Social/Natural ScientistWashington, DC
Overview. The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s (USGCRP) National Coordination Office (NCO) seeks to hire an early career scientist with social and/or natural sciences expertise, related to coasts and climate-related global change. Primary responsibilities would include providing science and coordination support to USGCRP’s interagency groups for coastal research/adaptation and for the integration of social and natural sciences and their application to global change science.
The USGCRP coordinates and integrates global change research and supporting activities conducted by 13 Federal Agencies and Departments. It is overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the Executive Office of the President, and by representatives from the 13 agencies. The day-to-day activities and operations of the USGCRP are facilitated by the USGCRP NCO, which is responsible for promoting interagency coordination and integration of Federal climate and global change research programs and facilitating international cooperation.
Key Responsibilities for the Successful Candidate
Coordination and support of science-focused interagency groups (IG) and activities for coastal research/adaptation and for the integration of natural and social sciences, both as seen through the lens of climate change. Tasks include:
- Working with the Federal IG co-chairs to conceptualize, plan, and execute working group meetings, including scheduling, materials development and distribution, and follow-up;
- Providing logistic, technical and communication support for any activities (e.g. webinars, workshops, publication development) that the groups may undertake; and
Contributing to and coordinating IG input to USGCRP mandated reports, including Our Changing Planet and Strategic Plan.
Support other USGCRP activities, including:
- Fostering cooperation with other USGCRP interagency groups as appropriate; and
- Participating in the coordination for NCA 5
- Master’s degree or higher in social or natural sciences as related to climate and global change, with 1 year of experience in research or program coordination or equivalent experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of fundamental social and/or natural social science concepts relevant to coasts or to global change more broadly; academic or work experience that integrates social and natural sciences is preferred;
- Ability to understand and utilize scientific and technical concepts in support of program coordination;
- Strong organizational and time management skills for meeting and project planning and execution;
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