Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International Biodiversity Researcher Job Vacancy in Rwanda

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is seeking a talented scientist to join our biodiversity research program. The position is based out of the Karisoke Research Center, located in Musanze, Rwanda, and is an opportunity to work in the biodiversity-rich forests of Rwanda and eastern DR Congo.  The successful applicant will join a team of over 100 field workers and three PhD scientists working at the Fossey Fund’s three field sites in Rwanda and in DR Congo.  It is anticipated to be a two year position with potential for extension and/or long-term collaboration.

The successful candidate will work on applied projects relating to biodiversity (excluding gorillas) assessment and monitoring and there is also the potential to work in areas related to ecosystem restoration, water management, land use planning and climate-change adaptation planning.  Primary position responsibilities will include evaluating current biodiversity monitoring and other research programs for key indicator species and adapting as appropriate; evaluating threats to biodiversity conservation; identifying and coordinating collaborative research opportunities; identifying and applying for grant funding to support programs; mentoring staff and students in biodiversity research; publishing and presenting results of studies to variety of audiences (management, scientists, tourists).  

We are looking for a motivated individual with a strong science background and excellent communication skills to join our team. A PhD in a biology, wildlife ecology, or related field and experience working in a field setting is required.  Important skills include proficiencies with GIS and spatial analysis; database use and management; data analysis and modelling platforms such as R or Python; publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The candidate must be able to synthesize information from a variety of sources and communicate findings clearly in technical reports, scientific publications and presentations.  The ideal candidate will have experience in some of the following areas:
  • Strong field identification skills for wildlife and plants (desirable)
  • Setting up long-term biodiversity monitoring programs through direct and indirect (e.g. camera traps) assessment;
  • Assessing landscape physical and ecological change over time using contemporary and historical data sources;
  • Applying original research to develop management strategies;
  • Sophisticated statistical analysis, including population modeling;
  • Project or task management, including overseeing staff, budgets, schedules, and deliverables
  • Establishing collaborations and leading partnerships;
  • Scientific mentoring of staff and students;

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references by August 15th to hlaw@gorillafund.org.  Please include “biodiversity research position” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.   

About the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa, through research, conservation action, education and partnerships.  Founded by Dian Fossey as the Digit Fund and renamed after her death, the Fossey Fund operates the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda, and maintains a staff of 120 who work in and around the Volcanoes National Park.  DFGFI also employs a staff of 30 individuals operating at two field sites in eastern DR Congo and participates in critical conservation, health, and community development projects in both Rwanda and DRC.  For more information about DFGFI, visit www.gorillafund.org.

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