MS Research Assistantship in  Environment and Society, Geography  or  Recreation Resource Management at Utah State University

The Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University is excited to announce it has an opening for a highly qualified candidate committed to pursuing a MS focused on understanding how local meteorological conditions (temperature, precipitation, etc.) affect recreation use patterns in the North Fork of the Virgin River Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The WSA is part of the upper access to the deep and very narrow Zion Narrows gorge, which is a major attraction for visitors to Zion National Park. More information can be found here: http://smithlabusu.com/docs/MS_Assistantship_Smith.pdf

NASA and German Space Agency Select Six Proposals to Support Behavioral Health and Performance of Astronauts on Long Duration Space Exploration Missions

NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) and the German Space Agency (DLR) will fund six proposals to investigate possible changes in the behavioral health and performance of astronauts on future deep space exploration missions. The selected proposals will address the impact of the spaceflight environment on various aspects of astronaut health, including cognition, sleep loss and team functioning.

This work is helping NASA develop the knowledge and countermeasures necessary to ensure astronauts remain healthy as we venture beyond low-Earth orbit to visit an asteroid and eventually Mars. All of the selected studies will be conducted in the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. This unique modular three-story habitat provides a high-fidelity research venue for scientists to use in addressing risks and knowledge gaps associated with human health and performance during spaceflight.

The full text and award list for this selection can be found at:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-and-dlr-select-six-proposals-to-support-behavioral-health-and-performance-of-astronauts

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Science at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Science

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences is expanding and is seeking candidates to develop a research program in the broad area of Coastal and Marine Science. Relevant research areas could include marine and coastal ecological processes (transport of sediments, nutrients, nutrients, and organisms), microbiology, harmful algal blooms, biogeochemistry, larval processes, and ocean sensing and monitoring. Candidates whose research involves more than one of these areas are of particular interest, as are individuals with expertise in semi-arid or sub-tropical climates. This faculty position will teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the School. The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a coastal related science discipline. Applicants should have established, vigorous research programs in a relevant field and experience in securing nationally competitive external research funding. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios can qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) funds.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted on line at https://careers.utrgv.edu, Position # FRGV0461. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Services Valuation at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Services Valuation

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences is  seeking candidates whose research includes the valuation of ecosystem function, products, and services and their use in decision-making processes and policy development. Areas of specialization may include natural resource damage assessment, cost-benefit analyses of environmental restoration, applied policy research, coastal resiliency, and impacts of water management, energy production and urbanization on coastal environments. Candidates whose research also includes marine and coastal science are of particular interest. The successful candidate will develop an integrative research agenda for the Lower Rio Grande delta region of South Texas and northeast Mexico and teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the School.

The minimum requirement is a Ph. D. from an accredited university in a resource valuation related science discipline. Applicants should have established, vigorous research programs in a relevant field and experience in securing nationally competitive external research funding. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios can qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STAR) funds.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted on line at https://careers.utrgv.edu, Position # FRGV0462. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Social Scientist/Economist at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado

The Social and Economic Analysis Branch (https://www.fort.usgs.gov/branch/400) of the United States Geological Survey is excited to announce an employment opportunity for a social scientist or economist at the Fort Collins Science Center, Colorado. We seek a social scientist/economist with expertise in conducting mixed methods social science research to join our Team working on two projects.

The project titled “Colorado Plateau Futures: Understanding agents of change on the Colorado Plateau to facilitate collaborative adaptation” is a multi-partner interdisciplinary effort. The objective of this interdisciplinary research is to 1) characterize agents of change important to land management decision makers on the Colorado Plateau; 2) identify and analyze relationships between agents of change and key landscape attributes and processes; 3) collectively assess the influence of agents of change and attributes and processes on the services provided by the ecosystem; and 4) provide managers with potential future visions of the Colorado Plateau using scenarios that will allow them to prescribe management actions to achieve preferred resource conditions. The social scientist on this project will work with the research Team on targeted resource management issues to identify: 1) regional resource challenges, 2) existing information sources being used to address issues, 3) gaps in available information, and 4) barriers to decision making.

The project titled “Energy Exploration and Development in the Desert SW: Impacts and Rehabilitation” is also a multi-partner interdisciplinary effort. The intention of this project is to identify actions that can be taken now or in the future to reduce the negative impacts of energy exploration and development on human communities on the Colorado Plateau. The incumbent will work with the research Team to: 1) investigate the potential impacts to targeted social systems resulting from management of public lands for outdoor recreation and tourism activities simultaneously with energy development; 2) identify ecosystem services that are valued by public land users; and 3) illustrate the potential conflicts among user groups resulting from multiple land uses (e.g. energy development and recreation/tourism).

The preferred candidate will have experience in: 1) qualitative data collection (e.g. semi-structured interviews, focus groups); 2) internet-based survey design and administration; 3) quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques; and 4) technical writing skills. Experience with GIS or geospatial analysis is desired, but not necessary. We prefer either recent PhD graduates or MS graduates with targeted skills.

