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Summary Are you a Research Ecologist interested in a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for providing customer service? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? 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? Salary: $77,999 (Step 01) to $101,399 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01. Responsibilities As a Research Ecologist within the Fort Collins Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: Work with co-investigators in Colorado to develop long-term research strategies to support control and containment of invasive reptiles, with a focus on Florida and the Caribbean.Propose, develop, and conduct rigorous ecological research on invasive reptiles.Oversee and coordinate the activities of 2-4 lower-graded USGS co-workers and provide oversight of an intern program that is co-managed by cooperators.Conduct quality assurance over incoming data, analyze data using cutting-edge quantitative tools, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.Conduct fieldwork in challenging subtropical conditions, and capture, euthanize and necropsy invasive reptiles and amphibians.Ensure that permits, animal care protocols, annual reports, manuscript reviews, and similar documents are accurate and completed on time.Physical Demands/Work Environment: Some field sites are remote and access is often by foot over terrain that is steep, slippery, densely vegetated, muddy, and/or of poor visibility, occasionally with additional hazards in the form of unexploded ordnance, metal debris, or other hazards typical of military lands. Some sites contain venomous or otherwise dangerous vertebrates including study subjects, biting/stinging insects, contactu00adpoisonous plants, and other hazards. The incumbent must therefore be able to conduct field work in physically challenging environments, be willing to occasionally endure primitive camping conditions, and confidently traverse challenging terrain while avoiding potential threats and transporting 25 or more pounds of essential instruments and equipment. Travel Required 25% or less - Average of 4 nights per month of travel required. Who May Apply This job is open tou2026 U.S. Citizens Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. Selectee must provide a valid state driver's license & safe driving record. Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam. Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.This position requires completion of a medical examination at Federal expense.A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. Qualifications Basic Education Requirement: Applicants must meet A below to satisfy the basic education requirement for an Ecologist, all grade levels. A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bacheloru2019s 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. For GS-12: In Addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, if you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must have one year of appropriate specialized research experience that is in botany/biology or other relevant fields of biological, physical, chemical, and ecological science principles applicable to in order to conduct conventional aspects of ecological investigations. The scientist has demonstrated skill in presenting clear, concise and logical communications, both oral and written, at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed journals. Also, scientist has knowledge and experience working on a multi-faceted research project with multiple scientists and demonstrated ability in successfully coordinating research efforts among collaborators from multiple institutions. Examples of GS-11 level work may include: Publishing research papers in peer-reviewed journals as evidenced by authorship on 2 or more papers; conducting extensive field research on reptiles and/or amphibians; overseeing the field activities of assistants, interns, students, or employees; and preparation/submission of research permits or animal care protocols. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a directly related field of study. OR A combination of successfully completed progressive graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the second year of graduate study and professional experience, as described above. Education Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: . Additional information Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.The full performance level for a Research position is GS-15; however, promotion eligibility is dependent upon the scientific contributions of the incumbent as evaluated by a peer panel.Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit .THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: 1) Demonstrated ability to publish original research results of ecological significance in high impact journals. 2) Knowledge of statistical/quantitative principles and methods as they apply to the design and analysis of field studies in ecology or herpetology, as demonstrated by serving in a major or leading role in developing relevant publications, reports, software improvements or other deliverables. 3) Research experience with the biology of reptiles and amphibians, including field studies of the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. 4) Knowledge of appropriate subject areas from the following list: invasion biology, animal behavior, conservation, vertebrate pest management, population biology, or design of early detection and rapid response programs, as demonstrated by articles, reports, coursework, or other items that demonstrate expertise in that subject area. 5) Ability to conduct field work in physically challenging environments. Basis of rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied. NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please . 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