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Supervisory Ecologist - - (Jm-Time Limited Assignment)
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This is a time limited assignment not-to-exceed 120 days, that may be extended or made permanent without further competition, or terminated at management discretion. At the end of the assignment, if it is not made permanent, you will be returned to a position equivalent in tenure and grade as your former position.
This position is being advertised as a detail unde DEN-2018-0119.
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As a Supervisory Ecologist within the Great Lakes Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
Manages Coastal Branch; identifies broad research objectives and priorities for Branch's research program; supervises employees; ensures delivery of required reports and products; optimizes productivity and allocation of resources; ensures a balanced branch budget.
Provides leadership and guidance in research conducted within the Branch and Center. Leads staff in developing science frameworks and research initiatives on a large interdisciplinary scale to address ecosystem questions strongly focused on invasive species, food web changes, or habitat restoration.
Coordinates research activities with companion Branches in the Center, and with Federal, State and local agencies, tribal entities, and universities.
Serves as a member of the Center's Policy Management Council, which provides advice and recommendations for the Center Director on all aspects of Center management, including policy formulation, research direction, budgeting, personnel and operations. Carries out Council decisions and serves as Acting Center Director (CD) when directed. Promotes the mission and vision of the GLSC within the Center and to outside partners.
May operate a motor vehicle as an incidental driver.
- Overnight travel of 2-5 nights per month may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to
Current DOI employees srvng on perm competitive srvc appts
OR current DOI employees, regardless of current status, who are elig for consideration under a noncompetitive auth such as those specific to 30% disabled vets, appt based on physical or intellectual disability, reins-elig, Pathways Interns & Recent Grads who are elig for noncomp conversion, etc.;
ORcurrent or former employees who are serving, or previously served, on temp or term appt in a land mgmt agency..
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Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
Because 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.
If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
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.
If you are a Federal employee applying for a promotion (under merit promotion procedures) you must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.
Examples of GS-13 level work may include: 1) planning and leading ecological projects of substantial depth and/or breadth; 2) analyzing and interpreting biological related project data with novel and obscure problems and publishing or preparing results of findings; 3) developing new or significantly modified biological techniques, methods, or criteria; 4) providing advisory, planning, or reviewing services as a technical specialist on a ecological or biological issue. For examples 1-4, the work provided wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment to perform scientific work of marked difficulty and responsibility
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:
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Leadership & Supervision
Basis of rating: You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, you will receive a numerical rating based on your on-line responses to the application questions. These responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible.
NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
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- Required Documents
This position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.
If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position title, occupational series, grade level and step by the closing date of this announcement or you will not receive consideration.
If you’re applying as a current or former employee of a land management agency i.e., Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or U.S. Forest Service who is serving or previously served on a temporary or term appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (see: you must submit the following documentation by the closing date of this vacancy announcement in order to receive consideration:
1.SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action, that documents your service under competitive examining procedures in time limited appointments that totals 2 or more years at land management agencies; and
2.Documentation of satisfactory performance such as performance evaluations or references by supervisors or other documents, e.g., memorandums of record, whereas the supervisor documented an acceptable performance level.
If you are claiming CTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you earn a minimum score of 85. For more information on CTAP please click here.
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement. For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:
Required documents may be: 1)faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information")
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.
For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:
Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.
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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.
Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1)Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.
Agency contact information
INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Denver Federal Center
P.O. Box 25046, MS-612
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Associate Botanist/Plant Ecologist
Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a dynamic, growing, 100% employee owned environmental planning, science, and design consulting firm with a reputation for leading complex, innovative and rewarding projects. Our unique employee-ownership culture forms the foundation of our commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, and relentless professional development. With more than 500 professionals located in offices across the western United States and Florida, ESA has over 45 years of experience providing meaningful solutions and products that raise industry standards. At ESA we specialize in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. Our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. The successful candidate will join a team of exceptional professionals who have built a legacy and reputation for outstanding work on the most exciting, high-profile, and challenging projects in Northern California
About the Position:
Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is currently seeking an Associate-level Botanist / Plant Ecologist to work in our Oakland office. Job duties may include: conducting biological and natural resource field surveys collecting observational data concerning a variety of plant species or natural communities; using GPS units, tablets, topographic maps, aerial photographs, and other tools to perform vegetation/habitat mapping; pre-construction surveys and compliance monitoring for special-status plants and wildlife; assisting with wetland delineations or protocol-level presence/absence surveys for sensitive plants; preparing biological resource components of environmental analyses under CEQA and NEPA; supporting the preparation of permit applications for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, BCDC, Coastal Commission, and the Regional Water Quality Control Board; and assisting in the design, implementation, and monitoring of habitat restoration projects.
