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    Salary: $108,885 (Step 01) to $141,548 (Step 10)

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    Hammond Bay Biological Station (HBBS) is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron near Millersburg, Michigan on the site of a historic U.S. Lifesaving Station. Literally feet from the water, the HBBS campus comprises the main office building -- located in the renovated historic lifesaving building, a newly constructed, state-of-the-art wet lab facility, shop and garage, additional wet lab building, and two other historic structures -- original lifesaving boat house and watch tower. HBBS is part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) and the incumbent serves as a Supervisory Research Fish Biologist directing HBBS operations and conducting original research. HBBS has been at the center of ground-breaking discoveries and cutting-edge science on sea lamprey and their control, lake trout, whitefish, and other native and desirable fishes. Overall, the GLSC has a diverse research program on fisheries and other living resources of the Great Lakes. The GLSC's mission is to meet the Nation's need for scientific information for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

    Funding for HBBS operations is shared between USGS and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC: www.glfc.org). The mission of the HBBS is to provide research and technical assistance to support and advance the integrated control of Great Lakes invasive species like sea lamprey, and to explore opportunities for transferring discoveries in control technology to native species restoration efforts. To accomplish this mission, the HBBS focuses on research in four areas: (1) fish ecology, behavior, and physiology; (2) invasive species effects on Great Lakes fish communities; (3) development and testing of aquatic invasive species control techniques (e.g., barriers to spawning migration, novel capture and removal technologies, behavioral manipulation using sensory cues, development of selective pesticides, and exploration of genetic techniques) and the transfer of these technologies to invasive species control agents; and (4) quality assurance, technical assistance, and refinement of invasive species control techniques. Importantly, HBBS serves as a hub for research into fish behavior using the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS: GLATOS (glos.us)) and the development of supplemental sea lamprey control methods (SupCon: Great Lakes Fishery Commission - Supplemental Controls (glfc.org)).

    In addition to other USGS staff, scientists at HBBS work with many partners. The partnership with the GLFC helps enable HBBS staff to collaborate with colleagues from federal agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the eight Great Lakes states, the province of Ontario, Tribal and First Nation entities and communities, local communities, and many academic research institutions. Importantly, HBBS has close collaborative relationships with the USFWS out of Ludington and Marquette, Michigan, and researchers from Michigan State University.

    As a Supervisory Research Fish Biologist within the Great Lakes Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    1. Provides leadership and management of the field station by overseeing production of timely and significant scientific and technical deliverables by staff; overseeing the operation, maintenance, and safety of laboratory facilities including a substantial wet lab with flow-through tanks, stream microcosm/raceway capabilities, and chemistry and physiology labs, tool shop and garage, and office/administration building; overseeing the use and maintenance of equipment and a vehicle and small vessel fleet; overseeing a large budget; enhancing career development of staff; and working effectively with state, federal, academic, and other NGO partners.

    2. Works in close collaboration with the GLFC under a reimbursable agreement; serves as a member of the Sea Lamprey Research Board, the Board of Technical Experts, and Sea Lamprey Control Leadership Team; participates in the Sea Lamprey Control Board plenary meetings; provides oversight for the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System support staff at HBBS; participates in communications and outreach; and reports as necessary to the GLFC and its boards.

    3. Plans and executes research tasks in aquatic ecology, community ecology, fish biology, fish ecology, fisheries, invasive species assessment and control, modeling, population dynamics, or statistics by defining problems, developing and executing research plans, successfully writing grants, producing reports and peer-reviewed scientific publications, and presenting findings at scientific meetings.


    Travel Required

    25% or less - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0482 Fish Biology

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