Monthly Archives: September 2014

Renewable Natural Resource Foundation (RNRF) Holds Nature Conservancy Round Table, September 23, 2014

Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy’s managing director for public policy and who oversees all of the organization’s conservation policy and government relations internationally, nationally and at state and local levels; hosted one of RNRF’s Washington Round Tables on Public Policy. Lynn mainly focused on ecosystem services and associated federal policy initiatives. Ecosystem services are getting a lot of attention in the environmental community of which SWST is a part. These services are the benefits that people receive from the ecosystem and include provisioning services such as food and water; regulating services such as flood and disease control; cultural services such as spiritual, recreational, and cultural benefits; and supporting services such as nutrient cycling that maintain the conditions for life on the earth. Forests and the use of forest products are an important component of ecosystem services. We discussed the many aspects of ecosystems services and the lack of understanding by the general public of these issues.

Forests provide a full suite of goods and services that are vital to human health and livelihood. SWST’’s focus is on products from the forest, which can include carbon sequestration in wood products to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, biomass use for energy to reduce fossil fuel use, and the use of renewable wood products in place of other non-renewable materials. More information can be found on this Round Table at the RNRF Website; www.rnrf.org.
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Howard N. Rosen
SWST RNRF Representative

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Pictured above, standing (L-R): Whitford Remer (American Society of Civil Engineers), Howard Rosen (SWST, U.S. Forest Service), Richard Engberg (American Water Resources Association), Alison Mize (Ecological Society of America), Roxanne Blackwell (American Society of Landscape Architects), Nancy Somerville (American Society of Landscape Architects), Tom Chase (American Society of Civil Engineers), Karen Paczjowski (Geological Society of America), Julie McClure (American Society of Agronomy), Robert Day (RNRF), Melissa Goodwin (RNRF); seated (L-R): Jennee Kuang (RNRF), Lynn Scarlett (The Nature Conservancy), Sarah Gerould (U.S. Geological Survey).

Researcher with the National Woodland Owner Survey GS-460-11/12 Amherst, MA

The Northern Research Station will soon advertise for a GS-460-11/12 research position with the National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS; www.fia.fs.fed.us/nwos), a project of the Forest Inventory and Analysis program (FIA; http://nrs.fs.fed.us/fia/). This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity and to determine interest in the position. It is expected that this position will be officially advertised in September 2014 with an anticipated reporting date in early 2015. The position is a full-time permanent, research position.

The successful candidate will be a member of the NWOS and Family Forest Research Center (FFRC; www.familyforestresearchcenter.org) teams with responsibilities related to:
• The implementation and analysis of the NWOS, including development of techniques for improving the NWOS.
• Planning and conducting research pertaining to the attitudes and behaviors of private, particularly family, forest ownerships, the factors that influence these ownerships, and the impacts of the decisions of these ownerships on forest and socio-economic systems.
• As a member of the FFRC, the scientist participates in the generation of new research ideas, seeks funding for research products, and helps implement the projects.
• As part of her/his FIA responsibilities, the researcher will analyze FIA forest resource data for one or more states covered by the work unit.

About the Program: The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis (NRS-FIA) work unit is one of four units that, combined, make up the national Forest Inventory and Analysis program (www.fia.fs.fed.us). The Forest Inventory and Analysis program is charged with designing, implementing, and analyzing surveys of the nation’s forest resources and it has been doing so since the 1930s. The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis work unit is tasked with these charges for 24 states – the area of the Northern Research Station plus the 4 plains states.

As the social compliment to its biophysical forest inventories, FIA conducts the NWOS. The Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis work unit is charged with conducting the NWOS for the entire nation. On an annual basis, approximately 6,000 private forest ownerships from across the United States are asked to participate in the NWOS. This information is used to help determine:
• Who owns the forests of the United States;
• Why they own it;
• How they have used it; and
• What they intend to do with it.

Analogous to the rest of the FIA results, the NWOS provides many often-cited basic statistics about private forest owners and provides a rich dataset for answering many questions related to private forest owners, particularly family or non-industrial private forest owners.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: U.S. Citizens

DUTY STATION: This position will be located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
MORE INFORMATION: For more information regarding duties for the position, please contact Brett Butler by email (bbutler01@fs.fed.us) or phone (413-545-1387).

If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the enclosed Outreach Notice Form and send it to bbutler01@fs.fed.us or FAX it to 413-545-1860.

HOW TO APPLY:
The vacancy announcements will appear on the Office of Personnel Management’s USAJOBS Web site: http://www.usajobs.gov

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

OUTREACH NOTICE FORM
Northern Research Station
Amherst, MA
National Woodland Owner Survey
GS 460-11/12

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to bbutler01@fs.fed.us (include “NWOS Research Position Outreach” on the subject line of your message). The permanent position will be advertised on the OPM USA Jobs Web site www.usajobs.gov in September 2014.

