This position is located in New River Gorge National River, in the Division of Natural Resource Management.Learn more about this agency
The incumbent works in the Natural Resource Management Division at New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River, with a duty station in Glen Jean, WV. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing programs to monitor, protect, and improve water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and riparian areas.
As a Ecologist GS-0401-11, you will:
- Prepares aquatic resource management plans and strategies needed to successfully manage and protect aquatic ecosystems, at-risk species, and environmental conditions.
- Develops and maintains liaisons and effective working relations with related groups and individuals, agencies, and the public to encourage and facilitate cooperative regional management strategies to improve water quality and aquatic ecosystem health. Attends management and professional conferences and other events to exchange information, present technical and policy information, and advance advocacy for park stewardship.
- Coordinates aquatic ecosystem management strategies and programs with those on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad ecosystem protection strategies and preventing human impacts.
- Identifies research needs, prepares requests for proposals or statements of work, and provides oversight for research projects. Coordinates research projects with cooperators, including other Federal and state agencies and academia, to better understand aquatic ecosystem components and processes.
- In cooperation with park staff, researchers, and partners, designs, develops, tests, and implements scientific monitoring protocols to identify, evaluate, and monitor aquatic ecosystem processes and attributes. Writes new monitoring documents that define monitoring techniques and develops methods for future refinements of protocols.
- Based on results of inventories, in-depth studies, and monitoring, develops and conducts scientifically credible protection, mitigation, and restoration projects to prevent aquatic resource damage, to restore and/or maintain the integrity of aquatic habitats, and to minimize impacts of human activities.
- Develops and carries out statistically valid data collection protocols for ecological components and processes. Performs data collection using advanced technology such as electronic data collectors when appropriate. Performs data entry and carries out quality control checks on data collection and entry performed by others. Conducts analysis of complex data. Determines and documents the significance of findings.
- Prepares management and scientific reports on the results of protection, mitigation, restoration, reintroduction, inventory, monitoring, and research activities. Summarizes new and conventional information for use by scientists, managers, park staff, cooperators, and partners.
- Uses GIS to help provide comprehensive and scientifically sound answers to inquiries from managers and others. Uses automated methods of data collection, analysis or illustration. Inputs data into digital form and uses computer applications for data analysis, manipulation, and presentation.
- Prepares environmental assessments (EAs) for projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. Evaluates EAs and environmental impact statements prepared by other federal agencies or groups for impacts on park resources.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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