Skip to Content
A person taking notes in a forest

Application Information

Scientists in Parks Fellowship - Forests

Forest work
NPS Photo

Conserving Northwest Forests at Risk from Emerging Threats

National Park Units: Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks; Lewis and Clark and San Juan Island National Historical Parks; and North Coast and Cascades Inventory and Monitoring Network

Position Description: Pacific Northwest parks need cutting edge, landscape scale monitoring tools to conserve and manage ancient forests and multi-aged stands from the coast to the Cascades. The Fellow will draw from existing data and resources (e.g. forest, fuel, and landscape change monitoring, historical forest age data, forest health surveys, climate data, and imagery) to develop novel tools to improve forest age maps, identify emerging issues in forest health and model climate vulnerabilities. The Fellow will work with National Park Service staff to develop adaptive management priorities for mature forests across five NPS units.

See eligibility requirements, as well as salary and benefits information.

Research Question:

How can NPS conserve ecosystem resiliency in Pacific Northwest old growth and multi-aged forests in the face of climate change and other emerging threats?

Term: Spring 2024 (May/June start date) - Spring 2027

Application Information

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 24, 2024.

To apply, please submit the following information in a zipped file to [email protected]. Include the last name of the fellow applicant in the file name of the zipped file.

  • A cover letter stating interest and vision for the fellowship (letters may include a summary of the dissertation, a statement of personal research interests and plans, discussion of past engagement with sciences, discussion of willingness to participate fully in NPS research and education programs).
  • A full curriculum vitae.
  • Research Proposal, must include:
    • Methods. Explain how you would approach the research need. (500 word maximum, excluding references)
    • Project Budget. Can you accomplish project based on funds provided by this Fellowship or do you anticipate additional funding will be needed? Please specify.
    • Project Timeline, not to exceed three years.
    • Description of Resources provided by the sponsoring institution.
    • Request for NPS Resources. Such as park access, NPS Scientific Research and Collecting Permit(s), staff time and/or resources, database access.
    • Prior Work Experience with the NPS, please specify if any.
    • Diversity and Inclusion Statement. Please explain how you will enrich the SIP Program’s goal to support a diverse and inclusive community. You are encouraged to discuss any previous work in this area and to provide specific examples. (500 word maximum)
  • Confirmation that that PhD has been or will be awarded by June 30, 2024.
  • The names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Letter of support from the relevant administrator at the sponsoring institution. Applicants that do not have a tie to a sponsoring institution will still be considered.

Contact Information & Follow-Up

Who should I contact with questions or to learn more about the fellowship positions?

Please email [email protected] with any questions regarding the fellowships.

National Park Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.