The Puget Sound Institute is seeking a highly-motivated full-time research scientist to analyze and synthesize, and help design a communication plan for, the results of 30–35 research projects conducted over the last 4 years focused on recovery and protection of the nearshore and marine environments of Puget Sound. This is an 8-month project, and we are seeking a PhD-level individual with a background in aquatic ecology, and connecting science to policy; familiarity with the Puget Sound region is a plus. This is a real opportunity to connect results from funded research to policy, or implementation activities, in support of ecosystem recovery.
This project seeks to connect the results from previously funded projects with audiences such as the Puget Sound Management Conference, state and local policymakers, state agency staff, tribal governments, scientists, citizens, implementers, and others. It will analyze the results of the Marine and Nearshore Grant Program projects (http://wdfw.wa.gov/grants/ps_marine_nearshore/), to identify how they can support recovery efforts and identify the best ways to disseminate the results throughout the Puget Sound region.
The research scientist will collaborate with PSI Lead Ecologist Tessa Francis to analyze and synthesize project results, and identify opportunities to connect project results to each other and other ongoing recovery efforts in the region. This individual will also collaborate with Dr. Francis and the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound Managing Editor to develop a communications plan for the results, including identifying projects appropriate for magazine-type stories for the Encyclopedia, summary reports for regional management agencies or local entities, updates to the Puget Sound Science Review, archiving of databases or reports on the Encyclopedia and other sources.
- The objectives of this project are to:
- Analyze Grant Program projects’ role in Puget Sound recovery, identify connections among the projects and to other work in region, and identify how the information can support recovery efforts
- Identify projects/activities that address the impacts of climate change and recommend further actions to address climate change
- Recommend successful project models that could be proliferated to additional areas to make important contributions to Puget Sound recovery
- Develop a communications approach for project results
- Identify audiences and create messages around the results that will be effective in communicating with key audiences
- Identify opportunities to effectively disseminate project results and support recovery efforts
- Identify potential new venues for dissemination of results
- Disseminate project information
The position can be housed either at the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma, or in Seattle. Start date: ASAP. Interested? Please send a letter and resume to Tessa Francis: firstname.lastname@example.org.