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

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 
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