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Job opening: Acoustical research coordinator

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Subject: Job opening: Acoustical research coordinator
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Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:17:23 -0600
Position Title: Acoustical Research Coordinator (Colorado State University – Research Associate I or II dependent upon qualifications)

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

Salary: $35,000 – $45,000 (dependent on experience) plus benefits

Full Consideration Date: October 31, 2014

Start date: January 2015

Tour of Duty: Full-time (includes benefits) One year initial term with possible extension depending on performance and project funding. The position is funded entirely from federal sources under an NPS Cooperative Agreement.

The National Park Service (NPS), Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division (NSNSD) is part of the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS), a national office, located in Fort Collins, Colorado. The NSNSD assists park units in monitoring and managing acoustical environments. This position will manage the analysis of the acoustical data needed to support park management, and will be supervised through the department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University (CSU). The position may also assist NSNSD staff and CSU students and staff in collecting and analyzing acoustical data. Applicants must be adaptable, available for short term travel, capable of working in wilderness, and possess a keen interest scientific analysis and science education.

The incumbent’s primary duties include:

Data Processing and reporting:
1. Manage daily operations (including scheduling, dataset preparation, recruiting, and training) at an “undergraduate listening lab,” based at Colorado State University
2. Process acoustical data to identify sound sources and extract quantitative measures relevant to park unit management issues
3. Securely archive data analysis results
4. Prepare data summaries and technical reports for publication
5. Coordinate with NPS scientists

Outreach and Education
1. Mentor undergraduate students who are pursuing acoustical research
2. Collaborate with CSU faculty, staff, and students to develop bioacoustical research projects and complete data analysis
3. Develop and conduct presentations and material to educate various audiences on bioacoustics, including undergraduate course lectures 
4. Participate in informal science education with diverse groups to further the mission of the NSNSD and to advance the science of bioacoustics

The incumbent’s additional responsibilities may include:
1. Perform data entry and other data formatting as needed to populate acoustics databases
2. Provide technical assistance to park staff and other personnel associated with the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division
3. Prepare graphical displays of data and results for technical and lay audiences
4. Other duties as assigned by project managers

Supervisory Controls:
The position reports to the CSU Principal Investigator in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, working closely with the NPS Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division manager and staff.

Required Job Qualifications
1. Master’s degree or 5 years relevant experience (preferably in natural/physical science, engineering, or natural resources)
2. Experience collaborating with diverse groups including academic faculty, staff, and graduate/undergraduate students on data analysis and research
3. Demonstrated experience teaching or mentoring others in a scientific context
4. Experience with database and statistical software
5. Available for short term travel (up to three week at a time)
6. Field experience in physical or biological sciences

Preferred Job Qualifications
1. PhD in natural/physical science, engineering or natural resources
2. Experience or education in acoustics; ability to detect and identify sound sources in quiet natural areas
3. Experience with specialized acoustic software (Raven, SongScope, Ishmael, MATLAB, SonoBat, etc.)
4. Experience with GIS, computer programming, and/or modeling
5. Experience using and maintaining scientific instruments or electronics
6. Experience practicing and/or promoting safety in the workplace
7. Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Job Duties
Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application Process:
Submit as ONE PDF with your last name and position as the file name:
1. Letter of interest. In the letter, please include a detailed description of your experience mentoring or teaching others in a science context, and your experience analyzing large datasets for publication. Please mention which required and desired attributes you possess.
2. Resume
3. Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. 
4. Copy of college transcripts (unofficial OK)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for full consideration submit application materials by October 31, 2014. Please apply at Questions: m("","g.wittemyer");">

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Conditions of Employment
Search Contact George Wittemyer, Search Chair
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or _expression_, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
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