Post-graduate Research Position

This is a contracted position that will require work in the US and Canada.

Delta Waterfowl is seeking an enthusiastic and analytical biologist or scientist with a completed graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) to help expand our research program. This will start as a two-year contracted position that may turn into a regular full-time position with Delta. The successful candidate will primarily provide professional assistance with ongoing field projects, analyses, and writing, as well as perform the following duties:

  • Analyze and summarize a long-term dataset of overwater nesting ducks,
  • Continue field research on overwater nesting ducks,
  • Provide oversight of undergraduate students involved in duck production work focused on canvasbacks and other divers,
  • Coordinate field equipment and supplies,
  • Develop permanent data repositories and standardization of data collection protocols,
  • Analyze multiple data streams using code that can be archived for future analytical needs, and
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


WORK LOCATION:  Field work will be performed in Minnedosa, Manitoba, and all office work will be completed in Bismarck, ND.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduate degree in wildlife ecology.
  • Demonstrated expertise in running field projects and training and supervising technicians.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing analytical and graphics code in R.  Experience in Bayesian approaches is encouraged.
  • Demonstrated scientific publication record is a plus.
  • Ability to travel and conduct work in both Canada and the US.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Please visit our website for more information or contact Dr. Chris Nicolai (cell: 701-989-4888; with questions about this opportunity.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Please submit the following documents in a single pdf file by May 15, 2023 to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Copies of graduate school transcripts
  • Contact information for three professional references

Delta Waterfowl Foundations offers a very competitive employment package and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer