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Ecologist (TERM-DP)
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Department of the Interior | Lafayette, LA
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Salary: GS-09 $50,598 (Step 01) to $65,778 (Step 10)

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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As an Ecologist within the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, some of your specific duties will include:

* Oversees and leads field efforts in support of avian research; performs specialized as well as standard field sampling and monitoring techniques. Tests and optimizes new methods and protocols to monitor birds in the wetlands of the Southern United States.
* Overseas operation and maintenance of research equipment (e.g., automated audio recording units, temperature and water level loggers, etc.), orders supplies, coordinates use of vehicles, boats, and analytical equipment, helps to plan travel and coordinate logistics for field sampling, and assists with the tracking of budgets.
* Coordinates and trains lower grade federals, contractors, student interns, and seasonal technicians in avian sampling and identification by vocalization and by sight. Leads field and laboratory crews engaged in collection of avian monitoring data. Directs the entry of data into new and previously established databases.
* Operates government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.

Physical Demands: Office work is performed while seated, although occasional periods of standing, walking, bending, or carrying light objects are required. Field and greenhouse work may require frequent bending and lifting of materials weighing up to 50 pounds. Fieldwork is often initiated at or before dawn or after dark and may require strenuous walking in forested wetlands and marshes or extended time on boats in open water. Ability to operate standard transmission motor vehicles and boats (after training) is required.

Work Environment: The work requires both office and outdoor work. The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Incumbent spends considerable time outdoors during the field season, often in inclement weather. Summer working conditions are often hot and humid, biting insects can be abundant, and venomous snakes and alligators may be encountered. Incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which entrusted.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required 6 nights per month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0408 Ecology

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HelpRequirements 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 trial 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.
* 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.


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/sw/quals/0408.html.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet A below to satisfy the basic education requirement for Ecologist, all grade levels.

A. 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.

In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples include:

For GS-09:

In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-09 level:

Two full years of successfully completed progressively higher-level graduate education (36 semester hours, 54 quarter hours or the equivalent) or masters or equivalent graduate degree in ecology, biology or other directly related field underlying ecological research if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of the position to be filled.

OR one year of appropriate specialized experience that is in ecology, biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Examples of GS-7 level work may include: 1) assisting in planning, organizing/implementing scientific investigations; 2) performing data analyses on portions of larger investigations; 3) participating in organizing and interpreting biological, ecological, pathological, public use, or other pertinent research information. OR a combination of successfully completed graduate level education, as described above, that is beyond the first year of progressive graduate study, and professional experience, as described above. (CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO COMBINE GRADUATE EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE)

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


* 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: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.

About Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. Its work affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to the children studying in Indian schools.