This Week’s Cool Biology Job: Sea Otter Population Ecologist
The USGS is seeking a Sea Otter Population Ecologist and Modeler. This is a permanent position located in Santa Cruz, California.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have expertise in some field(s) of Marine Sciences related to the ecology and/or population biology of sea otters. They will be ranked on the following criteria:
1. Ability to conduct, interpret, and analyze data from field studies of sea otters using modern telemetric techniques and focusing on questions regarding population dynamics and factors limiting population growth.
2. Ability to conduct, interpret, and analyze data from field studies of sea otters utilizing telemetric and/or bio-logging instrumentation to address questions regarding food-web interactions, diet and behavior.
3. Ability to apply quantitative modeling techniques to address questions concerning the behavior and demography of sea otters, including the development of spatially explicit and predictive population models.
4. Ability to contribute to and participate in inter-agency technical committees convened to address specific questions on conservation and management of sea otter populations.
To apply: go to www.usajobs.gov. The Vacancy announcement # is PAC-2011-0052.