Post-doc: Climate Smart Connectivity Planning for Southern California Communities

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join an interdisciplinary research team that will be exploring how an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to planning for connected landscapes can support climate smart and resilient planning in Southern California’s ecosystems and local communities. Specifically, this research focuses on reducing wildfire risk, enhancing water sustainability, and land and wildlife conservation to support sustainable ecosystems and local communities in southern California. This research project is funded by an award from the California Strategic Growth Council Climate Change Research Program.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Qualifications: A PhD is required as well as training or experience in applied conservation, connectivity planning, and/or decision support. Experience in interdisciplinary and innovative, integrated research approaches is a plus. The candidate must be fluent in R and GIS and should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative setting with project team members and stakeholders. Familiarity with Southern California ecosystems is desirable.

Job Description: Start date as soon as possible with position extending approximately 1.5 years. This position will focus on the applied conservation aspects of the project and integration with hydrologic and wildfire planning components of the analysis. The selected candidate will work on analyses and decision support development on the climate connectivity aspects of the project. Experience in evaluating multiple benefits from wildlife conservation efforts would be beneficial, as well as knowledge of land-use planning processes and strategies.

Position will be based at San Diego State University (SDSU) and will work under the direction of Drs. Rebecca Lewison and Megan Jennings. The project may require travel within California. Compensation scale will start at $55-60K, commensurate with experience, and benefits.

To apply: Please send your letter of interest, CV, contact information for three references and any inquiries to Megan Jennings at  Please put “Integrated Planning Postdoc” in the email subject heading. The position will remain open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.