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Friday, September 24, 2010

ARCTIC SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP

 The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national nonprofit
conservation organization, has an opening for a one-year, full-time,
Arctic ecologist in our Washington, DC office effective immediately.
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 preferably 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 and/or experience with oil and gas
drilling issues could be very helpful, but not required.  Policy
expertise is desirable so long as there is a very strong science
background.  Familiarity with multi-spatial ocean planning would be a
plus. The Arctic science fellow's principle project will be to develop a
protection strategy or conservation framework for America's Arctic.  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 manner.  

Specific tasks may include some of the following projects:
identification of the biological "hot spots" and how best to protect
them as part of an 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 BOEMR&E EIS's and other documents regarding oil and gas
activities, 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 preferably should 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.   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.  Applications will be received until the position is
filled.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and writing
sample to HR_DC@NRDC.org.  No phone calls or faxes, please.  For further
information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org.

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