Assoc. Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago

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The Associate Population Biologist is a full-time position funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  The grant is focused on using population modeling (PVAs) to study long-term sustainability of Species Survival Programs (SSPs), the cooperatively managed animal populations of the AZA.  The Associate Population Biologist will work with a dynamic project team based at Lincoln Park Zoo as well as AZA SSP coordinators across the country.  The Associate Population Biologist will be responsible for using existing software tools to conduct Population Viability Analyses across a wide variety of taxonomic groups.



  • ·         Conduct PVAs on AZA SSPs, including analysis of retrospective data, population modeling using ZooRisk, and analysis and interpretation of model results
  • ·         Prepare PVA reports based on model results
  • ·         Present project results at AZA National and/or Mid-Year meetings
  • ·         Participate in department’s team approach to research and data management
  • ·         Perform various tasks and other duties as assigned.



  • ·         Successful candidates will ideally have strong background in population biology, use and interpretation of simulation and deterministic models, zoo population management software, and/or broad biological knowledge of species biologies.
  • ·         Strong computer skills, including familiarity with PCs, demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and statistical software
  • ·         Ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing. 
  • ·         Ability to read and understand written and oral instructions. 
  • ·         Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects.
  • ·         Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors, general public, and colleagues at other institutions
  • ·         Ability to represent the Zoo and the project professionally at external meetings
  • ·         Available to work meetings which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned. 
  • ·         Must be able to work at computer for 6-7 hours per day



Bachelor’s degree essential, Master’s degree in biology or related discipline strongly preferred.  Experience with zoo-based population management programs and/or specialized population management software such as PopLink, ZooRisk, SPARKS, PM2000, PMx, or VORTEX is desired. Exposure to or experience with R statistical package preferred.


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