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Moab and the Peaks

Ecologist position – Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

NOTE: This position has closed

An ecologist position (GS07) is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This position offers an exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Moab, UT is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at www.discovermoab.com.

This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and GIS analysis. The incumbent will work closely with USGS scientists and post-doc in project planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) lead field data collection, 2) analyze historical ground photos, 3) data preparation and analysis, and 4) assist with the preparation of reports & scientific papers. The primary field location is in Canyonlands National Park where the incumbent will spend much 6-7 month field season away from duty station (Moab, Utah) for 8 days on, 6 days off, with frequent overnight and multiday camping trips. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree and background in rangeland ecology or soil science is preferred. Prior experience with range monitoring and assessment techniques, advanced statistical analyses, GIS tools and techniques, and preparation of tables and graphs for publication is highly desired. Incumbent also 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 $39,179/year plus full benefits. A start date of Jan-Feb 2015 is preferred.

Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov .


Ecologist position – Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

NOTE: This position has closed

An Ecologist position (GS09) is available at the USGS Canyonlands Research Station located in Moab, UT. The successful candidate will work on a collaborative project examining how soils, geomorphology, and vegetation states interact to effect ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau. This project includes analysis of existing coupled soil-vegetation data sets, collection of new data, and GIS analysis. Within the framework of this NPS & USGS-funded study, this position will: 1) oversee study design and supervise technicians helping with data collection, 2) synthesize data to explore patterns of soil-mediated climate change linkages to ecosystem function, 3) effectively use statistical analyses to assess effects, and 4) communicate results in presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Moab, UT is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at www.discovermoab.com.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to elucidate how climate change – predicted to be notably strong on the Colorado Plateau – will affect the plants, soils, and ecosystem function of the region. Specifically, this position will focus on understanding 1) how soil-geomorphic-vegetation relations vary across the landscape, 2) the mechanisms behind observed patterns, and then 3) use information from patterns and mechanisms, along with other sources of data, to inform regional land managers how resilience to forecast climate change will vary across the landscape.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. degree and a background in field methods in soil science, ecology, and/or range management is preferred. Education and/or documented research experience in desert soils, geomorphology, and plant community dynamics is required. Incumbent also 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 $47,923/year plus full benefits. Preferred start date is Jan or Feb 2015. Position is expected to last 2 years. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three references to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov.

Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you have questions send an email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. This job will be announced on www.usajobs.gov.


USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, Canyonlands Research Station Administrative Operations Assistant GS-0303-05

NOTE: This position has closed

INTRODUCTION

This position is located in Canyonlands Research Station (CRS), of the Southwest Biological Science Center (SBSC). SBSC is a multi-disciplinary research center that provides scientific research, understanding and technical assistance in support of sound management and conservation of biological systems in the western United States.

The incumbent serves as a part of the administrative group providing clerical and administrative support for the CRS and SBSC. It is a critical position as it increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the other members of the Center through the performance of essential administrative support services and functions.

MAJOR DUTIES

Office Automation: Maintains administrative files according to records disposition guidelines. Ships and receives packages; responsible for copying, faxing, and other communications for the station, keeps office supplies in stock and ensures equipment is properly functioning. Helps with paperwork related to human resources and safety. Acts as liaison to other agencies, both DOI and other federal agencies, and the public. Makes arrangements for conferences, including space, time and equipment.

Time & Attendance: Assists and instructs employees with the use of the automated time and attendance system. Verifies time and attendance records and interprets and applies routine administrative procedural guidelines in the areas of time & attendance and reconciling leave and payroll problems.

Travel: Assists travelers with travel authorizations and travel vouchers using Concur, an online travel system. Advises employees on travel procedures and regulations, including use of government owned or leased vehicles. Reconciles travel problems.

Property and Financial Management: Assists with property, procurement, and facilities. Reviews and reconciles bankcard statements and compiles statements for station vehicles. Files documents according to the records disposition schedule. Receives and pays contractor invoices and bills on periodic cycles and ensures there are no erroneous charges.

Coordinates scientific publications for the station, which includes distributing publications to outlets, coordinating peer-reviews, maintaining and updating the product database and in-house library.

Enters or extracts information into Financial & Business Management System (FBMS), Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS), Budget and Science Information System (BASIS), local administrative databases/websites, the DOI Learn Training System, Concur, Quicktime, and the USGS Information Product Data System (IPDS).

