Career Opportunity: Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist

The US Department of the Interior is now hiring an interdisciplinary Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist within the Virginia Cooperative Fish &Wildlife Research Unit. This position will have the opportunity to conduct and direct research related to fish, wildlife, and ecological resources, and is ideal for candidates with an interest in how climate change and human disturbances impact wildlife. Candidates should also have experience with the application of modern quantitative analyses and tools such as spatial analysis, capture recapture approaches, or population, community, and habitat dynamics modeling.

Apply by June 13 2020.

Date published: 2020/05/20


Open & closing dates: 05/14/2020 to 06/13/2020

Location: Blacksburg, VA

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $76,721 to $99,741 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time


As a Research Ecologist/Wildlife Biologist within the Virginia Cooperative Fish &Wildlife Research Unit, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Plans, conducts, and directs research related to fish, wildlife, or ecological resources, with application to contemporary science, policy and management needs.

  • Conducts research that is cooperator driven and provides scientific basis for management and policy decisions.

  • Serves as subject matter expert in fish and wildlife ecology, providing leadership and guidance to government and private agencies and university representatives through participation in meetings, conferences and work groups.

  • Disseminate research results via final reports, peer reviewed print scientific journals, online scientific journals, books, book chapters or other outlets. Make presentations on findings to scientific and conservation organizations.

  • Serves as graduate faculty member, contributing to both the research, graduate student mentorship, and teaching mission of the university.

  • Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.

Desirable candidates will possess the following: 

  • Ability to build an applied research program focused on the ecology, management, and conservation of upland gamebirds, waterfowl, passerine species or other wildlife taxa of conservation interest.

  • Experience conducting research on adaptation of wildlife to a changing climate, and impacts of natural and human disturbances on their habitats. 

  • Expertise in field-based research, and application of modern quantitative analyses and tools such as spatial analysis, capture recapture approaches, or population, community, and habitat dynamics modeling (e.g., knowledge and application of Bayesian inference). 

  • Experience designing, planning and conducting field research programs, and analyzing/synthesizing results from field research.

Travel Required: 25% or less - Overnight travel of an average of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

How to Apply

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.

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