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Research Ecologist/Research Wildlife Biologist

This is an outreach notification to solicit interest in this PERMANENT, FULL-TIME position, which is for a Research Ecologist/Research Wildlife Biologist working for the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service.

Research Scientist positions in the Forest Service are typically Doctoral positions (completed doctorates).

The scientist will engage in the full research cycle by developing and conducting studies on new and novel science in the southern pine- and pine-hardwood dominated ecosystems that support the mission of the Southern Research Station and the USDA Forest Service. Within this team, the scientist is responsible for integrating their research (with a wildlife focus) into a broader understanding of southern pine and pine-hardwood ecosystems at local, landscape, and regional scales. The complexity and broad scope of the mission of RWU-4159 also necessitates the scientist collaborate with other Forest Service research units, National Forests, other federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, forest industry, and universities to achieve larger research goals. The scientist's work will extend across the southern United States, with a particular emphasis on the role and impacts of wildlife on pine-dominated upland forest ecosystems of the Gulf Coastal Plain and associated highlands, and how these forests and their management affect wildlife.  

More specifically, the scientist plans and conducts research on wildlife-related issues in these southern pine- and pine-hardwood-dominated ecosystems. Their program of work is flexible and could include studies related to the complex relationships between forest environments, population dynamics, habitat alterations, natural and human-mediated disturbances (including wildfire and changing climates), silvicultural practices (including prescribed fire and restoration), and/or the provision of a wide range of ecosystem goods and services, from pollination to carbon sequestration to timber production and recreation. The scientist will develop a research program capable of improving our understanding of the many different scales upon which forests influence wildlife, and vice versa, using available technologies, advanced field and laboratory techniques, and/or sophisticated data analysis tools, all to improve our understanding of large-scale, long-term patterns and processes. In addition to the generation of basic science, this research should have practical applications across a wide range of possible management scenarios. 

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