Dec 20 2014


Job: Oregon Invasive Species Council

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The Oregon Invasive Species Council is currently advertising for a Coordinator position to help cooperative efforts at preventing and controlling damaging invasive species in the state of Oregon.  The 17-member OISC was created in 2001 and has had many successful campaigns in eliminating or mitigating invasive species.  For more on the Council, please visit  www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org.

In short, the main duties of the OISC Coordinator are:

·        Coordinate, or lead efforts, for key

OISC business (estimated 60% of total duties)

·        Pursue outside funding sources to

support OISC business and key initiatives (10%)

·        Coordinate outreach and education for

the Council, such as press releases, reports to stakeholders, etc. (10%)

·        Serve as the Council’s liaison to the

Oregon legislature and the Governor’s Office (10%)

·        Coordinate with neighboring states and

the National Invasive Species Council (5%)

·        Meet regularly with the Oregon Dept of

Agriculture for contract reporting (5%)

This vacancy is a contract, salaried position with a maximum pay rate equivalent to $6,250 per month.  However, since this contract is open for competitive bidding, the Price Proposal with the lowest Total Project Rate for the Coordinator position will be awarded the maximum number of “Price Points” available under the RFP.  All contract proposals will be evaluated based on a number of criteria, including competitive bids.

Funding, and consequently the current open position, is guaranteed through the end of the current Oregon fiscal year (June 30, 2015).  Beyond that date, funding is pending approval by the Oregon Legislature of the recently-released Governor’s Recommended Budget.  We anticipate, but cannot guaranteed at this time, full funding for the position for the next biennium (July 1, 2015 June 30, 2017).  The contract can be automatically renewwed for this extended time period, given satisfactory job performance by the incumbent Coordinator and available funds.

Interested parties must apply for the contract using the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN System) at http://orpin.oregon.gov.

Prospective Proposers without access to the ORPIN System may download copies at the Department of Administrative Services, Procurement Services Office located at 1225 Ferry Street SE, Salem, OR 97301. Prospective Proposers unfamiliar with the ORPIN System may contact the Department of Administrative Services at 1225 Ferry Street SE, Salem, OR  97301 and at telephone number>(503)378-4642.

All questions, requests for clarification, and protests pertaining to this RFP, including the technical requirements, contractual requirements, and the procurement process, must be directed to the Single Point of Contact identified as:

Single Point of Contact:

Zaida Zuniga, OPBC
Address: 635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR  97301
(voice) 503-986-4612
E-mail:   zzuniga@oda.state.or.us

 

Important dates for this open RFP are:

RFP Advertised

December 12,  2014

Deadline for Questions/Clarifications

December 26,  2014

2:00 p.m.

Closing (Due date and time to submit Proposals) January13, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Publication of Notice of Intent to Award (approximate) January 20, 2015

Contract Execution (approximate)

February 1, 2015

 

If you have any questions about the Council, please direct them to me.

With gratitude,

Wyatt Williams, 2015 Chair of the OISC

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Wyatt Williams, Ph.D.
Invasive Species Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry
Private Forests Division
2600 State St. Bldg. D
Salem, OR 97310-0340

 Office:

tel:503-945-7472>503-945-7472

wwilliams@odf.state.or.us

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Dec 19 2014


Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World (Conference, SLOVAKIA)

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Tatras

 

MOUNTAIN FOREST MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING WORLD

High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia

7-9 July 2015 

Conference themes:

• Potentials and limitations of current management approaches to provide multiple ecosystem services • Climate change impacts on ecosystem service provisioning in mountain forests • Disturbance regimes in mountain forests and implications for ecosystem services • Alternative management strategies in mountain forests and consequences on ecosystem service provisioning • Decision support tools for mountain forest management • Governance approaches to secure multiple ecosystem service provisioning in the future

 

More information can be found here:

http://www.nlcsk.sk/mfm-conference.

 

On behalf of the Organizing Committee:

Harald Bugmann
Professor of Forest Ecology
ETH Zurich

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Dec 19 2014


Post doc: Black Ash Wetlands (Univ of Minn)

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Post-doctoral research associate examining amphibian and insect diversity of black ash wetlands threatened by emerald ash borer

The University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources and the U.S.

Forest Service Northern Research Station are seeking a postdoctoral scientist to contribute to research assessing the impacts of emerald ash borer (EAB) on the biodiversity of black ash wetlands in the Upper Great Lakes region. This position is part of a larger project examining potential adaptation strategies for mitigating the impacts of EAB on the structure and function of black ash forest systems. This work will capitalize on a network of existing research sites with a rich suite of existing detailed vegetation and hydrological measurements and will develop assessments of amphibian and insect diversity and habitat conditions in these critical ecosystems.  The post-doc will join a team of collaborators from the Universities of Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin, USFS, and Wisconsin DNR working to develop strategies to minimize the impacts of EAB on black ash forests in in the Lake States.  This position will also collaborate with scientists and resources managers in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in forest ecology, conservation biology, entomology, ecology, or a closely related field, experience with amphibian and insect identification and biodiversity assessments, as well as a strong work ethic, demonstrated writing and quantitative capabilities, a record of leadership, and a proven ability to work independently.

