Coming soon! This is a pre-announcement recruitment notice for a permanent, full-time terrestrial ecologist at Death Valley National Park. We are looking for an exceptional candidate to lead the terrestrial ecology program for the largest national park within the contiguous United States. The selected candidate will oversee the wildlife and vegetation management programs (including exotic species management) and serve as the park's wilderness coordinator. The position will oversee NPS staff, partner organization staff, and volunteers. Are you interested in a unique opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the conservation and management of resources in this unique desert park? Are you up for a challenge and not afraid of juggling multiple projects, competing priorities, and limited resources? Are you a fan of Star Wars (Episode 4 of course!) and all things unique and quirky in the desert? Do occasional power outages, slow internet, extreme temperatures not deter you? Do you have a spirit of exploration and yearn to lead a passionate team of unique individuals? If all of those are true, then this may be the dream job for you!
Note: This is not a research position, but the position will work with university and USGS scientists to implement and oversee studies to better understand and manage park natural resources.
Diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. US citizenship is required.
For more information, please see contact information below. Serious candidates are encouraged to inquire for more information.
The actual job announcement should post within the next 30 days and will be linked here when it opens. Applications will be accepted through USAJobs: https://www.usajobs.gov/. Interested candidates are encouraged to register on the site and develop a resume with the online resume builder within the application system. Uploaded resumes will also be accepted but must contain the required information in the official job announcement when it is posted.
1) Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.
2) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service.
Specialized experience for this position is work involving three or more aspects of managing or supervising a complex natural resource program. This would include three or more of the following:
- applying applicable policy, law, and regulations to implementing natural resource programs to manage vegetation, wildlife, and exotic species on local, state, federal, or private conservation lands;
- designing field studies to collect data and information for development or implementation of management plans;
- conducting field monitoring to assess conditions and trends of natural resources;
- working with local, state, and federal partners along with scientists and conservation organizations to coordinate efforts, implement management plans, and further natural resource management goals;
- developing natural resource program goals, obtain funding, and successfully carry out resource management projects;
- hiring, supervising, and leading subordinate personnel to carry out projects and implement program objectives to successfully accomplish natural resource management goals.