[MARMAM] Job announcement: Arctic Science Fellowship at NRDC

Alter, Liz lalter at nrdc.org
Mon Aug 11 10:53:58 PDT 2008

Dear MARMAMers,

Please find posted below a job announcement for a new Arctic Science
Fellowship at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Please distribute




S. Elizabeth Alter, PhD

Marine Mammal Fellow, Science Center

Natural Resources Defense Council

40 West 20th Street

New York, NY 10011




Arctic Science Fellowship 


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national nonprofit
conservation organization, has an opening beginning in September 2008
for a two-year, full-time, Arctic ecologist in our Washington, DC
office.  The Fellow will work with NRDC's Arctic Project as part of a
team focusing on the impacts of global warming, oil and gas activities,
and other environmental stressors on all forms of Arctic life.  He/she
will also collaborate with other science fellows in NRDC's Science
Center.  This position is modeled after the AAAS Environmental
Fellowship program and is designed as an opportunity to make practical
contributions to the more effective use of scientific and technical
information in environmental policy decision-making.


We are looking for a post graduate ecologist/environmental
engineer/conservation biologist, with strong data analysis skills and a
specialty in ecology, oceanography, wildlife or related field.  Prior
field experience in the Arctic could be very helpful, but not required.
The Arctic science fellow's principle project will be to develop a
protection strategy or conservation framework for America's Arctic with
the guidance of NRDC's Arctic Scientific Advisory Committee.  The fellow
will assess and analyze scientific literature across several fields
requiring quantitative and qualitative skills. The fellow also needs
strong speaking and writing skills to present his/her work in a credible


Specific tasks will include the identification of the biological "hot
spots" and how best to protect them as part of the America's Arctic
protection strategy, prepare a peer reviewed paper outlining the
protection strategy, write a summary report from the scientific
literature on the impacts from global warming on America's Arctic for
opinion-leaders and decision-makers, review and evaluate BLM and MMS
EIS's and other documents regarding oil and gas activities, review
documents regarding the Circumpolar Arctic and brief NRDC's President
for her work on a Circumpolar Arctic panel, and work with NRDC's
communications, online, membership  and advocacy people to develop
materials based on scientific information to inform policy makers, our
members and the general public.  


Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree in
ecology or oceanography or related field, with experience in modeling or
statistics; an excellent scientific or technical background; and a
strong interest in applying scientific knowledge to environmental
problems. The successful applicant will also have excellent writing
skills and enjoy working on an interdisciplinary team with people from
different professional backgrounds.  He/she should thrive under a
fast-paced environment, with well-honed abilities to manage and
prioritize work.


The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.  We offer
excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment.  NRDC is an equal
opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage women and people of
color to apply.  The deadline for applications is September 15, 2008.
Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest, which
addresses the following: 

a. why the fellowship is desired, b. how the candidate is qualified, c.
what issues interest the candidate, and d. how the candidate hopes the
fellowship will affect his/her career goals.  

Applicants should also submit a resume and a writing sample.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing
sample no later than September 15, 2008 to HR_DC at NRDC.org.  No phone
calls or faxes, please. 


For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org
<http://www.nrdc.org/> . 




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