Applications or questions can be directed to Dr. Anthony D’Amato (damato@umn.edu). Position is funded for at least two years and located in Grand Rapids, MN.

Applications and required documents must be submitted online at the University of Minnesota Employment website (paste link below into web

browser): employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=122725

 

Applications should include a cover letter, statement of interest and goals, resume/CV, and names and contact information for three references.  This position is available immediately, is funded for at least two years, and is located in Grand Rapids, MN.

Review of applications will begin January 12, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

 

Anthony D’Amato
Associate Professor
Department of Forest Resources
University of Minnesota
1530 Cleveland Ave. North
St. Paul, MN  55108
Phone:  (612) 625-3733
FAX:    (612) 625-5212
E-mail: damato@umn.edu
Website: http://silviculture.forestry.umn.edu/

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Dec 19 2014


Job: Faculty Positions in Climate Change at UNH

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Tenure Track Faculty Positions in Climate Change at University of New Hampshire

(1) Agricultural Engineering

(2) Environmental Economics

(3) Quantitative Ecology

(4) Forest Ecosystem Health

The UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) seeks to hire four new tenure‐track assistant professors with demonstrated interests and expertise in diverse areas of the agricultural and ecological sciences. We intend to build and reinforce strengths related to climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation. We anticipate filling these positions in the Fall of 2015. Because multiple positions are available, we will strongly consider the recruitment of a cluster of faculty members with overlapping and synergistic research programs.

Changes in the physical and chemical climate, along with human population and land use, are transforming ecosystems and pose significant challenges in agricultural and natural resource‐based systems. It is our vision that UNH should build on existing strengths in sustainable agriculture, forestry, and ecology to address these challenges through engaged scholarship and excellence in teaching.

The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and a shared spirit of inquiry.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in the appropriate field, and demonstrated potential to develop and lead strong and productive research programs.

Working under the auspices of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, the successful candidates will be expected to compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives, achieve national and international prominence in their fields, and provide leadership in engagement with our stakeholders. They will embrace interdisciplinary approaches, and will be expected to interface with broad segments of the science‐to‐policy spectrum. Successful candidates will be expected to train graduate students and to develop and teach outstanding courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Integrating areas of research strength with academic programs is a key goal of the UNH Academic Plan.

The new faculty will be located within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, matched with the department that best suits their position, interests and expertise. Likely home departments are Natural Resources and the Environment (NREN) and Biological Sciences (BS).

Disciplinary Emphasis

The college seeks excellent candidates in the following areas of emphasis:

Forest Ecosystem Health

We seek a tenure‐track forest health ecologist whose research addresses emerging forest health threats and their interaction with climatic change.

The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, and a teaching program of interest to multiple undergraduate programs in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) as well as to graduate students working across multiple disciplines and ecosystems. We anticipate significant synergies with faculty working in natural resource landscapes, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and with colleagues at the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service located in Durham. Successful candidates will be expected to train graduate students and to develop and teach outstanding courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching assignments will include an upper‐level integrated course on forest health targeting the needs of students in our S.A.F.‐accredited Forestry program as well as other majors, and a mix of other undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs.

Agricultural Engineering

We seek a tenure‐track agricultural engineer to support multiple programs related to sustainable agriculture and food systems. The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, and a teaching program of interest to multiple undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) as well as other units across campus. We seek candidates who will conduct research in the areas of information and technology development related to energy efficiency and climate impacts adaptation and risk mitigation, as appropriate for the small‐scale agricultural systems typical of the northeastern United States. Expertise in the areas of scalable nutrient capture and reuse systems, protected agricultural systems, and alternative agricultural energy systems is highly desirable. Research should have direct, relevant, and beneficial impact on regional stakeholders producing or consuming a variety of animal, horticultural, and agronomic products. Teaching assignments will include a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs. We anticipate significant synergies with faculty and specialists working in diverse areas of resilient agricultural systems, including those in the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES; local facilities include the Fairchild Dairy, Kingman Farm, Organic Dairy Research Farm, Macfarlane Greenhouses and Woodman Farm), UNH Cooperative Extension, the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and others within and outside New Hampshire. A related Research Faculty hire in agricultural engineering and sustainable agricultural technologies will provide further collaborative opportunities.

