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ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Range Sheep Production Efficiency Research (RSPER) Unit, located in Dubois, Idaho.
Research Project: This project rests on the idea that scientific innovations in natural resource management and food production systems are most effective when bundled with social and institutional innovations. We apply this idea to rangeland livestock production in the US Intermountain West and research at the RSPER Unit based in Idaho.
The ORISE fellow will be involved in a team conducting research to develop and implement a “Rangeland Collaboratory” project to address these topics through participatory research. This approach integrates experimental research, local knowledge, and conservation goals together with ranching objectives to bolster manager adaptive capacity. More specifically, the project replicates methods for collaborative adaptive rangeland management developed by ARS researchers in Colorado and adapts these to the range sheep systems of the Intermountain West. In this context, there is a need for: 1) clear methodological frameworks for co-produced research within the ARS research unit; 2) a greater understanding of the goals and mental models of diverse public partners and stakeholders who may be able to enhance livestock production, biodiversity conservation, and climate adaptation goals on rangelands; 3) methods to integrate these diverse goals into participatory experimental study designs; 4) methods to convene collaborative research and enhance social learning across public and private land contexts, stakeholder groups, and throughout vast landscapes.
The participant will have the opportunity to:
Learning Objectives: The participant will learn:
The project will provide exposure to collaborative science methods and enhance professional skills in complex problem solving, team leadership, and cutting edge participatory approaches to scientific research. The participant will gain access to scientific mentors throughout USDA-ARS and collaborate with a diverse group of participating partners, including conservation NGOs, land management agencies, and ranchers. The participant will have the opportunity to advance their publication record and enhance their networks in research, outreach, and community organizations throughout the Intermountain Region.
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Hailey Wilmer (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 2024. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for two years, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The current annual stipend amounts for this opportunity are $54,200 (Master's) and $65,200 (Ph.D.) plus an insurance supplement and travel allowance.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process, please email ORISE.ARS.PacificWest@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees to be received by January 1, 2024.