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EMPLOYER:  Wildlife Management Institute (WMI)
LOCATION:  Shepherdstown, West Virginia
WEBSITE:  applcc.org
JOB CATEGORY:  Limited Term Employment (3-year)
SALARY: $96,794 to $112,926
START DATE: immediate
LAST DATE TO APPLY: Initial screening of applicants will begin July 1,
2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Wildlife Management Institute is accepting applications on behalf of
the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (AppLCC) for a 3-year,
full-time limited-term position as Science Coordinator.  This position is
based at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown,
WV.  The incumbent will report to the AppLCC Coordinator, also located at

The Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other
land and natural resource management partner organizations have organized a
coordinated network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) to develop
shared science capacity for partners and link science to conservation
decisions to address major challenges to sustaining natural and cultural
resources in the face of landscape-level threats including climate change.

The AppLCC is a partnership of State and Federal agencies, non-governmental
organizations, university and research partners, and existing regional
conservation partnerships across a 15-state geographic extent stretching
from southern New York to northern Alabama and Georgia, and east-to-west
from Virginia to lower portions of Illinois and Indiana.  Cooperative
members and key partners work together to identify and address common
science needs, build capacity to utilize and share information and tools,
and to help plan and coordinate natural and cultural resource conservation
actions across the region based on the best available science and share
commitment and resource conservation priorities.


This position serves as the Science Coordinator (SC) for the Appalachian
Landscape Conservation Cooperative (AppLCC), and is supervised by the LCC
Coordinator through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).  This
involves coordination with organizations throughout the LCC conservation
community to initiate, facilitate, integrate, and communicate LCC work and
activities that address limiting factors affecting fish and wildlife and
cultural resources.  Work and activities relate to several primary
functional aspects of Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) implementation
and administration, including biological planning, conservation design,
assumption-driven research, and monitoring/evaluation.  The social
components of conservation planning are also integrated into the work of
the SC including an understanding and ability to communicate the human
benefits of ecosystem services and preservation of cultural, historic and
national heritage resources.  The SC (1) works collaboratively with State
agencies, DOI bureaus and other Federal agencies, tribes, and other
research or non-governmental organizations as appropriate; (2) represents
the interests of the Cooperative members and conservation community in a
variety of professional fora; (3) plays a key role as liaison among these
agencies, organizations, and partnerships; (4) develops, maintains and
advances strategic, landscape-oriented, science-based, partnership-driven
integrated natural resource and land conservation efforts.


The SC plays a key role in collaboratively developing, maintaining, and
advancing a strategic, landscape-oriented, partnership-driven approach to
integrated fish and wildlife and priority resource conservation by
initiating, facilitating, integrating, coordinating, overseeing and
communicating the LCC’s, conservation planning and design work,
capacity-building and science-delivery, and coordination of collaborative
activities and communication.  Work and activities relate to several
primary functional aspects of SHC implementation, including scientific and
technical coordination of biological planning, conservation design,
assumption-driven research, and monitoring and evaluation; includes
partnership development and national and international coordination.

*1.  National and International Coordination:*  Ensures landscape
conservation efforts are coordinated across geographic areas/boundaries;
collaborates within a seamless national network of LCCs and represents the
interests of the Cooperative members and key partnerships across landscape
conservation initiatives and other national conservation and climate
adaptation efforts.  The SC will serve on or advise various ad hoc or
standing committees working on landscape conservation issues at local,
regional, national and international levels.

*2.  Science and Technology Support: * Provides scientific and technical
coordination support in progressively refining the scientific and technical
underpinning of conservation strategies, plans, and tools for species,
cultural resources, habitats, and ecological systems within the LCC
boundary and regions.  Collaborates and explores innovative means to
leverage human and financial assets among agencies, organizations, and
partnerships to help implement the functional elements of the SHC
framework, in pursuit of sustainable landscapes.

