Position Announcement, to be posted mid-May — Science Communications Coordinator (Western AK LCC & AK CSC)

The Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and the Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC) are seeking a Science Communications Coordinator to aid in the development of tools and products to assist decision makers and stakeholders coping with a host of climate-related challenges. Ideal applicants will have a strong background in science translation and the application of research findings to natural resource management. Watch for the official posting in USAJobs in mid-May 2016!

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Position Announcement: Desert LCC Science Coordinator — Tucson, Arizona

Desert LCCOpen Now. Closes May, 11.

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Position Announcement: California LCC Science Coordinator

The Science Coordinator for the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative performs a key role as a senior scientist collaboratively developing, maintaining, and advancing a strategic, landscape-oriented, partnership-driven approach to integrated fish and wildlife conservation throughout the Region. This position is stationed at the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) located at Sacramento State University.

Open Now. Closes May, 19.

For more information:

DEU: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/437427700/

MPP: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/437427900/

 

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Vacancy announcement: Supervisory F&W Biologist for Habitat Restoration in Anchorage, AK

USFWS LogoBelow are vacancy announcements for the Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist (Habitat Restoration), GS-0401-12/13.  This is the Branch Chief position for the Habitat Restoration branch at the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Field Office.  The position leads staff, who are biologists, an engineer, and a hydrologist to implement conservation partnership programs, such as the National Fish Habitat Program, Fish Passage, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and Coastal Programs.  It is a fantastic opportunity to work with a diverse staff and conservation partners in Alaska!

The announcements are open today and close on 16 May.

R7-16-1688339-ES   Merit Promotion Status Candidates

R7-16-1688338-ES   U.S. Citizens

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Pre-announcement for a 3-year funded postdoctoral research position in species’ adaptive capacity and vulnerability to climate change

Great Basin LCCAn exciting research opportunity is opening at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center on the Montana State University campus for a passionate postdoctoral researcher interested in patterns of species vulnerability and resilience to contemporary climate change, as they relate to adaptive capacity.  Adaptive capacity (AC) has been described as one of three main elements that influence vulnerability to climate change, in addition to exposure and sensitivity.  Primary components of AC include dispersal and colonization abilities, evolutionary capacity, and phenotypic plasticity. Because AC is poorly understood, it has often been excluded from climate change vulnerability assessments, and natural resource managers are hindered in their ability to consider AC in various analyses and conservation planning activities and decisions.  The successful applicant will draw from diverse literatures (e.g., genetics, ecophysiology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology), and from interactions with state and federal resource managers, other conservation practitioners, university and agency researchers, and NGO scientists to identify knowledge, management needs, and scientific gaps with regards to adaptive capacity.  Well-developed interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a desire to collaborate with agency scientists, resource managers, and university researchers from across the nation and world are required for success in this exceptional opportunity.  The researcher will lead the organization, progress, and completion of several peer-reviewed publications, and be centrally involved in organizing two workshops and using input from numerous resource managers and researchers to develop a framework that will help natural resource managers and other conservation practitioners assess the likely AC of species within a local or regional biota in response to ongoing and projected climate change.

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Career opportunity! Pacific Northwest Forest Inventory — Interior Alaska Coordinator, Anchorage AK

forestservicelogoThe Pacific Northwest Research Station anticipates filling one (1) Permanent Full Time GS-0401-11 Supervisory Biological Scientist position as the Data Collection Coordinator for the Interior Alaska Unit in support of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data Collection Team based in Anchorage, Alaska.

If interested, please complete the Outreach Response Form and return to Brendt Mueller no later than May 5th, 2016.  For additional information regarding this position, please contact Brendt Mueller, Alaska Data Collection Team Leader, at bmueller@fs.fed.us or 907-743-9408.

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Contact brett_parks@fws.gov to have your job posting listed at nwblcc.org.

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Adapting British Columbia’s Natural Resource Management to a Changing Climate

The British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Delete when done(FLNRO) has been working steadily in partnership with other ministries and agencies to develop their understanding of how our changing climate is affecting natural resource management, and how to incorporate this understanding into our daily business. These goals are outlined in our climate change strategy (2015-2020).

The FLNRO is pleased to announce the release of a valuable new tool in their commitment to adapt BC’s natural resource management to a changing climate. This tool is a suite of seven Regional Extension Notes covering all eight of FLNRO’s natural resource regions in BC. Each regional extension note includes:

  • climate change projections for the region;
  • projected impacts of climate change to ecosystems; and,
  • adaptation strategies for natural resource management, with an emphasis on forest and range management.

