We are looking for a Ph.D. or MS-level research scientist to bring their unique ecological skills to our growing team!
The research scientist will work closely with WLC’s Lead Scientist – Dr. Kris Hulvey – and the rest of the WLC team, with project partners, and will also spend significant time working independently.
Title: Project Manager focused on ecosystem services in ranching landscapes
Location: Logan, UT
Application deadline & start date: Position is open until filled. First review of applications will be Feb 15th. Desired start date is April 15.
ABOUT WORKING LANDS CONSERVATION
WLC is a small, rapidly growing, research-based non-profit located in Logan, UT. Our goal is to bring science to collaborative partnerships working to improve land management, while supporting communities and livelihoods. We strongly believe that partnerships of diverse stakeholders lead to innovative management ideas, and that producers are the foundational stewards of our working landscapes. We work closely with producers, state agencies, federal agencies, and university partners to complete our work, share ideas, and inspire innovative management.
We expect to expand our full-time research staff rapidly in the coming years and are looking for individuals who thrive in a fast-paced environment. In addition to our Utah-based projects, we will be initiating projects in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and on the Navajo Nation in 2024. We are looking for a new team member who will focus primarily on existing Utah projects, but is excited to participate in the development of new projects across the West.
ABOUT WORKING LANDS CONSERVATION’S UTAH-BASED PROJECTS
U.S. ranchers have long relied on rangelands to provide forage for livestock. More recently, there is a growing interest in rangelands providing a broader array of ecosystem services including soil carbon sequestration, healthy riparian areas, and high-quality sage grouse habitat. Despite this interest, there are gaps in our understanding of how grazing practices affect ecosystem processes. Our goal is to balance supplies of multiple ecosystem services in working rangeland systems.
Over the past five years, the WLC team has worked with regional ranchers, and state and federal managers on an innovative grazing project in northern Utah called the Three Creeks Grazing Project. This collaborative project aims to improve rangeland health, while also, supporting the economic needs of a rural Utah community. WLC’s role in this work is to collect data on how Three Creek’s new grazing practices change the rangeland ecosystem services produced on this large landscape. We then synthesize this information and share it with partners through personal conversations, informal and formal presentations, written reports and published papers. Ultimately, our goal is to fill gaps in scientific knowledge that will allow the local community to reach their management and stewardship goals on the Three Creeks landscape.
We are seeking a research scientist who can bring their unique background and scientific expertise to our team. WLC has been working with the ranching community and agency partners within Utah for five years. We are looking for an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, scientist who can continue to lead and grow our Utah-based research.
The new team member will organize all aspects of ongoing research including leading yearly summer field research, hiring and training crews, organizing and analyzing field data, and writing research reports. They will have the strong support of WLC’s Lead Scientist – Dr. Kris Hulvey, the WLC Research Scientist – Dr. Megan Nasto, and WLC’s research partners, including Utah Grazing Improvement Program (Utah Dept. of Ag & Food), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Three Creeks Grazing, LLC.
At WLC, we are passionate about the sage-brush ecosystems where we work. We are equally passionate about building strong, respectful relationships with our partners based on trust and communication. The ideal candidate would share these passions, values, and goals.
We are looking for someone who wants to make a difference in the management of local landscapes while also building knowledge that can have an impact more broadly. Our place-based research will directly influence local rangeland management, including grazing decisions that support local ecosystems and producer needs. At the same time, we are monitoring the outcomes that flow from the implementation of an innovative, public lands grazing plan that can serve as a model for US public rangeland management beyond Utah.
WLC would love to support a person excited to take on the challenge of ramping up our riparian monitoring and developing our soil health & carbon sequestration research.
SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE REQUESTED
We recognize that each applicant will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position. A good fit means that you will be contributing your skills and passion to WLC’s ongoing development as a stakeholder-focused, research non-profit. We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives in our applicant pool, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all, of the following qualifications and experience:
– MS or PhD completed by May 2024 in any one of the following: ecology, plant biology, soil science, restoration ecology, conservation, environmental sciences, wildlife science, rangeland science, or other related science-based field (Preferred Start date: April 15; salary rate based on degree)
– Proficiency with statistical analysis of ecological data
– Experience & success writing scientific manuscripts published in peer reviewed journals
– Experience presenting research at workshops/conferences/meetings
– Strong interpersonal skills including experience working with multiple stakeholder groups including government agencies/academic scientists/ranchers, and the desire and ability to communicate clearly and respectfully to all these groups
– Ability to (happily) spend long days in extreme field conditions including cold, heat to 90F, buggy conditions that can include mosquitoes, ticks & biting flies
– Ability to work independently with proficiency in prioritizing tasks, organizing time and managing multiple activities to meet deadlines; strong organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
– Experience living/working safely in a remote location with a field crew
– Plant identification experience, particularly in sage-brush ecosystems
– GIS mapping skills
– Ability to carry 20 lbs over uneven terrain
– Valid driver’s license
– Must be a US citizen
POSITION TERM & COMPENSATION
Full-time, salaried, exempt. The salary range is $45,000 – $50,000/yr (dependent on degree). This position includes a comprehensive compensation package, including a competitive salary, excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings, and a generous vacation and sick leave policy.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled. First screening will occur on February 15th. Email Drs. Kris Hulvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Megan Nasto (email@example.com) your CV, cover letter, and 2 references with contact information. Include: “WLC Project Manager” in the subject line. In the cover letter please explain why you are interested in this position, your relevant experience, qualifications, and include salary requirements.
Multiplier and Working Lands Conservation celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and Working Lands Conservation are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and Working Lands Conservation prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.
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