The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) includes the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Reachback Operations Center (UROC), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois, and the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL) in Alexandria, Virginia. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. This research is conducted by Government personnel and by contract with educational institutions, non-profit organizations and private industries.
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Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Additional Information on Eligibility: Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Nationwide (

Current Closing Date for Applications: June 29, 2018 N/A
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CESU Request for Statements of Interest due June 15 (NPS Vanishing Treasures Program Sustainability Evaluation)

This is a unique opportunity for a CESU partner to conduct an assessment and provide organizational development strategies for the National Park Service's (NPS) Vanishing Treasures (VT) Program.

Work Description:
The three-part project will complete research about VT Program operations by conducting interviews with stakeholders and compiling and analyzing responses received, conduct a stakeholder workshop to explore operations alternatives and conclude with a report recommending at least two program operations alternatives.

Problem Statement:
VT has been a successful NPS program for the last twenty years. Recently, the program has been faced with challenges regarding changed NPS human resource management policies; the need for additional predictable, consistent funding; the addition of program focus areas following the merger with Western Center for Historic Preservation; and operational challenges with the White Grass facility in Grand Teton National Park. These issues led NPS staff to seek external expert organizational development assistance to conduct an evaluation of current program operations and make recommendations about how to best address program operational needs going forward so that VT can continue to be a sustainable program serving the needs of historic park resources.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:
- Experience working with NPS programs and parks or similar organizations (such as state parks, other federal land management agencies, etc.)
- Experience analyzing and addressing complex organizational development issues and/or change management
- Expertise in social science practices, such as designing and conducting effective stakeholder interviews
- Use of an interdisciplinary project approach involving multiple subject matter experts

Please note Statements of Interest are due by Friday, June 15th.

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