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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Government-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Candidates, 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) Eligibles, Qualified Handicapped Individuals, Veterans who are Preference Eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service (VEOA) and returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.

You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.

This is a permanent, full-time position.


The incumbent serves as the NPS Research Coordinator for the Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) located at the University of Arizona and is supervised by the Assistant Regional Director, Natural Resources, of the Intermountain Region who is located at the regional office in Lakewood, CO. The CESU network was established to facilitate the delivery of professional science through the CESU host university and partner universities for the member agencies including the National Park Service (NPS). The NPS CESU Research Coordinator develops and implements an integrated program of natural, social and cultural resource research that supports Intermountain Region's park units; serves as a senior science advisor; develops partnerships and secures outside sources of support from Federal, State, academic, and private organizations in conducting cooperative research efforts; and provides technical leadership in implementing an integrated and responsive research program at the regional and service-wide levels. The Research Coordinator assists in the identification of research needs in NPS units, secures funding and other resources to support and expand the program, directs administrative activities, and facilitates resource management activities in cooperation with superintendents and regional office resource specialists. The Research Coordinator solicits, reviews and assists parks in writing research proposals, seeks cooperative researchers, monitors agreements, reviews research scientists' work plans, monitors their progress and evaluates their performance.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work involves the usual demands of the office setting as well as extended travel and occasional long work periods to meet deadlines.  In addition, extended walking or hiking under a wide variety of field and climatic conditions may be necessary.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Most of the work involves typical indoor office activity as well as the ability to travel and make field examinations of field study areas and resource problems areas in a wide variety of habitats at high elevation and under extremes of climate and terrain.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Tucson, Arizona, a metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000. The city provides a complex range of service and facilities which includes the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Public Schools (K.-12), theater, symphony, hospital, sports and shopping. A wide range of rental, lease and purchase housing units are available. Summer temperatures reach highs of 100+ degrees or more and winter temperatures range from the 20's to 70's.