Open positions

  • Created: 12.06.2018
    Expires: 07/16/2018 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Gerald Schmilewski, IPS President

    gerald.schmilewski@peatlands.org

     


    Chief Executive | Toimitusjohtaja | Pääsihteeri

    The International Peatland Society is seeking to recruit a Secretary General as its Chief Executive.

    The position

    The Secretary General will report to the Executive Board (EB). The appointee will have more extensive hours and a wider mandate than previous, part-time, Secretaries General, in keeping with the latest strategy developed by the EB.

    The person appointed will be expected to take the lead in implementing the strategy, developing new services and new sources of income, and strengthening existing services; and will take a leading part in the development of strategy and policy.

    The appointee will be encouraged to generate project management income, and in the longer term will be expected to establish a project management system. She or he will initiate relevant projects and acquire the necessary funds, subject to approval by the EB. Such projects will include co-operation in projects initiated by other organizations. The appointee will take charge of projects already identified by the EB, finding partners and identifying funding. These will include Updating Global Peat Resources, the Peat Dialogue and Sphagnum Farming.

    The appointee will be the visible figurehead of the IPS in international affairs. She or he will be expected to reinforce existing partnerships, particularly with the international agencies, and to form new ones with organizations and institutes with similar interests. The position will involve liaison with relevant international conventions and the promotion of the IPS perspective based on scientific evidence. It will also involve the setting up and maintenance of alliances and information exchange with knowledge institutions and other NGOs.

    The appointee will oversee and encourage the organs of the IPS, including National Committees, Commissions, expert groups and individual members and will encourage and help them to organize seminars, conferences and other meetings and events. She or he will also work to increase membership of the organization.

    The appointee will have overall responsibility for the governance and administration of the organization, and shall be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Society in accordance with its Statutes and Internal Regulations, and for the implementation of decisions taken by the Annual Assembly and the Executive Board.

    The appointee will be responsible for the supervision, development and care of the Secretariat. She or he will have overall responsibility for finance and for the budget.

    The Person

    The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership qualities which will include:

    • an academic degree in a relevant scientific discipline, preferably a higher degree; together with an interest in scientific developments.
    • well-developed analytical  skills.
    • the ability to gain access to sources of information; a knowledge of organizations that provide funding for research projects and an ability to liaise with these organizations.
    • project management skills, experience of working on or managing research projects.
    • the ability to work with professional voluntary colleagues and to manage professional staff, if necessary from a distance.
    • an ability to develop strategy and to identify long-term goals and to be creative in finding new ways to achieve goals.
    • relationship skills in dealing with stakeholders, an ability to win people over, and a feeling for different cultures.
    • an ability to communicate clearly and authoritatively; with convincing presentation skills, and the ability to relate to the media, including social media. Fluency in English: knowledge of other languages an asset.
    • a knowledge of finance and organizational administration.
    • willingness to travel.

    The Appointment

    The position is full-time. Applications including a CV and salary requirements should be sent by e-mail to gerald.schmilewski@peatlands.org.
     
    The closing date for applications is 15 July 2018.

    The Organisation

    The International Peatland Society (IPS) is a non-governmental, non-profit multidisciplinary organisation dealing with peatlands and peat.  It is dedicated to the responsible management and Wise Use of peatlands and peat.

    Its mission is to promote the gathering, exchange and communication of peatland knowledge and experience. Its vision is to be the leading international organisation in this sphere. It strives to be seen by the international community as an impartial and knowledgeable organisation for the provision of advice and knowledge.

    It has implemented its mission principally by organising Congresses, conferences and seminars; by publishing books, magazines and newsletters; and by supporting the compilation and publication of the Wise Use principles and the Strategy for Responsible Peatland Management.

    The structure of the organisation is based on sixteen National Committees (NCs). It has some 1,400 individual and corporate members in 43 countries. It carries out much of its work through scientific and industry Commissions supported by expert groups. The Society is governed by an Executive Board (EB) elected every four years by National Committees. The EB is advised by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consisting of Commission Chairs and the Second Vice President.

