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Research Ecologist/Rangeland Management Specialist

Agricultural Research Service, Miles City, MT, United States
Employer Description
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table.
Job Description
This position is located with the Agricultural Research Service, Livestock & Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, MT.

The incumbent is responsible for developing production and conservation-oriented management strategies for semiarid rangelands in general and specifically for the northern Great Plains.

Job Requirements
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Basic Education Requirement: For The 408 (Ecology) Series: Degree: Biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences. For the 454 (Rangeland Management) Series: Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: Range Management -- At least 18 semester hours of course work in range management, including courses in such areas as basic principles of range management, range plants, range ecology, range inventories and studies, range improvements, and ranch or rangeland planning. Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences -- At least 15 semester hours of directly related courses in the plant, animal, and soil sciences, including at least one course in each of these three scientific areas, i.e., plant, animal, and soil sciences. Courses in such areas as plant taxonomy, plant physiology, plant ecology, animal nutrition, livestock production, and soil morphology or soil classification are acceptable. Related Resource Management Studies -- At least 9 semester hours of course work in related resource management subjects, including courses in such areas as wildlife management, watershed management, natural resource or agricultural economics, forestry, agronomy, forages, and outdoor recreation management. OR Combination of education and experience: at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. AND In addition to the basic requirement above, all applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications: At The

GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are: Experience producing publications as the primary author or contributor that fill in gaps relating to rangeland ecology; Experience developing information or providing technical support to research projects Being recognized through citation as a contributor to projects, or peer-reviewed publications in the identified field of research; and Presenting information to professional societies within and outside of the organization in the area of specialization. At The

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are: Producing publications as the primary author that are of interest and value to the field of rangeland ecology Conceiving and formulating research ideas that support or produce studies by others Developing products in the identified field of research that solve important scientific problems Being invited to present information to professional societies within and outside of the organization on technical matters and practices in the area of specialization. At The

GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level of this position are: Being sought as a consultant by colleagues who are themselves recognized experts in the field; Receiving recognition from the scientific community as an authority in the rangeland ecology field; Receiving requests from highly respected colleagues to collaborate with the researcher; and Receiving invitations to address or to assume a leadership role in national professional organizations and associated committees 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications. Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/567746500

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
08 May 2020
CLOSES
09 June 2020
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
76721 – 140146
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Ecology