Wildlife Researcher

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Date: 1 week ago
City: Boulder, CO
Salary: $71,300 - $117,600 / year
Contract type: Full time
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Posting Title
Wildlife Researcher

CO - Boulder

Position Type

Hours Per Week

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Working at NREL
NREL’s 305-acre Flatirons Campus is the nation’s premier wind energy, water power, and grid integration research facility. Nestled south of Boulder, Colorado, and north of NREL’s main South Table Mountain campus, Flatirons sits adjacent to the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and countless acres of open space and parks with stunning views of the Flatirons rock formations

From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes

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Job Description

NREL’s National Wind Technology Center located at our Flatirons Campus between Golden and Boulder, CO has an immediate opening for a full-time Researcher II position to support our wind energy and wildlife research portfolio. The ideal candidate will be experienced with or actively researching wildlife interactions with land-based wind energy development. Further, knowledge of and familiarity with the literature around monitoring and minimization strategies to quantify and reduce the effects of wind energy development on wildlife is also valued

The successful candidate will support the portfolio lead and team members across a variety of projects. They will work with a variety of stakeholders, such as other National Laboratories, industry partners, research institutions, and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office. The position is primarily focused on advancing monitoring and minimization technologies to improve siting and operational decisions for wind turbines and wind energy facilities to meet both wind energy generation and conservation goals

Specific technical efforts are expected to include:

  • Conducting literature reviews and syntheses on the wind energy and wildlife interactions.

  • Supporting research activities to validate monitoring and minimization technology development.

  • Assisting in writing technical reports, research briefs, and outreach materials.

  • Supporting engagement and outreach activities to relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, researchers, wind energy partners.

  • Developing resources to support knowledge sharing among stakeholders.

  • Collaborating with researchers and managers on best practices for effectively integrating monitoring and minimization strategies for wind-wildlife interactions.

Basic Qualifications
Relevant Master's Degree. Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 2 or more years of experience

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Experience working individually or in a group setting to plan and prioritize portfolio objectives.

  • Ability to support assignments that are complex with high impact and visibility.

  • Ability to develop resources to support knowledge sharing among various audiences.

  • General knowledge and application of scientific technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques.

  • Training in team, task or project leadership responsibilities.

  • Intermediate abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques. Beginning experience in project management.

  • Good technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in outreach and engagement around complex, technical challenges.

  • Organizational, project management, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Experience working effectively in a dynamic environment with evolving requirements and schedules.

  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and outreach to industry partners, and local, state, or federal agencies.

  • Prior experience in project management of multiple, complex, multi-year projects.

Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Researcher II / Annual Salary Range: $71,300 - $117,600

NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions

Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement

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