Conservation Scientist: Rapid Inventories
The rapid inventory team conducts surveys of remote wilderness areas and provides social and biological information to decision-makers to help establish effective conservation areas. Based out of The Field Museum—one of the world’s largest natural history museums—our team of biologists and social scientists works in close collaboration with conservation organizations, indigenous and campesino peoples, universities and museums, and national and regional governments.
Since launching the program in 1999 we have completed rapid inventories in 28 different locations —20 of them in the Andes-Amazon region of South America—and provided the Peruvian, Bolivian, and Ecuadorian governments with technical support for the creation of 18 new conservation areas.
The Conservation Scientist is an expert in a biological, geological or geographical field. We are looking for scientists with South American expertise and a strong passion for the Andes-Amazon region, who value concrete conservation results above other scientific achievements. We are interested in experts in mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, fishes, flora or geology, hydrology, and soils, and candidates with GIS and/or remote sensing skills are an added plus.
The Conservation Scientist will work within the Andes-Amazon program of the Keller Science Action Center, together with other biologists and social scientists on the inventory team, and will have great opportunities to collaborate with other scientists in the Action, Collections and Research Centers at the Field Museum.
Ph.D. in a natural sciences field, tropical scientist (biologist, geologist, ecologist, geographer) with more than 3 years direct work experience in Latin America; superb written and spoken Spanish and English skills.
The successful candidate will be a strong field scientist with an ease and agility in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, communicate well to diverse audiences, be comfortable in creating and analyzing large and complex datasets, revel in working with the people and collections of a natural history museum, and feel a deep commitment to wilderness conservation and the quality of life of indigenous and rural peoples.
This position is based in Chicago. The work involves travel to South America, likely close to 15-20% of the year.
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