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    This is an interdisciplinary position with education requirements and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements: Open to current or former Federal employees: SL-2019-0006.  There is only one position to be filled. 

    This position can be located in either Reston, VA or Lakewood, CO.  The selectee is expected to report to an office location listed in the announcement.

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    The Senior Science Advisor for Cooperative Research serves as the senior authority of the Cooperative Research Unit Program with fundamental responsibility for providing policy-level advice to the Ecosystems Associate Director, members of the Ecosystems Mission Area directorate, and the Units. The Senior Science Advisor provides executive program leadership over the research Units’ policy direction, mission, research agenda, budgets, and partnerships.

    • Develops and proposes objectives and drafts policy and procedures for long-range cooperative research programs. Interprets guidelines and standards and provides assistance on matters of policy involving the Units.
    • Promotes broad joint research efforts oriented toward the needs of the DOI bureaus, coordinating with natural resource research programs of the States, universities, and national and international organizations.
    • Plans and coordinates comprehensive evaluations.
    • Ensures that Unit research findings are made available to the scientific and resource management community on a timely basis in the form of high-quality technical publications, other reports, and oral presentations and workshops.
    • Integrates Unit research results into an annual report and other special reports, as necessary.
    • Ensures that activities of the Units are compatible with and integrated into the Ecosystem Mission Area of the USGS.  
    • Evaluates new proposals from other cooperating parties and recommends appropriate measures to the Ecosystems Associate Director to ensure a program mutually beneficial to all cooperators.
    • Evaluates pertinent scientific natural resource trends in order to foresee future needs important to the Units. Reviews all scientific papers that are produced by the Units. Makes final technical decisions, often without precedent which determine long-range aspects of Unit programs.
    • Serves as technical consultant and mentor to other scientific colleagues involved in the direction and conduct of operations and research in the Cooperative Research Units.
    • Provides oversight on budget estimates and recommends to the Associate Director funding and human resource allocations to the geographically dispersed units.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Overnight travel is required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/546077900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.