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF NATURAL RESOURCE BIOMETRICS Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

POSITION: Applications are invited for the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Natural Resource Biometrics. This is a tenure-track, 9-month, 37.5% research, 37.5% teaching appointment. This position reports directly to the Dean of the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. We seek a natural resource biometrician with research interests in developing biometric sampling and estimation science and applications for managed forests and wildlife and fish habitat.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resource Biometrics, Forestry, or a related discipline and have a strong research background in biometric sampling and estimation that relates to forest dynamics and/or wildlife habitat assessments. It is preferred that candidates have at least one degree in Forestry. Candidates with work experience or post-doctoral training in biometric sampling and estimation applications for managed forests will be given highest consideration. Evidence of research productivity and the potential to attract external research funding is required. Candidates must have an ability and willingness to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Hiring rank is contingent on experience and qualifications. To be considered at the Associate Professor level, candidates should have served at least four years as assistant professor or in positions with comparable experience and demonstrated clear evidence of emerging stature as regional or national authorities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will develop an active natural resource biometric sampling and estimation research program that supports managed forests and/or wildlife habitat assessments. The successful candidate may conduct collaborative research with wildlife, fisheries, soil and water, and recreation faculty, along with the Plantation Management Research Cooperative (PMRC) and the Wood Quality Consortium (WQC). The PMRC (www.pmrc.edu.edu) and the WQC (http://warnell.forestry.uga.edu/woodquality/h/about.html) are research cooperatives among the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, forest landowners (private, industrial, and institutional), consulting organizations, wood industries and the U.S. Forest Service. The PMRC is dedicated to improving silvicultural and biometric technologies for managed southern U.S. forests. The WQC is dedicated to improving understanding and management of the quality of wood from managed forests. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a research program capable of attracting graduate students and significant external funding in their area of expertise. This individual will be expected to teach an average of three to four courses per year that may include undergraduate courses (Forest Measurements, Forest Mensuration, Forest Inventory) and graduate courses (Advanced Forest Management and others in their area of expertise). Candidates must be committed to collaborating with diverse groups within and outside of the university including students, faculty, state and federal agencies, commercial forest growers, forest products manufacturers and other private sector entities. The successful candidate will advise undergraduate students, direct graduate students, serve on School committees, and participate in professional and/or scientific societies.

THE UNIVERSITY: The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a Land Grant / Sea Grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges. Enrollment is about 34,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and is located about 75 miles from Atlanta (www.visitathensga.com). The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is a professional school with 57 faculty, 190 undergraduates, and 214 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Masters of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Majors in the School include Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, and Water and Soil Resources. The School has a 740-acre forest about 10 minutes from campus and 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching and research. A research group of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station is located on campus near the School (http://www.srs.fs.usda.gov/locations/directions/athens_directions.html).

APPLICATION: To ensure full consideration, each applicant should submit their curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, official transcripts of all college-level work, names and contact information of three references, and reprints of selected publications by September 19, 2014. Finalists will be required to provide a signed consent form authorizing the University to conduct a background check (http://www.hr.uga.edu/pre-employment-background-investigations). Actual background investigations will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis. The starting date is negotiable with January 2015 preferred. Send applications and inquiries to: Dr. Pete Bettinger, Chair, Natural Resource Biometrics Search Committee, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 180 E. Green Street, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; pbettinger@warnell.uga.edu; (706) 542-1187.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Graduate Research Assistantship Announcement Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources University of Georgia

An assistantship is available for a graduate student (MS or PhD) in the area of Forest Products and Wood Quality. The assistantship is available immediately for 12 months a year and will open until filled. The student will work on projects related to the effect of forest management on the physical, mechanical, and anatomical properties of loblolly pine at the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia. Students should have an undergraduate (BS) and/or graduate degree (MS) in forestry, wood science, engineering, or other related areas. To be considered at the Doctoral level, prospective applicants are expected to have authored or submitted refereed journal articles to reputable journals. Upon arriving in the Athens area personal transportation is required.

Stipend: This research assistantship includes a competitive stipend and a tuition waiver. Assistantship will be available for two years for MS students and three years for PhD students.
Application: Please contact Dr. Joseph Dahlen via email with your specific research interests and how they relate to wood quality, copies of academic transcripts, GRE scores, CV, and contact information for 3 references. Details of the graduate program at Warnell including the application process and requirements can be found at http://warnell.uga.edu/grad/index.php
University of Georgia: The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu), founded in 1785, is a land grant/sea grant institution comprised of 16 schools and colleges. Enrollment includes approximately 34,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

The Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, founded in 1905, is a professional school with 57 faculty, 200 undergraduates, and 194 graduate students. The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Majors in the School include forestry, fisheries and wildlife, natural resources recreation and tourism, and water and soil resources. The School has a 740-acre forest less than 10 minutes from campus and 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching and research.

Contact:
Dr. Joseph Dahlen
Assistant Professor
Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
University of Georgia
Tel: 706-583-0464
Email: jdahlen@uga.edu