[Coral-List] Post-Doc at WWF/U. Michigan: Evaluating the Impact of Marine Protected Areas

Artur Gil arturfreiregil at yahoo.com.br
Wed Mar 31 06:29:02 EDT 2010

Hi, everyone.
Here is the official position announcement for the social science post-doc that I mentioned in a pre-announcement a couple of weeks ago.
The post-doc will be housed in the science program at WWF in Washington , DC , working with me, Helen Fox (WWF-US), Arun Agrawal (U. Michigan), and others to study the governance and performance of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other marine conservation regimes.   The application deadline is April 15.  (I recognize that this is a quick turnaround, but the initial application requires only a cover letter and CV.)  The successful applicant would ideally start on June 1.  
All applications should be submitted via the WWF website: www.worldwildlife.org/who/careers/jobs.html.  
Apologies in advance for cross-posting.  Please share widely with others who might be interested.
Evaluating the Impact of Marine Protected Areas
Position announcement: Post-doctoral Social Scientist
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the global conservation organization, in partnership with the University of Michigan , seeks a post-doctoral social scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team to monitor and evaluate the social and biological impacts of marine protected areas (MPAs) and other marine conservation interventions.  The initial geographic focus will be Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia ), but may be expanded to include related projects in other locations.
In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, the post-doc will:
1.       Develop and implement rigorous-yet-practical methods for documenting and explaining variation in the socioeconomic and biological impacts of MPAs and other marine conservation interventions. This will entail support to a one-year pilot study in the Bird’s Head Seascape in West Papua, Indonesia, to demonstrate proof of concept for an interdisciplinary approach to MPA monitoring and impact evaluation that builds upon theories of common pool resource governance, established MPA monitoring protocols, and the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI) program.
2.        Analyze data and synthesize results from #1 and other monitoring programs, in order to document conservation outcomes and to explore relationships among MPA governance (i.e., conservation interventions), social and ecological context, and conservation outcomes (ecological and social).
3.       Based on #1 and #2, develop research design and protocols for a large N program to monitor and evaluate the impacts of MPAs.
4.       Synthesize results and insights from an international symposium on the (ecological and social) frontiers of MPA science.  
5.       Write up of results from the above and other related work for both peer-reviewed publication and internal audiences. 
This position has an initial duration of one year, with the possibility of extension based on funding.
Basic requirements:Ph.D. or related experience in a social science (anthropology, economics, political science, etc.) or an interdisciplinary Ph.D. with substantial social science training; strong quantitative and statistical skills; and ability to work both independently and in a team.  Additional qualifications include: evaluation training and experience; two years international experience in marine conservation or related field; experience with qualitative data and interdisciplinary research; foreign language skills. Ability to travel to Indonesia is required.  
This position is based in the WWF Conservation Science Program in Washington, DC.  Eligibility to work in the US required.  
Please submit a cover letter and CV by April 15, 2010. 
AA/EOE Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  To apply, visit http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/careers/jobs.html.
Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D.
Senior Social Scientist | Conservation Science Program | World Wildlife Fund
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