Research Scientist 2 (Natural Resources)

University of Washington

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Req #:200287
Job Location:Seattle Campus
Posting Date:12/17/2021 
Closing Info:Open Until Filled 
Salary:Salary is commensurate with education and experience 
Shift:First Shift 
Notes:As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Please see additional application instructions at the bottom of the posting:  
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) seeks a full-time Research Scientist to support the CIG’s research and applications on climate impacts and adaptation in natural resources. Candidates who are passionate about our organizational mission and our co-production model are a must as research is co-produced with federal, tribal, state, and local partners. We are seeking a candidate with a natural resources background and project management experience who can support climate impacts and adaptation research projects led by the CIG’s senior scientists. Focus areas may include natural hazards and ecological disturbances, landscape conservation, species and ecosystems, water resources, and sea level rise and coastal impacts.

While educational attainment is valued, we also encourage applications from practitioners who have worked in government, non-profits, or other organizations who can bring practical experience with climate adaptation in the natural resource sector.

We envision this position will: 1) work with the CIG’s senior scientists to conduct applied research on climate impacts and adaptation in natural resources; 2) engage with partners and decision makers on projects in all stages of the adaptation process from vulnerability assessment to planning and implementation; and 3) provide analytical, logistical, and project management support for research and applications.

The CIG is a dynamic, deadline driven environment, which requires the Research Scientist to bring strong organizational and project management skills, as well as priority-setting abilities. The Research Scientist will need to demonstrate skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

The CIG is dedicated to building the climate resilience of communities and natural systems by advancing awareness of climate risks and enabling science-based action to manage those risks. We are an interdisciplinary team with an operating model that fully integrates research with outreach and stakeholder engagement. Our work considers climate impacts at spatial scales ranging from local communities to the entire western U.S. region, with most of the work focused on the Pacific Northwest ( Climate Impacts Group is a member group of EarthLab.

EarthLab is a visionary institute that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges, with a current focus on climate and its intersection with social justice. EarthLab does this by connecting the University of Washington (UW) to communities, businesses, non-profits, public agencies,

Tribal nations and others to co-produce actionable research that generates solutions and strategies for local and global impact. EarthLab’s vision, an equitable, just and sustainable world where people and planet thrive, supports one of the University’s biggest goals. As a Carnegie-classified Community Engagement University, the UW aspires to be the #1 university in the world as measured by impact. EarthLab is inspired by and committed to this challenge.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
EarthLab and the CIG acknowledge the systemic racism that exists in the environmental sector and within environmentalism. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by bringing a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are seeking candidates who are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment where all voices are considered and valued.
The College of the Environment promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, and public. Thus, we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries.


The research scientist will work on climate impacts and adaptation research for existing and new projects, with general guidance from CIG’s senior research scientists. This position will be responsible for analysis and critically thinking about the creative application of natural science techniques for multiple projects. Research support may include literature reviews, modeling and data analysis, stakeholder interviews and surveys, workshop organization and facilitation, vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning, and report development and writing. This position may also require technical knowledge (or the development of new expertise) in analysis software including but not limited to R, Matlab, python, and ArcGIS.

This position will assist with project management and provide other logistical support for existing and new projects. This will likely include organizing and facilitating internal and external stakeholder meetings, note taking, developing workshop and conference agendas, developing and implementing project plans, tracking and reporting timelines, etc.

This position will assist in the preparation of reports, papers, and presentations, including opportunities to support the CIG’s extensive outreach efforts on climate impacts and resilience in the Pacific Northwest.

This position may be asked for assistance in proposal development, but this position will not be responsible for developing their own line of climate impacts and adaptation research.

Research and Project Support

• Apply knowledge of co-production methodologies and climate data application to support CIG research objectives with general guidance from senior researchers ;
• Work with CIG senior research staff and existing and new partners to advance climate resilience across the Pacific Northwest;
• Assist in project-specific research needs, such as report writing, literature reviews, synthesis and assessment of scientific information, needs assessments, modeling and data analysis, or geographic information systems.

Project Management

• Work with CIG senior research staff to provide logistical and organizational support for projects;

Outreach and Engagement

• Provide logistical support for workshops, meetings, and other engagement activities;
• Conduct outreach on climate impacts and adaptation science for diverse audiences.

Grant writing and proposal development

• Collaborate with CIG’s senior research scientists to develop project opportunities or proposals;
• Write grant or proposal sections as needed.


• Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, environmental sciences, natural sciences, or a related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience;

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Knowledge of or experience in applied climate change impacts and adaptation;
• Demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific information in clear and concise language appropriate for diverse audiences (e.g., scientists, business people, policy makers, university students, mass media, etc.).
• Methodological experience associated with applied natural resource and environmental research (e.g., data analysis, modeling, literature reviews, and stakeholder engagement;
• Experience with stakeholder engagement such as at federal, tribal, state, and/or municipal levels;
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and an ability to quickly adapt to new topics and challenges (e.g., research topics, institutional contexts, new methodologies or software tools);
• Strategic and critical thinker;
• Attention to detail and insistence on technical accuracy;
• Strong team member/team approach.


• Experience with co-production and use-inspired research;
• Experience with interdisciplinary research;
• Experience with Geographic Information Systems;
• Superior writing and oral communication skills;

Additional Application Instructions – Please address the 3 questions listed below in your cover letter:

1. Highlight your practical and/or research experience in the fields of natural resource management or climate adaptation and how it relates to the work of the Climate Impacts Group. Moving forward, what aspects of natural resource research management and climate adaptation are you most passionate about working on in this position and for your career in general?

2. Describe a stakeholder engagement or collaborative process of which you were a part (e.g. stakeholder engagement in projects, co-producing actionable science, or interdisciplinary research). What was your role in this process?

3. At EarthLab we focus on equity and justice in all that we do. Please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or [email protected].


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