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    Summary

    This scientist serves the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI) which is housed under the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Montana. ALWRI is dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, wildlands, wild and scenic rivers and similarly protected areas.

    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Dr. Beth Hahn at 406-542-3244 or beth.hahn@usda.gov

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    Responsibilities

    • Duties listed are at the full performance level.
    • The work of this scientist is definitive of wilderness science, resulting in contributions that answer important questions in the field and account for previously unexplained phenomena.
    • Plans, conducts, and disseminates research to address a wide range of needs for the stewardship of wilderness and similarly protected areas.
    • Leads basic and applied science teams to discover and synthesize knowledge to address wilderness management problems
    • Quantifies and characterizes the ecological role of wilderness in the larger landscape or ecological context in consideration of external threats such as climate change and human modified landscapes.
    • Develops and applies research to investigate wilderness stewardship issues at multiple spatial (landscape, regional, and national) and temporal (annual to multi-decadal) scales.
    • Aim of research is to anticipate and mitigate impacts to landscapes subjected to multiple stressors such as changing climate, invasive species, insects and diseases, land-use change, and an increasing human footprint.
    • Evaluates the biological diversity, ecological integrity, and ecological role of the National Wilderness Preservation System (110 million acres).
    • Evaluates how a changing environment will impact the ability of wilderness managers to protect wilderness characteristics, including the fragmentation and isolation of wilderness as ecological islands.
    • Uses tools such as statistics, simulation modelling and geospatial analyses in conjunction with field data, remotely sensed data, or other spatial datasets .
    • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with professional colleagues and natural resource managers to assure that research studies address the highest management priorities and that findings are available, understood, and applied.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overnight travel required for field studies and professional meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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