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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Job: Climate Change and Wildlife Science Fellow
Climate Change and Wildlife Science Fellow
Location: Washington, D.C.
Supervisor: Vice President, Climate Change and Natural Resources Adaptation
Defenders of Wildlife is committed to understanding how climate change
threatens native species and their habitats, then acting to reduce these
vulnerabilities through adaptive, practical responses. The Climate Change
and Wildlife Science Fellowship offers a post-doctoral opportunity for
professional development and publication opportunities in the emerging field
of climate change adaptation policy and natural resources management.
The Climate Change and Wildlife Science Fellow will assist the organization
in understanding the impacts of climate change on wildlife and its habitat,
developing adaptation strategies, guidance or tools to mitigate the impacts
over the next century, and communicating these impacts and strategies to
policymakers, media, government agencies and the public. The Fellow is
encouraged to engage in entrepreneurial synthetic research and creative
outreach in support of adaptive policy and management solutions to climate
The Fellow will shape an innovative vision for addressing climate change
impacts and responses in the context of other major threats to biodiversity
(e.g., habitat destruction, invasive species, and human development
patterns). He/she will link technical scientific findings to conservation
action and will offer technical assistance and play a leading role in
"mainstreaming" climate adaptation into Defenders'
conservation programs and into government agency programs.
Located in Washington, D.C., the Climate Change and Wildlife Science Fellow
will have the opportunity to learn the intricacies of federal policymaking
and interact with decision makers in Congress, federal and state agencies,
and non-governmental organizations. The two-year fellowship provides an
annual stipend of $50,000, competitive benefits, and a travel and
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct and/or apply synthetic research that is relevant to adaptation of
natural systems to climate change.
Conduct and/or apply research into sociological and institutional barriers
to adopting adaptation approaches for biodiversity conservation.
Assist in the development of legislative and administrative policy.
Communicate awareness of climate change impacts and adaptation, and
disseminate new, emerging findings to Defenders' staff as well as to key
decision makers, the media, Defenders' membership, and the general public
Represent Defenders in public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences,
and elsewhere Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Ph.D. in conservation biology, ecology, climate change,
conservation planning, social ecology, or a related discipline in the
natural resources disciplines.
Experience: Diverse experience with climate change science, preferably
involving connections to important themes in climate change, conservation
biology and conservation policy.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a
satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed
Demonstrated ability to work independently to initiate, implement, apply,
and/or publish scientific research and to communicate such research to both
professional and lay audiences.
Familiarity with some of the major climate research organizations, such as
the U.S. Global Change Research Program and/or the Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain scientifically productive
Strong research, writing, organizational, and verbal communications skills.
Strong desire to publish policy-relevant reports and peer-reviewed papers
and able to balance writing workload with other coalition, collaboration and
communication work described herein.
Comments: This position requires occasional domestic travel.
How To Apply
Interested applicants please reference Climate Change and Wildlife Science
Fellow in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your
resume and salary history (must be included to be
considered) to us via e-mail at: [log in to unmask]
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment
opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race,
color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other
characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.
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