Wetlands Researcher – EPA

Agency
U.S. Environmental Protection Agengy
Location
Washington D.C.
Job Category
Jobs - All Degrees, Jobs - Bachelor's Degree, Jobs - Master's Degree, Jobs - Ph.D.
website
https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nwca
Salary
based on educational level
Last Date to Apply
October 1, 2019
Description

The participant will be located in the Monitoring and Analysis Branch and support activities related to the National Aquatic Resource Survey (NARS) program, with a focus on the National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA; https://www.epa.gov/national-aquatic-resource-surveys/nwca). NWCA is a statistically based survey designed to characterize the ecological condition of wetlands across the conterminous United States every 5 years. It is a component of the NARS program and a key activity in EPA’s efforts to achieve national water-quality goals under the Clean Water Act.

Throughout their appointment, the selected participant will research and learn about EPA’s efforts to monitor and assess wetland and other aquatic resources via large-scale, statistically-based studies such as the NWCA. Most of their focus will be to support scientific research activities related to wetland plant data collected in NWCA and may include:

  • Research on wetland plant species characteristics and compiling information on species traits (e.g., nativity, coefficients of conservatism)
  • Learning techniques to compile and perform quality assurance of plant data collected in NWCA
  • Research into biological indices (e.g., floristic quality, vegetation) to describe wetland condition
  • Analyzing and presenting data collected during NWCA surveys
  • Collaborating with EPA scientists and partners on preparations for next NWCA survey in 2021

A complete job description and online application can be found at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-Water-2019-0033

Qualifications
Qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in a environmental science, earth science, geosciences, marine sciences, or relevant field, with significant focus on wetland plants and plant communities within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
experience identifying plants and proficiency in the use of pertinent floras and taxonomic keys for field projects and /or research
Understanding of plant taxonomy and the use of floras, taxonomic keys and floristic databases
Experience with plant ecological field work, data collection and data analysis

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