    It has a Secretariat based in Jyväskylä, Finland currently consisting of a part-time Secretary General and a full-time Communications Manager (CM) supported at times by temporary interns. The CM is also the principal administrator of the Society whose responsibilities include finance and accounts.

  • Created: 30.04.2017
    Expires: 04/30/2017 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Xianmin.Meng
    0086-13894898132
    mengxm3711@163.com
  • Created: 04.04.2017
    Expires: 07/04/2017 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Dr Richard Payne

    richard.payne@york.ac.uk

    Lead supervisor: Dr Richard Payne, Environment Department, University of York
    Co-supervisors: Professor Simon Caporn (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr James Rowson (Edge Hill University), Professor Nancy Dise (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology).
    To discuss your suitability for this project please email: richard.payne@york.ac.uk

    Application deadline: 14/5/2017

    With atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continuing to rise it is more important than ever to understand the global carbon cycle and its response to human activity. Some of the biggest uncertainties concern the future fate of carbon locked away in peat. Peatlands store more carbon than all the world’s vegetation and have steadily cooled climate since the last glaciation However, the future of peatlands and the fate of the carbon they store is in doubt. Climate change is causing peatlands to change with the net result of these changes unclear. Amazingly, we do not even know whether peatlands will store more or less carbon in the future.

    Two contrasting research approaches have been widely used to address this issue: experimental studies have simulated future climates in the field or laboratory, whereas palaeoecological studies have aimed to predict the future by analogy to the past. These two approaches have been used by different researchers in different disciplines, often reaching differing conclusions. To surmount this gap this project will take an innovative approach by combining palaeoecological and ecological methods using a long-term climate change field experiment.

    Through multiple phases of fieldwork in west Wales, the student will quantify the impact of ten years of experimental drought and warming on peatland carbon fluxes. To place this record in a palaeoecological context the student will take cores and calculate long-term carbon accumulation rates. To understand how the experimental climate changes would be represented in the palaeoecological record the student will analyse surface and near-surface samples for a range of methods (testate amoeba analysis, C/N ratios, isotopes and colorimetric humification). To compare the responses observed in the experiment with the response of the site to real climatic changes such as the Medieval Climate Anomaly the student will produce a high resolution reconstruction of climate change and peatland response.

    This is an exciting and innovative project with the potential to make a big contribution to one of the most significant outstanding questions in climate change science. The project will be challenging but the student will be very well-supported. This PhD project is part of a larger research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The appointed student will benefit from a strong support network including a four-person supervisory team with expertise in all aspects of the project. The student will have access to the training and laboratory resources of four institutions and will work in close partnership with a dedicated research assistant. Our experimental site is managed by Natural Resources Wales and the student will work closely with NRW staff to help them plan for the impacts of future climate change. There is also the possibility for the student to gain experience by participating in overseas fieldwork for other projects and to gain some teaching experience.

    The student will receive training in all methods to be used in the project. The project is open to students with at least a 2i degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Biology or a closely-related subject and interests in palaeoecology, biogeochemistry or ecology. A master’s degree and previous experience working on peatlands would be a distinct advantage. Interested students are encouraged to contact the first supervisor to discuss the project and for further information.

    Funding Notes

    Fully funded for 3.5 years, the studentship will cover: (i) a tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,553 for 2017-2018), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.  The studentships is available to UK and EU/EEA students.

    Requirements: At least a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent.  There are language requirements for international students.

    Selection Process: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly.  Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of York. 

  • Created: 02.05.2016
    Expires: 06/02/2016 (All day)
    Contact to:
    IPS

    Florence.renou@ucd.ie

    We are looking for a PhD student to investigate Ecohydrological  analysis of blanket bog catchments in Ireland. S/he will be based in Queen’s University Belfast. See below for details.