   - *Biological Planning:*  Facilitates scientific expertise and
   coordination and leadership in developing and refining the biological
   foundation underlying fish and wildlife conservation strategies and plans.
   This duty includes coordinating, facilitating, and conducting the
   science-based planning and assessments necessary to establish explicit
   population/on-the-ground habitat objectives for representative species that
   are linked to population goals and objectives as identified by the
   Cooperative.  Linkages should take the form of documented assumptions
   grounded in transparent, repeatable, and the most defensible methodologies
   available.  Develops through coordination, habitat suitability models that
   link population response with measurable habitat variables and with habitat
   management prescriptions.  Provides coordination support in spatial data
   development and analysis and desktop or web-based applications supporting
   biological planning at the scale of the assigned geography as well as
   site-scale conservation actions.  A strong understanding of the observed
   and projected climate change and advances in natural resource adaptation
   will serve as a strong underpinning at the national level and across the
   LCC network.

   - *Conservation Design:*  Provides leadership for conservation plans and
   tools that integrate biological goals and objectives established for
   species groups; management practices, and/or ecological functions and
   processes.  Coordinates the development and refinement of landscape-level
   conservation priorities and decision support tools to facilitate
   conservation planning at multiple spatial and temporal scales and to guide
   the implementation of private, state, and federal conservation programs.

   - *Science Translation, Conservation Adoption, and Conservation
   Delivery:*  Supports the integration, translation, and adoption of
   cooperative-based outputs from biological planning and conservation design
   (spatially explicit decision support tools) into existing projects and
   programs among organizations, agencies, and partnerships.  Facilitates
   development of new interagency projects and programs and seeks out and
   works with existing conservation delivery programs and partnerships to
   formulate policies, programs, and budgets that take advantage of new
   opportunities to deliver conservation on the ground.  Coordinates with
   existing programs and partners to translate science-based habitat
   objectives into objectives that provide guidance and direction to the
   implementation of private, state, and federal conservation programs on both
   public and private lands.  Helps develop adaptation demonstration
   projects.  Development of on-line, asynchronous training courses to help
   build and expand the community’s capacity and ability to best utilize
   science information and tools is an integral part of the translational role
   of the SC.

   - *Decision-based Monitoring:*  Facilitates scientific expertise and
   coordination support in development of sound procedures and protocols for
   monitoring habitat change and population response to refine the linkage
   between regional population goals and population-based habitat objectives.
   Works to develop of geospatial datasets to track conservation actions
   implemented by the private, state, and federal conservation community.
   Develops means and methods to monitor and assess the change in fish and
   wildlife sustainability based on land use and land cover changes and
   document the sources of change (e.g., urban sprawl, climate change,
   policy).  Applies the use of geospatial and remote sensing technology to
   monitor and evaluate biological and programmatic performance at multiple
   spatial and temporal scales.  Facilitates technology support to include
   data management systems for collecting, storing, managing, retrieving, and
   disseminating data and information flowing from collaborative monitoring
   efforts.  Coordinates closely with all relevant inventory and monitoring

   - *Assumption-driven Research: * Facilitates technical expertise and
   collaborates with the scientific community on research projects focused
   explicitly on the key biological and spatial-data assumptions and
   uncertainties documented in biological planning and conservation design.
   Coordinates the development of spatial and relational datasets that support
   statistically valid study designs and the analysis of priority research

 *3.  Partnership Development and Coordination:*  Through well-developed
interpersonal communication skills and expertise, provides leadership in
creating, guiding, facilitating, and nurturing an interdependent network
among the State and federal conservation agencies, sister bureaus in the
Department of Interior, and Service programs, as well as other agencies,
organizations, and partnerships sufficient to support the iterative,
interagency application of the SHC Framework and integration of planning
and consultative processes.  Serves as a liaison and provides a forum for
private, state, and federal entities interested in a sustainable assigned
geography to exchange ideas, information, and technology; strong ability to
integrate scientific disciplines and to actively engage in leveraging and
targeting their collective assets to achieve desired landscape conditions.


