An ecologist position is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research
Station located in Moab, Utah. The successful candidate will work on a
series of rainfall manipulation experiments that examine ecosystem
resilience to drought and altered precipitation patterns on the Colorado
Plateau. This position offers an exciting opportunity to examine how
changes in water availability will affect plants and ecosystem function
of the region. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor
adventures – more information can be found at www.discovermoab.com.
This project includes maintaining, collecting and analyzing ecological
data from three ongoing rainfall manipulation experiments. The incumbent
will work closely with USGS scientists on project coordination, data
collection, analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have
four general classes of duties: 1. maintain experimental infrastructure
and sensor networks, 2. lead field data collection, 3. prepare and
analyze data, 4. assist with the preparation of scientific papers. The
field locations are generally within 2 hours driving distance of the
duty station (Moab, Utah) and will require multiday trips to field
stations and possibly camping trips during the field season. Field work
involves heavy exertion; withstanding extreme heat and potential
hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven
terrain; lifting and carrying heavy equipment and supply; long hours;
driving a 4WD vehicle across unimproved roads.
Qualifications: A Master’s Degree and background in ecology, rangeland
ecology or a plant-related field is preferred. Prior experience with
maintaining experimental infrastructure and sensors networks (e.g.
micrometeorological and soil moisture sensors), ecophysiology, plant
community ecology and/or range monitoring and assessment techniques,
data management and preparation of datasets for analysis, and basic
statistical analysis in programs such as R or SAS is highly desired. The
incumbent must be in excellent physical condition to withstand the
rigors of the environmental conditions and must pass a physical fitness
test and a background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is $40,033/year plus full benefits. A
start date of Dec 2016 – Feb 2017 is preferred.
Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have any questions
send an email to crs_j...@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on