Landscape Conservation Design – Post Doc Research Associate: Texas State University

Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
$4,000/month (plus benefits)
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Description: The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative was established in 2011 and is based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. It is part of a network of 22 similar partnerships throughout the United States and our neighboring countries. LCCs develop the science partners need to conserve and manage natural and cultural resources, particularly GIS technology and climate science. The GCP LCC identified focal species and associated habitats to (1) help focus partnership efforts on priority conservation and associated science needs, including the development of landscape conservation design products that aid decision-making for conservation delivery actions. In order to improve biological planning and landscape conservation design efforts to implement State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) for the benefit of LCC focal species, the partnership requires a process and specific products to ensure a transparent and reproducible framework for future conservation delivery and application.

In close working relationship with LCC Science Coordinator, GIS Coordinator and Technical Review Team, Texas State University will develop a scientific Landscape Conservation Design (LCD) process and procedures to ensure a collaborative and iterative planning and modeling of LCC focal species and associated habitats in an identified area (within the watersheds of the San Antonio, Guadalupe and Lower Colorado River). This project will set the stage for future LCD efforts and implementation strategies to aid decision-making for conservation delivery actions by GCPLCC partners.

Position Description: The primary goal of the Post-Doctoral Research Associate is to provide scientific support to the GCP LCC Landscape Conservation Design planning process through literature review, spatial analyses and leading various stakeholder and species expert team webinars and meetings. The Landscape Conservation Design process will be facilitated through the use of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation in collaboration with a facilitator from Foundations of Success. The post-doc will work directly for Texas State University in direct support of the GCP LCC, including representatives from various federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Specific objectives will include:
• Provide leadership and scientific support to the LCD planning process.
• Through webinars and meetings with species experts and stakeholders, identify concerns, desires, fundamental objectives, threats, uncertainties and opportunities facing conservation targets (i.e. GCP LCC focal species and associated habitats).
• Propose and conduct spatial analyses to include suitability and distribution models for focal species and their associated habitats.
• Develop a conservation blueprint (i.e. geographic visualization tool) to achieve the landscape vision for the study region.
• Develop and provide conservation blueprint alternatives for collaborative review.
• Publish peer-reviewed journal articles.

The post-doc will work directly under Dr. Clay Green and will work closely with other members of the research team including Dr. Jennifer Jensen and Dr. Thom Hardy and GCP LCC staff.
Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, geography, natural resource management, or related field. Applicants should be able to demonstrate through their education, research, work experience and publications the application of conservation design and spatial analysis to problems in ecology and/or natural resources management. More competitive applicants will have qualifications in one or more areas to include: spatial ecology and planning, conservation design process and implementation, ecological modeling, etc. The candidate must have excellent verbal and oral skills and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate will be working closely with the research team and various stakeholder and agency personnel so the ability to collaborate and work well with others in a team setting is essential. Some travel to various stakeholder and technical team meetings will be required. The candidate will be employed by Texas State University and required to live in the greater central Texas area (i.e. in proximity to San Marcos, Texas). The candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States by June 1, 2017 and continue working legally for the proposed 18-month term.

To Apply: Interested candidates should provide in a single PDF document, 1) a cover letter that addresses relevant qualifications, experiences and skills, 2) CV, 3) transcript of PhD degree including degree award date and, 4) names and contact information for three references who can attest to the candidate’s qualifications and skills. Send application materials and any inquires to Dr. Clay Green, Applications will be accepted until May 10, 2017. Expected, but negotiable, start date is June 1, 2017.
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