Category Archives: Job Postings

Forest Ecologist

Forest Ecologist in Bozeman, MT

Position Classification: Exempt Grade 5

Salary Range: Competitive

Reporting Relationship: Director of Ecology

Starting Date: July 1, 2009

Position Summary (General Description): The Wilderness Society seeks an ecologist with experience in natural resource issues and an interest in restoration to join its Ecology & Economics Research Department as part of an interdisciplinary regional conservation team working to protect Montana’s wildlands. This is an exceptional opportunity for a conservation scientist interested in applying his or her scientific expertise to real world land management challenges and working at the nexus between science and public policy. We seek an applied ecologist to synthesize and analyze existing scientific information, develop new information, and translate these ideas into a format that will influence federal land management decisions in Montana and federal policies.

Founded in 1935, The Wilderness Society seeks to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. We work from a foundation in science and through collaborations with local and regional and national conservation partners to achieve protection and improved stewardship of (primarily) federally owned wildlands in the United States. In addition to the two overarching goals of increased wildland designation and improved stewardship of public wildlands, we pay particular to three issues affecting wildland health and management: climate change; energy; and recreation.

The principal role of the scientist in this position is to develop and deliver scientific understanding of the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies in order to strengthen conservation practices on federal lands managed by the Forest Service. This position will be a critical part of our multidisciplinary team with expertise in economics, landscape analysis, communications, outreach, organizing and advocacy. The ecologist provides the foundation for science-based advocacy in Montana and the broader Northern Rockies, as well as contributing to the overall efforts of our Ecology and Economics Research Department.

The ecologist will be involved in numerous aspects of The Wilderness Society’s program, but project work will be centered on the development of ecological information needed to shape the Forest Service’s decisions regarding forest restoration, management and protection. . The ecologist will lead the development of ecological information relevant to restoring watersheds and forest ecosystems, habitat fragmentation, and wildland fire management. Analyses will help quantify values, threats, and develop restoration solutions.

The ideal candidate has substantial scientific experience post graduate school, experience with land conservation issues and policies, expertise in Northern Rockies ecosystems, outstanding communication skills, and a proven ability to translate ecological information into public policy and land management recommendations. This is a senior science level position within The Wilderness Society and compensation is competitive with university and governmental science programs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with research department, regional conservation, and stewardship climate change, and other program staff to develop and integrate scientific program priorities into the campaign to influence forest management in Montana national forests;
  • Design and develop scientific analyses that bring ecological information, including results from spatial analyses, to bear on forest restoration and protection plans for priority areas in Montana;
  • Develop scientific reports, white papers, peer-reviewed papers and science and policy briefs needed to build the scientific case for protection, restoration, and good stewardship of wildlands;
  • Help develop policy recommendations based on scientific data;
  • Analyze select federal land management plans, policies, and environmental impact statements to assess ecological impacts on Montana wildlands;
  • Communicate research, analytical findings, and policy recommendations to government agencies, elected officials, conservation partners, and other audiences;
  • Share scientific findings and related policy recommendations with the media;
  • Where appropriate, use scientific research and information from Montana to help influence national level policy issues;
  • Support development of funding proposals;
  • Manage contract research, internships, and other means of augmenting analytical capacity; and
  • Travel to attend short-duration meetings, give presentations, and visit specific project sites

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in forestry, ecology, wildlife biology, landscape ecology or related field;
  • Passion for and commitment to wildland conservation;
  • Familiarity with Northern Rockies ecosystems;
  • Working knowledge of GIS concepts and principles;
  • Knowledge of conservation issues on western public lands and how they relate to natural resource management and federal public land policy;
  • Understanding of federal environmental laws;
  • Ability to work with the media, elected officials, and the public;
  • Exceptional communication skills and demonstrated ability to translate complex ecological information into terms that can be understood by a non-scientific audience;
  • Ability to think strategically and develop conservation advocacy programs;
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and interact in a group setting;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, think creatively, and write convincingly

This position is available July 1, 2009 and is located in our Bozeman office. The Wilderness Society is an equal opportunity employer. The Wilderness Society offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Application review will begin in early-May and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for this position, resume, samples of both technical and popular writing in relevant fields, and names, addresses, phone numbers of three references to:

Forest Ecologist Search
The Wilderness Society
1615 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
email: research_jobs@tws.org

Post-Doctoral Position Available

Modeling complex freshwater landscapes

University/Agency: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI

Job Description: A two-year post-doctoral position is available to work with the Landscape Limnology Research Group and partners (funded by the Center for Water Sciences at Michigan State University). The successful applicant will work with an interdisciplinary team that includes the landscape limnology research group (Kendra Spence Cheruvelil, Mary Bremigan, Patricia Soranno, and Katherine Webster) and collaborators in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (Daniel Kramer) and the Department of Geography (Arika Ligmann-Zielinska). The successful applicant will build upon on-going research to integrate landscape limnology, economics, human behavior, and policy into a framework that develops a richer understanding of lakes and their landscapes as coupled human and natural systems (lakes and their watersheds). Products of the work include high-impact scientific publications and a proposal submission to NSF’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program.

Qualifications: A PhD is required. Applicants from all related disciplines (social science, natural resource economics, aquatic ecology, environmental science) are invited to apply. Persons experienced with quantitative approaches and the use of systems modeling are especially encouraged to apply. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, managers, and policy-makers across a variety of disciplines are required.

Salary: $40,000/year plus competitive benefits package

Last Date to apply: June 15, 2009 or when position is filled.

Start Date: August 16, 2009

To apply: Send statement of interest, current CV, and contact information for three references to:

Dr. Kendra S. Cheruvelil, Assistant Professor
Lyman Briggs School of Science
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
35 East Holmes Hall
(518) 353-9528
ksc@msu.edu

Postdoctoral Position Available

Amazonian indigenous people, cultural change, and biodiversity: Join an exciting team on a unique project investigating the consequences on biodiversity of cultural changes in Amazonian indigenous communities. We are seeking enthusiastic candidates for an 18 mo postdoctoral position, jointly based in Stanford University (USA) and Toulouse University (France).

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to an NSFfunded project, by developing a mathematical model of the hunting practices of Makusi and Wapichana people in Southern Guyana and northern Brazil. Duties will include integration and synthesis of existing socioeconomic, hunting and environmental data sets, statistical analyses, model building, and manuscript preparation. Opportunities to develop independent research projects using data generated by the project are encouraged.

Qualifications: A PhD with a background in ecology/evolution, demonstrated interest in the broader questions in social studies and tropical systems, a proven publication record especially in mathematical modeling, and strong motivation. Research experience in social systems is desirable. Employment Conditions: The starting date is negotiable between July and August 2009. We will offer a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the successful candidate.

To Apply: Please send a single PDF file containing letter of application with statement of interest, CV and two letters of reference to Jose Fragoso at fragoso@stanford.edu with cc to Jerome Chave at chave@cict.fr.  For full consideration, apply by June 15 2009. The position will remain open until filled.