Job Overview


About the Agency

*Are you a Research Ecologist looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for carrying out studies that monitor, assess, understand, and project ecosystem disturbances? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you!

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?
Embark on an exciting future! The U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Join the more than 8,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? 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 vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached.  Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.   

This is a term appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 2 years with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.


As a Research Ecologist within the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, some of your specific duties will include: 

- Carrying out studies that monitor, assess, understand, and project ecosystem disturbances (e.g., fire, insects and diseases, extreme weather) and their resulting impacts on vegetation, carbon stocks and fluxes, and other ecosystem services (e.g., biodiversity or water quality).

- Using advanced remote sensing, geospatial statistical methods, and process-based ecosystem modeling techniques to develop and implement methods related to ecosystem disturbances and their impacts.

- Serving as a team member in interdisciplinary and interagency projects of scientific research, developing plans of action for organizing and conducting research and to communicating with managers and scientists within the agency and with outside agencies as required to meet research objectives and to exchange information and scientific results.

- Contribute to professional and scientific knowledge by presenting their work at scientific conferences and publishing through reports and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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 up to 3 nights per month may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No