Quantitative Vertebrate Ecologist

Quantitative Vertebrate Ecologist
Flagstaff, Arizona

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems (WTE) Program, will soon be advertising for a permanent, full-time Quantitative Vertebrate Ecologist GS-486-12/13.

AREA OF CONSIDERATION:  When the position is advertised on USA Jobs the announcement will be open to public (U. S. Citizens) and current career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status. Reinstatement eligible, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligible, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligible, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability, former Peace Corps and VISTA volunteers may be considered under special hiring authorities.

POSITION: WTE is looking to fill an entry-level permanent full-time scientist as a Quantitative Vertebrate Ecologist.  The incumbent would be expected to collaborate with program scientists and to initiate new studies in areas of interest.  WTE program scientists gather large, complex datasets as part of key studies addressing critical management issues.  A major focus is the position is in the developing field of  bioinformatics which entails analysis of wildlife genomic data using mathematics, statistics, and computer science.   Many studies involve species and issues of special concern especially to National Forest Systems, such as Mexican spotted owl, northern goshawk, Canada lynx, wolverine, fisher, black-backed woodpecker, climate change, landscape-level restoration, invasive (community) ecology, and others.  Most data sets are multi-faceted as they include population, physiognomic, floristic, weather, and other biotic and abiotic variables.  Data are collected at multiple scales, ranging from sites to landscapes and months to decades.  These data sets are repositories rich in information that can help to understand ecological processes and functions, and to inform resource management for years to come.  Although the current cadre of WTE scientists is well versed in study design and statistical analysis, they cannot keep pace with the rapidly advancing fields of data analysis and modeling.    Recently we have seen an explosion in new analytical methods, many of which are specific to wildlife: capture-mark-recapture, occupancy modeling, distance sampling, and resource selection.  As issues become more complex, we need to apply these advanced analytical methods to datasets to maintain scientific credibility and our reputation for performing quality scientific studies.   To achieve this, we require a permanent position proficient in current and developing quantitative methods, and one who could be at the forefront of developing new approaches to address increasingly complex ecosystem-related questions.

Starting salary:  $ 68,809 – $106,369 (GS 12- GS 13) depending on qualifications and experience

Duty Location:  Flagstaff, AZ

Please send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, to be received by December 3, 2012, to:

Dr. William Block, Program Manager
Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems
Rocky Mountain Research Station
2500 S. Pine Knoll Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Tele: 928.556.2161
Email:  wblock@fs.fed.us<mailto:wblock@fs.fed.us>

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Flagstaff, Arizona
U.S. Forest Service
Dr. William Block