Job Description: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is seeking to fill multiple positions for biologists within the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) in Santa Cruz, CA, Dixon, CA, and Reno, NV. As a biologist within WERC, some of your specific duties will include:
- Advise in field biology, and necessary methods.
- Study interactions between wildlife populations, habitat attributes, anthropogenic change, and management actions; primarily in sagebrush or marine ecosystems.
- Study influence avian breeding ecology and interactions with nest predators, primarily in esturarine systems.
- Scientific writing ability (as lead and co-author) that condenses and summarizes research hypotheses, analyses, results, and implications into peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
- Provide oral presentations at scientific meetings.
- Provide oral and written updates to project collaborators, partners, and clients.
- Model and interpret datasets of wildlife-habitat relationships, survival and recruitment, spatial use, and predator-prey relationships, using advanced statistical techniques (such as Maximum-Likelihood, Bayesian, Geostastical, and/or Geoprocessing analyses).
- Perform analyses with software, including any of the following: R, MARK (or R-Mark), WinBugs, JAGS, ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, R raster packages.
- Provide project management support for the principal investigator.
- Write study proposals, assist with obtaining funding, and work with the team in the development of new ideas and approaches to problem solving.
- Work independently or in team setting, takes responsibility for establishing tasks.
- Physical Demands and Work Environment:
- Field work involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to rain, snow, cold/hot weather, rapidly running or icy streams and rivers, mosquitoes, and working in bear country. Lifting and carrying of equipment up to 100 pounds when in the field.
These full-time, term appointments are not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.
Conditions of Employment:
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
- Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period.
Special Requirements for These Positions:
- You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license & a copy of your driving record.
- Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job.
- This position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
- A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
- Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
- For GS-09: Examples of experience at the GS-07 level work may include: 1) assisting with planning, organizing, and implementing scientific investigations; 2) performing data analyses on portions of larger scientific investigations; 3) and receiving training in gathering, organizing, and interpreting biological, ecological, pathological, public use, or other information pertinent to scientific studies and/or scientific investigations. For examples 1-3, the work involved following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions; using some judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; solving minor problems and making routine decisions.
- For GS-11: Examples of experience at the GS-09 level work may include: 1) participation in the planning and execution of biological studies with limited number of variables; 2) performing established, standardized tests and analyses on a broad range of biological samples; 3) conducting biological studies using established fact finding procedures. For examples 1-3, assignments were made with the objectives, priorities, and deadlines defined. The work was planned and carried out independently in accordance with proven techniques, methods, and practices. Controversial use of approaches or modifications of standard procedures were typically discussed with a designated person before being carried out.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
Application Instructions: For additional position details and application instructions, please visit the following webpage: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/568360600. Applications must be submitted through the USAJobs website. All applications must be submitted by May 22, 2020.