Postdoctoral Researcher, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, Missoula, MT

Agency
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Location
Missoula, MT
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Salary
GS- 11/12 ($64,649/$77,488 annually) depending on experience
Last Date to Apply
06/30/2021
Website
https://leopold.wilderness.net/default.php
Description
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. Responsibilities • 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: teresa.hollingsworth@usda.gov. Application review will begin June 30th.
Qualifications
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.
Contact Person
Teresa Hollingsworth
Contact eMail
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