PhD Forest resource analysis and management planning - Research Affiliate Program
Selection process number: 2023-RSN-RAP-CFS-581739
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We are seeking a PhD student interested in forest resource analysis and management planning to work on a project investigating and developing novel resource and planning models to support the development of a unique strategic-level forest management plan. The successful candidate will join a team at the University of New Brunswick and Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service who are developing a long-term strategic-level forest management plans for a military base. The plan will accommodate military training needs, fire risk, environmental compliance (e.g. Species At Risk), and other values such carbon storage, while considering the effects of climate change. The project will provide the opportunity to explore and research novel analytical methods of land inventory analysis, spatial simulation modeling, optimization, and trade-off analysis for a wide-range of objectives and indicators. Results from this work will be used to inform land management locally, and to inform a national strategy for land management on military bases. The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop their own research questions related to forest management and planning that can be addressed in a modelling/simulation framework and/or with targeted field experiments.
Positions to be filled: 1
Information you must provide
A covering letter "A covering letter in 500 words (maximum) NOTE: In 1 page, you must provide concrete and detailed examples to clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience requirements listed in the essential qualifications, explain your past research experience, and state why you are interested in the project."
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
- Master of Science in natural resources management, forestry, landscape ecology, or equivalent.
- The student must be currently enrolled or willing to enroll at the University of New Brunswick as a PhD student in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Management.
- Experience conducting scientific research related to natural resources management, forest management, or landscape ecology.
- Experience writing scientific documents.
- Experience preparing and delivering presentations.
Note: In the context of student recruitment in the Federal Public Service, the experience can be acquired through the studies, work experience, or volunteer activities.
If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)
- Experience planning and conducting scientific research in the field of forestry and/or forest ecology.
- Experience working with a collaborative research group.
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
- Knowledge of forest management planning.
- Knowledge of dynamic vegetation modeling.
- Knowledge of silviculture and vegetation management.
- Knowledge of forest planning modeling (e.g., using Remsoft or Patchworks software or equivalents).
- Knowledge of geographical information systems (e.g., QGIS or ArcGIS).
- Knowledge of basic programming in the R or Python languages.
- Integrity and respect
- Ability to effectively communicate orally.
- Ability to effectively communicate in writing.
Conditions of employment
Reliability Status security clearance - NOTE: Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents.
- Must be enrolled at the University of New Brunswick in a PhD graduate program.
- Willingness to travel from home base for extended periods.
- Possession of valid driver’s license.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.
Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment.
PreferencePreference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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