[ECOLOG-L] Post Doc Opportunity – Understanding agents of change on the Colorado Plateau to facilitate collaborative adaptation

The USGS Southwest Biological Science Center is recruiting for a
research position to study the interactions of climate and land-use
change, economics, and ecosystem ecology. This is a full time, contract
position (one year with possibility of extension). Applicant will have
the option of being located at the field stations in Moab UT or
Flagstaff AZ.

Description of Duties: The incumbent will be responsible for preparing
scientific papers describing the temporal and spatial trends in agents
of change on Colorado Plateau ecosystems, with an emphasis on climate,
energy development, recreation, and agriculture. Incumbent will
synthesize and analyze relevant data and work as part of an
interdisciplinary team that includes geographers, community ecologists,
landscape ecologists, soil scientists, social scientists, and

The goal of this research effort is to quantify how climate and land-use
change have evolved over the last ~100 years, characterize how they are
expected to change throughout the remainder of the 21st century, and
assess the implications of those trajectories for Colorado Plateau
ecosystems and human communities. The incumbent will need to compile,
analyze, and synthesize data from disparate sources, think critically at
large spatial scales, and communicate results effectively to a variety
of audiences. Major duties consist of 1) project planning and
management; 2) compiling datasets (both tabular and spatial); 3) using
GIS to assemble layers, perform analysis, and prepare maps; 4)
performing statistical analyses; and 5) preparation graphs, tables, and
reports or scientific papers. The work is approximately 95% office and
5% field work.
Qualifications: Education and/or experience in geography, economics,
ecology, soil science, or related field is required (PhD is preferred).
Prior experience with large-scale geographic and ecological analysis as
well as familiarity with statistical analyses, GIS, and preparation of
manuscripts for peer reviewed publications is also preferred. A valid
US driver’s license is required. Non-US citizens may be eligible to
participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable
regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Applicant
must either be a currently enrolled student or have graduated in the
past year.

Compensation and start date: This is a contract position. Salary is
$24.94/hour (~$52,075/year). A start date of July 2015 or earlier is

How to apply: To apply, please send cover letter, resume, an unofficial
copy of college transcript, and contact information for 2 references to
crs_jobs@usgs.gov. Note: applicant will be required to provide his/her
social security number before any award can be made but need not include
it in their resume.

Other documentation: If selected for the position, the applicant must
provide an official transcript and proof of enrollment.
Special Terms: For all legal purposes, applicant is regarded as an
independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable
as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be
deducted. No Social Security or Medicare taxes will be deducted.
Applicant is responsible for payment of all taxes as a result of income
received under this order. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will
report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue
Service on a Standard form 1099. The applicant is not considered an
employee and will not receive a W-2 form. For payment, applicant must
have a checking or savings account at a financial institution that will
accept direct deposits of Federal funds.
The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position
will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without
regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national
origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or
any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable
accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

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