The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) is to excel in wildlife and natural resource science, providing the information, scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of the nation’s biological resources.
The focus of the Center's mission and vision for the future is to continue its dynamic international, national, and regional leadership in wildlife research by generating, interpreting, evaluating, and transmitting the scientific information needed to better address the pressing problems of managing our nation's biological resources, especially those under the stewardship of the Department of the Interior, and other Federal and non-Federal partners. The primary means of gathering this information is through the use of scientific methods applied to monitoring resources and conducting experiments.
PWRC requires a broad array of technical support services to ensure continued operation to meet mission requirements as well as staying in the forefront of scientific capabilities and products. These technical services are not currently available in the PWRC office or in other offices across the USGS thus the need to request contractual assistance. Further, none of the required technical services to be performed are inherently governmental in nature, do not involve policy and planning decisions, and are readily available in the commercial labor pool and through existing commercial services contracts.
Natural Systems Analysts, in conjunction with the USGS, are seeking a contractor who will be supporting data collection, analysis, and writing for multiple research projects underway at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Work will consist mainly of quantitative analysis of ongoing projects focused on the ecology of wild waterbirds and wetlands as well as wildlife disease. Application of the research will include statistical and spatial modeling, and particularly the analysis of animal movement data and population data. The position is based at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and involves collaboration with USGS Western Ecological Research Center and international partners for the animal movement and wildlife disease component (primarily avian influenza and wild birds). The position may include fieldwork for studies of wild birds (such as capture, marking, and sampling of waterfowl including drawing blood from the jugular), as well as waterbird ecology studies (such as conducting bird surveys for land-use change studies, and population monitoring at restored wetlands).
The work to be performed consists of supporting data collection, analysis, and writing for multiple research projects underway at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Work will consist of travel for field data collection, analysis, and writing for projects focused on the ecology of wild waterbirds, animal movements, and wildlife diseases such as avian influenza. The role will include coauthoring or leading several manuscripts from USGS research projects as assigned. Contractor must be highly proficient in use of database and statistical software including Microsoft Excel®, ArcGIS, and R. Experience with animal movement data and related applications such as Movebank and Program R package ‘move’. Contractor must have the ability to learn new approaches including analysis and spatial modeling of satellite telemetry data. Experience with capture, handling, marking, and sampling (swabs and blood draws) of waterfowl is beneficial. The Contractor must possess a valid United States driver's license. Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle is beneficial.
The contractor should have a Masters of Science degree obtained by working in the field of wildlife science, ecology, or coastal systems.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
Job Types: Full-time, Contract
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