As a Research Ecologist (Assistant Unit Leader) within the Georgia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, some of your specific duties will include:
Planning, conducting, and directing research related to fish, wildlife, or ecological resources, with application to contemporary science, policy and management needs.
Acquiring funding to sustain a program of research.
Conducting research that is cooperator driven and provides scientific basis for management and policy decisions.
Serving as subject matter expert in fish and wildlife ecology, providing leadership and guidance to government and private agencies and university representatives through participation in meetings, conferences and work groups.
Disseminating research results via final reports, peer reviewed print scientific journals, online scientific journals, books, book chapters or other outlets.
Making presentations on findings to scientific and conservation organizations.
Serving as graduate faculty member, contributing to both the research, graduate student mentorship, and teaching mission of the university.
Operating a government owned or leased vehicle as an incidental driver.
Preferred candidates will have experience conducting applied research pertaining to ecological forecasting of stressors and management actions on aquatic and terrestrial habitats and species, particularly in systems of Georgia and the southeastern U.S. Through application materials that include a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s research direction and interest, desirable candidates will demonstrate the following:Ability to develop and fund an applied research program focused on the prediction of ecological stressors (e.g., climate change, land use, sea level rise, disease) and management alternatives especially affecting imperiled, game, or invasive species and their habitats;
Expertise in relevant quantitative methods for predicting effects of stressors and management actions at various geographic and biological scales in stochastic environments;
Experience in design, execution, and interpretation of field and experimental-based research; and
Ability to work with lands managers, decision makers, and stakeholders to develop and apply research in relevant decision contexts.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT FOR ECOLOGIST, GS-0408: Applicants must meet the following to satisfy the basic education requirement for Ecologist, all grade levels. 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 or the equivalent in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent in ecology, and 12 semester hours or the equivalent in physical and mathematical sciences.
The Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
(https://www1.usgs.gov/coopunits/unit/Georgia) exists by cooperative agreement among the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS), Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), University of Georgia
(UGA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Wildlife Management Institute. Unit scientists
address research needs of the cooperating natural resource agencies and contribute to graduate
academic programs at UGA.
We seek a research scientist to conduct applied research pertaining to ecological forecasting of stressors
and management actions on aquatic and terrestrial habitats and species, particularly in systems of
Georgia and the southeastern U.S. In addition to the basic qualifications, desirable candidates will
possess the following: (1) ability to develop and fund an applied research program focused on the
predicted impacts of ecological stressors (e.g., climate change, land use, sea level rise, disease) and
management alternatives especially affecting imperiled, game, or invasive species and their habitats; (2)
expertise in relevant quantitative methods for predicting effects of stressors and management actions at
various geographic and biological scales in stochastic environments; (3) experience in design, execution,
and interpretation of field and experimental-based research; and (4) ability to work with lands
managers, decision makers, and stakeholders to develop and apply research in relevant decision
The Assistant Unit Leader will be employed by USGS and be required to maintain a UGA faculty
appointment without tenure at a rank commensurate with experience. The faculty appointment will be
made in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, with activity areas in teaching, research,
service, and administration. Unit faculty generally teach one graduate level course per year.
The incumbent is expected to work closely with the Unit’s cooperators. The management programs of
the GADNR Wildlife Resources Division (Fisheries Management, Game Management, and Wildlife
Conservation sections; www.georgiawildlife.com) provide opportunities for leveraging resources to
study fish and wildlife ecology in the state and region. Additional prospects for collaborative research
are available through the major programs of the FWS (www.fws.gov), including migratory birds, fish and
aquatic conservation, refuges, endangered species, and science applications. The incumbent will be
employed within the Cooperative Research Units program of the USGS (www.usgs.gov), a network of
over 100 colleagues in 41 Units in 39 states.
Requirements: Candidates must possess a PhD in fish or wildlife biology, population ecology, biometrics
or quantitative ecology, natural resources, or related fields, verified with a transcript submitted with the
application. A cover letter submitted with application will help demonstrate whether the candidate
meets the desired areas of expertise. The entry salary grade for this position is GS-12, but candidates
with sufficient experience at the GS-12 level may qualify to apply at the GS-13 level. Candidates must be
citizens of the United States.
For more information, see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/619466800 and