    PhD Position in Ecohydrology at
    The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering,
    Queen’s University Belfast.

    The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast seeks to engage a graduate in Earth Science, Environmental Science, (Field-based) Life Science or Environmental / Civil Engineering for the following salaried PhD position investigating ecosystem services associated with blanket bogs:

    Ecohydrological  analysis of blanket bog catchments. The candidate will investigate how blanket bog ecosystems influence stream flow and water quality using botanical, hydrological and hydrochemical data. The successful candidate will be responsible for instrumentation installation, field data collection and integrating water quality data with biological and hydrological data sets to develop /re-appraise conceptual models of blanket bog ecohydrology. Collection of the data will be integrated with socioeconomic factors to quantify the benefits to water quality of healthy blanket bog catchments, compared to degraded catchments and, those that are currently being restored. Candidates must have the following:

    a.       An upper second or first class degree in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Life Science or a related discipline.  
    b.      A full clean driver’s licence.
    c.       European Union Citizenship.
    d.      Prior experience of relevant field work, notably water quality sampling/analysis, habitat mapping, and/or aquatic invertebrate sampling.
    e.      Familiarity with geographic information systems, and their use for environmental investigations.
    f.        Experience in integrating datasets from a range of disciplines.

    Experience with ecosystem services analysis would be regarded as beneficial, while expertise of using hydrological and water quality monitoring instrumentation would be considered advantageous.
    This position requires candidates to work in close collaboration with people from contrasting backgrounds in a cross-disciplinary environment. Field work in challenging remote environments will form an integral element of both positions. Candidates must be prepared to work under flexible conditions, including data collection over weekends / bank holidays, where necessary.
    This research is part to the Irish EPA’s research programme contributing to Mapping of Ecosystem Services, as required by the European Union.  Candidates will be based at Queen’s University Belfast but will be expected to travel to field sites in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a regular (up to weekly) basis. The position is salaried for three years, starting 1st June 2016. The salary for the position starts £14,300, rising to £14,800 for the final year. Stipend salaries are tax-free.

    To formally submit an application please use the direct applications portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php

    If you have any queries or difficulties completing your application please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Conroy in the Research Office on TEL:028 9097 4679 or alternatively a.conroy@qub.ac.uk

    For details of the technical content of the research, please contact Dr Raymond Flynn at r.flynn@qub.ac.uk or Dr Florence Renou-Wilson at Florence.renou@ucd.ie

    Deadline for submission 1st May 2016.

  • Created: 11.12.2015
    Expires: 01/13/2016 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Richard Payne

    richard.payne@york.ac.uk

    Linking palaeoecology and experiments to test peatland resilience to climate change

    University of York | Environment Department | York | United Kingdom

        Full or part time
        Application Deadline
        Monday, January 11, 2016
        Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
       
    Environment Department, University of York

    Project Description

    Peatlands are the largest terrestrial carbon store, locking away more carbon than all the world’s vegetation combined. The long-term fate of this carbon store will play a major role in our future climate. Quantifying the potential sensitivity of peatlands to environmental change is of vital importance. However, the way peatlands will respond to global change is far from clear. For example, whilst warming may promote plant growth, increasing the rate of peat formation and increasing the carbon sink strength, drying may lead to faster decomposition rates, greater peat loss and therefore decrease the carbon sink strength. Which of these processes will dominate?

    To address these questions, in 2010 our group established a field experiment simulating drought and warming on a peatland in Wales. This experiment is delivering vital ecological and biogeochemical data, but even long-term experiments cannot adequately characterize the full peatland ecohydrological response to climate change, aspects of which may take decades or centuries. To gain a deeper understanding and make better predictions for the future, we need studies that link detailed mechanistic information from experiments with the longer temporal reach of palaeoecological records.

