Technician I

Laurel, MD
Work Type: On-Site
  • Job Category: Life, Physical & Social Science
  • Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
  • Clearance: Not Applicable
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: ASE00606

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Job Summary:

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) is to excel in wildlife and natural resource science, providing the information needed to better manage the nation's biological resources. The focus of the Center's mission and vision for the future is to continue its dynamic international, national, and regional leadership in wildlife 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.

Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a Technician I to assist the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center (EESC) with two main tasks:

  1. Planning of, preparation for, and execution of fieldwork related to assigned projects.

  2. The processing and quality control of data collected during the aforementioned fieldwork.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support data collection, collation, and analysis for multiple research projects underway at the Eastern Ecological Science Center. Work will consist mainly of ongoing projects focused on the ecology of wild waterbirds and wetlands as well as wildlife disease.

  • Collaboration with partners both for the execution of fieldwork (primarily with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services) and for management of ongoing collaborative dataset (other USGS partners).

  • Participate in field work for studies of wild birds (such as capture, marking, and attaching radio transmitters in wild terns). This field work occurs on an island and boat operation will be a required component of this position.

  • Assist with preparing presentations, study plans, and ACUC forms, setting up contracts, ordering supplies, communicating with collaborators, and other logistical tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree obtained by working in the field of wildlife science, ecology, or costal systems.

  • Experience supporting data collection, collation, and analysis for multiple research projects underway at the EESC.

  • Experience in field data collection, analysis, and writing for projects focused on the ecology of wild waterbirds and wildlife diseases such as avian influenza.

  • Highly proficient in the capture, handling, and marking of Common and Least Terns.

  • Experience in maintain and analyze data collected in database and statistical software including Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, and R.

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