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US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Research Social Scientist (WA/OR)

US Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Research Social Scientist (WA/OR)

The Goods, Services, and Values Program of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station anticipates advertising a position for Research Social Scientist, GS-0101, grade 12 or 13. Grade level will depend on qualifications. This is a full-time permanent position under the federal Research Grade Evaluation Guide (RGEG) system of panel evaluation and promotion. The duty station options are the one of the following Pacific Northwest Research Station laboratories: the Forestry Sciences Laboratory (Corvallis, Oregon), Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory (La Grande, Oregon), Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (Seattle, Washington), or the Forestry Sciences Laboratory (Wenatchee, Washington).

The incumbent will be expected to develop a program of both basic and applied research with a particular focus on landscapes and communities east of the Cascades, as well as other areas in the Pacific Northwest.  Priority research is anticipated in one or more of the following areas: the social causes and consequences of large-scale disturbance events (e.g., wildfire, insect outbreaks); climate change vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation; tribal resource management; the social dimensions of forest restoration; collaboration and public engagement; the social dimensions of forest restoration; or public lands use and access. The incumbent is expected to work very closely with the other interdisciplinary team of scientists on the various initiatives within the broader research framework direction that the station is moving to.

The ideal candidate will have experience conducting research in one or more of the following areas.

  • Wildfire
  • Climate change.
  • Collaboration and partnerships.
  • Community resilience.

We anticipate the ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. in one of the social science fields (e.g., anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, rural or community development, economics, psychology, human dimensions of natural resources) or a related field. Applicants must meet minimum educational and/or experiential qualifications for the Research Social Scientist 0101 series at the GS-12 level. Current United States citizenship is required.

Due:  March 24, 2023

Please outreach widely and feel free to re-post or forward the attached outreach notice to everyone you think might have an interest!   We look forward to hearing from interested candidates.

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