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Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay

Brooklyn, NY, US

The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (Institute) advances science, supports decisions, and inspires people to support healthy people and ecosystems. The Institute, hosted by Brooklyn College, is a partnership among academic institutions, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and community groups. Core partnerships are sustained among the National Park Service, the City of New York, and eight research institutions led by the City University of New York (CUNY) and including Columbia University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, New York Sea Grant, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University (SUNY), and the Wildlife Conservation Society.


The Project Scientist position is an exciting opportunity for an early career scientist with interest in conducting research and connecting it to city planning and resource management. The Project Scientist will work closely with researchers, public agencies, and community members to develop and translate actionable science to support resilience. This position will primarily support two projects focused on urban watershed management, habitat conservation, and shoreline management in New York City and State. Beyond the first year, the position may build on these projects and others to design and manage similar programs at the Institute to support ongoing capacity for resilience and adaptation.

The first project, sponsored by the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection, is focused on developing an ongoing assessment process for Jamaica Bay, synthesizing a wide array of existing research and practical knowledge into policy relevant findings. The assessment will directly support the Jamaica Bay Watershed Protection Plan (NYC Local Law 71 of 2005), which provides an integrated framework for improvement to water quality, habitat restoration, and community engagement in an important landscape of the City.

The second project, sponsored by NYSERDA and the NY State Department of State, is focused on developing a coherent framework for monitoring and evaluating the performance of nature-based shoreline features throughout New York State’s diverse coastal environment. With the Institute Executive Director and core project team, the Project Scientist will help ensure the framework is based on a strong scientific and technical foundation and broad input from agencies, practitioners, and civic groups.


Help design and execute processes to support assessment, including expert elicitation, workshops, semi-structured interviews, use of risk communication protocols, and peer review of technical reports;
Provide research, writing, and editing in support of science communication products (e.g. reports, white papers, briefs, presentations) for diverse audiences, including policy makers and the general public;
Develop outreach materials, including website updates, social media, and newsletter content;
Maintain relationships and foster collaboration within an interdisciplinary network of scientists, decision-makers, and community members;
Write grant proposals and support fundraising to build on initial projects.


Graduate degree in social, behavioral, or economic sciences.
Knowledge of resilience and sustainability efforts in the City of New York and New York State also preferred, including the use and application of science in these efforts.
Experience convening collaborative meetings, including agenda development, facilitation, and/or evaluation.
Experience setting clear objectives and timelines, balancing and adjusting to external factors and competing priorities, and inspiring individuals and teams to achieve outcomes and complete products.
Experience with multi-stakeholder project management and familiarity working with shared file management.
Discretion and trust-building skills to maintain relationships.
Ability to analyze and synthesize complex and disparate data and subject matter, working with professionals from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences.
Ability to participate in collaborative processes playing both supporting and leading roles, as needed, and able to both listen and contribute when needed.
Ability to communicate complex ideas to different audiences in writing, public speaking, and meeting settings.


Balance of research and management responsibilities.
Development of leadership skills through project and program work.
Participation in the strategic and operational development of new organization.
Expansion of professional network
Time, travel funding, registration costs, and associated expenses associated with attendance at one professional meeting relevant to Institute work
Job Type: Full-time