Environmental Economics

We seek a tenure‐track economist whose research addresses environmental sustainability and its interaction with climate change. Although all areas of environmental economics will be considered, we have a particular interest in candidates who conduct research in the areas of climate impacts and energy, especially as they relate to agriculture, forestry, and natural resource use. The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, and a teaching program of interest to multiple undergraduate programs in the COLSA as well as graduate students working across multiple disciplines and study ecosystems. Successful candidates will be expected to train graduate students and to develop and teach outstanding courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching assignments will include a mix of other undergraduate and graduate courses consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs.

Quantitative Ecology

We seek a tenure‐track quantitative ecologist whose research contributes to the sustainable management of natural resources under changing climatic conditions. We particularly seek candidates whose research integrates empirical and theoretical approaches, spans a range of spatial and temporal scales, and involves large datasets. We encourage applicants with expertise in population, community, or ecosystem ecology, with preference given to those whose research naturally crosses disciplinary lines and can thus best support multiple program initiatives within COLSA. The primary responsibilities of this position will be the development of a productive and externally funded research program, and a teaching program of interest to multiple undergraduate programs in COLSA as well as graduate students working across multiple disciplines and ecosystems. Teaching assignments will include a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology and quantitative methods, consistent with the expertise of the candidate and with departmental and college needs.

 

 

Application Instructions

Information, including detailed position descriptions and complete application information is available at http://www.colsa.unh.edu/employment.

All applicants will be required to apply online at https://jobs.usnh.edu.

The online application will ask for: 1) a letter of application; 2) current vitae; 3)statement of teaching interests and philosophy; 4) research statement and 5) names, addresses, email and phone numbers of (5) five professional references. The candidate will be notified before any references are contacted. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2015 and will continue until the positions are filled.

 

About UNH and COLSA

The University of New Hampshire, located in Durham, is a Research‐I, Land, Sea and Space Grant University that has been recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence and a commitment to sustainability.

The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is organized into four interacting academic units and includes the state?s Agricultural Experiment Station. The University actively seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

 

Please direct all inquiries to:

Climate Change Search
Jane Garnett, COLSA Search Coordinator
jane.garnett@unh.edu
603‐862‐5417

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Dec 18 2014


Native American Natural Resource Research Scholarship

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InterTribal Forest Service snip

The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Native American students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue.

Award: Up to $4,000

Purpose: The ITC Research Scholarship is designed to support tribally relevant, natural resource based, research being conducted by Native American scholars (graduate or undergraduate).

For more information see:  ITC Research Scholarship Announcement

 

Deadline: January 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PST

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Dec 16 2014


Internship: Fire Ecology and Fuel Management

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Fire Folk

Grand Canyon National Park is recruiting for a student intern to work with the Fire Ecology and Fuel Management professional staff.  The goal of the internship program is to provide on-the-job training to students so they can gain an understanding of how science is incorporated into fire management decisions. Interns will be considered for the federal Student Trainee (Forestry Technician – Fuels Technician) (0499) series at the GS-5 grade level.

Qualification and application information:

 

Applicants are highly encouraged to call or email Windy Bunn for further information — see  flyer: Grand Canyon Fire Intern 2015

Windy Bunn
Fire Ecologist
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
928.638.7895 (office)
928.606.5599 (cell)

Online applications must be completed by January 9, 2015.

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Dec 16 2014


Post-Doc in (UAS) Remote Sensing of Plant Traits

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Post-Doctoral Position Available in Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Remote Sensing of Plant Traits

 

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Science and Technology (TEST) group (http://www.bnl.gov/TEST/) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is seeking a post-doc interested in developing and using UAS platforms as a basis for monitoring and scaling plant traits. Specifically, this position will focus on building and integrating sensor packages for UAS platforms to develop links between optical, thermal, and structural characteristics of vegetation canopies and biochemical and physiological traits governing carbon, water, and energy fluxes in the terrestrial biosphere. This research will primarily leverage spectroscopic remote sensing observations at the leaf to canopy scales in conjunction with thermal infrared (TIR) sensor data. The successful candidate will work closely with Drs. Serbin and Rogers to: 1) link UAS data with in-situ measurements, 2) use UAS data to measure the drivers of ecosystem function, and 3) provide spatially and temporally resolved trait maps.

