Ecologist (Landscape)

  • National Park Service
  • Missoula, MT, United States
  • Feb 09, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources GIS - Remote Sensing

Job Description

Summary

This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.

This position is located in the Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire, Fuels and Smoke Science Program. This position has the primary responsibility of leading spatial data analyses efforts in support of field and landscape modeling research efforts working with program scientists to facilitate the integration of research results and knowledge through interpretation, training, written research syntheses, and communications with managers and the public.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact:
Sara S. Senn at (406) 829-6920 or ssenn@fs.fed.us.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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Responsibilities

Wildland Fire and Fuel Analysis (30%)

  • Provides professional spatial data analysis and landscape ecology assistance to research scientists by planning details of field, laboratory, and simulation studies in wildland fire and fuel science. Works with scientists to conduct complex spatial analysis of wildland fuel distributions to aid in sampling, describing, and mapping fuels for fire behavior and effects prediction. Performs complex and advanced statistical analyses to support the synthesis of spatial ecological data into science delivery such as publications, computer programs, and web site development.  Organizes and leads complex field efforts to support wildland fuel sampling efforts, fire and ecological simulation modeling, and fire severity mapping using remote sensing, statistical analysis, and extensive field experience.
  • Prepares written progress reports of field and laboratory activities, and writes portions of some publications, taking the lead as senior author on those assigned by the research scientists. Prepares research informational aids for technology transfer of research information.Informs supervisor and scientists of anticipated work force needs and takes action to procure temporary help, supplies, and equipment to assure the requirement of the studies are met.
  • Maintains data bases for field and laboratory studies, uses existing software including spreadsheets and statistical analysis packages, and participates in data analysis and interpretation. 

Landscape Ecological Modeling (20%)

  • Provides professional assistance to research scientists by initializing, parameterizing, calibrating, and validating complex spatially explicit ecological landscape models and applying these models on various geographical areas to explore natural disturbance-vegetation-climate interactions under alternative land management scenarios. This involves planning details of field, laboratory, and simulation efforts to support the modeling effort; working with scientists to conduct complex spatial analysis of simulation output; and conducting complex and advanced statistical analyses to support the synthesis of spatial ecological simulation data into science delivery such as publications, computer programs, and web site development. 
  • Prepares written progress reports of simulation activities, and writes portions of some publications, taking the lead as senior author on those assigned by the research scientists. Prepares research informational aids for technology transfer of research information. 

Mapping and Modeling of Natural Disturbances (50%)

  • Provides professional assistance to research scientists by compiling, integrating, and analyzing remote sensing data to facilitate the mapping of fire severity and other natural disturbances and then to describe disturbance regimes across landscapes of the United States. This involves planning details of field, laboratory, and remote sensing efforts to support the mapping of remote sensing by merging remotely sensed data products (Landsat, SPOT, IIKONOS, MODIS) with gridded climate data (CLIMET, NOAA, NCAR), topography (NED), and field data (FIREMON, FIA, FFE) to create spatial data layer products of fire severity and other natural disturbances.  Also serves to conduct complex spatial analysis of spatial data using complex and advanced statistical analyses to support the synthesis of spatial ecological data into science delivery such as publications, computer programs, and web site development. 

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

Closes 02/07/2018

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Job Level

Senior-level

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$35.16 to $35.16 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 12.