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Research Ecologist - USGS

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The Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center (UMESC), a research center of the U.S. Geological Survey, is advertising a Research Ecologist position (GS 12/13 level, starting salary range is $73,375-$87,252 depending upon qualifications) at its facility in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The job announcement and application instructions can be found at the USAJOBS posting for DEN-2018-0333 (applications must be submitted through this site):

The scientist will serve as the Aquatic Vegetation Component Leader of the Long Term Resource Monitoring element (LTRM) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program (see links below). The scientist’s primary research assignment will focus on understanding the factors affecting the abundance and distribution of aquatic vegetation and its biological and physical role in the Upper Mississippi River System. UMESC provides the scientific leadership for the LTRM which began in 1989 and is the largest river monitoring program in the United States. The scientist will develop novel analyses of the long-term aquatic vegetation data and synthetic analyses that incorporate relevant aspects of fisheries, vegetation, land use, or hydrology data; formulate research projects; submit proposals for funding; and modify long-term monitoring protocols as needed. The scientist will coordinate and oversee field data collection, provide technical guidance to vegetation specialists at three state agency field stations, and assure data quality. The scientist will interact with Federal and State agency partners to understand their research needs and  communicate results of monitoring and research activities. Regular publication of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals is expected.

UMESC has a multidisciplinary staff with specialists in diverse ecological fields (e.g., avian, fish, invertebrate, landscape, plant, river, and wildlife), as well as analytical chemistry, ecotoxicology, statistics, geographic information systems, and information transfer. Research involves a diversity of approaches, including manipulative experiments, descriptive studies, long-term studies, and modeling. Research is across a range of spatial scales, including whole ecosystems, field enclosures, experimental ponds, laboratory microcosm, and the organism and cellular levels.

La Crosse, Wisconsin, provides excellent, small city quality of life in a scenic area rich in culture and history. The education system (including two universities and a technical college), health care, and other employment opportunities are excellent. The area offers land and water recreational activities during all seasons of the year. Urban and rural real estate are affordable.

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Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center:

Long Term Resource Monitoring:

Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program: