*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), in the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW) Forestry Sciences Laboratory located in Corvallis, Oregon.
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.
The agency’s monitoring of sequestration and emissions of carbon from forest lands has led to a need for managers and policy-makers to evaluate alternative approaches to managing and regulating forests on the West Coast. The selected participant(s) will collaborate with staff to interpret patterns and trends in carbon stores in forests of diverse composition and disturbance history to understand the drivers affecting forest carbon stocks, and inform the parameterization and validation of simulation models used to project alternative future management scenarios. The learning objectives for the project include: identifying approaches for constructing growth and yield relationships from empirical chronosequences; understanding how simulation models address tree growth, mortality, and wood decay; estimating the role of disturbance and other drivers in the regional carbon trends found to date; and gain experience in sharing this information internally among agency programs and externally among decision-makers, stakeholders and the public.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be given the opportunity to (1) continue their professional development through immersion in regional land management challenges, (2) inform and contribute to decisions regarding forest, watershed, soil, and fire evaluation and management, (3) gain an understanding of complex natural resource management and policy challenges in the West, and (4) pursue research related to the intersection of natural resource management, and carbon storage in forests and forest products.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 30, 2020
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. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment may be part- or full-time. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
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.
For more information about the USFS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website.
If you have questions, send an email to USForestService@orise.orau.gov.