1-4 years related work experience; bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, wildlife conservation or related discipline; strong field skills; GIS and quantitative analysis skills consistent with mapping and report preparation; experience in working with biological resources, and wetlands in Northern California; experience with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) preferred but not required; strong technical writing, and critical thinking skills required; and ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development. ESA's comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance, vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.
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ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)
D17-Ca Field Ecologist I-Instrumentation
COMPANY OVERVIEW Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
JOB SUMMARY The Field Ecologist reports to the Field Operations Manager.
- Field Ecologist I (Technician C6046B) - The FieldEcologist I is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodicsampling activities and sample processing. Seasonal field sampling is conductedwith the assistance of temporary field crews under the guidance of the FieldEcologist.
LOCATION The NEON Project's Domain 17-CA primary work location is in Fresno, CA. This position supports sites in the Pacific Southwest Domain, which covers most of CA. Pacific Southwest sites are located at the San Joaquin Experimental Range and on the High Sierra Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest near Fresno, CA. These sites are distributed along an elevation gradient from the Sierra foothills to about 9000’ in the Sierras. Vegetation ranges from oak savannah and scrub at the lower elevations, coniferous forest (including giant Sequoias) and granite domes in the mid to upper elevations, and alpine vegetation and barren peaks at the highest elevations. The office is located less than 3 hours from Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, the Pacific Coast, and the San Francisco area.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Instrumentation (tower) emphasis:
Test,troubleshoot and operate instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.
Inspectand maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers,boardwalks and instrument huts.
Assistthe NEON Project Systems Engineering Product Team with instrument installationand testing (approximately the first 6 months).
Recordactivities, completed work and trouble tickets according to Field Operationsprotocol.
General duties include:
Reportactivities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operationsprotocols.
Inspect,maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.
Operatelaboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance,centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).
Assistthe Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal fieldpersonnel.
Provideinstruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
Performplot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuringand marking plots.
Assistthe Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering aswell as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activitiescoordinated from the field office.
FollowNEON Project safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. Field activities mayinclude:
Followestablished, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling;record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples inthe laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead fieldcrews performing the aforementioned items.
Performother field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection(pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection(dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.
Test,troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibrationequipment and test fixtures.
Inspectand maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers,boardwalks and instrument huts.
Monitorand sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physicalproperties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping). Physical demands: The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Work environment: Fieldwork includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet, which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs.
REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
The NEON Project willbe selecting a Field Ecologist I. Equivalent education and experience may be considered. FieldEcologist I (Technician C6046B)
Bachelor’sdegree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
One(1) or more years’ of related experience. All Field EcologistLevels:
Abilityto work in a team environment.
Experienceshould include performing scientific data entry and data management.
Abilityto hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying fieldequipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods.
Abilityand willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4nights). The NEON Project willtake into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience inthe following areas:
Effectiveleadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
Effectiveproblem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changingpriorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
Abilityto organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.
Abilityto perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment.
Abilityto follow written and verbal instructions.
Abilityand willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.
Abilityto work independently and as part of a team.
Highlevel of attention to detail and accuracy.
Abilityto make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operationalstandards. Working conditions:
Abilityand willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours perday), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings andweekends.
Abilityand willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feetincluding ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrumenttowers.
Performfield assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions includingcold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
Abilityto withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g.poison ivy and poison oak).
Abilityand willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4nights) is required. Must have permanentauthorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide anykind of visa sponsorship.
Employment iscontingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check andphysical.
Must possess acurrent and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department ofMotor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) asdetermined by Battelle Ecology Inc.’s insurance provider.
This position offerscompetitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision and dentalinsurance, paid time off and the opportunity to work at an organization with agreat mission.
Battelle Ecology,Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation,training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race,color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for eachstaff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilitiesand to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positiveprograms for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualifiedemployees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.
Job Title: D17-CA Field Ecologist I-Instrumentation
Employment Type: Regular Full-Time
Date Posted: 01/11/2018
Requisition ID: 2086
Biologist - Ecologist - Utility Forester Planner Non-Union
We are currently seeking a Utility Arborist/Work Planner to join our team.
