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Mangrove Restoration Postdoctoral Associate
University of the Virgin Islands in Saint Thomas, Missouri
Date Posted 01/08/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Classification Description
FLSA Status Exempt

Position Title Mangrove Restoration Postdoctoral Associate
Position Number 329041
Department Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
Job Description

The Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) seeks a Mangrove Restoration Postdoctoral Associate for the territory. This position is responsible for assisting in the coordination and implementation of the mangrove restoration initiatives for the current 2020-2025 NSF-EPSCoR award “Ridge to Reef” (R2R; Award #1946412). These initiatives include: 1) establishment and refinement of a controlled mangrove nursery, 2) development, execution, and publication of mangrove restoration research, 3) mentorship of undergraduate and Masters-level graduate students involved in mangrove restoration research efforts, 4) assisting in the creation of a mangrove restoration citizen science program to include local community and school involvement (e.g., recruitment, training, communication, coordination, volunteer appreciation/recognition efforts), and (5) developing outreach initiatives and products related to mangrove restoration work (e.g., public talks, newsletter contributions). The position will also assist other R2R mangrove ecosystem function and recovery research, and contribute to the collection of evaluation data related to the R2R citizen science program.

Required Qualifications

1) Ph.D. in the Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Forestry, or a related field;
2) Experience with mangrove ecosystems (research and/or restoration)
3) Experience with data management, and statistical or mathematical/computational software (e.g., R, JMP, SPSS).

Preferred Qualifications

1) Mangrove restoration experience (propagule collection, water-table grow-out, in-field out planting, restoration success evaluation), ideally with the Caribbean mangrove species: Rhizophora mangle, Avicennia germinans, and Laguncularia racemosa;
2) Experience developing and growing citizen science, science education, or science communication programs;
3) Experience managing and supervising small teams, and mentoring students (or willingness to learn);
4) Experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and software (e.g., Esri ArcMap, Google Earth Engine); and
5) Ability to coordinate and conduct tasks in remote formats, and experience with software to facilitate that work (e.g., Zoom).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
1) Demonstrated strong field research skills;
2) Demonstrated ability to work in team settings and meet tight deadlines with tangible deliverables;
3) Demonstrated ability to complete personally-assigned tasks with a high degree of independence;
4) Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills (including examples of scientific journal publications) and ability to work with a range of partners and collaborators, including students, faculty, staff, professionals, organizations, and the general public;
5) Demonstrated ability to work closely with and serve public citizen scientists across a diverse range of ages, education levels, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds with a high degree of motivation and respect; and
6) Strong desire to learn new skills and tools and receive instruction and training.

Physical Demands

1) Must be able to travel for research, meetings, conferences, workshops, and training (following current University and territorial safety guidelines);
2) Must be willing to work outside of standard workday hours (weekends and evenings);
3) Must be comfortable working in local field conditions (muddy, wet, mosquitos, tropical sun);
4) Must be self-motivated;
5) Must have the ability to be professional at all times;
6) Must be able to perform strenuous activities, including the ability to lift 50 pounds and conduct prolonged fieldwork in a range of tropical island ecosystems; and
7) Must have the ability to accept the work environment whereby noise level will be moderate to loud.

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