Research Ecologist

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
  • Feb 13, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Research

Job Description


Are you a Research Ecologist interested in working with the U.S. Geological Survey?Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Salary: $73,375 (Step 01) to $95,388 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As a Research Ecologist within the Southwest Biological Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

  • Plan, design, and conduct studies and investigations concerning genetic factors that affect successful plant establishment and survival on the Colorado Plateau and southwestern deserts.
  • Work on multi-faceted research projects in collaboration with multiple scientists.
  • Summarize research results orally and in writing for a variety of audiences, including proposals for funding agencies, manuscripts for peer-reviewed scientific journals and presentations at scientific meetings, at agency meetings, and to the general public.
  • Exercise expert knowledge in the collection of plant genetics data with sophisticated field and laboratory instruments.
  • Prepare a variety of samples, enter and organize data, create graphs and tables and perform data analysis including routine data summarization and statistical analyses.
  • Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.
  • The work will involve office settings and may include substantial field or laboratory research. Field work will involve walking and hiking in remote and rugged desert and riverine areas, and possible exposure to extremes of hot and cold weather, water hazards and other factors that require experience with safety planning. Due to the nature of fieldwork, a medical physical will be required.

Travel Required

25% or less - Average of 5 nights per month of travel required.

Closes 03/06/2018

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$73,375 to $95,388 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 12.