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Type of Positions: Full Time/Permanent
Pay Rate: Starting at over $15.50/hr. (Minimum 40hr/week)
Benefits: Health benefits and 401k available Company vehicle
Survey vegetative condition of utility right of ways and identify the work necessary to clear them to the utility provider’s standard.
Communicate utility’s vegetation management plan to customers.
Counsel customers about compatible plant species to place near power lines.
Input planned work into GIS based software
Perform various duties assigned by utility foresters.
Assist with storm damage assessment.
Valid Driver’s license.
Bachelor’s degree in Forestry/Natural Resources related field required.
Thorough knowledge of woody plant species, including but not limited to, ability to identify and knowledge of growth characteristics.
Ability to work outside in a safe, productive manner in all weather conditions.
Ability to work independently.
Good organization skills.
Great verbal and written communication skills.
Proficient computer skills, with background in GIS software.
Required license or certification:
- Driver's License
Rarely = less than 10% Occasionally =up to 33% Frequently = up to 66% Continuously = 67% to 100% Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability who desire a reasonable accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-800-248-8733, ext 1339. An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and vets.
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Ecologist Category: Scientific Type:
Temporary Description: We are seeking an Ecologist for a position in Dublin, Ohio. The position is temporary, expected to last 3 months in length.
Position could go permanent based on job performance. An individual in this role will conduct environmental field investigations for linear projects including wetland delineation and wetland and stream assessment using Ohio EPA methods. Anticipated work schedule includes five 10-hour days as necessary and work will require travel away from the home office for up to a week at a time. In this role you will be exposed to a variety of weather
Assistant Professor, Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist
Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology potentially starting in January 2018. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia.
This position is part of a new university-wide emphasis that includes the hiring of six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges. The faculty member in this position is expected to help establish and grow the new Global Systems Science Destination Area (http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html) through participation in this broader university effort. This Destination Area is focused on critical problems that cross the nexus of natural and human systems.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on the ecology of mosquitoes, ticks, and/or other arthropod vectors of human infectious disease and serve as a member of the established Vector-Borne Disease Research Group in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. Researchers who use modern methods in community, quantitative and molecular ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Approximately a dozen faculty members from the departments of chemistry, biological sciences, biochemistry and entomology form the Vector-Borne Disease group that elucidates the fundamental mechanisms involved in the transmission and pathogenesis of vector-borne infectious organisms and leads the search for novel approaches to disease mitigation.
While current emphasis of the VBD group is on mosquito-borne pathogens that cause vector-borne human diseases worldwide, this position is also open to those working with other arthropods and their role in vectoring diseases to humans, particularly ticks. Preference will be given to individuals with an established track record in vector-borne disease research and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent is expected to teach and develop courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, contribute to innovative curricula, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
The incumbent will also support the mission of the land-grant university by participating in outreach and engaging local, state, and regional stakeholders. Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded.
Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence—InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
Assistant Professor – Soil Microbial Ecologist
Assistant Professor – Soil Microbial Ecologist Apply now
Job no:504793 Work type:Faculty Full-Time Location:Main Campus (Gainesville, FL) Categories:Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine Department:60210000 - AG-SOIL AND WATER SCIENCE Classification Title: Ast Prof
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 30% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 0% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. This position requires specialization in soil microbial ecology with a research focus on characterization of interactions and communication among prokaryotes, and between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, in the soil.
The successful candidate will establish a strong well-funded collaborative research and education program at the intersection of microbiology, genomics, and bioinformatics, and analytical and physical chemistry within soil-water-plant systems. Examples of research questions and approaches that may include; communication between microorganisms at the molecular level is critical to controlling the structures and functions of microbial communities, and is essential to such functions as rhizosphere processes, biodegradation, and biogeochemical cycling. Of particular interest are the molecular factors that control the coordinated assembly and activities between microorganisms, including prokaryotes and fungi, and the roots of plants of agronomic and ecological interest.
Activities of potential interest include the cycling and transfer of nutrients, suppression of plant pathogens, production of and resistance to antibiotics, human pathogens, and biodegradation of contaminants. Tenure will accrue in the Soil and Water Sciences Department. The faculty member will actively participate in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.
The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program. The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area. The incumbent is expected to teach on-campus and distance education graduate and undergraduate courses such as ecology of water-borne pathogens, and soil and water microbial ecology and/or related topics as assigned by the Department Chair.
The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty members are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three-mission areas:
Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description. Advertised Salary: Commensurate with Education and Experience
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in soil and water sciences with specialization in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.
Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.
Postdoctoral experience is desirable.