 

The essential duties and responsibilities of the post-doc include-

Assemble, program and operate UAS platforms Integrate payloads and navigation equipment on UAS platforms Process instrument data, including remote sensing imagery, geolocation and navigation data, and image orthorectification Calibrate and maintain UAS instrumentation payloads Coordinate, measure, and scale key plant processes and traits to link with UAS observations Publish results in peer-review journals and present at scientific conferences

 

Prospective candidates should have-

A Ph.D. in remote sensing science, plant biology, ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, or a related discipline Extensive experience with remote sensing data and its analysis Background in the use of instrumentation for environmental monitoring, such as wireless instrument communication and data retrieval Willingness to work collaboratively in team environments Effective written and oral communication skills Record of publication in high quality internationally recognized journals

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities-

Experience with open-source programming environments such as Python and R, as well as geospatial tools such as GDAL A strong statistical background Experience building and maintaining instrumentation Experience with digital imaging processing and spectroscopy Ability to organize and orchestrate field campaigns Experience using database systems such as PostgreSQL

 

Application Process-

Applicants should visit the BNL Careers website (http://www.bnl.gov/HR/careers/ ) and search for Job

#180 to apply. Review of applications begins on February 2nd, 2015 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Our preferred start date is April 1st, 2015.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Review of applications begins on February 2nd, 2015

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Dec 11 2014


The Chateaubriand Fellowship

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The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now openhttp://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries. The program is divided in two sections:

  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health

The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.   This fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in Washington in partnership with American universities and French research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation’s GROW program.

  • HSS: Humanities and Social Sciences

The Chateaubriand fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences is offered by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France. The HSS program targets outstanding Ph.D. students enrolled in American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the Humanities and Social Sciences.   The HSS Chateaubriand program is supported by the Campus France agency which provides a welcome package and assistance to Fellows upon their arrival. Social networking opportunities are also offered by the Fulbright program in France. ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidates must be currently working on their Ph.D.
  • Candidates do not have to be U.S. citizens, but they must be enrolled in an American university.
  • Candidates must obtain a letter of recommendation from their advisor(s) in the U.S., as well as a letter of invitation from a professor affiliated with a French university or research institution. Please contact your supervisor in France as early as possible.

For more specific eligibility criteria please visit our websites.   BENEFITS

  • A monthly stipend
  • Health insurance for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • A round-trip ticket to France

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Academic relevance of the research project
  • Student’s command of the subject
  • Benefits of a research trip to France for the future of the collaboration
  • Background of the research collaboration
  • Contribution of the project to France/U.S. academic exchange

CONTACTS

WEBSITE & APPLICATION http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org Complete applications must be submitted by January 20, 2015.

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Dec 10 2014


Post Doc in Alaska

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POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION

We are seeking to fill a Postdoctoral research position in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society at Northern Arizona University.  The fellow will assist in a project focused on the fate of permafrost carbon in a warming world.  The research is field and lab based, with the primary field location near Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.  The research foci are (1) net ecosystem carbon exchange and loss of old C from a gradient of sites undergoing permafrost thaw, and similar measurements in (2) a new experimental manipulation of permafrost thaw and water table. Radiocarbon measurements of C pools and fluxes are an important component of this project for determining the age of C losses from ecosystems.

The postdoc will be primarily responsible for running the field component of this project in particular focusing on operation and interpretation of eddy covariance measurements. Other activities include supervising personnel and interfacing with other team members, interfacing with and/or making measurements of isotope fluxes, ecosystem C exchange, vegetation aboveground productivity, and associated environmental measurements.  The postdoc will be expected to organize, analyze, and maintain large data sets generated from a number of sensors and gas exchange measurement systems, and participate in data analysis and publications.

There are also opportunities within the context of this project to develop related research interests on climate change effects in high latitude ecosystems.

Candidates with a background in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, plant ecology, soil science, forestry, hydrology, or isotopes are encouraged to apply.  Experience with LICOR eddy covariance equipment, Campbell data loggers, SAS or R programming, or isotopes would be helpful.  The postdoc will generally spend a significant amount of time during the spring-to-fall (May through September) field season in Alaska running the field project, with winters spent in Flagstaff, AZ on lab and data analysis.  Experience with working and living in rugged field conditions is required. Salary is commensurate with experience, and full health care benefits are provided for individuals and families. Please send cover letter including the names/contact of 3 references and CV to: Dr. Ted Schuur; ted.schuur@nau.edu. Application review starting Jan. 15; position open until filled.

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Dec 10 2014


W’15 Course: Natural Resources Data Analysis

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FES 524  Natural Resources Data Analysis – CRN  38919

Instructors:  Lisa Ganio and Ariel Muldoon

T/TH 10 – 11:20 , F 10-11, Labs TH 2-4 pm  or F 8-10 am

 

Mixed Effects Models for normal and non-normal natural resources data using R. Prerequisites are ST 511 and ST 512 or equivalent.

  • Learn R programming from the basics
  • Learn statistical models for counts, categorical responses (such as survey response and binary data) and continuous measurements that include continuous and categorical explanatory variables.  Extend these models to incorporate repeated measures , hierarchical models and random effects models.
  • Final project is an analysis of your own data

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