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Limnologist/Aquatic Ecologist

Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

USGS Corvallis Research Group will be seeking an aquatic ecologist located in Corvallis, OR to assist in studies of aquatic ecosystem metabolism, food web ecology, and contaminant bioaccumulation. We are seeking a highly motivated and dedicated individual with demonstrated research skills and experience in limnology and freshwater ecosystems. 
   Duties: This position will entail a combination of field studies, lab work, data entry and analysis, and assistance preparing reports and publication. The incumbent will participate as a member of a small team on large research projects investigating ecosystem processes in reservoirs, and their influence on contaminant bioaccumulation through foodwebs. The incumbent may also lead the execution of smaller studies. Specific duties will likely include project planning under direction of the Principle Investigator, implementing limnological monitoring stations for measuring ecosystem productivity and metabolism, leading field crews in sampling zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, and fish under varied and sometimes extreme conditions, processing biological samples in the lab for contaminant and biomarker analyses, managing large datasets, and equipment maintenance. Candidates must be comfortable on boats, in and around water bodies, and in remote settings, and must be able to travel for extended periods (up to 10 days per month) during the field season. The incumbent will be required to work both independently and as a team member to execute research under the supervision of the Principle Investigator. 


 Qualifications: An advanced degree (M.S.) in limnology, ecology, biology, ecotoxicology, or a related discipline is preferred, but candidates with a B.S. and significant experience executing specific duties of the job may also be considered. Familiarity and experience with data collection for in situ ecosystem metabolism models, as well as methods for zooplankton aquatic invertebrate and fish sampling techniques is required, as is the ability to identify specimens in the field. A strong background in database development and statistical analyses is particularly valuable. Candidates with experience in limnology will be preferred. Other skills of interest possessed by candidates may include: experience with lab analyses of water quality, fish physiology and endocrinology, and geospatial analyses. A current driver's license and a good driving record are required. Applicants must be able to lift 40 lbs. Experience with the operation of 4WD vehicles, standard software packages including ArcGIS, and MS Access is desirable. 
   We are seeking an extremely organized, enthusiastic and versatile person with a strong work ethic and a desire to gain experience in a variety of disciplines. Must be willing to work some long hours, including early morning or evening hours and some weekends as needed. Housing is not provided.


This will be a term (13 month) position with possible extension up to 4 years, dependent upon funding. Start date is expected to be in late 2017 or early 2018, but is dependent upon funding availability. 

How to Apply:

 Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Collin Eagles-Smith (, with “Aquatic Ecologist Position” as the subject line. THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE REQUIRED APPLICATION PROCESS. The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.