1. Types of Services Required:
Assistance needed with current project, “Climate-Driven Shifts in Prairie Pothole Wetlands: Assessing Future Impacts to Critical Waterfowl Habitats" read more about the project at:
https://casc.usgs.gov/projects/#/project/4f83509de4b0e84f60868124/5b33be6fe4b040769c172fad Services may include one or more of the following activities: Assemble and evaluate climate and wetland ecosystem data; develop code for plotting information on maps, graphs, tables, and other diagrams. Modeling procedures include: Quickly becoming familiar with the modeling software Stella and the Pothole Hydrology-Linked Systems Simulator (PHyLiSS) model. Running PHyLiSS for a number of different wetlands and prepare preliminary interpretive compilations of wetland hydrology and chemistry data.
3. Description of Working Conditions:
This job is an opportunity to gain research experience in ecosystem modeling and federal science. Be a part of a team of enthusiastic field, lab, and modeling scientists working to assist wetland managers in making informed management decisions. Office work may involve prolonged sitting and long hours in front of a computer screen. Start and end date flexible. Work will generally be 8 hours/day and 5 days/week.
Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience, as follows:
$17.50 per hour for student who has completed a Bachelor's Degree. Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Travel away from the duty station is not expected. Students are paid for each hour worked.
Students will be working as independent contractors and do not receive a premium rate for work beyond 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week. Additionally, students are paid only for hours worked (with no holiday or personal leave benefits). Students do earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Pay Rates for students include cost of self-employment taxes for social security and Medicare.
Completion of a Bachelor's Degree with course work including study of earth science, ecology, wildlife biology, hydrology, computer science, statistics, climatology, or related disciplines. Skill in using coding languages such as R or Python, and simulation modeling in programs like Stella is preferred. This position is for a college student that has graduated no more than 12 months from the start date of the position.