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Research Ecologist

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Employer: U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station

Locations: Pineville, Louisiana

Deadline to show interest in this initial job outreach: July 30, 2021

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The U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station is conducting outreach for one Research Ecologist position (GS-0408 12/13). This position is within the Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants Research Work Unit (RWU 4552) within Forest Service Research and Development, Southern Research Station (SRS). The mission of RWU 4552 is to provide the basic biological and ecological knowledge and innovative management strategies required for management and control of native and non-native insect pests, disease pathogens and invasive plants in changing forest ecosystems. RWU 4552 is headquartered in Athens, Georgia with personnel located in Asheville, NC, Stoneville, MS, and Pineville, LA. This position will serve as primary invasive plant liaison for State and Private Forestry in Pineville, Louisiana, representing RWU 4552’s efforts in the western part of the Southern Region and will be located at the Alexandria Forestry Center in Pineville.

This position will serve on the S-RISIT (Southern Region Invasive Species Issues Team) and liaise with Region 8, National Forest Systems. While this position will represent RWU 4552 in the western part of the Southern Region, work may be regional, national, and/or international in scope. RWU 4552 encompasses three problem areas: (1) insects, (2) diseases, and (3) invasive plants. The scientist’s research assignment in forest health is transdisciplinary with the primary focus on problem area 3, invasive plants. Plant communities are the foundation of forestlands, and the ecological interactions therein are influential when addressing all problem areas identified above. The scientist utilizes approaches from a broad toolkit to conduct integrative research addressing non-native, invasive plant species ecology, and to develop research-based recommendations to prevent, contain and mitigate non-native species invasion in Southern forest communities. The scientist’s focus is in two sub-areas of problem area 3: a. Prevention, detection, and characterization of invasive plant species; and, b. Invasive plant species control and management. Within this assignment, the scientist assembles informal teams and collaboratively conducts research with university professors, state and federal agency professionals, partners, and stakeholders, in three primary areas:

  1. Applied management of established and high-impact invasive plant species.
  2. Prevention of new populations and species of non-native invasive plants
  3. Invasive species interactions and impacts in forested communities to include impacts on native arthropods and plants, and effects of abiotic factors such as disturbance and climate on invasive plant populations.

Those who are interested must meet the qualification requirements for the GS-0408 series that is covered by the Professional and Scientific Positions standards. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook Manual is available for the review at any federal personnel office OR on the Internet at the link above. If you are interested in this position, please respond directly within the outreach database by July 30, 2021. Once the position is advertised, all responders who provide an email address will automatically receive the link to this position at USAJobs. Please contact James T. Vogt, Program Manager, Southern Research Station, Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants at 865-978-0664 or if you have any questions regarding this position.

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