Early career ecology researcher – Summarizing and synthesizing science for western lands: Fort Collins, CO

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 04 Sep 2022

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U.S. Geological Survey
Remote/Fort Collins, CO
Job Category
Part Time Vacancies
Last Date to Apply
Position summary: The US Geological Survey (USGS) Fort Collins Science Center is seeking an early career researcher to assist with summarizing and synthesizing science to inform management of western lands. The candidate will be part of an existing collaboration between USGS scientists and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource managers that seeks to coproduce science and data products that inform public lands decision-making. A core task will be working with a USGS team to develop a series of annotated bibliographies summarizing research findings and management implications for species of concern in the western US. The immediate focus of this position will be to support development of an annotated bibliography for greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus). We anticipate work on annotated bibliographies for additional topics of management concern, potentially including the invasive annual grass, cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and climate topics relevant to the management of sagebrush ecosystems (Artemisia sp.). The candidate will be responsible for identifying appropriate scientific papers and reports, critically analyzing scientific results, and summarizing results and implications for land managers. The candidate will also take part in an internal “colleague” review process by critically reviewing summaries written by project coauthors and incorporating team feedback into their own summaries. This position may also be responsible for providing project leadership support including contacting and incorporating feedback from researchers, drafting, reviewing, and editing the final manuscript as part of the USGS peer review process; coordinating with staff from the USGS, BLM, and US Fish and Wildlife Service to gather input on project direction and facilitate project completion; scheduling and leading team meetings; and providing training to new team members. The position may also include collaborating with BLM to develop short science syntheses on priority topics - likely related to potential impacts of livestock grazing and/or oil and gas development on resources of management concern - to help inform BLM NEPA analyses. The candidate will work as part of a team under the direction of Drs. Sarah Carter and Nathan Kleist at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center.
The position may be hired at the MS or PhD level, with commensurate pay and responsibilities. Length of the position is limited to 1 (PhD) or 2 (MS) years. Full time work is desirable. Work may start remotely and transition to the Fort Collins office at a later date. Candidates must be currently enrolled or have completed their latest degree within the last 12 months to be eligible for this position. A background in natural resources, ecology, conservation, or a related field is required, along with an interest in public land management and conservation issues. Applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong desire to work with natural resource managers on public land management issues. Applicants should possess strong collaboration and time-management skills. The recipient must be a licensed driver, as operation of a government vehicle may be necessary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens and undergo a background check. How to apply: Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter describing their experience, qualifications, and interest in the position and listing the date they received, or anticipate receiving, their degree, (2) a resume, (3) a primary-authored writing sample, (4) undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is fine), and (5) contact information for three professional references. Materials should be submitted to Elisabeth Teige (eteige@contractor.usgs.gov) as one compiled PDF file; please use "Summarizing Science for Western Lands Ecologist Application" in the subject line. For full consideration, please submit applications by end of the day on Sunday, September 4th, 2022.
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