Integrating Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing: Oregon State University

Oregon State University
Tacoma, WA with 5% travel to Corvallis, OR
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Start Date
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The Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife lab requires an interdisciplinary Research Associate to manage a collaborative EPA project in the Puget Sound, WA.

Start date: Fall of 2017
Job Location: Tacoma, WA with 5% travel to Corvallis, OR

Position Summary:
The Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife lab at Oregon State University is seeking an outstanding Research Associate (Post Doc) to contribute to applied research on multicriteria, cumulative impact decision tools that facilitate integrating human wellbeing and ecosystem services in natural resource planning. There is a one year salary plus travel and research expenses associated with the project. Potential for an additional 6-12 months. The incumbent will be funded by an EPA grant to work with the Puget Sound Partnership in Washington State, a PhD student, and Dr. Biedenweg at OSU. The incumbent will be expected to manage the participatory project, playing the primary role in community-based collaborative research and project management. As project manager, the incumbent will be located the Puget Sound Partnership offices in Tacoma, WA and collaborate with state agency staff and work with existing regional groups (Lead Integrating Organizations) to integrate human wellbeing and ecosystem services into Puget Sound restoration planning. Additionally, the incumbent will design and conduct original, empirical research on multivariate, cumulative impact decision analysis that integrates ecosystem services and human health and wellbeing in the Puget Sound, resulting in about two manuscripts with Dr. Biedenweg.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is an academic unit that reports to the College of Agricultural Sciences. The Department is composed of approximately 300 staff – including academic faculty, research assistants, classified staff, graduate students, temporary staff and undergraduate students.

Approximately $8 million of externally funded research grants/contracts are received each year. Major cooperator and funding sources include most state and federal resources agencies. Cooperation is formalized through the department’s participation in the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

The mission of the Department is to discover, integrate and disseminate knowledge about wildlife and fisheries resources, as well as ecosystems and human communities with which they interrelate. It accomplishes this through an interconnected program of 1) undergraduate and graduate education; 2) scholarly research; and 3) extended education.

Position Duties
40% Coordinate and facilitate meetings with partners and stakeholders to design and implement the project.

30% Identify and implement an independent research project associated with the overall project resulting in peer reviewed publications and a presentation at a professional meeting.

20% Project management: Prepare reports for granting agency and collaborators, manage project budget, ensure IRB approval, etc.

10% Co-advise PhD student and participate in weekly Biedenweg lab meetings.

Work Conditions
This work requires daily use of a computer an involved working 60% of the time at a government office during standard work hours and 30% of the time traveling to communities within three hours from Tacoma. The successful candidate may also be required to travel to one or two meetings that are long distance and require overnight stays.
Minimum Requirements
• PhD in environmental management, applied social sciences, or relevant field.
• Computing skills including statistical software.
• Professional competence in coordinating and facilitating stakeholders and interdisciplinary science teams in a respectful and efficient manner.
• Demonstrated proficiency in writing peer reviewed publications and reports.
• A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
• This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with Puget Sound regional resource management.
• Skills in facilitation, conflict management, and practical application of scientific knowledge across diverse groups of people, including but not limited to: agency staff, community members, academics.
• Outstanding leadership and organizational skills.
Contact Person
Kelly Biedenweg
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