A strong background in bioinformatics and proficiency with the application of genomic tools are preferred. Training and post-doctoral experience in working with interdisciplinary teams and in the use of state-of-art-techniques and instrumentation are highly desirable. Candidates should have the demonstrated ability or potential to develop integrated teaching, research and/or extension programs in the discipline.
Special Instructions to Applicants: To ensure full consideration please apply online and submit additional materials by January 15, 2018. Position will open until a viable applicant pool is determined.
Nominations Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. Please refer to Position Number: 00013314 and Requisition Number: 504793 This information should be sent to: Dr.
George A. O’Connor Chair, Search and Screen Committee University of Florida Soil and Water Sciences Department P.O. Box 110290 Gainesville, FL 32611-0290 Telephone: 352-294-3167 Facsimile: 352-392-3399 Electronic Mail: email@example.com Application Information Individuals wishing to apply should go online tohttp://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/504793and submit:
Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
Contact information (including email addresses) for four individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
Unofficial transcripts Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.
Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. Health Assessment Required:No Advertised:22 Sep 2017Eastern Daylight Time Applications close:
The Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game works to preserve the state's natural resources and people's right to conservation of those resources, as protected by Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution. To carry out this mission, the Department exercises responsibility over the Commonwealth's marine and freshwater fisheries, wildlife species, plants, and natural communities, as well as the habitats that support them.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) is responsible for the conservation - including restoration, protection and management - of fish and wildlife resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The Department of Fish and Game, Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting resumes and applications from applicants for the position of Restoration Ecologist (Conservation Biologist III). GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Restoration Ecologist identifies and implements ecological restoration projectsto restore and maintain the ecological integrity of significant native habitats in the Commonwealth that have been degraded and/or require ongoing management, with particular emphasis and focus on uncommon natural community types. The Restoration Ecologist works with other Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program scientists engaged in habitat restoration and endangered species population management and is an important member of the
Division’s Biodiversity Initiative team, a joint program of the Wildlife and Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Sections of the Division. In addition to designing and implementing habitat management projects on Division managed Wildlife Management Areas, the Restoration Ecologist will work with a variety of partners including municipalities, non-profit oranizations, and other state and Federal agencies to implement joint projects in ecologically significant areas.
Finally, the Restoration Ecologist will develop and implement vegetation and natural communities monitoring to assess the long term effectiveness of habitat management projects and enable adaptive management. DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Work as a member of the Biodiversity Initiative in the identification, planning, development, evaluation, prioritization, and implementation of ecological restoration projects, and provide technical advice for ecological restoration/management activities on state or locally owned conservation land. 2.
Design and implement ecological restoration directly through prescribed fire, invasive species control, population augmentation, hydrologic management, and other means; prepare and update site specific habitat management plans; prepare scopes of work and oversee habitat management contracts; prepare regulatory filings such as Notices of Intent; prepare summary reports on the results of ecological restoration projects. 3.
Design and implement ecological monitoring to assess the long-term efficacy of habitat management activities including vegetation and natural communities monitoring. 4. Conduct and oversee inventories and monitoring for selected state-listed species and natural communities. 5.
Assist with environmental impact review, data management, and land protection planning with knowledge of theecology and management needs of rare species/natural communities. 6. Perform other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge, skills, abilities): 1. - Demonstrated experience implementing habitat management and ecological restoration projects.
Some combination of experience with prescribed fire, herbicide application, and environmental permitting preferred. 2.
Demonstrated experience carrying out biological surveys and/or vegetation monitoring. Experience with natural community monitoring and community ecology preferred. 3.
Demonstrated understanding of principals of Conservation Biology and Ecology, particularly as they apply to Massachusetts rare species and natural communities requiring active management. 4. Demonstrated understanding of New England natural communities and ecology. 5. Demonstrated ability to write site management plans. 6.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in oral expression and to write clearly and concisely. 7. Demonstrated experience with GPS receivers, GIS mapping, and geodatabase management. 8. Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records. 9.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, to oversee contractors, and to work effectively with a group. 10. Ability to work independently in the field under challenging conditions including weather and difficult terrain. 11. A Bachelor’s degree with a major in forestry, wildlife management, conservation biology, ecology, or a closely related field with a minimum of two years of professional experience preferred. * A resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position are required. These documents must be specifically attached to the requisition for which you are applying.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, paraprofessional or technical experience in work involving the protection, preservation and/or management of endangered and protected species, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity and of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A Bachelors degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology or herpetology, may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.* II. A Graduate degree with a major in zoology, botany, ornithology, or herpetology, may be substituted for one year of the required (A) experience on the basis of two years of education for one year of experience.* *Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. NOTE: Substitutions will not be permitted for the required (C) experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Organization:Department of Fish And Game
Location:Massachusetts-Westborough-Rabbit Hill Road
Field Ecologist II - Botany
Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales. Battelle Ecology, Inc. is hiring for a Field Ecologist II to be located in Hilo, HI. JOB SUMMARY Field Ecologists reports to the Field Operations Manager.
