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Employer: Riverside Technology, inc.
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Posted: June 16, 2014
Expires: August 1, 2014
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Riverside Technologies Inc. (RTI) www.riverside.com is soliciting a range of scientific and technical candidates to potentially support a Government program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Research Center, Ann Arbor MI, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, La Crosse WI, and the Columbia Environmental Research Center, Columbia MO in addition to other USGS facilities in the Midwestern US. The positions are dependent on contract award to RTI.

Biological Technician

This position supports the regular operations of biological research by performing the following duties: installing study plots; collecting, measuring, and recording biological data; summarizing field, greenhouse, and laboratory data into tabular, graphic, or narrative form; entering data into analytical computer programs; assisting senior biologists or scientists in analyzing results; and maintaining and operating field and data collecting equipment, including boats up to 25 ft and airboats.

The position requires a high school diploma (or equivalent) and at least two years of undergraduate study in ecology, botany, wildlife, and/or fisheries biology. The individual shall have the ability to work with little or no supervision and within established guidelines and operational procedures to ensure uniform data collection between field personnel and succeeding years of data collection and sampling. Experience in data entry and knowledge of PC-based computer systems is required.

General Biologist

This individual will set-up, monitor, supervise, and maintain experiments in the field; conduct routine laboratory and greenhouse experiments; collect, measure, record, and analyze biological data; summarize field and experimental data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form; enter data into analytical computer programs; assist senior biologists or scientists in analyzing results; and maintain, operate, and calibrate field and data collecting equipment, including boats up to 25 ft and airboats. Supervision of junior biological aids, technicians, and biologists may be required.

The position requires a master's degree (or a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent work experience) and knowledge or experience of biology or zoology, ecology, botany, wildlife, and/or fisheries biology. The individual shall have the ability to work independently within established guidelines and operational procedures to ensure uniform data collection between field personnel and succeeding years of data collection and sampling. One-year experience in data entry and knowledge of PC-based computer systems is required. Supervisory experience is required.

Research Scientist

This position is responsible for conducting, directing, and monitoring contracted research and studies that describe, addressing, and evaluating biological, social, or physical issues related to natural resources. The scientist shall be responsible for designing and conducting new research as directed by the Center, for collecting new data, for synthesizing and analyzing existing information in the published literature and various databases, and for necessary combinations of the above activities. The individual shall have wide latitude for independent action and exercise of professional judgment in planning and accomplishing assigned tasks. Therefore, the position requires a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness, and originality to effectively carry out work assignments; considerable administrative ability; and a broad knowledge of local, state, and national issues as they relate to biological resources.

The position requires a master's degree (or higher), and a combination of education and experience equivalent to one-year post master's level study in biological, social, or physical issues related to natural resources.

Spatial Analysis Technician

The individual shall function primarily as a technician by collecting, measuring, and recording scientific and geographic information; compiling field and other data, including remotely sensed data, into computerized data bases, GIS systems, and image processing systems; running software programs, especially GIS, image processing, and related software, to conduct analysis of the data; summarizing data in map, graphic, tabular, or narrative form; converting data for multiple hardware and software platforms; storing and retrieving the data; and writing aml's (macros) to accomplish these tasks.

The position requires a bachelor's degree (or equivalent work experience) and knowledge of field data collection techniques and geographic principles, methods, and current GIS technology. The individual shall have the ability to work independently and within established guidelines and standard operational procedures to ensure uniform data collection and analysis. The individual shall be required to occasionally supervise individual spatial analysis technicians. Experience in data collection, manipulation, and analysis is required. Ability to perform fieldwork for extended time periods may be required. Experience in the use of GIS software in the workstation (UNIX) environment is desirable.

Statistician

This position serves as the senior Individual statistician/biometrician and, as such, shall direct other Individual employees and participate in a diversity of projects with Center scientists in planning, conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting approved research as identified in specific task orders. The duties and responsibilities of the position shall be to incorporate appropriate and cost-effective sampling designs in project study plans; design and conduct independent and original research to develop sampling protocols based on optimal sampling theory; participate in field research activities as required; advise, consult, coordinate, and arrange for assistance with analyses and interpretation of proposed and completed research as required; maintain currency in the fields of optimal sampling, experimental design, statistical analyses and biometrics relative to wildlife management and ecology; maintain a working knowledge of mini/microcomputer operations, statistics software packages (e.g., SAS), and programming; maintain a working knowledge of population and simulation modeling; develop, design, and conduct statistical protocols necessary to analyze spatial and temporal data in raster and vector format; collaborate with scientists employing information systems for display and analyses of data; develop, modify, evaluate, and implement demographic, harvest, movement, life history, and habitat models; design, develop, validate, and implement sound survey and census techniques; and publish results of research in wildlife, ecological, and statistical journals. The individual shall direct and/or supervise other statisticians as required to design and conduct statistically sound analyses of biological and ecological data, and shall ensure that analyses, inferences, and conclusions by project staff are valid and based on logic, scientific reasoning, and current statistical theory. The statistician shall require close liaison and working relations with the scientific community including professional personnel in other research laboratories, universities, and other agencies to minimize the potential for duplication of effort, to maximize achievement of common objectives, and to ensure that current techniques are made available to Center programs.

The position requires a master's degree (or a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent work experience), as well as education and practical experience in the biological sciences, statistical theory and methods; knowledge of natural resource habitat requirements; and authoring or co-authoring as evidenced by publications in the peer-reviewed, scientific literature. Required are experience and training in wildlife ecology; an understanding of the terminology, concepts, and principles of ecological modeling; and training in survey design, sampling theory and methods. Knowledge is also required of the principles of research design, univariate, multivariate, parametric, and nonparametric statistical analyses, and computer applications. The Individual shall have wide latitude for independent action and exercise of professional judgment in planning and accomplishing assigned tasks. Therefore, the position requires a high degree of initiative, resourcefulness, and originality to effectively carry out work assignments, considerable administrative ability, and a broad knowledge of local, state, and national problems as they relate to fish and wildlife resources.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist

The primary duties of this position shall include the timely and efficient completion of projects which involve geographic information processing; proficient in the major areas of GIS software - data input/verification, database storage, creation, and manipulation, data analyses, and data presentation; major duties of this position shall include managing, creating, and utilizing GIS datasets and their associated databases primarily with the ARC/INFO family of software, or other GIS and image processing system; this may include various methods of creating GIS datasets, modifying existing datasets, and gathering other agency/organization datasets and transferring to ARC/INFO for use or modification. An increased emphasis is placed on GIS output production (maps, tables, etc) and aiding in data analyses of GIS datasets; performing data transfer through means such as file transfer protocol (ftp) or distributing datasets via CD-ROM; and performing established quality control procedures for GIS dataset and database construction. Other duties shall include providing technical assistance to GIS users; providing field assistance in collection of GPS data, and integration into GIS software; participate in meetings, workshops, training sessions, and demonstrations relating to GIS activities; providing assistance in training GIS users in concepts, database design, analyses, and output production; providing assistance in writing user manuals, reports, and papers to document GIS activities; and aiding in performing data analyses and producing GIS output products.

The position requires a bachelor's degree (or equivalent work experience) preferably in a science field and a minimum of one year direct experience in GIS activities. Knowledge and experience in GIS concepts, using mini/microcomputers, associated operating system software, and GIS software, as well as demonstrated experience in GIS are required.

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