Scientist in Residence RFQ

Notice for Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Science in Residence

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program seeks qualified individuals, environmental service firms, postdoctoral candidates, scientists in transition, and scientists who have recently retired, to submit for the Science in Residence Professional/Team. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process will be used to select an individual or team who can best meet the requirements set forth in this document. Statements of Qualifications (Statements) must be sent to the attention of Roberta Swann, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, 118 North Royal Street, Suite 601, Mobile, AL 36602 and received no later than 3:00 P.M. Central Time, Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Summary of Offering

In September 2022, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) conducted a review of its current organizational structure to better align staff and enhance program delivery of its services. One recommendation was the creation of a Science in Residence position which would rotate annually (or biannually) and provide expertise in synthesizing scientific information in support of MBNEP activities and supporting project management needs where appropriate. Several mission-critical activities are in process or on the horizon, including the next State of Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast, a Mobile Bay watershed comprehensive study, and a comprehensive shoreline management plan for the western shore of Mobile Bay. This offering presents an opportunity to enhance the scientific expertise provided by the MBNEP related to project management and science communication efforts and improve support for the work of the Science Advisory Committee.

A Science in Residence professional or team will be primarily responsible for four areas of work, including but not limited to:

  1. Publish the next State of the Alabama’s Estuaries and Coast (timeline for completion up to one year).
  2. Lead the team who will develop the Western Shoreline Comprehensive Management Plan (timeline to completion up to two years).
  3. Elevate the work of the Comprehensive Mobile Bay Watershed Study being led by Dr. John Lehrter within the SAC (ongoing).
  4. Assist with the refinement/expansion of the SAC.

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