Postdoctoral Position: Science Coordinator for the WildCAM Network
We seek a postdoctoral scholar to help lead an emerging network of wildlife camera trapping in British Columbia. The network—Wildlife Cameras for Adaptive Management, or WildCAM—is aiming to improve terrestrial wildlife management through supporting and coordinating camera trap surveys and analyses across large regions in BC and beyond. A diverse set of researchers and practitioners using camera traps have formed the network and identified the need to develop and communicate best practices in data collection, processing, sharing, and synthesis.
We seek a Science Coordinator to work with the WildCAM Steering Committee in developing and delivering science-based advice and tools for building the network. Duties and deliverables may include:
• Reviewing and communicating best practices in camera trap methodology based on scientific literature and expert opinion.
• Developing “proof-of-concept” case studies demonstrating the benefits of a network, such as synthesizing data or coordinating sampling designs across multiple projects.
• Developing, applying or advising on methods and tools to improve the efficiency of data collection and management (e.g. shared protocols, cloud database, automated image processing, data analysis programming).
• Preparing proposals, fundraising, and mentoring junior researchers/staff to support network activities.
• Communicating and coordinating across Steering Committee and network members (e.g. organizing conference calls, meetings, website updates).
The position will be based in the Wildlife Coexistence Lab at the University of British Columbia (wildlife.forestry.ubc.ca), under the direct supervision of Dr. Cole Burton. However, the position will also report to WildCAM Steering Committee members (https://wildcams.ca/about-us), and will be expected to work closely with these partners and other members of the network, particularly the BC Parks Foundation (https://bcparksfoundation.ca/).
Desired qualifications include:
• PhD (or MSc with commensurate experience) in wildlife ecology, ecological methodology, conservation biology, or similar field.
• Experience conducting field surveys with camera traps and analyzing camera trap data.
• Experience working with software programs/platforms such as R, Python, Github, JAGS, PostgresSQL, HTML/Java, Compute Canada or other cloud-based servers.
• Proven track record with both peer-reviewed publication and scientific communication for non-technical audiences.
• Motivation to apply science to address conservation and management challenges.
• Able to work independently and as part of a team with diverse partners.
• Effective communicator to diverse audiences.
The position is available to start as soon as possible and funding is available for 1 year at a salary of $55K + benefits (contingent on a successful Mitacs Accelerate application). There is a strong potential for extending the position for multiple years, contingent on successful fundraising.
Applications should be submitted as a single pdf attachment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “WildCAM Science Coordinator”, and should include: 1) 1-page cover letter stating your interest and key qualifications, 2) CV including contact information for 3 references, and 3) 2-4 examples of scientific and/or non-technical writing.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.