Research Ecologist

Career Opportunity at the Rangeland Resources Research Unit, Fort Collins, Colorado

The Agricultural Research Service seeks a full-time Research Ecologist or Research Rangeland Management Specialist to serve on an interdisciplinary research team. The incumbent’s primary research responsibility is the application of ecological theory and knowledge to develop management strategies for large landscapes in semiarid rangelands that balance objectives of improving livestock production and enhancing the provision of other ecosystem goods and services, such as soil resources, greenhouse gas emissions, plant community composition, wildlife habitat.  Conducting successful research requires an understanding of applied rangeland management, landscape ecology, plant community/ecosystem ecology, and the role of climate, management, and disturbances in structuring semiarid rangelands.  The incumbent is expected to apply quantitative approaches to assess potential trade-offs and synergies associated with livestock production and management for other ecosystem services, and develop innovative approaches to adapt rangeland management strategies to extreme climatic events, e.g. drought.  The incumbent will lead research in the large landscapes of mixed-grass prairie and sagebrush grasslands of eastern Wyoming, including the Thunder Basin National Grassland and contribute to team research in the shortgrass steppe of eastern Colorado. Interested? Go to<>  and search ARS-X13W-0040; applications MUST be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 3/15/2013 (the Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement).

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USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider

Fort Collins, Colorado
USDA Agriculture Research Service
Human Resources