To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by June 22, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled.
This position with 18-months of available funding. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Marine Studies Initiative Executive Director and contingent on available funds.
This position serves as a formal bridge between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Marine Reserves Program and Oregon State University expertise. This appointment may be based in either Newport or Corvallis. The position requires frequent transport to the Corvallis Campus and the Newport Campus.
We seek a post-graduate marine scientist (minimum Master’s degree) with a strong foundation of ecological knowledge and the skills and attributes to bring together teams of researchers, including students, to advance approaches for assessing marine ecosystem condition and synthesizing monitoring data into useful products for scientists, managers, and the public. This entry-level position is available for recent graduates who seek to advance their experience in this field.
The incumbent will work with ODFW’s Marine Reserves Program and OSU faculty, staff, and students. The Marine Science Integration Researcher will work with professors, postdoctoral fellows, students and resource managers in research on ecosystem dynamics of the nearshore ocean. The primary responsibilities for this position include:
- operational support to ensure coordinated monitoring and research in and around the marine reserves, including SCUBA surveys;
- facilitating communications and transfer of knowledge among a broad network of experts involved in monitoring studies and research relevant to Oregon’s marine reserves
- performing analyses and creating content for publication and public outreach
- contributing to OSU student success through development of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research in and around Oregon’s marine reserves
In 2012, Oregon completed the designation of its marine reserve system, consisting of 14 distinct protected areas. As the lead agency responsible for implementation of Oregon’s marine reserve system, ODFW staff is in charge of the design and implementation of an ecological monitoring program that provides information for marine reserves evaluation and for use in support of nearshore resource management. The ODFW Marine Reserves Program has a vested interest in: using marine reserve baseline data collection as a backbone of status/trend monitoring in the nearshore; designing more efficient monitoring practices (including developing strategic indicators of ecosystem health) that will underpin streamlined, yet valuable long-term monitoring; and moving ecological monitoring results beyond scientific synthesis to inform management. For more information: http://oregonmarinereserves.com
The Marine Studies Initiative at Oregon State University is a new program that builds on the university’s deep history of nationally ranked programs in marine sciences and natural resources, faculty excellence, and world-leading research and premier facilities. The initiative’s mission is to “create a healthy future for our ocean the planet through transdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem solving.”
The Marine Studies Initiative is creating a cohesive teaching and learning program and establishing a new framework of collaboration—bridging students, faculty, government, industry partners, non-profit organizations, communities and other institutions of higher education. Issues to be tackled through research programs include natural resources management and climate change impacts. For more information about MSI’s Strategic Plan, see www.marinestudies.oregonstate.edu.