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Academic Wage-Salaried: Research Associate

Academic Wage-Salaried: Research Associate

Oregon State University

Department: Forest Ecosyst & Society (FOR)

Appointment Type: Academic Wage

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education, skills, and experience.

Job Summary:

The Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is seeking a salaried Academic Wage - Research Associate. This is a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. This position is anticipated to last approximately one month.

The College of Forestry and Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, in collaboration with the Indigenous Natural Resources Office, is in need of a part-time employee for two months to work on two projects: 1. Initial conceptualization of analysis and dissemination of key messages from a set of Tribal Roundtables, and 2. Initial conceptualization of the characterization of the concept of co-stewardship.

Why OSU?

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
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• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
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• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities

75% Lead and assist scholarly activities including author/co-authoring peer reviewed publications and the presenting findings at conferences, co-authoring articles and reports on Co-Stewardship and Indigenous Knowledge and forest management as needed. This also involves working with the larger Nelson Lab group and lending expertise and assistance to graduate students as needed.

25% Assist with developing ongoing relationships with Tribal Nations, incorporating traditional cultural elements as appropriate and in keeping with any agreements between OSU and the Tribal Nations. Tribal engagement activities might include attending Tribal community events and supporting partners who are members of Tribal Nations. Help to create an environment that is welcoming for Tribal partners to learn STEM within the context of Indigenous Knowledge. Support and be involved in outreach efforts, such as media communications. Work with the OSU Foundation and other campus entities supporting this work as needed.

What You Will Need

• PhD in degree in forestry and natural resources social science or related field.
• Ability to engage in project outreach.
• Ability to develop strong, positive relationships with Tribal Nations.
• Record of peer-reviewed publications relevant to the position.
• Leadership and management skills.
• Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

What We Would Like You to Have


Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Position may work remotely, as agreed upon by the employee and supervisor.

Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:Michael Nelson

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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