Avian Ecologist


— This position is based in Fairbanks, Alaska. —

Avian Ecologist 

STATUS:  Professional established position

JOB SUMMARY: ABR has an immediate opening for an ecologist to design and implement wildlife studies throughout Alaska. The ideal candidate for this position will have a background in breeding biology of birds and experience with data management, statistical analyses, and preparation of technical reports and publications.


  • Design and manage field surveys for wildlife, with an emphasis on tundra-nesting waterfowl and shorebirds

  • Develop proposals and budgets

  • Coordinate a team of research biologists and technicians engaged in fieldwork, data management, analysis, and reporting

  • Lead analyses of wildlife distributions, abundance, habitat associations, behavior, and survival

  • Lead or direct authorship of reports, publications, and presentations

  • Develop existing and new client relationships

  • Participate in safety training and implement ABR’s Safety Policy


  • Experience designing and implementing field surveys of nesting birds and expertise in bird identification is required, preferably in Alaska 

  • Applicant must be able to supervise field work involving wading, hiking, and physical labor in remote settings 

  • Travel in helicopters, small fixed-wing aircraft, on snow machines, and in boats may be required 

  • Candidates should have experience in data analysis, preferably using GIS, PostgreSQL, and R 

  • Demonstrate excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to work well under variable time constraints and meet deliverable targets and deadlines 

  • Advanced degree in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, or related fields required with a minimum of 6 years’ experience

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required

HOURS: Approximately 35 hours/week on average; occasional field work may involve longer hours and up to 14 days of consecutive work, mostly during the summer months

WAGE AND BENEFITS: $45 to $55 per hour, depending on experience, with a generous benefit package.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled.

CONTACT: Please e-mail resume, 3 professional references with phone numbers (prefer previous supervisors), and cover letter to hr@abrinc.com. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Adrian Gall by e-mail (agall@abrinc.com) or phone: 907-455-6777 ext 125.

ABR, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.