Field Ecologist II - The Field Ecologist II is a biological sampling lead performing seasonal and periodic sampling activities and sample processing, and will be the technical lead for performing routine maintenance and inventory management on all terrestrial sampling equipment. The Field Ecologist II will provide guidance to temporary field crews while working in the field and laboratory. LOCATION The Domain 20 Field Technician’s primary work location is Hilo, HI. Domain 20 is based out of Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai
i. The instrument tower, sensor arrays and all of our sampling locations are located within the Puu Maka
ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR), an 18,730 acre tract consisting largely of unique native rainforest. Koa andohi
a forests within the reserve are home to three critically endangered bird species and many rare and culturally important plants. Because of the biological and cultural significance of the site, field technicians will be expected to follow rigorous decontamination protocols to minimize the risk of spreading disease such as rapidohi`a death (ROD) and introducing invasive and non-native species into the reserve. Field technicians can expect to learn, practice and perfect their skills on over a dozen plant and invertebrate based sampling protocols. The field season here is year-round but the most active time will be from April until October. The Hilo area receives, on average, over 126 inches of rainfall annually (Seattle, WA gets 38inches), making it one of the wettest places in the world and the fourth rainiest city in the US. Areas upslope of Hilo, including the study site, will receive nearly 220 inches of precipitation in a year. More than 70% of your time will be outdoors and the remainder will be working in the lab processing samples and preparing for upcoming fieldwork. Techs will need to be flexible in the hours that they work, with some days starting at dawn and some ending after dusk. Much of our work is conducted at plots that will remain active research sites for the length of the 30 year project. Access to the plots is typically off-trail and can require walking 100 to 500 meters on uneven ground, through dense vegetation, while watching for open lava tubes and drop-offs. D20 field techs will also be expected to remain vigilant and respond appropriately when working near endangered bird species, their nests and other populations of rare plants and animals. Recreation and entertainment opportunities abound in and around Hilo (population 43,263 in 2010). With easy access to Volcano National Park, numerous state and county beaches, vibrant farmer’s markets, fishing, lava tubes, waterfalls and heritage sites, you won’t have any problem finding things to do on your time-off. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Botany emphasis:
Lead, perform and coordinate plant phenology, diversity, biogeochemistry and productivity measurements.
Identify local flora to species using techniques including: general observation, field references, dichotomous key, comparison with identified specimens, or other identification methods. Local species identification skills are used to complete activities such as plant diversity observations, classification of phenological stages of local flora, and sorting of plants and debris into functional group or category.
Collect and process samples for activities such as clip harvest, biomass, canopy foliage and leaf area index measurements as well as vegetation structure measurements.
Map and measure structural metrics of free-standing woody stems. General duties include:
Report activities, completed work, and sampling problems according to Field Operations protocols.
Inspect, maintain and operate field, safety and laboratory equipment.
Operate laboratory equipment (e.g. Wiley Mill, drying oven, analytical balance, centrifugal mill, pH meter, microscope, and muffle furnace).
Assist the Field Operations Manager with recruiting and training of seasonal field personnel.
Provide instruction and technical guidance to seasonal field personnel.
Perform plot establishment by locating plots with GPS navigation as well as measuring and marking plots.
Assist the Field Operations Manager with materials planning, inventory and ordering as well as day-to-day oversight of personnel and scheduling of activities coordinated from the field office.
Follow NEON Project safety and Field Operations policy and procedures. Field activities may include:
Follow established, standardized field protocols for sample collection and handling; record and verify accuracy of data from sample collections; process samples in the laboratory; send samples to external analytical labs. Train and lead field crews performing the aforementioned items.
Perform other field sampling activities as assigned including: ground beetle collection (pitfall trapping), mosquito collection (CO2 light traps, tick collection (dragging and flagging) and soil core collection.
Test, troubleshoot and operate tower, soil and aquatic instruments, calibration equipment and test fixtures.
Inspect and maintain civil infrastructure including boom arms, sensor mounts, towers, boardwalks and instrument huts.
