Research Scientist 2 - UW Tacoma - Center for Urban Waters


CLOSING DATE: March 7, 2019


JOB #: 13647

POSTED: February 7, 2019


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. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma’s commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. More information about Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

The Puget Sound Institute is seeking a highly-motivated research scientist with a background in interdisciplinary environmental science, marine/aquatic resource management, or conservation planning and experience connecting science to policy. Familiarity with the Puget Sound region and the National Estuary Program is a plus.

This position will support ongoing research projects of the Puget Sound Institute and is funded through September 2019. The primary focus is providing policy and scientific support for the development of Implementation Strategies, which are recovery plans that focus on specific measures of Puget Sound ecosystem health such as land cover and development, summer stream flows, and marine water quality. Examples of support work include: review, analysis, and synthesis of completed projects and evaluation of their relevance to regional recovery efforts; evaluation of the regulatory and management framework governing a specific ecosystem component; providing topic-specific reviews of literature and regional data; and the tracking and organizing of research and monitoring priorities. This work is performed in a collaborative environment in partnership with colleagues from the Puget Sound Partnership, other state agencies, and the EPA.


• Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science, Marine Affairs, Public Administration, Marine Resource Management, Environmental Planning, or equivalent degree related to marine/aquatic ecosystem recovery and management.
• One year of job-related experience.
• Ability to review pertinent literature and produce high quality and focused syntheses for scientific and non-scientific audiences.
• Ability to interpret environmental laws and regulations.
• Translational science capabilities to interpret and apply existing data for ecosystem recovery.

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