This is a full-time, non-Federal student contractor position with the possibility of extension, based on future funding and performance. Candidates must be active students or have graduated within the last two years. Salary is competitive with similar jobs in the social sciences at comparable education levels. Please send a CV/resume to Rudy Schuster (schusterr@usgs.gov) and Earlene Swann (swanne@usgs.gov). We will accept applications for this position until May 25th.

Postdoctoral Position in Biodiversity-Society Conflicts of Wolves Returning to Germany at The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher bridging social and natural sciences. The candidate will work on biodiversity-society conflicts related to the return of wolves to Germany. Experience in questionnaire and interview methods as well as stakeholder workshops are advantageous. A background in one of the following areas is desirable: social science, wildlife ecology, environmental economics, environmental and sustainability studies, psychology, or a related field. In addition, we expect a strong quantitative skill set. Knowledge in contingent valuation methods, multi-criteria decision analyses and management strategy evaluations or related analyses area a plus. German language skills are important. Click here for more information. 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The New England Sustainability Consortium at The University of Maine

The New England Sustainability Consortium (https://www.newenglandsustainabilityconsortium.org) has launched a new stakeholder-engaged, solutions-focused, interdisciplinary research program focused on the future of dams. Our research draws upon world-class faculty expertise at the UNH, UMaine, URI, Keene State, USM and RISD and builds on NEST’s experience in advancing the theory and practice of sustainability science. Using dams in New England as a model system, the team will examine the economic, technological, ecological, social, and political trade-offs associated with different kinds of dam decisions. The team’s approach to problem solving will benefit from the local knowledge and know-how of diverse stakeholders representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Click here for more information.

Senior Scientist Position (tenure track) in Interdisciplinary Biodiversity & Society Research at The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN), a member institution of the Leibniz Association, with almost 800 employees and its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, is conducting advanced natural history research with leading research institutions in six federal states. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) is exploring in this context the interactions between organismic biodiversity and climate. The Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) invites applications for a Senior Scientist Position (tenure track) in Interdisciplinary Biodiversity & Society Research. Click here for more information.

Funding opportunity for M.S. student in recreation management and environmental communication

The Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho is seeking M.S. student applicants for a funded research assistant position working with the Science Communications Program at Yellowstone National Park. The candidate would help perform a number of functions relating to social science research and environmental communication in Yellowstone, including: 1) studies of crowding, and visitor use management; 2) technical writing/copy editing associated with the communication of scientific research to a wide audience; and 3) analysis of visitor use patterns or the effectiveness of communication efforts. They will spend a portion of their graduate program working in Yellowstone with National Park Service employees.

Preferred candidate qualities might include ANY of the following:

  • Experience or education in park or recreation management
  • Experience or education in science/environmental communication
  • Knowledge of or experience in applying visitor use management strategies
  • Experience with or training in editing, publication design and science writing.

The funded RA position is for one year, with the potential for extension. It includes a 20-hour-per-week stipend @$18.50 per hour (subject to final budget considerations), and a waiver for out of state graduate student fees. This is a great opportunity to gain practical experience conducting social science and environmental communication in one of the premiere national parks. The student candidate will work with NRS faculty who have expertise in natural resource social science and communication. Interested applicants should send a current CV and statement of interest to Dr. Patrick Wilson (pwilson@uidaho.edu) or Dr. Travis Paveglio (tpaveglio@uidaho.edu) by May 1, 2016. The applicant selected will start their graduate program in August 2016.

The University of Idaho is the Land Grant institution of Idaho, located in the panhandle of northern Idaho. The Department of Natural Resources and Society is part of the College of Natural Resources (CNR). The department features a diverse, interdisciplinary faculty of social scientists with a national and international reputation in teaching, research, and service. The CNR has three departments (Fish and Wildlife Sciences; Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences; and Natural Resources and Society) and offers eight undergraduate degree programs, Master of Natural Resources (professional degree), Master of Science in Natural Resources, and PhD in Natural Resources. The college has 600 undergraduate majors and more than 200 graduate students.

Postdoctoral Fellow in The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho

The College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho seeks recent PhDs in forest economics or natural resource policy to participate in modeling and analysis in the areas of forest management, forest product markets, and forest governance. The fellow will contribute to research that complements the work of the Policy Analysis Group (http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/pag); collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting with other social science and biophysical faculty; and develop new research directions in forest economics and/or policy analysis that focuses on the contribution of the forest products industry to the regional economy, forest carbon sequestration and markets, policies affecting the forest products industry, public land management policy and governance, or wildfire management. We seek individuals who are motivated to develop an outstanding program of research, thrive in a team environment, and will take a leadership role in all aspects of project design, implementation, and analysis. The fellow will also provide expertise to collaborators, scientists, and stakeholders by participating in the design and delivery of publications, workshops, and related outreach activities as necessary.

Pay range: $45,000 – $55,000 depending on experience.

Application Deadline:  Open until filled

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/12942