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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
USFS Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral/post-graduate fellowship is available with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) located in Redding, California.
At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service's mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management.
Research Project: The USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) is seeking a Postdoctoral/Post-graduate Fellow with experience in fire ecology/fire science and/or forest ecology to join a team of scientists investigating ecological outcomes of different forest management treatments including mechanical thinning, reforestation, and prescribed fire. Several research topics the Fellow will have the greatest involvement with include: 1) evaluating the ecological outcomes of different post-high severity fire reforestation options, 2) performance of prescribed fire treatments in young stands to understand tree age, burn timing, and ignition strategies that best meet management objectives, and 3) evaluating how forest management treatments influenced fire behavior and effects in wildfires. Opportunities may also exist to evaluate the ecological outcomes of indigenous fire regimes and effects of fire on culturally important species. Besides these topics, the Fellow will have opportunities to participate in new field experiments, design and carry out studies of their own, and may assist in grant writing.
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Eric Knapp (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: March 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended an additional year upon recommendation of USFS 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.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) only.
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 USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, 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 USForestService@orise.orau.gov 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 with completion by the start of their appointment. Applicants in the latter stages of completing a degree might also be considered in some circumstances.