*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Southern Research Station located in Asheville, North Carolina.
This research opportunity is situated within the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC), a dynamic research unit of the US Forest Service’s Southern Research Station. EFETAC scientists engage in diverse ecology research with broad objectives including: evaluating the effects and consequences of multiple interacting stresses (e.g., climate change, invasive species, wildland fire) on forest health; increasing knowledge of the risks, uncertainties, and/or benefits of multiple stresses on ecological conditions and socioeconomic values; and providing science-based decision support tools for policy formulation and land management.
Research Project: Changing forest conditions and attendant changes in the sustainability of forest resources occur within a context of environmental and social change as well as ongoing forest management. This context both constrains the potential for success of various forest management and restoration strategies, and opens up management and conservation opportunities. Our broad goal is to provide understanding of forest sustainability and tools to aid forest management decision-making across the southeastern US. Specific project objectives are guided in part by collaboration with regional partners—the research participant is an integral part of that collaboration.
The Forest Service’s Southern Regional Office has identified priorities to provide applied science to support shared stewardship and improve forest conditions (e.g., ecological condition, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, ecosystem services). The Southern Research Station is engaged with the Regional Office in a multi-year collaborative effort to address several challenges in an integrated manner: 1) identifying priorities across multiple spatial and temporal scales, 2) prioritizing management actions to efficiently achieve desired outcomes, 3) rigorously evaluating and adjusting program performance.
The participant will interact in a team environment with research collaborators and with forest management professionals to plan, perform and communicate strongly applied analyses that are likely to include quantitative decision analysis (e.g., modeling the consequences of management actions on desired outcomes) and landscape ecological analysis. Research may include integrating spatial and temporal datasets such as remotely sensed data and climate data, and integrating data-driven and expert-driven information. Science communication/transfer includes both peer-reviewed publication and engaging land management partners around project findings and data products. The participant will have access to a rich collection of landscape ecological data as well as planning and assessment datasets and tools that have been developed within Forest Service Research and elsewhere, but will also be expected to be adept at discovering and incorporating novel data sources.
•Gain first-hand experience conducting cutting-edge research within a federal agency
•Develop skill in interacting with agency partners to develop applied science to meet complex natural resource management and conservation needs
•Develop analytical skills with challenges such as harmonizing disparate data types, computational intensity with large data sets, and developing analytical models for applied decision science
•Develop science writing and communication skills, as well as project development, leadership, and management skills
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Lars Pomara (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Summer/Fall 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The annual stipend will be $79,278 and a travel allowance will also be provided to support occasional overnight travel. An allowance partially covering health insurance cost will be provided.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.
Applications must be completed in Zintellect at: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/USDA-USFS-2021-0119