This position is located at the Conservation Ecology Center (CEC) of the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) with the primary duty station located in Front Royal, Virginia. The incumbent is responsible for developing, planning, executing a highly competitive and independent international research program. The program will focus on theoretical and applied science for landscape-level conservation and ecology of large and threatened terrestrial mammal species, with an additional focus on reintroduction/restoration of these species to their native range. The incumbent will have a broad range of skills allowing her/him to lead and integrate diverse program components, such as animal capture/collaring field missions, movement and habitat modeling, and public outreach; extensive experience in the application of new technologies to conservation and species restoration, including new analytical and quantitative approaches, geospatial analysis (e.g. GIS, remote sensing, UAV monitoring), agent-based modeling of animal movements, as well as web-based mapping and visualization of spatial data; experienced in developing, planning, and conducting extensive field missions to capture, collar, and track large and threatened mammals in remote field locations, and to collect critical data for addressing theoretical and applied research questions.Learn more about this agency
This is a research position requiring the incumbent to secure funding for research and conservation project, execute and manage the research project, conduct data analysis, publish scientific articles on the findings from this work, collaborate broadly with scientific colleagues and partners on research, and be an active and successful member of a global conservation science community and participation in academic meetings and symposia.
The incumbent will be responsible for developing academic and professional training opportunities in his/her area of expertise to contribute to the training of future generations of conservation ecologists; experience conducting research and conservation in developing countries including fostering government relations, coordinating national and international teams of researchers and support staff, and interacting with multiple stakeholders and local communities. Previous experience working in international partnerships in Africa, preferably in SCBI focal countries such as Kenya, Chad, and Niger will be an advantage.
- Designs, develops, and executes a comprehensive international research program with multiple scientific research projects focusing on landscape-level conservation, ecology, and restoration of large and threatened mammal species.
- Utilizes new tools and technology for advancing conservation and restoration of large and threatened mammal species.
- Independently performs all phases of the complete research process, including problem definition, planning, execution, data analysis, and interpretation of findings.
- Ensures an annual budget proposal and expenditure plan is developed and monitors spending of both federal allocation and assigned trust funds (grants/contracts, gifts).
Occasional travel - Travel Required: 25% or GREATER
Who May Apply
This job is open to…This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #17A-LM-303002-MPA-NZP.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- May need to complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
QualificationsAll applicants must meet these Basic Requirements Specialized Experience: (You must submit unofficial school transcripts in order to receive further consideration.)
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.
In addition to meeting Basic Requirements above,You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined asconducting conservation research at the landscape level on large and threatened terrestrial mammal species, serving as an ecology researcher and principal investigator (including publishing, and providing scientific advice, expertise and service), advancing new tools and technology for the conservation of large, threatened terrestrial mammal species and developing and managing international research and conservation programs on a large threatened mammal species.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Or Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:
- Knowledge in conducting conservation research at the landscape level on large and threatened terrestrial mammal species.
- Skills as ecology researcher and principal investigator, including publishing, and providing scientific advice, expertise and service.
- Skill in advancing new tools and technology for the conservation of large, threatened terrestrial mammal species.
- Skill in developing and managing international research and conservation programs on a large threatened mammal species in a focal country.
Important Note: The review of your resume will determine your final rating and should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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Your application package should include the following documents:
- Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
- Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.
- Unofficial school transcripts, You must submit unofficial school transcripts in order to receive further consideration. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
- Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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- You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
- You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
- The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
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