University of Washington ONRC MARINE SCIENTIST (50% FTE) in Seattle, Washington
Req #: 212926
Department: COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Job Location Detail: Forks, WA
Posting Date: 09/23/2022
Closing Info: Closes On 09/30/2022
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Shift: First Shift
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academi-staff-20210208.pdf)
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. The Olympic Natural Resource Center (ONRC) was created by the State of Washington in the 1990s to develop widely applicable methods and systems to revitalize the environment and rural communities, by connecting and integrating people with the forests, rivers, and coastlines of Washington that local and state residents love and depend on. The ONRC plays a special role at the University of Washington due to its rural focus and close relationships with local, county, state, and tribal governments and agencies. Research and outreach at ONRC seek place-based solutions and methods valuable to the entire state and beyond. The ONRC marine program is best known for its collaborative partnerships for better understanding and predicting harmful algae blooms that impact recreational and commercial shellfish and crabs on the Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Region Harmful Algae Bloom (ORHAB) partnership has produced a database with the longest continuous monitoring of harmful algae in near-coastal waters in the United States. The ONRC has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, 50% FTE ONRC Marine Scientist to join their team. POSITION PURPOSE The Marine Scientist position leads the ONRC Marine Program, the ORHAB partnership, and associated research and other grants tied to the ONRC Marine Program and supports the ONRC Director in decision-making and administrative duties. This person acts as the primary liaison with collaborating marine researchers from the UW, other universities, tribes, state agencies, students, and stakeholders. IMPACT TO THE UNIVERSITY The ONRC campus links UW to local, state, and tribal governments and diverse stakeholders to explore place-based solutions to natural resource problems. ONRC leads in development of methods to achieve ecosystem sustainability, considering both community and environment needs essential to the wellbeing of the ecosystem. Methods focus on learning-based collaboration approaches. This position is key to making these links work. RESPONSIBILITIES Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership (75% of position): Represents ONRC and ORHAB. Serves as a lead of ORHAB, including chairing the ORHAB steering committee, with members from Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Department of Health, tribal natural resource offices, and other monitoring and research partners. Write annual reports to the Washington Legislature. Serves as key contact point for partners and UW and other collaborators; organizes and oversees data-sharing and publishing agreements; and works with ONRC and SEFS staff on purchasing and distributing lab equipment and supplies to partners. Supervises one or more ORHAB or other technicians. Marine Program leadership (25% of position): Implements a broad ONRC Marine Program—of which ORHAB is one element—through outreach to State, tribal, and other stakeholders to define priority areas of program expansion through grants or by other means. Represents ONRC with external partners (e.g., tribes, local communities, nonprofits, and state and federal agencies) and develops stronger ties to other ONRC programs and main campus units. Responsibilities, other than those connected to core ONRC and ORHAB funding (for a total of 50% FTE), will change depending on future changes in supplemental funding from internal ONRC projects and external grants. In these additional responsibilities, the incumbent initiates and conducts research in line with research grant funding related to ORHAB or other ONRC marine projects. POSITION COMPLEXITIES Develops and applies government-to-government protocols with Peninsula tribes. Works with a diversity of monitoring partners to assure quality data is delivered to decision- and policymakers. Works with a diversity of research partners to cross disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Facilitates collaboration focused on science-based learning among professionals, researchers, and policymakers. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Doctorate in biological sciences or related field. Six or more years of research and/or monitoring experience related to harmful algae. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS Strong publication record. Ability to effectively work with and communicate with diverse stakeholders and research disciplines. Success at acquiring grants. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge of plankton ecology and taxonomy. Hands on experience with a wide variety of stakeholders (especially tribes.) Strong communication, writing, and organizational abilities. OTHER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT The position is stationed at ONRC, in Forks, WA. Because this job involves partners throughout coastal Washington and the greater Seattle area and has a priority for building connections on main UW campus, remote work will be negotiable. 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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
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