    In this unique interdisciplinary project, the student will (1) compare modern carbon budgets from direct flux measurements with long-term carbon accumulation determined from the peat record, (2) apply palaeoecological proxies in the experiment to understand their climatic sensitivities, and (3) contrast the carbon flux response to the experimental treatments with the carbon accumulation response to climatic changes through the Holocene.

    The supervisory team combines experts in palaeoecology with experts in biogeochemistry and plant ecology. The student will be based at the University at York but will spend time at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Edinburgh. The student will therefore benefit from the range of research facilities, scientific expertise and thriving student communities of both the University of York and CEH.

    The student will receive training in all methods to be used in the project including palaeoecological techniques (elemental analysis, FT-IR, isotope, testate amoeba and plant macrofossil analysis), dating methods (210Pb, radiocarbon and tephrochronology), carbon flux measurements (gas and TOC analysis), plant ecology (vegetation survey, growth and decomposition metrics) and statistics. The project is open to students with at least a 2i degree in Geography, Environmental Science or Biology (or a closely-related subject) and interests in palaeoecology, biogeochemistry or ecology. Interested students are welcome to contact the first supervisor for further information.

    http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=66662&LID=1601

  • Created: 17.11.2015
    Expires: 11/30/2015 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Susann Warnecke

    susann.warnecke@peatlands.org

    As a replacement recruitment we are searching for a Production AD / Marketing Communications Developer for Kekkilä Group.

    In this role you will plan and produce marketing materials for all Kekkilä´s business areas. Creating visual marketing content for social media channels, website and magazines is not a new thing for you, and you enjoy finding new ways to express your creativity in fast developing online marketing. You will be working in Group marketing team of five people and in good cooperation with sales and product management. The position is located either in Vantaa, Finland or Örebro, Sweden.

    You have a minimum five years of experience in marketing and working as an art director/production AD. We expect to see good evidence of your skills, and experience from building brands. You have educational background in arts, design or equivalent. You are fluent in English and either in Finnish or Swedish.

    You are self-driven and innovative. You work well in teams and know how to convince and how to listen. You enjoy working in an international environment, and have an ability and desire to understand needs of consumers and BtoB customers. Combining routine tasks and developing new is not a problem for you. You take timetables seriously and can plan and lead a project if necessary.

    You get a crucial position in Kekkilä Group marketing and challenging job with strong gardening brands. You work closely with our talented personnel in several countries. Our excellent partners and cozy headquarters in Vantaa, Finland or in Örebro, Sweden, bring happiness to your daily work.

    For more information, please contact Marketing Communications Manager Nina Kinnunen, tel. +358 20 7904811 on Wednesday 18th of November during 12.00-14.00 (EET) or Friday 20th of November during 10.00-11.30 (EET).

    Please fill in your application and CV together with a salary indication by 30th November.

  • Created: 21.09.2015
    Expires: 10/02/2015 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Fatima Laggoun

    fatima.laggoun@univ-orleans.fr

    In the frame of the Laboratory of Exellence (Labex) VOLTAIRE(VOLatils – Terre, Atmosphère et Interactions Ressources et Environnement, Université d’Orléans, http://www.univ-orleans.fr/en/investissements-avenir/voltaire), ISTO (Earth Science Institute of Orléans, http://www.isto.cnrs-orleans.fr/) is offering a postdoctoral position in an interdisciplinary team on the relationship between hydrological functioning and C cyle in peatlands. The successful candidate will mainly work on the La Guette peatland, Sologne (centre region of France), which hydrological functioning is being restored since 2014 in the frame of the CarBioDiv Project  “effect of hydrological restoration on the C balance (gas and dissolved) and the biodiversity dynamics in the La Guette peatland (funded by the Centre region, FEDER and CG-18).

    The aim of the postdoctoral work is to identify the main mechanisms controlling the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) flux (and particulate, POC) at the output of the peatland. The main mechanisms of DOC production will be identify through statistical analyses relating DOC spatial variability within the peatland and the vegetation type, soil properties (e.g. pH, temperature). Ultimately, the work aims to propose a model of DOC production. This model will use the meteorological time series, hydrological data previously obtained and a hydrological model developed at the study site. The model will be validated by comparing its output to measured data obtained at the output of the peatland.
    The successful candidate will also carry on a monthly sampling of water in peatland plots (already set up) and at the output. The monitored variables are DOC, POC, specific UV absorbance (SUVA), fluorescence of the dissolved organic matter (FDOM, through EEMs acquisition and analysis). Estimation of annual flux will be calculated from the measured C concentration and the water outflow.
    Finally, based on the results obtained, the successful candidate will be expected to submit at least one paper in an international peer-reviewed journal.
    The applicants should have completed his/her PhD in in hydrology/hydro-geochemistry, environmental sciences or related fields.

    Gross monthly salary: 2500€

    How to proceed and contact:
    Electronic application should be sent to Fatima Laggoun (fatima.laggoun(at)univ-orleans.fr), with (i) a cover letter, (ii) a short statement of research interests, (iii) a curriculum vitae, (iv) 2 reprints of significant publications and(v) the name and contact of 2  referee(s) or recommendation letter(s)

    Application deadline : 2nd of  october 2015
    Start of the contract : 2nd of november 2015

  • Created: 16.09.2015
    Expires: 10/10/2015 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL)

    anthony_greer(at)aprilasia.com

     

    Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is a large international Pulp and Paper Company located in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, with tree plantations on both mineral and peat soils. This specific career opportunity will largely focus on the peat land component of the landscape. Most of the peat land production areas are adjacent to peat land forest conservation areas also managed by the same project owner - and all production areas contain conservation zones. These areas need to be managed in harmony.  Continuous improvement against sustainability goals are of the utmost importance and are outlined in the Company’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy.

    This position 

    A mid-career scientist / forester with operational coordination and management experience is being sought. Team management and good communication skills are also required. The specialist shall also play an important role in liaising and collaborating with national and international peat land interest groups and other interested stakeholders.

    Responsibilities include:
    •    Lead, coordinate and guide research, monitoring and reporting in the field of water resource management across the peatland landscape;
    •    These main areas shall be in the field of catchment planning, hydrological modeling and the monitoring of water quality and quantity;
    •    Advise on additional priority research and development areas as and when necessary.
    •    Oversee a team of technical staff that will implement, maintain and monitor programmes;
    •     Oversee hydrological modeling and GIS based landscape simulations;
    •    Maximise the use of remote sensing products to compliment GIS analysis;
    •    Proactively plan, organize and perform assigned projects and tasks to meet applicable deadlines;
    •    Ensure that the science and conceptual frameworks being used are current and appropriate;
    •    Facilitate the establishment of a knowledge management support system for the group;
    •    Publish findings in international peer reviewed publications;
    •    QA/QC and data integrity and lead annual reviews of outcomes;
    •    Periodically represent the company at conferences and conference calls pertaining to water resource management improvements;
    •    Maintain a high regard for personal safety, the safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.

    Desired Work Experience
    The project is currently seeking an experienced person with 10 years proven experience in the field of water resource management. The candidate should have a professional background and training in water resource management, hydrology or agricultural engineering. Additionally the candidate should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the science behind the majority of the following fields:
    1.    Peat land hydrology and ecology;
    2.    Peat subsidence Vs water table;
    3.    Soil physics;
    4.    Forestry or agriculture on wet lands / peat lands;
    5.    Integrated catchments planning;
    6.    The applied use of GIS / remote sensing and hydrological modeling;
    7.    Applied irrigation and drainage;
    8.    Design and installation of water control structures;
    9.    Shallow subsurface hydrology / hydro-geology;
    10.    Flood risk mapping;
    11.    Hydro-meteorological monitoring and analysis;
    12.    Open channel hydraulics.

    Compensation: Internationally competitive salary and benefit package commensurate  with education level and experience.

