We are seeking a postdoc to lead the implementation of a large-scale management study that experimentally compares different strategies to manage large tracts of state and federal forestlands. This study is envisioned as a leading national effort to apply adaptive management concepts, with the expressed goal of informing consideration of major changes in forest policy. The main cooperating land manager is the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). They have provided 270,000 acres in the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) to find a subset of experimental watersheds. A feasibility analysis has identified 33 watersheds from which 16 experimental watersheds can be chosen. The postdoc would assist in workshops to write a scientific study plan, planning of pre- and post-treatment monitoring, initial pre-experiment trails, and implementation of initial treatments (beginning in 2018).
This project is a major new collaboration between UW and DNR. Project leads are Bernard Bormann (UW, ONRC) and Teodora Minkova (DNR, OESF) with a wide range of UW and other collaborators.
- Leading the study plan team in selecting 16 from a pool of 33 watersheds (1000 to 3000 acres) to create 4 blocks populated each with 4 watersheds having the most similar initial conditions;
- Working with study plan team and stakeholders to identify a discrete set of measures that can be used to track changes before/after implementation;
- Working with DNR staff to modify activities in 2017 to pre-test silviculture prescriptions and administrative protocols to assist in 2018 implementation;
- Oversee pretreatment monitoring for ONRC with DNR partners in 2017 and 2018 and post-treatment monitoring in 2018 and 2019;
- Provide scientific oversight for the first pulse of study implementation in 2018 and 2019; and
- Prepare talks and papers describing the study.
The work will be conducted as part of a multidisciplinary science and research-management teams. Although most work will be focused on ecological well-being, additional effort will be focused on integrating ecological and community well-being. Disciplines involved include forest and stream ecology, environmental economics, lidar and remote sensing, and forest operations (roads, harvesting, administrative, and decision systems).
The position will provide an outstanding opportunity, on a statewide to national stage, to further develop and apply concepts of: (1) science-based adaptive management and (2) rural-ecosystem sustainability based on evidence-based decision-making to improve both ecological and community well-being. This includes applying a variety of field and analytical skills to perform original and applied research, presenting results at scientific meetings and trainings, and publishing first-author papers in peer-reviewed journals. The appointment is for one year renewable up to three years. The salary is negotiable depending upon experience and includes benefits and a travel budget. The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with the 2nd year conditional on performance. The position is located at the Olympic Natural Resources Center campus in Forks, WA with substantial interaction with faculty and students on the UW main campus in Seattle. The position is supported with State of Washington appropriations to ONRC and DNR, and will likely be supplemented with pending grants and other revenue streams.
- PhD, or foreign equivalent, in applied ecology such as silviculture, riparian and stream science, remote sensing, or related field;
- Knowledge of adaptive management concepts and experience with stakeholder groups;
- Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with statistical techniques used in remote sensing and experimental design;
- Experience with manipulating and analyzing large spatial datasets
- Capacity for remote field work;
- Data and workflow management skills;
- Strong writing and presentation skills, including a track record of peer-reviewed publications and scientific conference presentations; and
- Ability to work in a collaborative environment across many disciplines and the research-management divide.
The incumbent will have opportunities for professional development through the University of Washington Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (https://grad.uw.edu/for-students-and-post-docs/post-doctoral-affairs/).
The UW and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences promote diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research and service.
For questions about this position, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Theresa Santman, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the position, contact: Bernard Bormann, Professor (UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences) and Director (Olympic Natural Resources Center); email: email@example.com; phone: 360-374-4554
Interested individuals should send a CV, brief statement of qualifications, 3 letters of recommendation, and contact information for 3 references to:
Olympic Natural Resources Center
PO Box 1628
1455 S. Forks Ave
Forks, WA 98331
Review of applications will begin on April 1 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.