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General Biologist III, Lafayette, LA (ID#15153)

Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) supports USGS in its leadership role in to work with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation’s biological resources. Fulfilling this mission depends on effectively balancing the immediate need for information to guide management of biological resources with the need for technical assistance and long-range, strategic information to understand and predict emerging patterns and trends in ecological systems.

The scope of this position includes monitoring and investigating the impacts of environmental change on coastal and interior wetlands along the Northern Gulf of Mexico and across the United States. In addition to providing support for the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Program, which is engaged in long-term monitoring of coastal wetlands, CORB scientists conduct observational and experimental research to support science priorities in the Ecosystems and Land Change Science Mission Areas. This position will provide scientific support for CORB monitoring and research activities.
This support will be provided through the following two objectives:
1) Provide scientific support for the CRMS monitoring program
2) Provide scientific support for research that assesses the mechanisms controlling the response of coastal wetland ecosystems environmental stressors and land use change and other ecological topics relevant to DOI, federal and state partners.

CNT is looking to hire a Biologist to provide logistical and technical support for collection and processing of ecological data.

The selected Biologist shall be participating on field trips along the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the Southeastern US coast. Upon return, the Biologist will be processing plant, soil and water samples that were gathered from the trips. Field activities will require the Biologist to identify coastal wetland vegetation to species and conduct precise measurements of sediment elevation and accretion using a cooperator defined standard operating procedure and quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) system. In the laboratory, the Biologist shall process samples for above and below-ground biomass, process and analyze water

water samples for nutrients and sulfides, and process soil samples for organic matter, bulk density and accretion. The Biologist shall also maintain experimental conditions in a greenhouse facility, including elevated CO2 and elevated temperature conditions. The Biologist shall also collect and process vegetation, soil and water samples from experimental greenhouses. Following all data collection in the field and in the greenhouse, the Biologist shall enter the data, format the data in preparation for statistical analyses, conduct preliminary statistical analyses and provide summary reports to the principal investigator. The Biologist shall also work with the principal investigator to publish data releases according to CNT and client policy.

Field, Laboratory and Office Tasks

  1. Conduct sediment elevation and accretion surveys at approximately 20 sites during spring and early fall. Approximately 6 plots per day will be sampled as per established protocols;
  2. Conduct vegetation surveys, identifying wetland plants to species, at approximately 20 sites in late summer. Approximately 10 plots per site with multiple sites per day.
  3. Set up, monitor, and maintain field experiments;
  4. Collect and measure soil, water, and vegetation samples for processing in the laboratory;
  5. Perform routine maintenance, operate, and calibrate field and data collecting equipment prior to each field trip. Approximately 20 trips during spring and fall sampling periods.
  6. Operate real-time kinematic global positioning system equipment (RTK GPS)
  7. Coordination of field logistics with other team members in order to maintain field collection and data delivery deadlines;
  8. Provide technical guidance to junior team members;
  9. Safely drive a truck while trailering motorboats and airboats. Operate motorboats and airboats to remote field locations in a variety of weather and water conditions;
  10. Maintain experimental conditions in the greenhouse.
  11. Monitor and manage elevated CO2 conditions in the greenhouse.
  12. Identify, sort, and process above and below ground vegetation biomass samples quarterly;
  13. Perform routine vegetation and soil analyses on samples in the laboratory using established protocols;
  14. Analyze soil and water for bulk properties and characterize vegetation structural and functional characteristics;
  15. Analyze vegetation, soil and water samples for carbon and micro- and macro-nutrients using established protocols;
  16. Support senior scientists in analyzing results;
  17. Keep detailed lab logs and records of all tasks.
  18. Support senior scientist in publishing manuscripts.

Data Entry and Management Tasks

  1. Enter data and perform quality control on data entry of on vegetation survey data within 25 days of field collection as per established protocols;
  2. Enter and perform quality control on data entry of sediment elevation data within 25 days of field collection as per established protocols;
  3. Enter research project field data within 20 days of completion of laboratory processing;
  4. Collect, organize, and manipulate data sets;
  5. Summarize field and laboratory data into tabular, graphic, or narrative form using software such as, but not limited to, R, SAS, ArcMap, Sigmaplot, MS Excel, MS Word, and MS Powerpoint.
  6. Publish completed datasets according to CNT and Client policy.
  7. Submit required monthly reports to the Task Order Manager (TOM) by the 10th of each month.
  8. Perform statistical analyses of field and laboratory data using software such as, but not limited to, R and SAS. 

Schedule and Deliverables

  1. Monthly summaries describing and quantifying work accomplishments delivered to CNT Program Manager and Site Lead with copies to Client Task Order Manager and COTR.
  2. 2. Reports describing technical details of the method of data analyses, results of the analyses, and the relevance of the results with-respect-to the objectives of the research project. Report due dates are based on the project itinerary set at the project initiation.

Will report to CNT Program Manager and may coordinate daily work with CNT Site Lead and interact with client representative.


  • M.S. in Biology, Ecology, or related field preferred
  • 3+ years of experience with demonstrated knowledge of coastal wetland ecosystems. The task requires the ability to work independently and within established guidelines and operational procedures.

In addition, demonstrated skills and knowledge of (a) wetland ecology, including plant identification (b) ecological sampling techniques for coastal wetlands, (c) ecological processing techniques, and (d) statistical methods.
Required expertise/skills:

    1. Experience identifying coastal wetland vegetation
    2. Experience with various data management software
    3. Experience with data graphical software
    4. Experience with statistical software
    5. Skills in interacting with a team to coordinate data collection for multiple simultaneous projects
    6. Experience working within project deadlines in a team environment
    7. Knowledge and skills necessary to produce models and outputs and convey concepts (visualization and graphical processing)
    8. Experience writing scientific publications

Field and Lab environments as indicated above.
Potentially Hazardous Conditions:

  1. Tasks shall involve substantial field activities that can be physically demanding, including exposure year-round field conditions such as extremes of heat and cold, rain and sun. Many field operations shall involve long days traversing through field sites.
  2. Must be able to carry loads as heavy as 40 lbs. under field conditions.
  3. Must possess valid driver's license and be able to drive trucks to 3/4 ton with automatic transmissions while trailering boats. The Biologist will be required to operate motorboats (including airboats) in order to perform the necessary tasks. An approved flotation device shall be worn as required while in motor or airboat and when operating the watercraft the Biologist must ensure that every passenger in the watercraft is wearing approved floatation.
  4. Operational safety shall be a priority at all times. In the laboratory, tasks shall require prolonged standing and/or sitting to operate laboratory equipment with computer monitor exposure.

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