The Ecosystem Workforce Program at the University of Oregon is hiring a social science researcher (see below for additional details) to work on a variety of applied natural resources-related projects, including forest management, wildfire and air quality/smoke. Please share this position with your networks.


Department Summary
The Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and Environments (IROCE) (formerly the Institute for a Sustainable Environment) is the University of Oregon’s oldest sustainability-oriented research center and has an interdisciplinary faculty with interests in sustainable rural development, natural resource and environmental policy, ecological restoration, land management, geography, climate change, and related issues. The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

The Ecosystem Workforce Program (EWP), nested within IROCE is an applied social science research and extension program built on the fundamental belief that ecology, economy, and governance are intimately interconnected. EWP is a joint program of the IROCE at the University of Oregon and the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. This unique partnership allows Oregon’s two leading universities to collectively contribute to natural resource governance that fosters prosperity and sustainability. Together, we apply scientific expertise and leadership to produce better outcomes for land and people.

EWP Social Science Researcher

Position Summary
This position with the Ecosystem Workforce Program supports a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative social science research and outreach. This work will support sustainable rural development and resilience in forest-based communities, and inform national forest management, community-based forestry, and sustainable rural development in the American West.

Minimum Qualifications
An MA/MS in applied natural resource social science in fields such as forestry, public policy, geography, political science, rural sociology, history, planning, anthropology or other related fields. Significant professional experience may substitute for a master’s degree for highly qualified individuals.

Experience with some combination of natural resource policy and management, community-government relations, collaboration, climate change, sustainable rural development, forestry or ecology, land use or transportation policy, green building, health policy, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Specific knowledge and experience related to social and economic monitoring or assessment of community forestry, natural resource/land management, ecological restoration, wildland fire or related issues in the American West.
  • Demonstrated expertise in graphic design and layout, preparation of reports and factsheets, and/or website design.
  • Experience and knowledge of ArcPro or other GIS software, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign, and SPSS or other statistical applications.

Professional Competencies: Knowledge/experience with a variety of quantitative and qualitative social or natural science research methods, and ability to learn new methods as needs arise.

  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally and nationally, including to remote rural communities.
  • Effective communications skills, including ability to write publications and documents and deliver presentations for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently and learn new methodological skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and good time management.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain overall program mission.
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment

Other information

  • This position is funding contingent and limited duration (1-year full time, potentially renewable)
  • Applications accepted until the position is filled
  • Application review already begun
  • Expected start date: September or ASAP

To Apply: 

Contact Michael Coughlan ( for any questions.