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Description

Position Details

Department
Institute Natrl Res Dir (RNR)

Position Title
Research Associate

Job Title
Research Associate- Landscape Ecology-Forest Modeler

Appointment Type
Academic Teaching/Research Faculty

Job Location
Portland

Position Appointment Percent
100

Appointment Basis
12

Faculty Status
Regular

Tenure Status
Fixed-Term

Pay Method
Salary

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with education, training and experience

Position Summary

The Institute for Natural Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE ), 12-month,Research Associate- Landscape Ecology-Forest Modeler position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

INR has been working with the US Forest Service to assist in forest planning since the start of our Integrated Landscape Assessment Project, with partnerships with Regions 3 (AZ & NM), 5 (CA), and 6 (OR & WA). An important part of this work is to develop and run forest models that can evaluate current and future forest conditions and outputs, based on different forest plan or forest project alternatives. The modeling has been done initially using the ST-Sim software package. INR has recently been funded to develop models for the 4 northwestern California Forests, and the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, which are in the process of developing forest plan updates. The majority of the work of the forest modeler over the first two or three years of this project will be to work with the planning staff at the R5 and R6 regional offices, along with the planning staff in each of the 5 national forests having plan revisions, to build, run and report on the model outputs to meet the forest planning needs. INR’s current R3 cooperative agreement also provides some funding to assist on model developments to support some larger project plan assessments, and working with the Regional 3 planning staff and assisting with these models will also be part of the work, although initially much smaller. It is anticipated that the USFS will continue their planning in the rest of the national forests in western Oregon and Washington, which are long overdue for updated plans, and the work will continue there.

The forest modeler will work with other members of the INR forest and rangelands teams.Â

Position Duties

80% - Develop and implement forest models for the 5 forests outlined in the Region 5 cooperative agreement, working with the USFS planning staff. Use ST- SIM , and potentially Landis forest model outputs to model forest change under the key alternatives identified by the USFS partners. Work with other INR staff to help translate these model outputs into the key services (timber, wildlife, at-risk species, water, etc), so the USFS can evaluate the different plan alternatives. Incorporate fire and as much as possible climate into these models and assure the forest inputs used in these models meet any standards identified by the USFS forest planning team.
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10% â€" Work with Region 3 staff as required to Raise funds by expanding existing agreements or developing new agreements to assure salaries for forest program staff are covered, and work to develop proposals and obtain funds to address key forestry issues in Oregon and western North America.
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5% - Assist with INR staff with modeling and analysis issues related to forests, landscapes, fire and climate change, when opportunities exist.
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5% - Contribute to outreach, including publications, presentations, public meetings or mentoring to support or expand INR’s work on forest ecosystem issues.Â

Minimum/Required Qualifications
  • PhD in forestry or forest ecology.
  • At least two years of experience working with forested ecosystems in California or the Pacific Northwest.Â
  • At least two years of experience or training with forest change modeling, particularly using ST- SIM or LANDIS software, and experience using ArcGIS and MS Office.
  • Ability to work independently, and to work with multiple agency planners. Flexibility to assure both quality model outputs while meeting goals and objectives of project sponsors.




Preferred (Special) Qualifications
  • Understanding of the ecosystem or species analyses used in USFS national forest or other forest project planning.
  • An understanding of fire and climate models, especially those that are relevant in the Pacific Northwest and California.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity




Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Typical working environment, in the office or occasional tele-commuting is acceptable as agreed upon between employee and supervisor.Â

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities.
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Posting Number
P04821UF

Number of Vacancies
1

Anticipated Appointment Begin Date
11/15/2021

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Posting Date
09/28/2021

Full Consideration Date

Closing Date
10/31/2021

Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; andÂ

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:Â Jimmy Kagan at Jimmy.kagan@oregonstate.edu.

OSU is committed to the health of our local and global community. All employees and students are required to comply with the university’s COVID -19 Vaccination Program. Please visit https://covid.oregonstate.edu/ for additional information about OSU’s plans for safety and success, as well as options for compliance with the vaccination program.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Starting salary within the salary range will be commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  • * Please briefly describe experience you have using ST-Sim and/or Landis to model forest change.
    (Open Ended Question)

  • Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

    Job Information

    • Job ID: 59048068
    • Location:
      Portland, Oregon, United States
    • Position Title: Research Associate- Landscape Ecology-Forest Modeler
    • Company Name: Oregon State University
    • Job Function: Academic Faculty
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