Ecosystem Scientist-Union of Concerned Scientists
August 8, 2007 2:17 PM

Union of Concerned Scientists
Position Announcement
Ecosystem Scientist

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world, is seeking a highly motivated professional for the new position of California Ecosystem Scientist.

The Organization
UCS augments rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world. UCS connects the best scientific insights with the knowledge and support of an astute citizenry and applies them to the machinery of government at all levels for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war and a planet that supports a rich diversity of life. UCS is a powerful voice to secure changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices that will protect and improve the health of the environment globally, nationally, and in communities throughout the United States.

The Position
The Ecosystem Scientist will lead and participate as a team member on a range of assessments related to the role of the land-based sector in climate policy and planning. Initial research will focus on sustainability issues around biofuels and emissions reduction opportunities from agriculture and forestry. In addition, she/He will carry out related global change science, policy, and media activities in support of UCS's Climate Campaign.

-Design and manage multi-disciplinary assessments around sustainability issues of climate planning and policy. Synthesize assessment findings for non-technical audiences;
-Working with UCS staff and academic collaborators, carry out analysis as needed to address climate policy questions. The Position will help build understanding among decision-makers and critical segments of the public that action on global warming is urgently needed;
-Serve as a UCS spokesperson on climate science and impacts in California and, as appropriate, other western states to the media and public, scientific and policy forums
-Maintain knowledge of scientific developments, trends, and policy developments on key issues relevant to UCS work on climate change impacts and other key aspects of global environmental change.

-In-depth knowledge of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, global change science, including inter-disciplinary training in climate change analysis.
-Demonstrated commitment to the application of science to public policy, especially on climate change issues.
-Master's degree or completions of a doctoral program in a relevant field (Ecosystem Ecology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Agroecology).
-Work requires a strong background in interdisciplinary global change research and two to three years of progressively responsible relevant experience.
-Strong communication skills and aptitude for outreach are essential.
-Demonstrated ability to manage multi-disciplinary teams.
-An ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.
-Strong public speaking skills.
-Demonstrable ability to write for general audiences.
-Demonstrable ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
-Proficiency in office technology including word processing, spreadsheet software and electronic communication systems.
-Ability to maintain moderate travel schedule.

For more information, please visit and

To apply, please forward cover letter, resume and salary history to

E-mail application is preferred. Word documents only please. No need to submit applications by multiple media.

Posted: August 8, 2007
Application Close date: September 10, 2007

payscale: DOE
job type: full-time
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