Wetland and Forestry Research Scientist; Washington State

NW Indian Fisheries Commission
Olympia, Washington
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Full time Positions
Starting salary $63,344 - $90, 284, DOQ
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(Open Until Filled) SEEKING WETLAND RESEARCH SCIENTIST TO CONDUCT RESEARCH IN WASHINGTON STATE FOREST LANDS Come work with us as we develop the science around the effects of timber harvest and other forest practices on aquatic habitat! We seek a research scientist to help us with investigations on wetlands in forests and the effects of timber harvest and buffers on them. We seek a scientist with knowledge of ecology, statistical study designs, geographic information systems (GIS), and analyses of complex natural systems and what is necessary to tease out treatment effects from highly variable background conditions. We would prefer to have a scientist who has focused on nutrient cycling, water quality, wetland vegetation, and wetland processes, but we need more importantly to have someone with a strong research background. Knowledge of forestry, fishes and other aquatic biota is also highly desirable but are not the primary expertise sought for this position. You will be joining a small team consisting of a forest hydrologist, geologist/geomorphologist, and Eastern Washington riparian ecologist, along with several project managers with ecological backgrounds as the staff researchers for the Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research committee (CMER) committee. We have several planned wetland research projects for which you will have primary responsibility, although we generally work as a team. Other team members contribute where our expertise is germane to certain aspects of projects and the holder of this position is likely to, at times, contribute to non-wetland projects when and where their expertise is needed, so you would not be working in isolation. CMER is the science arm of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Forest Practices Adaptive Management Program. Our job is to perform scientific investigation to evaluate forest practices rules that apply to timber harvest and other forest practices on state, local government, and private lands in the State of Washington. The CMER committee is composed of scientists from state agencies, private timberland owners, native tribes, and conservation organizations that together decide how to conduct and interpret scientific studies to answer questions related to the state forest practices rules. For more information about CMER and the adaptive management program see: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/forest-practices/adaptive-management https://www.dnr.wa.gov/about/boards-and-councils/forest-practices-board/cooperative-monitoring-evaluation-and-research
PhD or Master's with several years of research experience in wetland ecology or related science required. Understanding and experience with designing and analyzing work from scientific studies is required. Knowledge of forestry and fisheries desirable. GIS experience, especially with ArcGIS/Pro, will be crucial to success in this position. Experience working with diverse stakeholders (landowners and agencies) is highly desirable. Ability to work cross-country through uneven terrain (not on trails) in remote locations carrying equipment is needed.
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Jenelle Black
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