[ECOLOG-L] Soil scientist position – Soils, geomorphology, and ecosystem resilience on the Colorado Plateau

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

A soil scientist 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
http://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: Selective Factors and Specialized Experience apply, see
usajobs posting for details. 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
http://www.usajobs.gov .

Please refer to http://ift.tt/1qaa9EV for details
about this job announcement.

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