Research Social Scientist in the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station

Possible Duty Stations in California: Albany, Arcata, Davis, Redding, Riverside

Responsibilities: We seek to fill a full-time, permanent position for a research social scientist capable of developing a transdisciplinary program leading to a better understanding of community well-being, ecosystem health, and sustainability. Such knowledge can be used to better inform management, policy, and advance theories. Research topics include forest and rangeland restoration, fire social science, community resilience, as well as collaboration and public engagement. Ecosystem health and the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) are major problems, and the need to address them while managing the supply of ecosystem services to the public means that engaging diverse types of communities is critical. In addition, understanding the effects of fuels reduction and ecosystem restoration on other desired outcomes and uses from the national forests, of landscape-scale restoration across ownership boundaries; and understanding societal agency and opinions as well as socio-political barriers to forest restoration are needed. Understanding the socioeconomic issues that managers and communities face in trying to restore forests, and socio-ecological frameworks that evaluate the social and economic tradeoffs of ecological restoration, management, and decision making are also key issues to be addressed.

This position will be housed in the research branch of the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Research Station.  Applicants should have an interest in participating on multi-disciplinary research teams involving scientists throughout the Pacific Southwest Station, and in working with the management branch of the Forest Service to co-produce knowledge that helps inform decision-making.

Qualifications: Graduate degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A Master’s or equivalent graduate degree with no experience is a minimum requirement for a GS-11 and a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree is a minimum requirement for a GS-12 position. The candidate should demonstrate research excellence, creative problem solving, the ability to build a research program as documented through peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations, and the ability to obtain extramural funding. Demonstrated ability to work with a team and lead others is essential.

Salary: GS-11, 12 or 13, depending on qualifications

Applications: This is an outreach notice, not a formal job announcement. The formal announcement will appear on USAJOBS as a “Social Scientist” within the next few months and will be open for a short time frame (5-10 days as determined by administrative regulation for this position).  Prior to applying, interested applicants can send a letter of interest and a c.v. to [email protected] .  Please place “Research Social Scientist-California” in the email header.

NOTE: Emailing a c.v. and letter of interest does not constitute applying for the position through the USAJOBS website.