The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position focused on wilderness governance within the context of a changing
climate. The Postdoc will lead syntheses, research, engage with national research and
management teams, as well as multi-partner public engagement to evaluate the potential
effects of conservation decisions, in response to climate change, in federally designated
wilderness. The Postdoc will be responsible for creating scenario-based evaluations of the
risks, tradeoffs, and uncertainties in resisting, accepting, or directing the effects of
climate change in wilderness areas managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land
Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. Among other efforts,
the work will include: Development and dissemination of decision-frameworks and
scenarios; consideration of biological/ecological, ethical, law/policy implications; and coproduction of science questions related to climate change effects in wilderness with
various partners including wilderness managers. A key role for the Postdoc will be
building effective relationships with information users, who range from governmental to
non-governmental institutions, and include (among others) federal and state natural
resource management agencies, Tribes, other recreational users, and national
policymakers addressing the management of wilderness.
• On behalf of the ALWRI, and the Interagency Wilderness Steering Committee,
lead a multi-bureau team of scientists and managers to conduct a multiyear,
multidisciplinary assessment of the tradeoffs (i.e. benefits and costs) of resisting,
accepting, or directing the management of wilderness social-ecological systems in
the context of climate change.
• Serve as the ALWRI expert and technical advisor for climate change science,
impacts, and applications in wilderness management.
• Lead workshops with various partners, and in particular wilderness managers.
• Assemble technical information, analyze, interpret, and disseminate data to
provide various management options, under myriad climate scenarios and
potential impacts, to wilderness managers.
• Leverage innovative and effective science communication techniques to share
work products (outreach and tech transfer).
• Lead an agency-published general technical report, and lead and co-produce
reports and papers with scientists, wilderness managers and other partners, and
wilderness leaders in the four National Wilderness Preservation System bureaus
(USFS, BLM, FWS, NPS).
How to Apply
Using the subject line ‘climate change postdoc’, please email cover letter (explaining
how your education and experiences have prepared you to successfully lead and complete
the work described above), CV, and names and contact information for 5 references to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Application review will begin June 30th.
PhD (by start date) with experience in interdisciplinary and climate change research, as
well as application of this science to support decision-making. Familiarity with public
lands management challenges and opportunities (and more specifically, wilderness
stewardship needs) and scenarios planning techniques are preferred.