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Aquatic Ecologist

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he National Park Service’s (NPS) Northern Great Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network (NGPN) is looking for an enthusiastic aquatic ecologist (GS-11) to lead their long-term water monitoring program. The NPS Inventory and Monitoring Division collects long-term data on ecosystem components critical to the management of national parks in a changing environment. The successful candidate will apply their knowledge of aquatic ecology and hydrology (or closely related aquatic field) to the streams, river, and riparian corridors across the northern Great Plains. The aquatic ecologist will lead and coordinate monitoring efforts using established protocols that collect data on fluvial geomorphology, surface water quantity and quality, and macroinvertebrates. Depending on the successful candidate’s skillset they may be asked to support an additional program (e.g. terrestrial invertebrate, bird, anuran, bat and/or prairie dog vital signs). This is a mixture of office- and field-based work.

The aquatic ecologist will be responsible for summarizing, managing, and analyzing data collected by the USGS Water Science Centers and other partners. The candidate is expected to communicate results of these analyses to the 13 parks served by the network and partners through technical reports, journal articles, and/or oral presentations. A working knowledge of [R] for data analysis (trend analysis and multivariate statistics) and visualization is preferred. The Aquatic Ecologist will be supervised by the NGPN Network Coordinator.

The position will be based in based in Rapid City, South Dakota. The position is currently open to all, it opened, 11/12/2020 and closes 11/25/2020 or when 50 applicants are received whichever comes first.

For questions or more information about this position, please contact Network Coordinator Kara Paintner-Green (