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Employment Opportunity-Interdisciplinary Applied Landscape Ecologist

Position Announcement

Interdisciplinary Applied Landscape Ecologist

New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit - Assistant Leader Department of Natural Resources

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University


POSITION: USGS Federal Research Scientist with a 12-month Assistant/Associate/Full (Courtesy) Professor Appointment in the Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University


LOCATION: Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ithaca, NY 14853

INTRODUCTION: The U. S. Geological Survey Cooperative Research Unit program is a Federal, State, University, NGO cooperative program with 40 Cooperative Research Units in 38 states. The New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (NYCFWRU) at Cornell University has been an active partner in Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) program for >50 years and has been recognized nationally for its achievements.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will serve as an Assistant Leader of the NYCFWRU. We seek an interdisciplinary applied landscape ecologist with research focused on the spatial and temporal response of populations, communities, and/or ecosystems to environmental stressors (e.g., climate change, invasive species, hydrologic alterations, environmental contaminants, disease). Investigating the effects of climate change on populations and species distributions with applications to climate-change adaptation, land use management, watershed management, or conservation planning is of particular interest. Investigating species and habitats impacted by climate change responses, such as analysis of impacts from the development of wind power, solar power, and coastal resiliency projects is of interest. Demonstrated expertise in spatial analysis, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and the ability to work across taxonomic lines in terrestrial and/or aquatic habitats is strongly encouraged. Knowledge of decision science (e.g., structured decision making and/or adaptive management) to support natural resource management, and ability to successfully collaborate with academic partners, professional natural resource agencies, private land owners, and non-governmental organizations to support management applications is also of interest. Ability to participate in graduate-level academic instruction, and to provide technical assistance to Federal, State, and private conservation agencies involved with research and management of natural resource systems is required. The Assistant Leader will develop a strong research program that will be relevant to and integrated with the research needs of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as complement the expertise and program of the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources.

Relevance to Cornell: The successful candidate will be expected to advise and train graduate students and teach one graduate course per year. The individual will share leadership with other faculty in DNR in organizing seminars and discussion groups, reach out to faculty across different disciplines, and become an active team player and program builder. As part of establishing a national reputation as a scholar, the Assistant Leader will secure external funding and contribute significantly to the ecological literature through journal articles and other peer-reviewed publications. Collaboration with faculty, staff, and graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources, other College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell University departments and colleges, and with colleagues in other universities, NYS and Federal agencies and NGOs is expected as appropriate.

More information about the Department of Natural Resources may be found at

Relevance to NYSDEC: NYSDEC seeks science-based management support related to the focal areas noted above. In addition, NYSDEC seeks a partner who will assist the agency in developing research priorities, structuring management programs, and interfacing with stakeholders.

Relevance to USGS: The focal areas noted above are of important national concern (e.g., invasive species), and such expertise will complement ongoing USGS research initiatives (e.g., restoration biology, endangered species, and biodiversity management).


  •  Applicants must possess a Ph.D.
  •  Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with other researchers in interdisciplinary inquiry, and with natural resource managers in applied research settings.
  •  Evidence of scholarly productivity, including the ability to coordinate and lead an innovative research program, ability to work with graduate students, and success in publishing research findings in the peer-reviewed literature.
  •  Full details of qualifications can be found in the USA Jobs announcement below.

SALARY: Commensurate with GS-12 level ($76,721 - $99,741)

APPLICATIONS: A link to the job announcement can be found here:

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Applications will be received until April 23, 2020. For additional information, please contact: Dr. Angela Fuller, Leader, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit;