Research Social Scientist, GS-0101-12/13

Hiring Organization: USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station
Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: August 22, 2016
Job Location: Los Angeles, CA

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The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) is seeking a candidate for Research Social Scientist, GS-0101-12/13.  This is a permanent, full time position.   The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. To express interest in this position, please complete the attached voluntary Outreach Interest Notice and return to Kevin Rincon at by close of business on August 22, 2016.
Brief description of duties associated with this position:

The position will be located in Los Angeles, CA. The incumbent will be a scientist in the Urban Ecosystem and Social Dynamics (UESD) Program. The UESD program of research is national in scope, with documented extensions to international applications. Three problem areas are addressed: (1) Realize an abundant and sustainable supply of ecosystems by examining the relationships among human uses, human values, ecosystem services, and management; (2) Investigate how to reconnect humans and nature considering the roles of changing demographics, cultures, urbanization, socio-economics, and technology on use and sustainability of natural resources; and (3) Manage ecosystems to better reflect the desires of the American people by determining the impacts of public policies on ecological and social patterns and processes. The goal for research in these areas is to better understand the interconnections among ecosystems, people and social institutions in ways that will inform policy and improve management of forests and other natural resources. The incumbent will conduct research across all three problem areas. An individual who has completed a graduate degree in social ecology or a similar field will be a good fit for this opportunity.
Although the incumbent contributes to all problem areas, the work focuses on thematic areas that emphasize the pairing of social and ecological systems in the urban and urban-proximate context. Themes the incumbent is expected to pursue include: (1) the sociocultural benefits of urban forests and green spaces in human health and well-being (from the individual to community scale); (2) methods and approaches to enhancing urban sustainability through the paired examination of social and ecological systems; (3) methods and approaches to enhancing community, stakeholder, agency, and institutional collaboratives focused on socio-ecological connections and urban ecosystem sustainability (including citizen science); (4) policies and practices that may enhance urban community sustainability. Each one contributes to one or more of the Program’s problem areas.  Results are expected to inform and improve urban natural resources and human community sustainability.


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