[ECOLOG-L] Dust on the Colorado Plateau (Ecologist or Soil Scientist position with USGS)

The Canyonlands Research Station in Moab, Utah is recruiting for a term
Ecologist or Soil Scientist position (GS-0408 or GS-0470). This is a
full time position (one year with possibility of extension) with the US
Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center. Moab, Utah is a
small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures (see
http://www.discovermoab.com for more information on Moab).

Description of Duties: The incumbent will be responsible for carrying
out data synthesis and field studies evaluating the impacts of energy
development on Colorado Plateau ecosystems, with an emphasis on road
networks, dust emissions, and best management practices for restoration.
Incumbent will work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes
restoration specialists, geographers, community ecologists, and soil
scientists.

The goal of this research effort is to quantify how energy-relate
surface disturbances and vehicle traffic are effecting Colorado Plateau
ecosystem processes, how sensitivity to those impacts varies across the
landscape, and if those impacts can be mitigated with restoration. The
project will use a combination of experimental manipulations, monitoring
(dust, soils, and vegetation), and modeling. Major duties consist of
1) project planning and management; 2) leading field crews of 1-3
people; 3) collecting vegetation, ground cover, soil, and dust data; 4)
using GIS to assemble layers, create random samples, and prepare maps;
5) performing statistical analyses; 6) conduct wind erosion modeling;
and 7) preparation graphs, tables, and reports or scientific papers. The
work is approximately 60% office and 40% field work. Field work involves
withstanding both extreme heat and cold; walking over rough, rocky, or
uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies (up to 50
lbs.); long hours; and driving a 4WD truck and all-terrain vehicles on
unimproved roads.

Qualifications: See http://ift.tt/1zEkbVh
stds/gs-prof.asp for the qualifications description. A PhD in ecology,
soil science, or related field is preferred. Prior experience with dust
erosion research, vegetation and soil measurements, and wind modeling is
highly desirable. Additionally, familiarity with statistical analyses,
GIS, and preparation of manuscripts for peer reviewed publications is
preferred. The incumbent must be in sufficient physical condition to
withstand the rigors of the field work. Incumbent also must pass a
background check. A valid US driver’s license is required.
Salary and start date: Salary is ~$ 48k/year with full health and
retirement benefits. A start date of March 2015 or earlier is
preferred.

Application: Applicants MUST be U.S. citizens. If you are interested or
have questions, please send email to CRS_Jobs@usgs.gov. Application MUST
be submitted through http://www.usajobs.gov. We anticipate posting the
position in January 2015. See http://ift.tt/1qaa9EV
for updates

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