Education:  completion of graduate-level degree (preference to PhD and
highest preference to post-doctoral-level research or research management

Experience:  preference will be given to those applicant who demonstrate
experience and success in:

   1. *Scientific training and expertise:* applying advanced theories,
   principles, concepts, practices, standards, and methods towards the
   conservation of biological diversity,  ecosystem management of species and
   their habitats or to sustain natural resources;
   2. *Planning at multiple spatial and temporal scales: *application of
   landscape ecology, landscape conservation, and adaptive resource management
   and to conservation involving multiple partners, sectors, or agencies;
   3. *New trends in conservation: *demonstrating an understanding of, and
   exposure to, the mission and natural resources programs, combined with an
   understanding of strategic planning, adaptive management and US FWS
   Strategic Habitat Conservation framework and efforts to address climate
   change within the federal agencies or national initiatives, in order to
   provide expert advice, determine compliance, and evaluate the need for and
   propose corrective actions; and
   4. *Wildlife and Natural Resource Management:* multi-scale
   population-based planning, designing, coordinating, conducting, reporting
   on, and evaluating scientific studies, related to landscape conservation
   and adaptive management in meeting goals and objectives of state, national,
   and international conservation efforts.
   5. *Geospatial and modeling approaches:* Technical skills in geospatial
   information systems and analysis, application of climate modeling
   projections, data management, landscape-level or system-level modeling, and
   experience using or programming in open-source programming are highly


This position requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical
strain.  The work environment is an office setting and only involves
infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.  Frequent travel throughout
the Appalachian LCC region and occasional nationally or international
travel is required.


The salary range for this position is $96,794 to $112,926, including
adjusted salary for benefits self-provision, commensurate with education
and professional experience.  This position will be classified as a limited
term employee of the WMI.  Direct supervision of day-to-day activities will
be provided by the AppLCC Coordinator.

Limited-term employees are defined as employees of WMI retained to provide
a specific scope of services as defined within one or more grants or
contracts awarded to WMI.  WMI bases your employment upon your skills and
knowledge and ability to achieve desired outcomes defined by AppLCC.

As a limited term employee:

   - You will be expected to work full-time with an average of 37 hours per
   week in any 12-month period.
   - You will be eligible for WMI 401(k) retirement benefits and WMI will
   provide workers’ compensation, general liability protection, and
   professional liability protection and unemployment insurance benefits.  WMI
   will withhold taxes including social security.
   - WMI will not provide health or dental insurance or benefits.  However
   your salary will be adjusted to compensate for self-provision of those
   - Total annual compensation will reflect your base salary plus the
   amount contributed to your 401(k) by WMI.  In addition to salary but
   contingent upon the funding available within the contract or grant that
   defines your scope of services, WMI will reimburse you for any travel
   expenses that are necessary and reasonable to perform the duties assigned
   to you.
   - Your employment will be “at-will,” which means that either you or WMI
   can end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason or no
   reason, with or without notice.
   - Relocation costs, if any, will be the responsibility of the individual


Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, not to exceed 2 pages,
resumes, transcripts and/or other documentation to Pat Ruble
<pruble at wildlifemgt.org> (pruble at wildlifemgt.org).

The cover letter must address the following points:

   - Your understanding of, and interest in supporting, Landscape
   Conservation Cooperatives, including  prior experience working with any of
   the 22 LCC’s, DOI Climate Science Centers, regional fish habitat
   partnerships or bird joint ventures, or related work with FWS or natural
   resource partners programs.
   - Your experience with collaborative processes and efforts to work in
   teams or facilitate large stake-holder consultation, planning, and
   prioritization efforts.
   - Experience in the identification of science needs at a programmatic-
   vs. project-level, preparation of research proposals and grant
   administration and project management and reporting, and analysis and
   publication and public presentation of scientific research results.
   - How your education and prior experience have prepared you to fulfill
   the duties of this position.

 Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled.  Candidates may be invited to prepare a web
presentation and conference and briefing materials as part of the selection
and interview process.

For further information, please contact: Pat Ruble <pruble at wildlifemgt.org>(
pruble at wildlifemgt.org).

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