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Job Posting:

Spatial Ecologist

18 September 2018

JOB TITLE: Spatial Ecologist

REPORTS TO: Director of Global Conservation Science



FULL/PART TIME: Full-Time Exempt


Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide


The Peregrine Fund protects the Earth’s raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering methods to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we:

Restore critically endangered species
Research little-known species
Train and support local conservation leaders
Engage all ages with environmental education
Conserve habitat

Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made.


The Spatial Ecologist is responsible for analysis of raptor movements and distributions across the globe using data housed in The Peregrine Fund’s Global Raptor Impact Network (GRIN) database. They supervise the input of data into the GRIN database—soliciting and mobilizing historical and contemporary data from researchers around the world. The Spatial Ecologist develops and implements methods to estimate historical distributions of raptors and estimate changes in distributions as data are collected. They perform various spatial analyses to inform, for example, reintroduction efforts, species and landscape conservation, and habitat management.


Oversee mobilization of historical spatial data into the GRIN database
Develop and implement methods to estimate historic, current, and future ranges of global raptor species
Identify, map, and prioritize landscapes of conservation importance to raptors
Develop and implement methods to map the distributions of threats to raptors
Map and analyze raptor movement data from tracking devices
Work closely with the Peregrine Fund’s project directors to produce publication quality maps and other data visualizations as needed
Solicit and standardize data in collaboration with raptor researchers around the world


Master’s degree in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field
Experience in spatial analysis of terrestrial vertebrate distributions or movement
Proficiency with the most current versions of ArcGIS software and ESRI databases


Ph.D. in biology, geography, wildlife management, or related field
Proven record of peer reviewed publications
Experience with spatial analysis of bird distributions
Experience with large databases of bird sightings such as eBird, GBIF, and the Avian Knowledge Network
Experience with MaxEnt modeling
Proficiency using R for statistical or geospatial analyses
Experience analyzing animal movement data
Knowledge of raptor ecology and global conservation issues
Knowledge of publicly available geospatial data for terrestrial land cover


Email cover letter and resume in one file to Hiring Manager,

The Peregrine Fund