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USGS Science for a Changing World. Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Would you like to work with a team of professionals committed to providing reliable scientific information and understanding our natural resources and environment? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this job is for you. Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit
What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?
This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled as a Research Geographer GS-0150-12 or Research Ecologist (Landscape) GS-0408-12.

The incumbent of this position is entitled to a cost of living allowance (COLA) of 5.57% in addition to the salary. COLA may be subject to change at any time.

Open to current or former permanent Federal employees:  SEE PAC-2014-0224 (AT-MP).

One vacancy may be filled from either announcement; however, either announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available.


As a Research Geographer or Research Ecologist (Landscape) with the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

  • Collaborates in and leads multidisciplinary research on landscape ecology, land change science and effects of climate change and disturbances such as wildfire on environmental processes and patterns in boreal and arctic regions.
  • Provides briefings for USGS and partner agencies and academic institutions; presents findings at professional conferences; participates in workshops and on science panels on landscape ecological studies in boreal and arctic regions; and publishes results of research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Identifies research problems and existing or new approaches that respond to a broadly defined research agenda on landscape ecology in boreal and arctic regions.
  • Develops statistical and spatially explicit models that take advantage of remote sensing and geographic information system technology and existing and emerging modeling techniques to explain and/or predict effects of climate change and ecological disturbances on environmental processes and patterns in boreal and arctic regions.

Research may be conducted in vast and remote regions of Alaska. Field work is performed in rugged, remote terrains with severe wind, cold, and snow even during summer. Lifting and carrying heavy equipment various distances over rugged terrain is required. There may be no roads to field sites; transportation may include helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft, or watercraft. Field work may be conducted on such aircraft or watercraft. Field work is conducted in areas with wild animals, and firearms are typically carried for self-defense.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight travel of 1-3 nights per month may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.