North Puget Sound Community Climate Resilience Scientist, WA State Department of Natural Resources

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 3/18/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: WA State Department of Natural Resources
Position/Title/Fund: North Puget Sound Community Climate Resilience Scientist
Type/Term: Full Time, Non-Permanent 12-month Term
Location: Olympia, Washington (Hybrid)
Salary: $53,964 - $72,552 annually
Deadline: March 27, 2024
Contact Info: Kyra Anderson: [email protected], 360-790-4674
Description:

Are you interested in conducting environmental research and engaging with community members in ecosystem-based monitoring? The Aquatics Assessment and Monitoring Team (AAMT) seeks a scientist with a broad range of capabilities and a strong commitment to improving the climate adaptive capacity for communities and their aquatic ecosystems. 

As the North Puget Sound Community Climate Resilience Scientist you will be responsible for leading the operation and enhancement of an autonomous sensor network, maintaining and improving biological survey methods, designing and implementing hypothesis testing research, analyzing and communicating findings to policy developers and the public, and sustaining a program that engages diverse community partners in conducting place-based climate science research and monitoring. This position will meet the goals of the Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan to establish a new acidification nearshore monitoring site within Snohomish County and be the community science coordinator for the northern Puget Sound region of the Acidification Nearshore Monitoring Network (ANeMoNe). 

Your leadership skills will be applied in overseeing staff and directing field crews in data collection while wading in water, snorkeling, and sampling from boats, off piers, and docks. Your practical problem-solving skills will be needed to identify and correct instrument errors, improve sampling methods, safely conduct field research in challenging conditions, and coordinate among a diverse group of partners and volunteers. You will apply your creativity in developing compelling online representations of place-based aquatic ecosystem monitoring and assessment data. Your verbal and writing skills will be essential to communicate research findings to agency management, scientific colleagues, and external stakeholders.

Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain an ANeMoNe sensor field site within the Snohomish watershed in accordance with the Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan.
  • Lead the deployment, operation, and maintenance of autonomous sensors at sites in northern Puget Sound.
  • Under the direction of ANeMoNe Lead, plan and implement targeted research for hypothesis testing.
  • With the direction and guidance of the supervisor, assist and participate in projects associated with the Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan to support collaborations between those projects and ANeMoNe. These projects and collaborations include outcomes of the watershed resilience action plan and collaborations with other Snohomish Watershed Resilience Action Plan staff.
  • Collaborate with the ANeMoNe volunteer coordinator for southern Puget Sound to develop and implement a training program for volunteer participants.
  • Establish and maintain robust community science partnerships for each ANeMoNe site in northern Puget Sound including continuing partnerships with community volunteers, nonprofit research groups, university and high school internship programs, and other community science programs.
  • Seek out northern Puget Sound partnering opportunities with climate disaster-vulnerable communities.
  • Work with partners on establishing and maintaining youth internship programs, and other outdoor experiential learning opportunities.
  • Communicate work expectations, goals, achievements, and field safety regularly with ANeMoNe field staff and volunteers.
  • Synthesize gathered data and information into reports and presentations under the guidance of the ANeMoNe Lead.
  • Distill relevant findings with compelling data visualization to convey relevant facts and findings for communication materials.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or related discipline, PLUS 3 years of experience in aquatic ecosystem science;
    OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience building relationships with diverse partners, including members of the public, community organizations, and government agencies.
  • Experience leading teams in the field, including developing and facilitating trainings materials.
  • Experience with web or online communication platforms.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting an environment that honors diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice practices.
  • Perform assigned duties in a manner consistent with applicable laws, regulations and public records retention and requests are followed.
  • Knowledge of techniques for field data collection, sample processing, application of statistical models in data analysis, data interpretation, and communicating findings.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to use software to create compelling graphics, maps, presentations, and reports.
  • Ability to effectively cope with change and make sound recommendations with limited information.
  • Ability to summarize complex scientific findings suitable for presenting to a range of audiences.
  • DNR Core Competencies:
    • Personal Accountability
    • Value Others
    • Compassionate Communication
    • Inspire Others
    • Commitment to Excellence

Preferred:

  • A master’s degree in environmental science, oceanography, ecology, or related discipline, with a preferred emphasis on aquatic ecosystems science, plus 3 years of experience in aquatic ecosystem research.
  • Experience with set-up, calibration, and servicing of underwater data collection instruments (e.g., hydroacoustic sonar, underwater video, temperature, light, and conductivity meters).
  • Experience with sample processing, and data analysis with hydrographic or benthic survey data.
  • Experience with accessing, extracting, and analyzing data from local, state, and national databases.
  • Experience applying science-based recommendations to support resource management decisions.
  • Experience in applying physical process models, habitat assessments, risk and vulnerability assessments, and empirical and statistical models for data analysis and
    interpretation.
  • Experience operating, trailering, launching, and loading boats and possess WA State boater education card.
How to Apply:
  • Apply online: at www.careers.wa.gov
    • Letter of interest: describing your specific qualifications to the position and position required, desired, and special requirements.
    • Resume: that details your experience and qualifications.
    • References: at least three professional references with current telephone numbers– you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include it with your resume.
    • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.
  • Candidates who move forward in the recruitment process may be contacted via email at [email protected] with interview information/scheduling instructions. Please monitor the email listed in your application materials and check your junk email folder to ensure you receive those communications.