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The Nature Conservancy Bailey Conservation Fellow - 48244 in Lansing, Michigan

divdivdiv id="win0divHRS_SCH_PSTDSC_DESCR$2"YOUR POSITION WITH TNC/div/div/divdivdiv/divdivdiv id="win0divHRS_SCH_PSTDSC_DESCRLONG$2"div id="HRS_SCH_PSTDSC_DESCRLONG$2" class="PSLONGEDITBOX"The Essel and Menakka Bailey Conservation Fellowship Program was established to help develop the conservation leaders of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide recent graduates and early career conservation professionals with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep-dive into a specific conservation project with a broad introduction to major conservation issues and the operations of The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) organization. In this program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work with Conservancy Staff across multiple dimensions of the conservation discipline, including science, restoration, policy, land protection, and communications. Furthermore, the Fellowship is flexibly designed to emphasize those experiences the individual wants or needs to prepare them for their conservation career.For the 2020 Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy has entered into a partnership with the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR - https://ciglr.seas.umich.edu)) to examine questions surrounding coastal resiliency. Reaching restoration goals for coastal habitat in the Great Lakes, while adapting to projected changes in water level fluctuations and storm events, will require a suite of innovative solutions heading into the coming decades. For example, these solutions may include use of dredge material to create or restore islands and other features, establishment of non-diked wetlands, and creation of floating islands of vegetation, among others. However, the solutions eventually chosen and implemented will not only require acceptance and support from the public, but also will prove most effective if they provide nature-based benefits to people in our coastal communities.Specifically, we are seeking a post-doctoral Fellow to assess public perceptions of coastal restoration efforts across the Great Lakes, focusing on a suite of past, present and future restoration efforts. We are seeking a researcher who can assess public perceptions of coastal restoration projects through non-monitory valuations, with consideration of ecological, social and economic benefits. As such, the Fellow must be skilled at interacting with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners. Outputs will include a review of coastal restoration efforts across the Great Lakes, an analysis of stakeholder perceptions concerning innovative restoration projects (with the potential to focus on emerging restoration efforts in western Lake Erie), and recommendations for successful siting and implementation of resilient restoration projects. The fellow will be co-advised by senior scientists at The Nature Conservancy as well as a committee of advisors representing academic and agency interest in coastal restoration.The Bailey Fellow will be awarded one year of support to work with TNC and CIGLR, as well as additional partners. The Fellow will be mentored by staff from TNC and CIGLR who will help the Fellow develop and implement coastal restoration research projects of priority to both TNC and CIGLR. Our intent is to find win-win-win scenarios for the Fellow, TNC, and CIGLR. The Fellow will be employed by TNC and administratively based at our Michigan Field Office, in Lansing, MI which is centrally located in the "Great Lakes Research Corridor" with numerous top-ranked universities and conservation science programs located within a 150-mile radius. The Fellow will also be provided with work space on the University of Michigan campus with other CIGLR faculty and staff./div/div/div/divdivdiv/divdivdiv id="win0divHRS_SCH_PSTDSC_DESCR