Research Scientist Application Form

Position: Research Scientist
Hours: 32 hours per week
Salary Range: $46,500-$66,500, Full Time Equivalent
Application Due Date: 11:59 PM Pacific Time Friday, March 17, 2017
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a permanent, three-quarter time Research Scientist to work as part of the Estuary Partnership's Science Team. The Research Scientist will collect and analyze field data and help manage subcontractors in support of the Estuary Partnership's Ecosystem Monitoring and Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. Work entails leading data collection, analysis, and reporting; developing data collection protocols; designing monitoring and research projects; and working with subcontractors. The successful candidate will thrive in a team environment, have strong communication skills, be comfortable with a diverse project portfolio, and have a broad background based in natural resources. Knowledge of lower Columbia River issues is a plus. For more information, see the full Position Description.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation
The Estuary Partnership recognizes the importance of and values an inclusive and diverse organization and we are committed to broadening the diversity of voices present, active in, and served by all aspects of our organization. A diverse and inclusive organization with a workforce, Board of Directors, and committee membership that reflects the diversity of our communities is more robust and resourceful. It creates an environment in which everyone is respected and accepted and increases our ability to serve our community.  
Engaging all communities of the lower Columbia River and estuary—diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and communities of limited income—gives all people parity and equal engagement with and in the protection of our natural resources. 
Diversity is fundamental to the pursuit of our mission. We include human differences including race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, and military or veteran status. We actively encourage persons of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBT people to apply for positions and contracts. 
All employees and members of the Board of Directors join in this commitment.
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, a National Estuary Program, is a collaborative and inclusive organization. The National Estuary Program is community-based; it is local people, solving local problems in local water bodies. We achieve this best with equity and diversity in who we are and in our partnerships, and by continually adapting our programs to be inclusive of and responsive to the needs of all community members. Diverse perspectives expand our understanding of each other and our community, and our work caring for the lower Columbia River is enriched by our different cultural backgrounds, experiences, and needs. 
Low-income communities and people of color are more likely to live in areas that have poor air quality, contaminated water or contaminated lands, and a lack of green spaces. This exposure leaves them with higher rates of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, or other related health impacts of toxics.  Disparities in education and unequal access to natural areas exist for too many in our communities. Community members, including students from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, lack opportunities for outdoor learning and access to natural areas, and often have less access and opportunities to explore, learn about, and care for the lower Columbia River and estuary. Our organization and our programs include members of all lower Columbia River communities.
Non-Discrimination Statement
The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status. Discrimination is not tolerated at the Estuary Partnership.  
The Estuary Partnership will only accept on-line applications for this position. To apply, please follow the application instructions below and assemble the required information in the following order as a single PDF or Microsoft Word document. Please name the document as follows: YourName_ResearchScientist2017. Once your document is assembled and named complete the online form. You will upload your document in the last field.
Required information includes:
  • Cover Letter:  You letter should include the specific experience you have relevant to the job description.
  • Detailed Resume:  Your resume should provide dates and specific duties of current and past employment.
  • Professional References:  Provide the names, organizations, and titles of three professional references. References will not be contacted without your prior permission.
  • Question Response:  Submit your answers to the following four questions. Your answers will be evaluated for writing style, clarity, and content. Use no more than 400 words per answer.
1)  Describe your experience collecting data and designing monitoring or research projects. Describe your role with project design, development of monitoring goals and objectives, and project implementation and analysis. Describe how you would design a site assessment plan. 
2)  Discuss your writing skill set and experience, including grant proposals and technical reports.
3)  Describe your experiences leading a stakeholder committee or being part of a team that included diverse membership. Describe the purpose of the team or group, your specific role, if and how the goals for the team or group were met, and your role in meeting them. Describe how you manage conflict or different needs or viewpoints to gain consensus.
4)  Describe your experience working with diverse populations, underserved communities, economically challenged communities, and communities unfairly impacted by environmental laws, regulations, and policies.