Institution: Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Closing date: 7 October 2014
The Research Fish Biologist will work with leaders in science, government, and the private and the conservation non-profit sectors. The scientist will plan and conduct research on a variety of topics involving the ecology of native and non-native fish and other aquatic organisms, the behavior and properties of aquatic and associated riparian ecosystems, and the potential impacts of climate change and land management activities on native fish in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Much of the work will be done in cooperation with physical, biological, terrestrial, and social scientists. The scientist will also work closely with resource managers and decision makers in the U.S. Forest Service and other resource and regulatory agencies responsible for the management of freshwater ecosystems. The scientist will need to convey the results of research to managers and regulators and, when requested, assist them in incorporating the results into practices and policies.
Knowledge and skills required include:
- strong foundation in fish and aquatic ecology
- ability to convey research individually and with collaborators in integrated multi-disciplinary groups
- excellent writing and verbal communications skills,
- demonstrated potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals,
- computer skills in database management, spreadsheets and statistical analysis
- experience developing and conducting research in remote locations.
Required education for a GS-12 or 13 level Research position is a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate knowledge, skills, or experience in:
- the ecology of Pacific salmon (Oncrhynchus spp.) with an emphasis on their freshwater ecology,
- writing or coauthoring research publications,
- experience working with land managers and regulators,
- research experience on studies involving integrated groups.
To be considered for a permanent appointment U.S. Citizenship is required.
Interested applicants, or those desiring further information, contact Dede Olson at dedeolson [at] fs [dot] fed [dot] us or (541) 750-7373. Applications must be received by October 7, 2014.
About the Pacific Northwest Research Station & Station Director's Office
The PNW Research Station is one of seven research units in the USDA Forest Service. The USDA Forest Service conducts the most extensive and productive program of integrated forestry research in the world. The scientific information produced by the station has application on public, private and tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Oregon and Washington) and elsewhere in the United States and other parts of the world. The Station’s programs reflect the changing character of the questions that science is being asked to help answer.
The Land & Watershed Management (LWM) Program increases understanding of terrestrial, aquatic and riparian ecosystems and their linkages to inform management and policy options and develop tools to enhance or maintain the production of desired goods and services. LWM research spans a number of science topics, including water, air and soil; resource management and use; wildlife and fish ecology; and inventory, monitoring and analysis. The LWM program in Juneau explores important physical science considerations for forest ecosystems and reflects a strong science-management partnership that is vital to addressing society’s demands for forest goods and services. The PNW Research station in Juneau is located next to the campus of the University of Alaska, South East, which provides opportunities for interaction and collaboration with faculty from a range of departments and disciplines. Information about the LWM program can be found at:
The Pacific Northwest Research Station Director’s Office is located in Portland, Oregon. The Station has approximately 450 permanent and temporary employees in professional, administrative, research, technical and clerical positions. There are seven Program Managers that oversee program organizations, and nine laboratories which provide research. The laboratories are located in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. The Station is also involved in international relations with foreign governmental agencies and universities in many research areas. The work activities of the Station attract considerable interest from Congress, special interest groups, and the public.
The Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Juneau, Alaska was built in 2013, and its opening was celebrated by the Juneau community, local tribes, and US Forest Service leaders. Located next to the University of Alaska, South East campus, the laboratory is well positioned for development of university partnerships. Nearby is the Heen Latinee Experimental forest, established in 2009, and offering unique sea-to-sky research opportunities.
Juneau is the capitol of Alaska, located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska, 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest bioregion, with a maritime climate characterized by relatively mild, cool, and wet weather. Juneau is accessible only by air or water, and the current population is 32,832. The economy is based on government, tourism, mining, and fishing. Apartment rentals start at approximately $1,000 per month, and due to limited housing opportunities, higher rents are not uncommon. Recreation opportunities include a popular downhill and cross country ski area, freshwater and saltwater fishing and boating, a well-developed hiking trail system, and an extensive and varied community of artists and musicians. Juneau receives about 1 million cruise ship visitors per year, attracted to the area’s unique culture, natural beauty, wildlife viewing, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
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