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About the Agency

USGS Science for a Changing World. Do you want to be part of an innovative research science organization? Would you like to lead 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 Supervisory Research Biologist GS-0401-13/14; Supervisory Research Ecologist GS-0408-13/14; or Supervisory Research Fish Biologist GS-0482-13/14.

Salary: GS-13: $88,179-114,633;   GS-14: $104,201-135,456

Open to current or former Federal employees:  PAC-2014-0416 (AT-MP)


As the Aquatic Ecology Section Chief with the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center (WFRC), some of your specific duties will include:

  • Leads and manages the science and research direction of the Aquatic Ecology Section of the WFRC, including the oversight, partnership, and program and budget development.
  • Supervises the scientific staff in the Aquatic Ecology Section.
  • As a research scientist, conceives, formulates, conducts, and leads research relevant to aquatic ecology and biology. Formulates new and innovative scientific hypotheses and methods for solving complex research problems.
  • Publishes findings in peer-reviewed literature, and presents results at national and international symposia.
  • 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 1-5 nights per month may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid.