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Puget Sound Partnership seeks nominations for Science Panel appointments

The Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council is soliciting nominations for appointment to the Puget Sound Science Panel. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

The Science Panel includes some of the top scientists in the state. This group provides scientific guidance to the Partnership and communicates scientific research and analysis to the broader public and to policy decision-makers around the Sound.

Benefits of serving on the Science Panel include:

The PSP Science Panel works closely with PSP staff and boards on a number of fronts including:

Examples of Science Panel work includes:

This is a non-monetarily compensated position.
For questions on the Science Panel appointment process, please contact Puget Sound Partnership Special Assistant to the Boards Tammy Antilla at (360) 464-1229 or, or Science Program Deputy Director Scott Redman at (360) 464-1230 or
Overview of the Science Panel

The statute creating the Puget Sound Partnership (Partnership) states that the Leadership Council of the Partnership shall determine reappointments and select replacements or additional members of the Panel. The role of the Science Panel is to provide independent, nonrepresentational scientific advice to the Leadership Council, Ecosystem Coordination Board, and Executive Director of the Partnership on issues related to Puget Sound’s ecological and human health. The Science Panel consists of experts from natural and social science and engineering disciplines representing different groups engaged in the conservation, recovery and management of Puget Sound. Panel members are established scientists or senior managers with recent hands-on field experience.
Prior to considering the applications, the Leadership Council will request that the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) review the applications and endorse the applicants regarding scientific qualifications. The Leadership Council will make the final appointments. The Science Panel’s responsibilities include the following: 

Science Panel appointments will be four-year terms. Science Panel members may be reappointed after their initial term but no member may serve longer than 12 years.
A key function of the Science Panel will be communicating scientific results to the public and policy makers. Panel members should be currently engaged in the interaction of science and policy on a professional level. Members should also be familiar with the implementation of science and have recent experience in applied science and research. Science Panel members must be prepared to commit sufficient time to fulfill the duties of the Panel, including conducting scientific analysis and review, writing up findings, conclusions and recommendations, attending meetings, and communicating results to the Leadership Council, Ecosystem Coordination Board, and the broader Puget Sound community. Science Panel members should expect to commit at least 10 hours per week (and more during weeks with Science Panel meetings) to the work of the Science Panel. Panel members shall serve without compensation. However, members may be reimbursed for their travel expenses.
Criteria for Science Panel

Each member must meet the criteria:

  1. Knowledge, recognized expertise and achievement in a relevant discipline, which could include but is not limited to natural sciences – such as terrestrial and marine ecology, wildlife biology, genetics, toxicology, fisheries, hydrology, oceanography, climate sciences, river geomorphology, epidemiology; social sciences – such as land use planning, resource economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, institutional analysis; and engineering.
  2. A demonstrated ability to work effectively in an interdisciplinary team setting.
  3. Strong communication skills.
  4. Clear understanding of the distinction between policy decisions and the scientific analyses/conclusions that can be used to guide policy decisions.
  5. Objectivity, flexibility and independent thinking.
  6. Hold a scientist or management position with recent hands-on research experience.

Each member should have experience in one or more of the following:

  1. A record of scientific achievement documented by contributions to peer-reviewed literature or other evidence of success in creative scientific endeavor.
  2. Experience in ecosystem modeling, risk assessment, decision support, social marketing or other application of science and engineering in support of ecosystem recovery.
  3. A demonstrated ability to inform policy-makers so they are able to forge creative solutions to complex management problems. 

Process for Appointment to the Science Panel
The Partnership is soliciting nominations for the Partnership Science Panel. Self-nominations are encouraged. The WSAS will evaluate all nominations to ensure that they meet the selection criteria provided above. A subcommittee of Leadership Council members, Ecosystem Coordination Board representation, and staff will evaluate the applicants using evaluation criteria developed by the Science Panel and provide the top names to the Leadership Council. The Leadership Council will make the final appointments of members to the Science Panel.
Nominees with recognized expertise in fields and disciplines of science directly related to the recovery of Puget Sound/Salish Sea will be considered for appointment to the Science Panel. Nominees may include scientists associated with federal, state and local agencies, tribes, businesses, environmental organizations and institutions of education (including K-12, colleges and universities).
There are two options for application of a candidate for consideration by the Partnership:

  1. Self-nomination: Candidates interested in submitting themselves for consideration to the Science Panel must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should indicate why the candidate is interested in this position and how the candidate meets the criteria identified above (up to 2 pages). Candidates must also submit contact information for three individuals who support their nomination.
  2. Nominate a candidate: To submit the name of an individual for consideration to the Science Panel, a letter of support for the candidate indicating how he/she meets the criteria listed above must be submitted (up to 2 pages). In addition, contact information for two additional individuals who support the nomination of the candidate. Contact information for the candidate must be included. 

Application Submittal Guidelines
Submit electronic or hard copies of materials described above by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 to:
Puget Sound Partnership
Science Panel Nominations
326 East D St.
Tacoma, WA 98421-1801
An email will be sent confirming that the information has been received.
For questions on the Science Panel appointment process, contact Puget Sound Partnership Special Assistant to the Boards Tammy Antilla at (360) 464) 1229; e-mail or Science Program Deputy Director Scott Redman at (360) 464-1230; email

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