    Interested applicants can request further information and submit applications to:
     anthony_greer(at)aprilasia.com

    Dateline for application:     Saturday 10th October

  • Created: 16.09.2015
    Expires: 10/10/2015 (All day)
    Contact to:
    Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL)

    anthony_greer(at)aprilasia.com

     

    Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is a large international Pulp and Paper Company located in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia, with tree plantations on both mineral and peat soils.

    Specific purpose of this job
    The successful candidate shall play a key role in coordinating and managing multidisciplinary teams in order to develop operational best practices on peat. The overall management objetive is to increase production while minimizing environmental impacts.  This position will report to Fiber Director.

    Responsibilities include:

    •    Lead, coordinate, manage and guide three core peat land science/ operational groups, all with a peat land production, environment and best practice focus;
    •    Oversee the group managers and teams of technical staff that will implement, maintain and monitor production improvement initiatives;
    •    Build a scientific foundation for managing peatlands to balance fiber production and environmental best practices. To be based on: (i) measuring and monitoring the environment and tree growth; and (ii) appropriate trials to develop best practices;
    •    Proactively plan, organize and perform assigned projects and tasks to meet applicable deadlines;
    •    Review, understand and communicate management improvement required to improve production and minimize impacts on the environment;
    •    Establish regular communication between, Operations, Research and Development,  and Strategic Planning Business Units within the organisation;
    •    Communicate with Corporate Level and Business Unit managers regarding outcomes of best practice initiatives and keep them informed of emerging issues;
    •    Communicate and interact with external stakeholders concerned with peat matters;
    •    Oversee the development of a decision support system to better integrate and manage initiatives based on science and conceptual frameworks that are current and appropriate;
    •    Facilitate the establishment of a knowledge management support system for the Groups;
    •    Publish findings in international peer reviewed publications;
    •    QA/QC and data integrity and lead annual reviews of outcomes;
    •    Represent the company on industry trade group committees and conference calls pertaining peat land improvements;
    •    Maintain a high regard for personal safety, the safety of company assets and employees, and the general public.

    Desired Educational Requirements and Work Experience

    The project is currently seeking and an experienced person with a proven scientific project management background, ideally in plantation forestry on peat land. The candidate should also have a strong science background and be able to communicate comfortably at an international level. Previous experience of working with peat land management in the tropics is a considerable advantage. The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in some of the following fields:
    •    Minimum of 10 to 15 years of professional experience in the design, management and implementation of multi-disciplinary scientific projects;
    •     At least 5 years of this experience should be related to peatlands;
    •    Experimental trial design, implementation and analysis;
    •    Experience of undertaking independent and team research projects;
    •    Experience of production forestry / agriculture on peatlands,;
    •    A good understanding of Green House Gas issues associated with peat lands in the tropics;
    •    Knowledge of GHG monitoring, accounting and reporting, GHG Inventories for Forestry & IPCC good practice guidance;
    •    Experience of implementing Information Support Systems;
    •    Must also be able to work autonomously as the situation dictates;
    •    Must be able to successfully perform multiple tasks with strict and sometimes simultaneous deadlines.
    •    Ability to successfully perform the required and expected duties with minimal direct supervision;
    Be willing to relocate to Riau Indonesia and integrate into a multi-cultural – multi disciplinary team.

    Compensation: Internationally competitive salary and benefit package commensurate  with education level and experience.

    Interested applicants can request further information and submit applications to:
     anthony_greer(at)aprilasia.com

    Dateline for application:     Saturday 10th October

  • Created: 11.02.2015
    Expires: 02/21/2015 (All day)
    Contact to:
    IPS

    ips@peatsociety.org

    The International Peat Society is looking for an intern during spring 2015 and possibly after that.

    For more information see:

    www.osumia.fi/opiskelijat/hae_tyopaikkoja/1840/internship_ips_secretariat_international_business_management_international_non-profit_communications