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Climate Change Research Coordinator / Research Coordinator

Michigan State University

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeLocation648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 368, East Lansing, MI 48824+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionUnion benefitsFull Job Description

Position Description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, Climate Change and Forest Carbon Research Coordinator who will provide research coordination support within the Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services, to an international program of environmental research projects focused on tropical forests and climate change mitigation. The projects include a major activity funded by the Bezos Earth Fund and World Resources Institute to develop a forest carbon measurement activity across 100 reforestation and agroforestry projects in Africa to support carbon sequestration efforts under the AFR100 initiative. Another project involves the interdisciplinary synthesis of research on tree-based systems and climate change in South Asia and would involve coordinated activities with five collaborating universities in the US, and eight collaborating organizations in India. The position will be responsible for coordination among science and technical team members, as well as with collaborators and organizations outside the team and University. This is an end-dated, grant-funded, benefits-eligible, union position, with funding for one year from date of hire, with extension possible depending on continued funding availability.
The responsibilities will include multi-institutional coordinate of activities, accounts monitoring, scheduling, coordination of travel, development of programs and agendas for workshops, and development and coordination of training and study tours that involved international participants. The applicant will be given responsibility for programming and implementing administrative and logistical matters related to field programs and training and capacity building programs. In doing this, the position demands that the candidate also performs professional and technical duties involving data analysis, development of research reports and papers, prepare analysis based on geospatial information, and support the maintenance of web-based geospatial information systems and field work, including assisting in leading a network of several in-country teams on the ground. Because the projects are focused throughout Africa and South Asia, considerable international travel would be required.
Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services: The GOES team uses interdisciplinary methods to understand the role of forest and ecosystem change at the global scale. We work in tropical systems in forests, woodlands and trees outside of forests. Our work is nested in actionable science to support climate change policy frameworks and the intersection of environment and development. Our research and observing systems are applied to climate change mitigation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to provide knowledge and technical capacity building for low carbon management in the forestry and agriculture sectors. We have projects around the world, working with international partners to conserve forests and mitigate climate change through new models of low carbon sustainable forest management. We emphasize models for reducing deforestation and forest degradation, and forest landscape restoration. Find out more at our web site at
Location: The position is based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. Formally established in 1902, Michigan States Department of Forestry was among the first undergraduate forestry programs in the U.S. and is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. The Department is a vibrant, growing, internationally recognized unit committed to interdisciplinary education, research, and extension to understand and resolve environmental and natural resource issues.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
The job requires: knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through completion of one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Master’s in the specific field of research employment; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in research methodologies, writing reports, supervision, software, data interpretation and handling in area related to research being performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and may require special licensing or certification in the field related to the area of employment.
Desired Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have, or a willingness to learn about, foreign work experience, foreign language skills, familiarization of international cultural practices and norms, interest in travel and coordination of field programs. Additional desired qualifications include work experience in standard forestry procedures and forest inventory operations, environmental data analysis, ecosystems sciences and performing measurement and research techniques in an area related to the research being performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The strongest candidates will have demonstrated experience, and clear bona fides in the science and policy aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation, with good grounding in the conceptual frameworks of REDD+, Natural Climate Solutions, Ecosystem Services, and carbon finance. The candidate will be expected to write well, have good presentation and communication skills and work well in an extensive globally distributed team representing diverse cross-cultural backgrounds. Technical abilities in remote sensing, GIS, field measurements of tree and forest carbon are desired.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that details your qualifications for the position; b) current curriculum vitae; and c) contact information for three professional references.
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Special Instructions
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Work Hours
Description of End Date
This is an off dated position funded for one year from the date of hire with possible extension contingent upon funding renewal.
Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
Bidding eligibility ends on 2/7/2023 at 11:55 PM
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