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Scientist II, New Orleans, LA (ID#15208)


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.




CNT is involved in supporting federal clients in development and implementation of coastal restoration monitoring and adaptive management plans and programs. Coastal restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico region are increasing due to the 2016 settlement between British Petroleum and the U.S. Government and Gulf States to address damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In accordance with the various funding sources, restoration projects, to address the oil spill damages, will require biological data collection/monitoring and adaptive management during the planning, construction, and monitoring phases. Additional contract support is required to support WARCs continued engagement in developing and implementing monitoring and adaptive management plans and programs for restoration within the Gulf of Mexico.


CNT is looking to hire a Scientist to assist our team in the development of monitoring and adaptive management frameworks for multiple programs and projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Incumbent will assist the Project Leader in monitoring and adaptive management projects including preparing and participating in multi-agency work teams and the preparation of technical work products, coordination and information exchange with numerous cooperators and interagency team members, scheduling of meetings, attending and recording major activities at meetings, tracking tasks to be accomplished and generally assuring projects tasks are effectively and efficiently accomplished.


Duties of this position include:

    • Compile monitoring data or other information across projects to inform habitats, species, and/or watershed-scale assessments;

    • Generate data summaries and reporting options for compiled information;

    • Perform literature searches and enter references into a database following established procedures;

    • Review restoration management plans and summarize objectives, priorities, and key uncertainties following standardized procedures;

    • Review monitoring and adaptive management plans for consistency with established protocols;

    • Compile science and restoration program needs and updates to share with diverse audiences;

    • Assist with the planning of interagency collaboration meetings, including meeting logistics, material preparation, and note taking;

    • Provide support to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of monitoring and adaptive management programs and projects

    • Perform standard office work such as scanning and organizing documents.


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. Assigned duties are performed accurately, within the required time limits, and according to CNT and client procedures, guidelines, and instructions.

  3. Literature reviews, data compilation, and data entry are of high quality as determined by the Project Leader.

  4. Selected scientist/incumbent will work with the monitoring and adaptive management team.



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



This position requires a Bachelor’s in the study of ecology, natural resource management, wildlife, and/or fisheries biology. In addition, the level and complexity of this position will require someone with Master’s Degree and 0 to 3 years of experience.



A qualifying individual will be skilled in ecology, natural resource management, wildlife and fisheries, or a related field. Successful applicant must demonstrate excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills. Familiarity with geodatabases, data manipulation, and statistical analysis is a plus but not required.

Individual shall have a positive attitude, and an interest in learning new skills. In addition to the ability to work with supervision and within established guidelines and operational procedures. Other relevant skills include:

  • Familiarity with using webinar software and teleconferencing to communicate with partners

  • Computer literacy in basic Microsoft Office programs

  • Familiarity with data manipulation and statistical software, such as R, and GIS software is preferred but not required.

  • Familiarity with monitoring and adaptive management principles is preferred but not required.

Routine safety and IT security online classes will be provided as required. Any additional training needed for new tasks will be arranged.



This is a full time position; 40 hour weeks are anticipated. The work will be performed in a normal office setting. Must be able to sit (e.g., at a computer terminal) for lengthy periods of time, and must be able to lift and transfer boxes of paper and office equipment of light to moderate weight.
Travel will be required to support program tasks


With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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