Employment Opportunity

DRAFT Position Announcement:

Cooperative Mule Deer Biologist

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Arizona Game & Fish Department (AGFD) have created a Cooperative Mule Deer Biologist position to be located at the AGFD Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.

The position will be hired by the Mule Deer Foundation and will work directly for staff of the MDF in close coordination with the AGFD and USGS.

Duties:  Primary tasks will include: 1) utilization of the ArcGIS enterprise platform to support project geospatial data and analysis needs with a focus on connectivity corridor mapping and modeling; 2) coordinating regularly with biologists and project leads to assess geospatial data and application requirements while suggesting preferred spatial analyses and techniques; 3) coordination and support of research and habitat improvement opportunities throughout the state where such actions will benefit mule deer, elk and pronghorn and other wildlife, especially in corridors and winter range; and 4) represent Arizona on a multi-agency Corridor Mapping Team; 5) identify collaborative contracting opportunities that the MDF and AGFD may choose to pursue. The position will have a 75-25 office:field ratio, but may vary by season.

The individual will be a MDF employee and all benefits, worker’s compensation, insurance etc. will be covered by MDF. The individual will also work closely with the MDF Arizona Regional Director and MDF Volunteers.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A general qualification guideline for this position is a Bachelor of Science Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Wildlife Biology, Range Management, Forestry or other Natural Resource discipline and at least 3 years professional experience.

Preference will be given to a GIS Professional certified individual, or an individual with advanced GIS education to include but not limited to knowledge of geospatial and relational database design, maintenance, and querying.

Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with MDF, USFS, BLM, USGS, Arizona State Land Department, AGFD biologists, and other partner agencies.

Knowledge of range science and wildlife ecology including the ability to develop habitat project plans that include wildlife connectivity objectives.

Must be able to synthesize and balance needs of mule deer and other conservation opportunities.

Foundational knowledge in biology and management of mule deer, pronghorn, and elk.

Knowledge of Southwest flora and fauna communities.

Position requires working in remote/rugged areas, successful applicant needs to be willing to work alone in inclement weather and adverse conditions.

Must be a self‐starter who can work independently.

Ability to manage multiple project tasks simultaneously.

Familiarity with programming and database management in R and ArcGIS.

Must be willing and able to perform administrative work in a controlled environment/office setting for an eight‐hour workday.

Working knowledge of statistical approaches to wildlife science, spatial analyses, Google Suite, and GIS mapping software.

Excellent verbal/written skills.

Position will start after March 1, 2019. The position is anticipated to have a duration of two (2) years with potential of extension. MDF provides a benefits package that includes, health insurance, and 401K.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information in one Microsoft Word or PDF document to Miles Moretti at miles@muledeer.org.

Mule Deer Foundation