This is a marine ecology leadership position at a national park with premier coral reefs and other marine resources that have drawn high profile collaborative research to the park and nearby habitats. The position will require not only a high aptitude as an ecologist, but an individual with the skills to foster and develop partnerships with a diversity of partners, including other federal agencies, territorial government agencies, universities, research institutions, and non-profit partners. The marine ecologist is expected to think about teamwork at multiple scales, both with a crew stationed at the park and with colleagues at other Pacific Island Parks and in the Pacific Islands Network Inventory and Monitoring Program. Major duties of the position include:
Lead marine ecology field studies, including SCUBA-based research and monitoring, boating operations, fish transects, giant clam studies, and surveys of species of concern.
Care for the full life-cycle of data gathered from field collection to office storage and certification, use in publications, and archiving.
The marine ecologist is expected to be conversant not only in principles of marine ecology and sound scientific practices, but able to engage policy related to endangered species issues, the National Environmental Policy Act, National Marine Fisheries determinations, etc.
The NPSA marine ecologist will be expected to develop successful funding proposals for scientific studies or resource management programs in order to supplement the base operations of the park team.
This is a supervisory position requiring effective management of staff, providing guidance to crew members, developing effective work plans, and fostering career development of biological technicians and interns.
The marine ecologist will regularly prepare reports, periodically present findings to colleagues at meetings and conferences, and will need to effectively represent the park at partner organization meetings.
Applications should be submitted through the USAJobs website (see link). You will be required to create an account on the site if you do not already have one.
U.S. Citizenship required.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
This position leads project and research activities associated with coral reef species which requires that candidates possess a current advanced SCUBA Certification. More information on certification requirements may be found at: http://www.scubacertification.com/scuba-certification-requirements. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.
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To qualify for this position at the GS-0408-11 grade level, you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: 1) implementing programs for marine ecology, fish biology, and coral research; 2) providing technical expertise and support for marine ecology, fish biology, and coral research; 3) performing data management and crew scheduling for scientific field studies; and 4) preparing scientifically credible reports and communicating effectively about the technical aspects of a natural resources management program focused on marine ecology, fish biology, or coral research. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one year of specialized experience as defined in 2A above; however, I have successfully completed at least three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in an accredited educational institution concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, such as in aquatic ecology, fish biology, or coral research. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of hours of directly related progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. and divide by the required number of course hours for a PhD. Then take the number of months of full time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.