Factor 1. Knowledge Required by the Position

  • • Knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and program goals of the Center Administrative Officer (AO), CRS Station Leaders and staff to perform assignments such as anticipate and prepare materials the AO or other staff members need to respond to correspondence, phone calls, or other work projects; independently set up conferences, arrange travel and accommodations for those attending, and prepare reports of the proceedings; perform non-routine assignments such as locating and summarizing information and preparing non-technical memoranda or letters based on materials available from files and documents; coordinate the flow and timeliness of work of the Center; control correspondence; answer inquiries and questions relating to programs of the Center.
  • • Knowledge of Center programs to anticipate and perform clerical and administrative support functions, screen requests for information, and provide authorized information from files and records, or advise on established procedures (such as other offices that should be consulted), and refer non-routine requests to the appropriate staff member.
  • • Knowledge and familiarity with current USGS administrative procedures, policies, and guidelines in order to prepare travel authorizations, time and attendance reports, travel vouchers, training requests, and other administrative reports and to process mail and correspondence.
  • • Knowledge and skill in general office clerical and administrative procedures and processes such as organizational control, public contact, work scheduling, report preparation and the like.
  • • Knowledge of internal controls and systems in order to track work assignments, mail, and correspondence, and commitments within the Center.
  • • Knowledge and skill to coordinate the work of the office with other offices.
  • • Knowledge of EEO principles, policies, procedures, and program goals as they apply to SBSC.
  • • Knowledge of and skill in applying timekeeping rules.
  • • Skill in reception and telephone etiquette.
  • • Skill in operating computers and computer software such as MS Office, Endnote, and internet browsers.
  • • Knowledge of correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and style.
  • • Knowledge of the U.S.G.S. Fundamental Science Practices and the publication process.

Factor 2. Supervisory Controls

The Station Leader defines the major priorities of the office and explains special assignments and deadlines. The incumbent works under a minimum amount of supervision referring only very unusual office problems to the supervisor or other staff. He/she exercises personal initiative in planning and completing the day-to-day clerical and administrative work of the office

Factor 3. Guidelines

Guides include Departmental manuals, directives, and office instructions concerning such matters as correspondence format and controls, time and attendance reports, travel voucher processing, operating policies, etc. Guides also include standing unwritten instructions concerning such matters as which member of the staff will handle various assignments and other operating procedures. The incumbent is responsible for knowing which guide, reference and procedure applies, and uses judgment in locating and selecting the appropriate one of the use in the specific situation. The incumbent refers significant problems or situations not covered by existing guides and provides possible alternatives and recommended solutions to the Station Leader or to a specialist qualified to handle it for resolution.

Factor 4. Complexity

Duties include a full range of clerical and administrative duties in support of different and unrelated Center functions. The incumbent must frequently perform these duties within short time frames, readjust priorities to meet changing demands and deal with changes in procedures. The work also includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods; i.e., performance of a full range of procedural duties in support of the management of the office, occasional assistance with budget related duties etc.

Decisions regarding what work needs to be done and how to accomplish it are based on the incumbent’s knowledge of the duties, priorities, commitments, policies, and goals of the Station Leader and staff, and involves analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved with the assignments. Chosen courses of action are selected from many alternatives.

All duties require a high degree of accuracy.

Factor 5. Scope and Effect

Purpose of the work is to provide administrative support for the day-to-day operations. The work contributes to the efficiency of the program and enables compliance with objectives, policies, and regulations. Assists in the procurement of all supplies and services needed for operation of the office. The incumbent may review the work of others and give advice concerning procedural requirements.

Factor 6. Personal Contacts

Contacts include Agency personnel, personnel from other Federal agencies, State agencies, visitors from universities, special interest groups, and the general public.

Factor 7. Purpose of Contacts

The purpose of these contacts is to disseminate information, schedule appointments, arrange meetings and conferences, resolve conflicts in schedules; provide information for supervisor’s use; and coordinate activities ensuring that deadlines are met.

Factor 8. Physical Demands

The work is typically sedentary, and requires long periods of mixed activities such as data entry, typing, answering questions from associates or visitors, sitting in one position, intensive concentration, and working steadily at a computer terminal for several hours at a time.

Factor 9. Work Environment

The work is performed in an office setting.


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