Climate and communities social scientist (21-1137): Alaska

Agency: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

Location: Juneau, Alaska

Job category: Full time Positions

Salary: $28.73-$33.04/hour, DOE

Start date: 11/08/2021

Last date to apply: 08/18/2021



Title: Climate and Communities Social Scientist (21-1137)

Anticipated Start Date: November 8, 2021

Position Type: Full Year (12 months or more), Hourly/Non-Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes |

Job Number: 21-1137

How to Apply: Online at

Closing Date: August 18, 2021 at midnight (PT)

Group Definition: Data Management Specialists (Social Sciences) use a background in the social sciences as they assist in the population, maintenance, enhancement and distribution of databases. They locate, obtain, standardize, enter, verify, and correct various data sets related to project goals and work plans.

Position/Project Specifics: This position will assist on a project that will develop network models for south-central and southeast Alaska to improve communities’ and resource managers’ knowledge of socioecological system dynamics in response to ocean acidification (OA) and to enable these stakeholders to assess potential vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies. Participatory workshops with stakeholders will gather information on drivers and barriers that shape adaptive capacity and synthesize this information in socioecological network models that will enable stakeholders to better evaluate points of vulnerability and identify key adaptive strategies. The project will develop decision-support tools that are responsive to stakeholder concerns; reflect local community priorities and their ecological, social, economic, and management context; and synthesize the best available science. The position will work on all phases of the project, assisting with scoping meetings with principal investigators and key informants; conducting focus groups and semi-structured interviews; developing network models; analyzing and reporting the results as well as working with economic and ecological modelers to incorporate social system variables into integrated models. ** This position requires a valid driver’s license and all offers of employment will be contingent upon passing a driving record check. ** Essential Functions: (The functions listed below are characteristic of the type and level of work associated with this group and pay band. They are not all-inclusive. Individual positions may perform some or all, as well as other similar work.)

At the lower end of the range, employees:

• Conduct outreach to key stakeholders and development of protocols for participatory workshops including individualized exercises and group discussions.

• Work with local member of each study community to ensure broad, representative participation.

• Assist with conducting participatory workshops and analyzing results.

• Compile project data using social science data techniques and software.

• Develop qualitative network models and fuzzy cognitive maps during participatory workshops and afterwards with principal investigators.

• Assist in running perturbations on network models and analyzing results.

• Develop protocols for ground truthing results from network model perturbations with stakeholders.

• Examine adaptive strategies and capacities within the communities to ocean acidification perturbations.

• Extract relevant data which may be presented in many different text and numeric formats, reports, tables, graphics, or figures.


Agriculture & Life Sciences, Texas A & M University, 11 August 2021. More information.

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