[ES_JOBS_NET] Position available- Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator (Harvard Forest)

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Mar 3 17:40:33 MST 2014

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Subject: 	Position available- Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator
Date: 	Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:10:48 +0000
From: 	Chiasson, Laurie <chiasson at fas.harvard.edu>
To: 	hfstaff-list at lists.fas.harvard.edu 
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*Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator*

The Harvard Forest has a long history of applying forest research to the 
management and conservation of the New England landscape. In recent 
years Harvard Forest has built programs that connect science, 
communication, and policy outreach to strengthen ties between knowledge 
action through programs such as the Wildlands and Woodlands initiative 
and the Future Landscape Scenarios Initiative. As an outgrowth of that 
work, Harvard Forest also helped launch the Science Policy Exchange (the 
Exchange). The Exchange is dedicating to increasing the impact of 
science on conservation and environmental policy. As a consortium, we 
leverage the research resources of six world-class institutions, four 
Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites, and dozens of participating 
scientists to confront environmental challenges. We connect scientists 
with leaders in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors to define 
knowledge gaps; we synthesize and translate existing research on timely 
policy and conservation questions; we undertake strategic outreach and 
communications to amplify science messages for journalists and decision 

We have obtained major foundation funding to launch three strategic 
initiatives that address critical policy questions in the northeastern 
United States related to land use, energy impacts, and water 
sustainability. We seek an energetic and creative person interested in 
the application of science to policy and management to help lead and 
coordinate Exchange projects (70%) and to assist with the general 
development and outreach for the Exchange (30%).


A major focus of this position will be to help coordinate the Landscapes 
and Resilience Initiative of the Exchange. The initiative consists of 
three inter-related projects: the landscape scenarios project (led by 
scientists at the Harvard Forest), the forest pests and pathogens 
project (led by scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), 
and an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network in landscape scenarios, 
ecosystem services, and linkages to society.


*Program Coordinator Duties*
_Program Leadership and Coordination_ (70%)

The Science Policy Exchange Program Coordinator will work under the 
supervision of the Harvard Forest Science & Policy and Exchange Director 
to coordinate science and policy activities, including:

-Design and organize technical workshops with teams of researchers from 
across New England.

-Participate in and contribute to scientific working groups.

-Conduct and synthesize stakeholder interviews.

-Translate scientific findings into communication products including 
reports and policy briefs.

-Develop and execute a policy outreach strategy.

-Help write annual NSF grant reports.

_Science Policy Exchange Development and Outreach (30%)_

-Help pursue grant proposals and write grant reports.

-Help develop and maintain the Exchange website.

-Help develop and distribute program updates about the Exchange.

*Basic qualifications: *

-M.S. or Ph.D. in environmental studies, ecology, public policy or  
related field

-project development and management experience

*Additional Qualifications*

-working knowledge of and training in land-use and forest policy

-excellent written communication skills including proposal-writing and 
the preparation of published scientific articles

-proposal-writing experience

-able to develop and update website and other social media accounts

-able to make a minimum commitment of 1 year

-able to travel regionally

-valid driver's license and clean driving record

*Position Details*

-Full-time, 1-year term position at the Harvard Forest in Petersham MA.

-Potential exists to extend the position depending on interests, 
performance, and funding.

-Excellent benefit package.

-Anticipated starting salary $55,000.

*Application Process*

-Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references 
to Req. 31939BR at http://employment.harvard.edu/ .

-Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

-Position to be filled as soon as possible.

*Additional Information***

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic and 
applied research in ecology, conservation and ecosystem studies, with 40 
full-time staff is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research sites across 
the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest 
facilities include a research and administrative complex, 3700 acres of 
land, and residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a 
small rural town in north central Massachusetts about 70 miles west of 
Cambridge. For more information visit 

*Laurie L. Chiasson*

*Harvard Forest-Harvard University*

*324 North Main Street, Petersham MA  01366*

*978-724-3302 - 978-724-3595 (fax)*

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