General Biologist I

Kearneysville, WV
Work Type: On-Site
  • Job Category: Life, Physical & Social Science
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: Not Applicable
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: ASE00689

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Job Summary:

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Leetown Research Laboratory Freshwater Ecology Team (EESC-FET) is to excel in aquatic and natural resource science, providing the information, scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of the nation’s biological resources.

The focus of EESC-FET’s mission and vision for the future is to continue its dynamic international, national, and regional leadership in aquatic, landscape, and genetics research by generating, interpreting, evaluating, and transmitting the scientific information needed to better address the pressing problems of managing our nation's biological resources, especially those under the stewardship of the Department of the Interior, and other Federal and non-Federal partners. The primary means of gathering this information is through the use of scientific methods applied to monitoring resources and conducting experiments.

The EESC-FET is currently conducting research designed to predict stream fish responses to streamflow, stream temperature, climate, and land use changes.

Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a biologist to aid in interpretation of data, and to summarize findings in a variety of platforms including peer reviewed journal articles, reports, and presentations. These tasks are to support assessment of stream fish responses to landscape and climate factors, including their effects on streamflow and stream temperature.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Principal Investigators’ efforts to evaluate the effects of land use and climate change of stream and river fishes using a suite of fish endpoints (species abundances, richness, functional traits).

  • Assist Principal Investigators in building models to assess drivers of stream temperature and to predict stream temperature at ungagged locations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Lead and assist Principal Investigators in writing manuscripts and reports that detail results and conclusions by formatting tables and graphics and reporting progress to external stakeholders.

  • Lead and assist Principal Investigators in development of data visualization products that summarize research findings.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least an B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or Ecology from an accredited college or university plus at least 2 years' experience working in aquatic ecosystems with emphasis on fishes (experience with functional traits [fish morphology, life history, and phenology] preferred) and instream stressors (streamflow and/or stream temperature).

  • Experience in stream temperature data collection, cleaning, and analysis, and knowledge of drivers of stream temperature that can be leveraged to build models of stream temperature to predict to ungagged locations.

  • Experience working in large, collaborative teams to collate, clean, and analyze large datasets across many regions.

  • Experience using R software to tabulate, organize, summarize, and analyze and present data is required.

  • Submission of at least one lead author manuscript and/or publication of two co-authored manuscripts focusing on aquatic fishes at local and/or broad spatial scales is desired.

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