Department of the Interior Lafayette, Louisiana
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

*Are you an Ecologist professional looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have a passion for providing customer service? *Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking incentives? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this is the job for you! Come join the USGS and start doing the job you've always dreamed of!

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.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

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 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Salary: $73,375 (Step 01) to $95,388 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

As an Ecologist within the Wetlands & Aquatic Research Center (WARC), some of your specific duties will include:

  • Serves as a WARC Task Leader on analysis and modeling projects involving the natural resources and priority issues of our DOI and other partners, specifically in support of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Proctection, and Restoration Act's (CWPPRA) Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Program.
  • Serves as team leader for the methodology implementation effort that supports analysis and modeling activities. Key responsibilities for identifying analysis needs and developing implementation strategies for the analysis and interpretation of natural resource data; identification of scientific approaches to resolving ecological uncertainties; management decision recommendations.
  • Contributes to writing research proposals for funding of programs and writes work plans and study plans for the conduct of research projects, as well as peer-reviewed manuscripts for publication.
  • Collaborates with other researches at WARC, other scientists and with agency partners in the development of research plans, evaluations of the scientific and statistical validity of plans, and the implementation of studies. This involvement extends to include the conveyance of findings to partners and contribution of scientific input to agency planning and reporting.
  • Develops and maintains a high level of scientific competence in quantitative methodology.
  • This includes (a) knowledge of mathematical fundamentals from which new methods can be derived, (b) knowledge of modern theories of casual modeling and casual network analysis, (c) knowledge of currently popular software packages so taht programs can be developed that are freely available to end users and (d) knowledge of the analysis needs of natural resources specialist.
  • Operates a government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.



In addition to the basic education requirement as stated above, applicants must meet one of the following to qualify for the GS-12 level:

**One year of appropriate specialized experience that is in ecology, biology or a related field of science underlying ecological research is qualifying if it is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service, and if it equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.

Examples of GS-11 level work may include: 1) design, development and conduct of protocols to analyze spatial and temporal data; 2) conduct of sampling, experimental design, statistical analyses and biometrics relative to wetlands ecology; 3) independent planning and conduct of comprehensive biological studies/investigations and requests for proposals; 4) modifying and adapting standard biological techniques and procedures; 5) serving as a technical resource on biological issues; 6) design and management of projects, studies to provide an understanding of the effects of environmental perturbations in study areas.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.


  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
  • Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.


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Category Ecology