Pacific Northwest Research Station
Social Sciences Information Specialist
Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory
620 SW Main Street
Portland, OR 97205
About the position
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station is seeking to hire a Social Sciences Information specialist with a duty station in Portland, Oregon in the near future. The full performance level of this Social Sciences position is GS-101-11. Background in one of the social science fields (e.g., anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, human dimensions of natural resources, economics) is preferred.
The Incumbent will reside in the Station’s Goods, Services and Values Program (PNW 2665). The mission of the Program is to conduct and communicate research to advance understanding of relationships among people and forest and rangeland ecosystems. The unit conducts interdisciplinary research in five problem areas:
1: Improve knowledge of fundamental social and economic processes and their interactions with the natural environment.
2: Examine the roles of policies, programs, and other institutions in interactions between people and natural resources.
3: Describe and analyze the implications of changing demographics, socioeconomics, and technology on natural resources and their management.
4: Describe the capacity of dynamic landscapes to provide for evolving human wants and needs.
5: Conduct and use integrated multidisciplinary research to support development of management approaches that account for interactions among socioeconomic, ecological, and physical factors.
Program scientists conduct research that is regional (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon), national, and international in scope, and work in partnership with other Forest Service researchers, university scientists, policy makers and managers. The ultimate goal of this research is to improve understanding of the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of government natural resource management policies, decision-making processes, and programs; and to contribute to the scholarly literature and theory about human and natural resource interactions. To achieve these goals, researchers work closely with policymakers, managers, and the public to help them understand a variety of available options associated with natural resource management and policy decisions, and their implications for people and natural resources. They also work closely with scientists inside and outside the Forest Service, and are active participants in university activities and professional associations.
The Incumbent will be expected to:
The duty station for this position will be at the Portland Forestry Sciences Laboratory located in down town Portland, Oregon.
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED...
The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position. Responses received from this outreach notice will be relied upon to make this determination.
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About the Pacific Northwest Research Station
The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service’s Research and Development Branch. The USDA Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world. The scientific information produced by the Station has application on public, private, and tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Oregon and Washington) and elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world. The Station’s programs reflect the changing character of the questions that science is being asked to help answer.
The PNW Research Station has approximately 270 permanent and temporary employees in professional, administrative, research, technical, and clerical positions. There are six Program Managers that oversee research program organizations, and nine laboratories that provide research. The laboratories are located in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The Station is also involved in international work with foreign governments, agencies and universities in many research areas. The research activities of the Station attract considerable interest from Congress, special interest groups, and the public. The Station Director’s Office is located in downtown Portland, OR.
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To be considered, applicants must be U.S. citizens.
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