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Research Opportunity in Forestry Restoration

Company: Non Specific Employer
Location: Hilo
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Job Description:

Education - Master's Degree Skills - Data Collection - Driver's License Benefits - Health Insurance Organization U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reference Code USDA-USFS-2019-0183 How to A complete application consists of: An application Transcript(s) - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click Here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts. A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list Two educational or professional recommendations If you have questions, send an email to ******************************. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email. Description - Applications will be reviewed and selected on a rolling-basis. A research opportunity is currently available with the US Forest Service (USFS), Pacific Southwest Research Station, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry located in Hilo, Hawaii. Natural ecosystems are becoming homogenized by the introduction and establishment of non-native species. Our study area, the lowland wet forests (LWF) of Hawaii, have been subject to high rates of invasion due to geography and human colonization. However, non-native species removal is expensive and time-consuming, and some non-native species may be playing important roles in the community by providing ecosystem goods and services. The Liko Na Pilina Project seeks to develop a strategy utilizing the functional traits of plants to purposefully create new ecosystems that maintain themselves with relatively little input, and that are capable of sequestering substantial amounts of carbon, sustaining a broad range of native biological diversity, and staying open enough at ground level to allow human movement through them. Our overall objective is to develop and evaluate a set of what we call 'hybrid ecosystems,' in which a mix of native and non-native species maintains valuable forest structure and ecosystem services. The participant will be involved with this Liko Na Pilina restoration experiment and be mentored as part of a collaborative team of the USDA Forest Service, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the Hawaii Army National Guard. The participant will be involved with field data collections, field research plot maintenance, greenhouse planting, laboratory sample processing, and data entry. Field data collections are focused on: (1) collecting data on tree growth and survival, seed production, litterfall, phenology, and arthropod communities, (2) conducting regular plot maintenance (weeding and herbicide application), and (3) planting desirable species mixes into target restoration areas across the larger landscape. Greenhouse plantings will focus on: (1) propagation of desirable plants of future restoration efforts, and (2) general upkeep of the greenhouse space. Laboratory sample processing will focus on: (1) post-processing (i.e., sorting and weighing) litterfall/seed rain samples, and (2) post-processing of arthropod communities (i.e., identification to morphospecies). Data entry will focus on entering data collected in the field and lab into ongoing data sets. The research opportunity will help the selected participant build knowledge, experience, and competence in the following areas: plant identification and vegetation monitoring techniques applied hands-on restoration strategies plant propagation technique for species with diverse needs standard ecological sample processing protocols data entry, management, and analysis Field conditions can be hot or rainy. Terrain is very uneven as plots are located on lava substrates. Day to day activities of the participant will involve hiking and standing and may require lifting containers weighing up to 35 pounds. This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The initial appointment is for five months, but may be renewed upon recommendation of USFS contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend of $2,000. Supplies required for the research will be provided. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. The appointment is part-time (30 hours per week) at USFS in the Hilo, Hawaii, area. Participants do not become employees of USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. For more information about the USFS Research Participation Program, please visit the Program Website. Qualifications The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Candidates should have a valid state driver's license as driving is required to get to the field sites. Preferred skills: Ability to navigate in the field using GPS units, compasses, and maps Previous experience in identifying native Hawaiian plants Eligibility Requirements Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing. Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (23 ) Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 ) Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )

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