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Application Information

Scientists in Parks Fellowship - Sagebrush

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Decision-Making Vulnerable Parks and Protected Areas Informed by an Ecosystem Services Approach

National Park Units: Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and Grand Teton National Park

Position Description: The fellow will develop an ecosystem service framework for use in resource management decision-making by the National Park Service by quantifying selected ecosystem service benefits of fragile ecosystems threatened by fire, weed invasion, and climate change, working with resource professionals to develop management scenarios that incorporate valuations of ecosystem services, assessing how benefits are impacted by these scenarios, and determining the utility of integrating ecosystem service valuations into park management for use throughout the National Park Service.

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

Research Question:

Can we develop an effective ecosystem service valuation for sagebrush steppe and other at-risk ecosystems that informs management actions and helps prioritize fuels treatments, wildfire recovery, and invasive species control, among other management actions?

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.

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