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Forest Research Communications Fellow
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Reference Code
Application deadline
5/9/2017 12:00 AM Eastern Time Zone
Academic Levels
  • Post-Master's
  • Post-Bachelor's

The fellow selected for this project will help early career scientists translate their science and develop communication materials such as briefing papers, web content, presentations, and webinars.   Research topics are diverse and will include northwest forest planning, climate change, urban forestry, wildlife, fisheries, watershed, recreation, and fire research.  The fellow will report to the Assistant Director for Communications and Applications, and would be supported and mentored by a strong research and communications team. 

This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work in the research branch of a federal land management agency with an extensive network of connections across other agencies and partners.  The fellow will learn about research planning and management and build skills in science delivery, public relations, communications, stakeholder engagement and outreach.  In addition, the fellow will work with station scientists from a wide variety of disciplines and could have the opportunity to explore graduate or post-graduate research opportunities.

This postgraduate fellowship position will work at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) in Portland, OR.  Research has been part of the Forest Service mission since the agency's inception in 1905. Today, over 500 Forest Service researchers work to develop the knowledge and tools that are needed to address the challenges in the management of our Nation’s diverse forests and rangelands.   PNW is headquartered in Portland but provides research throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Regions.



A BS or MS in natural or social science with demonstrated experience in science communication.

Minimum requirements for Fellow include:
• Demonstrated strong written communication skills
• Ability to synthesize and translate complex scientific information for diverse audience
• Expertise in design and development of outreach materials (briefing papers, presentation or publishing software)

Preferred requirements or plus factors include: 
• Graphic design
• Social media

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Discipline(s):
    • Earth and Geosciences
    • Atmospheric Sciences
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Biology (General)
    • Botany
    • Ecology
    • Ecosystem Ecology
    • Forestry Sciences
    • Wildlife Sciences
    • Communications and Graphics Design
    • Communications
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Fish and Wildlife
    • Fisheries
    • Forest Resources and Science
    • Forestry
    • Hydrology
    • Natural Resources
    • Soil Science
    • Wildlife Management
    • Computer Sciences
    • Graphics and Visualization
    • Networks and Communications
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Social Sciences: Other
  • Veteran Status: None