills to determine local and migratory movements of birds
• Knowledge and skills using basic statistics/experimental design/Bayesian analyses/multivariate analyses

Position Location

The main duty station for this position is on the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND, with a satellite office co-located with the WS Operations office in Bismarck, ND.

Project staff conduct research throughout the United States. The successful candidate is expected to qualify for faculty status in the NDSU Department of Biological Sciences.


The initial salary ranges from $57,982 to $69,487 plus benefits, depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Subsequent promotion potential is subject to periodic review by a Research Grade Evaluation Panel.

To Apply

The position is expected to be advertised in November/December on the USAJobs ( and NWRC websites as an Interdisciplinary Research Biologist/Wildlife Biologist (GS-0401/0486). To apply, please visit the website and submit the appropriate forms.


Contact Information:

Interested candidates may contact:
Dr. Mark Tobin, Assistant Director
Phone: 970-266-6036

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