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Scientist

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EcoAdapt Seattle
United States

EcoAdapt seeks a Scientist to provide research, writing, and other support for multiple projects within our Adaptation Consultation and State of Adaptation programs. As part of our Adaptation Consultation program, the Scientist will have an opportunity to engage with our federal partners to improve integration of climate considerations in resource management decision-making and develop innovative adaptation options for the future. As a member of our State of Adaptation program, you will have the chance to regularly engage with practitioners through interviews, case study and report writing, and outreach and engagement.

EcoAdapt is a non-profit organization headquartered on Bainbridge Island, WA that provides support, training, and assistance to help governments, organizations, and individuals figure out how to do what they do effectively even in the face of climate change. Our main objectives are to: (1) build the field of climate change adaptation by making adaptation capacity and resources more accessible; (2) build the capacity of current and future professionals in planning and management across sectors so they can engage in climate change adaptation; and (3) support implementation of adaptation strategies by providing capacity to partners eager to take climate adaptation action. Please explore what we do at EcoAdapt.org.

Essential duties and responsibilities:
• Assist program and project leads with climate change vulnerability assessments and developing climate change adaptation strategies for natural resources (e.g., species, habitats) and ecosystem services to improve management decision-making in the face of climate change
• Conduct scientific literature reviews and analyses to improve understanding of climate change impacts, resource vulnerabilities to those impacts, and options for adapting to potential changes
• Compile, analyze and clearly summarize narrative and data-based information from various sources
• Write clear, concise content that effectively explains key concepts and findings for a variety of audiences; edit, revise, and proofread written materials for technical reports and other documents
• Translate complex, technical concepts from various primary research and planning documents into easily understood media (e.g., graphics and narratives)
• Help devise, inform and undertake strategies that bring the best and most usable information to decision-making processes for a range of audiences
• Develop and maintain strong working relationships with federal and state agency partners, their related stakeholders, and collaborators from other organizations
• Represent EcoAdapt and our partners at meetings and conferences through giving large and small-group presentations as well as through workshop facilitation
• Seek opportunities and help keep EcoAdapt on the cutting edge of climate change adaptation
• Accommodate national travel

Successful candidates should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work fluidly within a project team
• Highly motivated self-starter with excellent time management skills and the ability to work independently and effectively manage multiple demands and deadlines
• Comfortable giving scientific presentations (both in-person and virtual) to technical and non-technical audiences
• Motivated to creatively help solve climate change related natural resource and built environment challenges
• English speaking and comprehension fluency
• Ability to work from home (e.g., internet access, phone)

Qualifications
Required skills/experience:
• Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of relevant work experience or a Master’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, natural resource management or policy, or related field. We will also consider applicants with a writing-related degree that have experience synthesizing and summarizing scientific concepts.
• Strong technical writing skills
• A strong demonstrable understanding of natural resource management, including but not limited to land management and conservation planning on public lands, and associated policies
• Education or training in climate-driven environmental change, especially in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
• Demonstrated experience working with diverse stakeholder groups, and building and maintaining effective partnerships
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and online collaborative workspaces and tools
• Preference given to those with knowledge of National Forest management policies and planning

Additional considerations:
• Knowledge of GIS tools and working with spatial data

EcoAdapt’s Compensation Philosophy
EcoAdapt’s policy is to provide compensation that is fair, reasonable, and consistent with the compensation paid in the nonprofit sector for positions of comparable complexity and responsibility without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

EcoAdapt is a distributed organization with team members located throughout the United States who work primarily from home offices. Preference will be given to candidates who live in the western United States.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and 2-3 writing samples (please include at least one technical narrative no more than 5 pages, and one non-technical narrative for a general audience no more than 1 page) to [email protected]. Please indicate “Scientist – EcoAdapt” in the subject line of all email correspondences. No phone calls please. Applications are due by Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Your cover letter should include the following:
1. Highlights of your qualifications that meet the position’s specific experience needs
2. A brief explanation of why this is the ideal job for you
3. Your salary requirement and justification

Location

EcoAdapt Seattle
United States