Wind-Wildlife Researcher III
CO - Boulder
**Hours Per Week**
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL's Flatiron’s Campus has an opening for a full-time Wind-Wildlife Researcher. This researcher will contribute to programs and projects that focus on monitoring and minimizing impacts to avian wildlife from renewable energy development. The researcher will work collaboratively with an inter-laboratory team to manage and oversee research. Participation in national and global R&D to develop information pertaining to wildlife interactions with renewable energy is also anticipated. The successful candidate will be part of a team of scientists and engineers engaging in and managing research and partnerships to develop a broad array of renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, wave, and tidal.
This position will be responsible for leading and supporting projects focused on advancing wildlife impact monitoring and minimization technologies and improved integration of wind turbines and energy facilities with wildlife and their habitats. The role will also develop concepts and techniques that support the R&D of novel and state-of- the-art technologies and contribute to the development and growth of a research program aimed at managing avian and wind turbine interactions.
Specific technical efforts are expected to include:
+ Performing feasibility analyses of monitoring and minimization technologies related to avian interactions with renewable energy development
+ Leveraging existing peer-reviewed and gray literature to keep NREL on the cutting edge of research
+ Presenting results and relevant findings at national or international meetings, including in keynote roles
+ Disseminating work through various media including publication of technical reports and peer reviewed journal articles
+ Supporting strategic planning and growth of the environmental portfolio
Beyond the technical focus of the work, the successful candidate will:
+ Work one-on-one and in group settings with staff to aid in planning and defining work, prioritizing, reviewing, and disseminating work products
+ Support a portfolio of technical work where assignments are complex with high impact and visibility which require ingenuity and innovation
+ Manage project budgets and schedules
+ Have excellent organizational, project management, budgeting, interpersonal and communication skills
+ Have strong proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel and other relevant software packages
Degree in wildlife biology, or related field, with background and experience in raptor behavior and physiology. Prior experience relevant to avian and renewable energy interactions. BS or BA Degree and 7–9 years of experience, MS and 4–7 years of experience, or Ph.D. and 1–3 years of experience
**Additional Required Qualifications**
+ Demonstrated experience installing, maintaining and evaluating wildlife monitoring and impact minimization technologies at renewable energy facilities
+ Strong statistical background
+ Intermediate programming and scripting skills (Python, R, Matlab)
+ Demonstrated problem-solving skills
+ Demonstrated ability to effectively lead project participants with diverse skills and work styles
+ Demonstrated experience at building and maintaining successful collaborations
+ Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with evolving requirements and schedules
+ Broad understanding and ability to apply Scientific procedures, principles, theories and concepts in the field.
+ General knowledge of other related disciplines.
+ Demonstrated leadership in one or more areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.
+ Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Very good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.
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