NANA Regional Corporation Scientist III in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Scientist III

Description

BACKGROUND

The mission of the Ecosystems Mission Area ofthe U.S. Geological Survey is to work with others to provide the scientificunderstanding and technologies needed to support the sound management andconservation of our Nation’s biological resources. Fulfilling this mission depends oneffectively balancing the immediate need for information to guide management ofbiological resources with the need for technical assistance and long-range,strategic information to understand and predict emerging patterns and trends inecological systems. Ecosystem MissionArea programs were developed to provide the appropriate depth and breadth ofobjective science to meet the information needs of natural resource managers,who encounter many complex environmental problems driven by an array ofbiological, physical, social, and economic forces that interact across diversetemporal and spatial scales.

The primary responsibility of the USGS is toassist natural resource and land managers, particularly in the Department ofthe Interior, by providing them with sound biological information and withassistance in applying the information to their needs. The primary means of gathering thisinformation is through the use of scientific methods applied to monitoringresources and conducting experiments. Subsequently,pertinent information must be made available to those who must use it to makeimportant natural resource management decisions.

The researchsituation at the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) requires an individual(s) toperform laboratory and data analysis of fishes collected in coastal wetlandsthroughout the Great Lakes. Thisindividual(s) shall participate in the workup and analysis of field collectionsof fishes. Major duties include curationand storage of field samples, fine dissection of specimens, and quantifyingprey found in stomachs. In addition, theposition includes support for analysis and interpretation, maintaining a datamanagement system, performing basic statistical analyses, preparing tables andfigures for publication, and contributing to manuscript preparation forpublication.

Experiencewith Microsoft Office and other statistical software, data entry and recordkeeping, and manuscript preparation are required. The position requires work in an officesetting. Adherence to basic standardoperating procedures shall be required for duties in the office.

DESCRIPTION:

Independently,and not as an agent of the Government, the contractor shall provide qualifiedand experienced subject matter specialist(s) in wetland ecology to perform thetasks described below. Contractor shallprovide personnel with experience in handling ecological data from wetlands.

The FunctionalAssessment relies on comparing fish catches, diets, and growth with measures ofwetland quality. An understanding of howto make quantitative comparisons among this data is required.

TASKS:

Thecontractor shall perform office duties that involve using Microsoft office tocreate data sets. The contractor shallperform these tasks independently. Thecontractor will use spreadsheets and some statistical or graphing software topreform guided data analysis, model development, data organization, spatialediting, quality assurance and quality control.

a) Create a data set that contains fall and spring catch data, isstructured and designed for statistical analysis, and allows comparisons ofcatch among habitat(s). Perform detailed analyses of acquired data.

b) Dissect captured fishes to remove gut contents and record dataso that each individual fish can be assigned correct to the net that capturedit. Then, identify and count prey items found in individual fish stomachs. Preyidentification must be made to the lowest practical taxon. Adheres to established office safetyprotocols to maintain a safe workplace.

c) Organize, visualize, and analyze data collected from parts a)and b) to address established research questions and produce desired tables orfigures.

d) Analyzes data from field investigations for use in USGSpublications.

e) Carry out quality assurance/quality control processes andcuration of paper and electronic data for the development and maintenance ofconsistent, accurate and easily accessible data as well as providingdistribution, processing and analysis of the data.

f) A Responsible for writing, editing, printing and plotting ofproducts.

g) Maintain detailed records of files used in map development

h)Use the functional assessment template study plan (provided bytask manager

i)Follow administrative guidance specified by the task manager fordetails of data processing and analyses.

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Experience with Microsoft Office and other statistical software, data entry and record keeping, and manuscript preparation are required.

  2. Masters degree is required with at least twoyears experience with data management.

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Job: Life, Physical & Social Science

Primary Location: US-MI-Ann Arbor

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day Job

Req ID: LYN00910