Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), science fellow job announcement

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a national nonprofit conservation organization, has an opening beginning in September 2012 for a two-year, full-time Science Fellow. The Fellow will be supported by NRDC’s Science Center, whose mission is to expand NRDC’s scientific capabilities and increase support for the role of science in public policy, and will work with NRDC’s Oceans Program and several academic scientists on a spatial analysis identifying ocean acidification ‘hotspots’ in the U.S. and globally.

The research project is one of the initial projects of the National Science Foundation’s new National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The Fellow will work with the principal investigators for the study (Dr. Lisa Suatoni, NRDC – policy expert; Dr. Sarah Cooley, Woods Hole Oceanographic – oceanographer; Dr. Linwood Pendleton, Duke University/NOAA – economist and Dr. Will McClintock, U.C. Santa Barbara – spatial analyst and modeler) and attend all project meetings with the full team at the SESYNC Center.

The Fellow will be located for at least one year in NRDC’s San Francisco or New York offices. During the two-year fellowship, the Fellow will also participate in activities related to NRDC’s Science Center and receive additional guidance and mentoring from Science Center staff.

Opportunity Information

Friday, August 31, 2012

Minimum Qualifications:
*M.S. in Geography, Marine Science or related field.
*Minimum of 3 years relevant professional work experience.
*Strong technical skills using ArcGIS Desktop 10.
*Experience with data conversion, cartography, quality control and documentation.
*Experience in scripting data management and conversion tasks.
*Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and clearly communicate and interact in a small team environment.
*Excellent writing skills

Desirable Qualifications:
*Ph.D. in related field.
*5 years of relevant professional work experience.
*Experience working with industry, academia, NGOs, state and federal natural resource agencies in the marine sector.
*Working knowledge of ArcGIS Server 10.
*Knowledge of open source mapping technologies, including GRASS, R, OGR/GDAL, PostGIS, and others.

Funding Provided:
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. We offer excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment.

Application Method:
Interested applicants should forward a letter of interest, which addresses: (a) why the fellowship is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified; (c) what project-related issues interest the candidate; and (d) how the candidate hopes the fellowship will affect her/his career goals. Applicants should also submit a resume, writing sample, and any example spatial analyses/maps that were conducted or developed by the candidate.

Interested applicants should email application materials by August 31, 2012 to No phone calls or faxes, please.

Links to more information:
NRDC Job Site

Contact Information
For more information, please contact the individual(s) listed below
Sarah R. Cooley
Email Address:
Office Phone:

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