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    This position is located at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability, located in Los Angeles, California.

    The Research Social Scientist in this position plans and conducts research that examines the sociocultural benefits of urban forests and urban green spaces in human health and well-being; methods and approaches to enhancing urban sustainability; methods and approaches to enhancing community, stakeholder, agency and institutional collaborative focused on socioecological connections; and policies and practices that may enhance urban community sustainability.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Joshua Wilson at 951-680-1558 or joshuawilson@fs.fed.us.
    The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

    This is a research position and is classified under the scientist career plan. Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel. The purpose of the initial review panel is to determine the grade level upon entry into a position advertised at two or more grade levels.

    Candidates being considered for this research position should provide a list of publications that you have been an author, co-author, or contributor for. If providing curriculum vitae, please incorporate all resume requirements identified in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement, or submit a supplemental resume which includes all information required in addition to the curriculum vitae.

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    The selected scientist will plan and conduct research that:

    1. Examines the sociocultural benefits of urban forests andurban green spaces in human health and well-being.

    2. Investigates methods and approaches to enhancing urban sustainability.

    3. Examines methods and approaches to enhancing community, stakeholder, agency and institutional collaboratives focused on socioecological connections.

    4. Examines policies and practices that may enhance urban community sustainability.

    The goal for the scientist’s research is to better understand the interconnections among ecosystems, people and social institutions in ways that will inform policy and improve management of forests and other natural resources. 

    The scientist is individually responsible to accomplish various tasks such as:
    Defining scientific studies within the problem areas listed above, conceiving appropriate lines of investigation, designing and implementing individual studies and outputs, including interpreting complex research results, and making them applicable to field managers and available to other scholars and colleagues.  

    The work focuses on thematic areas that emphasize the pairing of social and ecological systems in the urban and urban-proximate context.

    The assignment requires a working knowledge of urban and urban proximate human communities, groups, and social systems.  

    The scientist must be able to apply this knowledge to the specific scale and system relationships, while considering sociodemographic and cultural changes (for example population increases, cultural identities and relationships, and urban communities) as well as societal and institutional progressions.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel will be required up to 10 times a year with the duration of a week. Travel will be for data collection for research purposes and for conference and/or meetings.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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