The national Landscape Conservation Cooperative program has funded a one-year project entitled “Delivering Information and Tools for Increasing Resilience and Adaptation of Communities and Priority Coastal Resources across the Network of Coastal LCCs”. The project has two major activity areas that reflect the geographic affiliations of the original proponents (Alaska/Pacific and Atlantic/Gulf coasts). It is envisioned that a subsequent phase of the program would entail deeper involvement of the remaining coastal LCC’s, including the Great Lakes region.
For the initial Atlantic/Gulf coast component of the program, we are seeking a postdoc or research associate to compile and deliver information and enhance information exchange related to prioritizing restoration and management actions to increase resilience of coastal systems and species. Specifically, information is needed on what actions are likely to be most effective to sustain coastal systems including marshes and beaches and the fish, wildlife and plant species that depend on them in the face of increasing rates of sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of storms while also increasing coastal community resilience and providing a range of ecosystem services through natural and nature-based approaches. Complete details on the overall project and the role of the research associate are provided in the attached project description. Briefly, the coastal resilience research associate would: establish an Atlantic/Gulf coastal resilience team, compile existing coastal resilience and vulnerability information to inform restoration and management alternatives; identify thresholds or measures of viability for selected species under various sea level rise scenarios that have been identified; identify science needs and information gaps; assess the degree to which nature and nature based restoration approaches contribute to community resilience and priority coastal species or resources; and produce a report, website(s) and data portal(s) to enhance the exchange of information and house the results of their efforts.
We are seeking someone with a strong background in coastal biological or physical sciences in addition to experience with coastal community resilience planning issues. Writing skills, experience with coordination among diverse workgroups, and self-motivation/independence are the most important requirements for this position. Candidates must be available to start this summer for a one- year position. Office location or telework arrangements will be negotiable and travel to various locations along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts is anticipated. Reimbursement will be approximately equivalent to a federal service GS-11/12 position.
Please distribute this to your colleagues, graduate students, postdocs or other interested parties. For further information, please contact Megan Tyrrell, Coastal Resilience Coordinator for the North Atlantic LCC Megan_Tyrrell@fws.gov.