The extension notes can be considered best available climate change adaptation information for BC, subject of course to future scientific discoveries and operational experience. They do not constitute government policy; rather, they articulate the current scientific foundation on which to base further advances in policy and practices. The adaptation strategies can be used as guidance to inform a variety of activities including, for example:

  • continuous improvement of forest stewardship plans, other operational plans, and practices under the Forest and Range Practices Act;
  • resource planning and practices under other natural resource legislation;
  • effectiveness monitoring and regional cumulative effects assessments (including integrated multi-resource value assessments); and,
  • climate action planning and implementation.

The extension notes are based primarily on the results of research undertaken through the Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council (2008-2012). They also include other regionally-relevant research and expert opinion. The extension notes were developed with input from local, regional and provincial science and policy specialists, managers, and practitioners.

This information should provide a useful starting point for managers and staff in FLNR, other agencies, and professionals as they consider and discuss how to succeed in future plans and practices that may be affected by a changing climate.

If you have feedback or questions on the Extension Notes or on FLNRO’s adaptation work more generally, please contact Kathy Hopkins, Technical Advisor, Climate Change, Competiveness and Innovation Branch, at Kathy.Hopkins@gov.bc.ca.

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Informing, empowering, and scaling community adaptation to Arctic change

When climate change disrupts a village, city, state, or province, how do leaders respond? What  unexpected obstacles do they run into? Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan want to know what factors are conducive to communities adapting to climate change. They also want to better characterize exactly what impedes progress.

8434046494_c644a4dc57_kThe team is investigating different models of adaption ranging from top-down government planning to grassroots organization. Specifically, the team will compare communities in Yukon Territory and Alaska to show how different jurisdictions respond to change.  They’re developing a framework to provide communities and planners new tools to chart their future.

The team is beginning by identifying and documenting databases that explain adaption efforts. They are conducting interviews and bringing together diverse groups.  Funding comes from the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Alaska Climate Science Center.  Continue reading

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Webinar — Alaska River Break-up: Historic Comparison and 2016 Spring Outlook – What Can We Expect?

Crane Johnson and Rick Thoman, National Weather Service

April 12, 2016 2-3 PM (ET)

Each year the National Weather Service provides a breakup outlook for Alaska Rivers. This

Claude Denver, Alaska DHS&EM

Claude Denver, Alaska DHS&EM

winter stands out as unusual with both temperature and precipitation anomalies observed throughout the state. We will present a brief overview of current conditions and provide our spring statewide flooding potential outlook for the 2016 spring break-up season. This will be followed by a comparison of historic breakup years and a spring/summer climate outlook.

Seminar Host: Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP). https://accap.uaf.edu/webinars

Remote Access: http://accap.adobeconnect.com/river_breakup_2016/event/registration.html

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Webinar – Yukon North Slope Wildlife Conservation and Management Planning:

Developing a Baseline Ecological and Cultural Conservation Assessment and Decision-Support Tool

Kim Heinemeyer (Lead Conservation Scientist, Round River Conservation Studies)  and Lindsay Staples [Chair, Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope)]

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 12-1 PM (Alaska Time)

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Photo: Yukon North Slope

The Yukon North Slope (YNS), Canada, is one of North America’s climate change hot spots. YNS conservation planners are seeking collaborators as they synthesize Traditional Knowledge and western science data to assess the cultural and ecological values of the region. The effort will produce an updated Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan and complementary decision support tools.

In 1984, the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic entered into a land claim agreement – the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) – with the governments of Canada, Yukon and Northwest Territories. The full geographic scope of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region includes much of the Western Arctic including portions of the Beaufort Sea, a large area of the Northwest Territories, and the entire YNS. The IFA confirmed that the management priority for the YNS was conservation of the land, near and off shore waters, wildlife and habitat, and Inuvialuit traditional use. To assist in delivering on this management priority, the IFA established the Wildlife Management Advisory Council, North Slope (WMAC(NS)) as a co-management body comprised of federal, territorial and Inuvialuit representatives  and required the development of a wildlife conservation and management plan to provide direction on meeting the management priorities of the YNS. A Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (Plan) was developed in 2003 but never ratified and is now considered out-of-date. The Plan requires significant updating including the development of spatial analyses and tools to support decision-making that may affect priority values of the region.

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