The Harvard Forest has a long history of applying forest research to the management and conservation of the New England landscape. In recent years Harvard Forest has built programs that connect science, communication, and policy outreach to strengthen ties between knowledge action through programs such as the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative and the Future Landscape Scenarios Initiative. As an outgrowth of that work, Harvard Forest also helped launch the Science Policy Exchange (the Exchange).
The Exchange is dedicating to increasing the impact of science on conservation and environmental policy. As a consortium, we leverage the research resources of six world-class institutions, four Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, and dozens of participating scientists to confront environmental challenges. We connect scientists with leaders in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors to define knowledge gaps; we synthesize and translate existing research on timely policy and conservation questions; we undertake strategic outreach and communications to amplify science messages for journalists and decision makers.
We have obtained major foundation funding to launch three strategic initiatives that address critical policy questions in the northeastern United States related to land use, energy impacts, and water sustainability. We seek an energetic and creative person interested in the application of science to policy and management to help lead and coordinate Exchange projects (70%) and to assist with the general development and outreach for the Exchange (30%).
A major focus of this position will be to help coordinate the Landscapes and Resilience Initiative of the Exchange. The initiative consists of three inter-related projects: the landscape scenarios project (led by scientists at the Harvard Forest), the forest pests and pathogens project (led by scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), and an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network in landscape scenarios, ecosystem services, and linkages to society.
Program Coordinator Duties Program Leadership and Coordination (70%)
The Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Harvard Forest Science & Policy and Exchange Director to coordinate science and policy activities, including:
Design and organize technical workshops with teams of researchers from across New England.
Participate in and contribute to scientific working groups.
Conduct and synthesize stakeholder interviews.
Translate scientific findings into communication products including reports and policy briefs.
Develop and execute a policy outreach strategy.
Help write annual NSF grant reports.
Science Policy Exchange Development and Outreach (30%)
Help pursue grant proposals and write grant reports.
Help develop and maintain the Exchange website.
Help develop and distribute program updates about the Exchange.
M.S. or Ph.D. in environmental studies, ecology, public policy or related field
Project development and management experience
working knowledge of and training in land-use and forest policy
excellent written communication skills including proposal-writing and the preparation of published scientific articles
able to develop and update website and other social media accounts
able to make a minimum commitment of 1 year
able to travel regionally
valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Full-time, 1-year term position at the Harvard Forest in Petersham MA.
Potential exists to extend the position depending on interests, performance, and funding.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Position to be filled as soon as possible.
Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and applied research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 full-time staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3700 acres of land, and residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a small rural town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of Cambridge.
Under the general direction of the Reserve Site Director, assists with daily operational aspects of UC Riverside Natural Reserve sites James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve and Oasis de los Osos, including administration and user management, facilities and information systems, biological monitoring, research and educational programs, database management, museum collections, and public outreach activities. Full-time position with benefits.
Minimum Requirements Graduation with BS degree with specialization in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field and one year of experience, and curatorial work or equivalent combination of education and experience. Proven experience in collecting, analyzing and publishing scientific data. Working knowledge of statistical software. Computer experience with word processor, spreadsheet and database operating systems and commonly used office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, PowerPoint, Internet, email). Basic understanding of state and federal agencies and regulatory policies that apply to research and land management issues. Ability to learn names of plants, animals, geological formations, places and basic natural history of area surrounding the reserves. Knowledge of management of museum data collections. Must be able to work independently with little direction. Ability to guide volunteers and others in reserve work. Ability to perform work outside, under adverse weather conditions. Knowledge of basic maintenance techniques for electrical, plumbing, fencing, roads and physical plant. Able to stay overnight at reserve site when necessary.
Must be able to operate and/or willing to operate all kinds of equipment needed to perform duties. Must have a valid California driver's license, and must be able to drive manual transmission vehicles, and tractors. Skills in interpersonal communication and oral presentation. Demonstrated abilities in writing for basic science and general subjects (e .g., articles , letters , brochures).
Preferred Qualifications M.S. degree in biology, botany, zoology, geography or comparable field. Higher education teaching experience. Experience writing science grants. Animal and plant curatorial skills. General knowledge of Arc Infor/ArcView GIS. General knowledge of, or willingness to learn, alternative technologies (e.g. solar power). Basic understanding and experience in trail construction and maintenance. Computer knowledge and experience to develop and manage Reserve website. Previous experience in reserve management. Previous budgetary analysis experience.
The Rutgers University-Camden Campus seeks a full time, tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Biology beginning Fall 2014. The ideal candidate will help expand current ecological programs, and will participate in the development of new environmental sciences programs and the recently-formed Center for Computational and Integrative Biology with associated doctoral program. Preference will be given to candidates with an interest in aquatic ecology, urban ecology, ecotoxicology and related disciplines.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, the successful candidate is expected to acquire external funding for research and engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. A Ph.D. and post-doctoral experience in relevant fields are required.
Please arrange for electronic copies of a CV, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation to be sent to Janet Caruso: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
Rutgers is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University and its departments seek to attract an active, culturally diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
The National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO) seeks your assistance in the identification of candidates.
The Assistant Director, BIO, manages a Directorate comprising the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB), and the Emerging Frontiers Office (EF). Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.
The deadline for submitting an application is February 15, 2014.
Under the direction of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), work with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) to develop an extension and technology transfer program on nutrient and related water quality issues to inform community decision makers, policy makers and resource managers in the Mississippi river basin and Gulf of Mexico. Work closely with IISG personnel, faculty and staff from the University of Illinois, NGRREC, and appropriate state and federal agencies.
• Work with scientists and agency officials to identify data, models and outreach products necessary to inform science, policy and management that impacts water quality in the Mississippi river basin and Gulf of Mexico;
• Participate with a team of scientists and outreach professionals to coordinate development and refinement of a data-to-knowledge web portal modeled after the Great Lakes Monitoring portal (www.greatlakesmonitoring.org);
• Work with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in development of the architectures and technologies for supporting automated data extraction interfaces with highly visual decision-making support tools;
• Work with scientists and agency officials to identify the source, transport and combination Best Management Practices (BMP’s) most likely to reduce nutrient losses in selected watersheds;
• Identify key audiences and conduct applied research and needs assessments necessary to identify barriers to implementing BMP’s, land use changes, or policies to reduce nutrients and sediment loads in the Mississippi River; • Work with federal, state and local agencies to design and deliver innovative science-based programs and data products necessary to inform research, policy and management decisions;
• Design and develop local outreach programming that empowers clients to interpret and apply science-based information to local decisions involving nutrient reduction strategies and other water quality practices;
• Deliver educational programs that support the mission of the University of Illinois, IISG, and NGRREC specifically in the areas of water quality
To be considered, candidates will have a PhD or masters with equivalent experience in some aspect of water quality.
• At least three years practical work experience on hypoxia issues, nutrient management, agricultural best management practices, point source nutrient reduction, urban non-point source nutrient reduction or related field.
• Demonstrated experience coordinating, conducting or developing outreach programs.
• Strong oral, written, and electronic communication skills.
• Ability to work independently; function in interdepartmental and interagency teams, and to work effectively with clients and scientists.
• Leadership ability and experience including the ability to facilitate meetings with a broad range of stakeholders and experience collaboratively solving problems with community decision-makers, governmental agency personnel, natural resource managers, scientists, special interest groups, and the public.