Supervisory Rangeland Research Ecologist

U.S. Geological Survey

The USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, in cooperation with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, seeks a Supervisory Research Ecologist (Rangelands) to lead the planning and execution of applied ecological investigations important to Department of the Interior (DOI) and other resource managers in rangelands and other semi-arid ecosystems of the western United States. Specific responsibilities and desired skills may include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with land managers, particularly the BLM, and scientists from rangeland and other disciplines, to foster co-production of actionable science and adapt to evolving science needs.
  • Build a research program that aims to quantify and predict how multiple stressors (e.g., climate change, wildfire, disturbance from large herbivores such as cattle and feral equids, ecological drought) and land management practices cumulatively drive resilience or transition among different rangeland ecosystem states at management-relevant scales.
  • Develop spatially implicit and explicit models that describe suites of interacting ecosystem processes associated with rangeland states, including above-ground productivity, composition, and structure and below-ground carbon dynamics.
  • Evaluate interactions and consequences of climate scenarios, alternative grazing, and/or other land-use practices on carbon sequestration and emission management.
  • Possess a demonstrated background in applied ecosystem ecology, proficiency with modern statistical analyses and predictive modeling, record of peer-reviewed publication, and collaborative research.

The position is open to all qualified applicants under 2 announcements: with one vacancy in either Boise, ID or Corvallis, OR. USGS is committed to fostering a workforce representative of the American people. As such, qualified U.S. citizens from all ethnicities, orientations, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please see links to USAJobs announcement(s) in the 'How to Apply' section below for specific details.

Individuals who apply and meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements of this position will be contacted via email after the vacancy announcement closes. They will be given 20 calendar days to submit narrative responses that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required to perform the duties of this position. They will be rated and ranked based on the information provided in their resume as well as the responses submitted to the required KSAs. Do not submit KSA narratives with the initial application.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position are as follows:

  1. Ability to design and conduct applied research at multiple scales on interacting processes such as state-transition, herbivory, carbon-nutrient balance, climate change and adaptation, and/or fire-invasive species affecting rangeland or other grazed ecosystems. Identify relevant publications.
  2. Knowledge of resource issues or problems facing rangeland managers in shrub-grassland ecosystems that characterize the sagebrush biome, or other grazed ecosystems. Associated ability to collaborate or co-produce with scientists, managers, tribes, and stakeholder groups to identify and answer questions and effectively communicate to these audiences through oral and written form. Please identify invited work and co-produced products. If gained outside the sagebrush biome, please identity how knowledge, skills, and abilities from other grazed ecosystems can be applied.
  3. Experience and demonstrated ability to understand and implement appropriate applications of current statistical modeling techniques for predictions across space and time. Identify relevant publications.
  4. Ability to successfully obtain funding from internal or external competitive sources to support ecological research program(s).
  5. Ability to project budget and employment needs and to manage and supervise budgets and employees related to research projects.