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Senior Research Associate - Metropolitan Human-Wildlife Conflicts

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Senior Research Associate - Metropolitan Human-Wildlife Conflicts



About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources prepares leaders in the conservation and sustainable management of forests and other renewable natural resources using the latest ideas and technology for real world applications.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Standard hours – Monday thru Friday; 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

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This is a 12-month position and subject to availability of funds.

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Athens Area

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The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Research Professional AD





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

MS or PhD in human dimensions, social sciences or related discipline conferred by August 31, 2021.
Applicants must have experience in survey design and quantitative analysis, including analysis of survey data (e.g. logistic regression). Applicants must be proficient in computer languages suitable for statistical analysis (e.g., R, STATA).

Position Summary:

Managing human-wildlife interactions in urbanized environments is an increasing concern for wildlife management agencies. Although suburban and urban environments provide important habitat for wildlife, the high density of people increases the probability of negative human-wildlife interactions (e.g., vehicle collisions with deer, damage to personal property by wildlife, harm to pets, anthropogenic food conditioning of wildlife). Suburban and urban residents may have limited knowledge of wildlife or how to mitigate potential conflicts with wildlife. Moreover, suburban and urban residents may be unaware that state wildlife agencies have the expertise to assist them in managing potential conflicts with wildlife.

The successful candidate will conduct a human dimensions study in the metropolitan Atlanta (metro-Atlanta) region to determine the following:
1. Metro-Atlanta residents’ level of wildlife tolerance, and determinants of wildlife tolerance, e.g. attitudes, beliefs, risk concerns, pet ownership, socio-demographics;
2. Perceived positive and negative impacts of wildlife, and whether certain wildlife species tend to be liked or disliked;
3. Residents’ knowledge of appropriate actions to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts, and their willingness to engage in these actions;
4. Residents’ prior awareness of Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), and their level of trust in GADNR; and
5. How residents would prefer to receive information about living with wildlife.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Applicants must have completed graduate level coursework in human dimensions theories and methods (or comparable social sciences methods) prior to the start date of this position. Applicants must demonstrate that they can apply human dimensions or other social sciences theories and methods in an applied research context. Applicants must have experience in survey design and quantitative analysis, including analysis of survey data (e.g. logistic regression). Applicants must be proficient in computer languages suitable for statistical analysis (e.g., R, STATA).

Physical Demands:

The successful applicant is expected to meet with the research team on a regular basis (subject to social distancing protocols required to manage COVID-19) and to complete all job duties that expect the applicant to be present on the University of Georgia campus. Travel related to this research. Driving.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The applicant will design and pre-test online surveys to be administered to residents of the metro-Atlanta region. The applicant will coordinate with Research Services at Qualtrics to administer the survey. The applicant will ensure that all completed surveys meet data quality standards (e.g., respondents answered all questions, did not speed through the survey, did not fail attention check and data validity questions). The applicant will clean and analyze all data collected using appropriate regression analyses to identify determinants of wildlife tolerance. The applicant will ensure that all research efforts are reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Georgia.

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The applicant will generate a final report for GADNR which provides descriptive statistics for all survey questions, the results of regression and other appropriate analyses, and recommendations on how GADNR may enhance their engagement with residents of the metropolitan Atlanta region. The applicant will present the results of this study to GADNR (online or in-person depending on health and safety restrictions).

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The applicant will disseminate research findings at academic meetings and conferences. The applicant will also undertake additional research and extension tasks associated with this project, as identified by Dr. Pienaar..

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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