Wildfire Research Postdoctoral Scholar – Pepperwood Preserve

Opportunity Type: Job

This new Wildfire Research Scholar position will provide leadership on the analysis and publication of Pepperwood’s comprehensive pre- and post wildfire ecosystem monitoring data sets, which have captured the impact of two fires on our 3200-acres research reserve in the last five years. This position will also be affiliated with Dr. David Ackerly’s Lab at UC Berkeley’s Department of Integrative Biology. The successful candidate will serve as a senior researcher on wildfire impacts on North Coast ecosystems, evaluate the influence of pre-fire treatments on post-fire conditions, and assist with the development of land stewardship recommendations that will improve our communities’ ability to predict, prepare, and adapt to wildfire.

Position Overview

This is a one-year position funded by the Battery Powered Foundation to analyze ecological data metrics of forest resilience before and after wildfire. This role will support Pepperwood’s collaborative approach to developing and disseminating tools for agencies and communities in fire-prone regions in California and beyond. The Wildfire Research Scholar will be responsible for quantitative ecological analysis, modeling, and reporting on post-fire vegetation response and recovery. The Wildfire Research Scholar will work with the Conservation Science Manager, the Research and Preserve Management, and senior advisors from the Ackerly Lab and the Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaborative (TBC3) to publish and communicate the results to the scientific community. This advance in regional wildfire science will help residents and land managers and policy makers better plan and take actions to reduce fire hazards.

Required Qualifications

A qualified candidate will have a combination of the following experience and/or equivalent education:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Earth Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or closely related field (candidates close to completion also encouraged to apply)
  • Strong background in fields including wildfire science, ecological theory (e.g., landscape, community, population), forest ecology, and climate modeling with the ability to work both independently and as a team player in a transdisciplinary environment
  • Scientific publication and/or technical report writing experience
  • Strong analytical, verbal, written, interpersonal communication and capacity-building skills and expertise using Microsoft Office and Google Suites
  • Experience integrating datasets to address wildfire and climate resilience challenges
  • Expertise conducting quantitative analysis including advanced statistics, ecological modeling, and geospatial data analysis
  • Ability to write code in R programming language and share code with online teams using source code repositories (GitHub)
  • Ability to track and manage projects using online collaboration tools and source code repositories and quickly master new technology and experience implementing data management workflows and best practices
  • Ability to communicate (verbal, written) with staff across teams and external partners from different backgrounds, identities and experiences
  • Ability to take direction and collaborate, and comfortable seeking guidance as needed

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation commensurate with experience. In addition to salary and benefits, an on-site studio is available for long-term housing or short-term stays, as needed, to support this position.

How to Apply

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