The Savanna Institute Research Fellow

The Savanna Institute in partnership with the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) invites applications for a Research Fellow to assist with the updating of a research synthesis publication entitled Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways.

Widespread implementation of agroforestry systems depends on using the best science available and for the science to be actionable, it needs to be synthesized and delivered in a useful format for decision makers. Published in 2008, Conservation Buffers: Design Guidelines for Buffers, Corridors, and Greenways provides over 80 illustrated design guidelines synthesized and developed from a review of over 1400 research publications. Each guideline describes a specific way that a vegetative buffer can be applied to protect soil, improve air and water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, produce economic products, provide recreation opportunities, or beautify the landscape. These science-based guidelines are presented as easy-to-understand rules-of-thumb for facilitating the planning and designing of vegetative buffers in rural and urban landscapes.

The Research Fellow will assist in updating this publication based on new research literature that has been published since 2008 that could influence planning, design, and management of multifunctional vegetative buffers. The Research Fellow will work with USDA NAC’s Research Landscape Planner to identify any potential changes to existing guidelines as well as assist in developing new guidelines. In addition to English, the original guide was published in Chinese, French, Mongolian, Spanish, and Korean and has received several national awards. This is your opportunity to be a part of the update of this guide as a contributing author.

Here’s the link to our posting for the  full job description.  Review of applications will begin February 25th, 2022; the position will be open until filled.  We seek applicants who share our passion for ecological and equitable agriculture as a nature-based climate solutions and who are motivated to widen the circle of who has the opportunity to inform, support, and benefit from its development. To that end, we are seeking a diversity of voices at the table and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Questions? Email Devon Brock-Montgomery, Administrative Assistant – [email protected].  All the best,

Devon Brock-Montgomery

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[email protected]

(608) 448-6432 x209  

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