Monitor and sample aquatic sites for water quality, biological indicators and physical properties of site (e.g. gaging streams, geomorphic mapping). Physical demands: The work is physical and involves walking, hiking, prolonged standing, walking and bending. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Work environment: Fieldwork includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Tower work involves performing work on instrument towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet, which will include ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs. REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS The NEON Project will be selecting a Field Ecologist II. Equivalent education and experience may be considered.
Bachelor’s Degree in ecology, environmental sciences or related scientific discipline.
Three (3) or more years’ of related experience. All Field Ecologist Levels:
Ability to work in a team environment.
Experience should include performing scientific data entry and data management.
Ability to hike off-trail to assigned field site for long distances carrying field equipment (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) for extended periods.
Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights). The NEON Project will take into consideration qualifications for specific and diverse experience in the following areas:
Effective leadership skills and the ability to motivate others.
Effective problem solving skills and the ability to determine and act on changing priorities in a fast paced dynamic environment.
Ability to organize and execute multiple activities and priorities.
Ability to perform minor troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of field equipment.
Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
Ability and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies as needed.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to make effective decisions that take into consideration safety and operational standards.
Ability and willingness to work varied field operations schedules (up to 12+ hours per day), including split shift, part-time, pre-dawn early mornings, evenings and weekends.
Ability and willingness to work on towers ranging in height from 24 feet to 300 feet including ascending and descending multiple flights of stairs on instrument towers.
Perform field assignments in a variety of terrain and of weather conditions including cold and wet winter weather and extreme heat.
Ability to withstand exposure to fumes, dust, noise and toxicodendron plants (e.g. poison ivy and poison oak), ticks, biting insects and other natural hazards.
Ability and willingness to travel overnight frequently (e.g. semi-monthly for 3-4 nights) is required. Must have permanent authorization for US employment. Battelle Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship. Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical. Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle Ecology Inc.’s insurance provider. This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off and the opportunity to work at an organization with a great mission. Battelle Ecology, Inc. provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, or disability. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle Ecology, Inc.
Entry-Level Wetland Ecologist
Entry-Level Wetland Ecologist Location:North Attleboro State/Territory:Massachusetts Department:Biology Group Description Entry-Level Wetland Ecologist POWER Engineers, Inc. is seeking an entry level Wetland Ecologist for our Environmental Practice working out of our Freeport, Maine or Boston, Massachusetts office. Roles and Responsibilities POWER is seeking an Entry-Level Wetland Ecologist to assist and/or lead field assessments for wetland and ecological projects located New England, while offering support to projects across the country. This position involves assisting or leading wetland and waterbody delineations, identifying protected plant species, and conducting habitat assessments, as well as organizing and summarizing field-collected data, and compiling survey reports. Candidates must be capable of interfacing with internal staff (project managers and other discipline leads) as well as client representatives and team members. This position is primarily a field position. It is likely to require long days outdoors in variable weather and terrain. Projects require frequent travel and often working six days per week. Work locations vary, ranging throughout the Eastern, Midwest, and Southern United States. Candidates must have positive attitudes, be physically prepared to work in difficult conditions, and be eager to become a critical part of the POWER team. The candidate should be proficient with or have exposure to wetland delineations, plant surveys, and/or soil surveys, working as part of diverse and dynamic project teams and be looking for opportunities for growth through gaining new skills. Required Education/Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or other related field
Experience with assisting or leading wetland delineations
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Attention to detail and commitment to quality and professionalism
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Working knowledge of the 1987 Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineations Manual and appropriate regional supplements
Exposure to Clean Water Act (CWA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations
Experience with writing technical reports or permit sections
Working knowledge of GPS technologies
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Must be willing and able to travel throughout the region with potential travel throughout the U.S. At POWER Engineers, Inc. you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work you will have a positive impact on the environment, participate in a range of diverse and unique initiatives and find the support, coaching and training it takes to advance your career. We encourage new ideas and fresh approaches and most importantly, we strive to be our clients’ first choice. These traits—and deep technical skill—account for our success. As an employee-owned company, we strive to make POWER Engineers an appealing place to work, where we perform projects that we find challenging and in which we excel. We provide competitive compensation, a full benefit package, professional development and an appealing work environment. POWER Engineers is a unique and fun engineering firm, which may be contradictory to some, but it works well for us, and we operate with the philosophy of “have fun, do good work, and make money.” EOE/Minorities/Female/Vet/Disabled
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