USFS Forest Climate Hub Fellowship, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 7/05/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Position/Title/Fund: USFS Forest Climate Hub Fellowship - Full-time, 1+ year term
Location: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: July 7, 2023
Contact Info: anne.marsh@usda.gov

Salary: $72,000/year plus $5,419/year health insurance and prescription supplement and $5,500/year for travel.

Mentor: Anne Marsh (anne.marsh@usda.gov). For questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor.

The fellow will serve as a Climate Fellow for the USDA Climate Hubs. The fellow will collaborate with Climate Hub staff, other USDA scientists and managers, Climate Hub partners and stakeholders to develop science-based tools and information products that will help land managers better manage forest and rangeland resources in light of the direct and indirect impacts of climate change (e.g., drought, floods, changing growing seasons, increased wildfire and pests, etc.) and to increase carbon storage and sequestration (mitigation). The fellow will meet with USDA agency representatives to learn about agency mission areas and collaborate with the network of fellows across the ten USDA Climate Hubs.

Activities of the Climate Hub Fellow will focus on supporting, synthesizing, and communicating the research of Climate Hubs and land managers across the US on a range of priority issues such as reforestation, climate equity, drought, mitigation benefits, and adaptation actions, and can take many potential forms, including:

  • Support and synthesize the research of the ten Climate Hubs and cohort of Climate Hub Fellows;
  • Communicate climate science to partners and stakeholders;
  • Research on economic, technical and scientific climate change issues of current and immediate importance to forest and rangeland managers, including ecosystem service and carbon quantification, reforestation and restoration, and support for underserved communities;
  • Interact with counterparts in USDA science agencies (NRCS, ARS) and with other government agencies including NOAA, DOI, etc., to facilitate forest and rangeland management and adaptation to climate change;
  • Travel to professional conferences, meetings, etc., to enhance capacity relevant to preparing USDA for climate change;
  • Build relationships with academic institutions and other professional or advocacy groups, which may include professional societies and associations to improve access to data and tools that will support USDA’s climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts;
  • Support for climate change education, outreach, training; and
  • Conduct needs assessments, developing risk models and contributing to usable decision tools that can support decision-making in the face of climate change and extreme weather events.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance collaborative skills by participating as a member of an interdisciplinary team investigating opportunities to advance climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Enhance leadership and facilitation skills by coordinating across the Climate Hub network and leading the community of climate fellows.
  • Understand and facilitate interactions at the intersection between science and land management.
  • Enhance communication skills and experience by sharing information developed with management, professional and scientific communities via presentations and publishing findings in journals and reports. Also includes drafting communication materials, such as website content, information sheets, and newsletters.
  • Strengthen techniques used for data collection and analysis. This includes conducting scientific syntheses, data mining, and conducting interviews with key partners.

Qualifications:

  • The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with natural resource management and climate change, and an interest in applied research/technical assistance and education and communication.