Supervisory Interdisciplinary Biologist/Hydrologist (GCMRC Chief)
As the Chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring Research Center (GCMRC) within the Southwest Biological Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:
- Provides Scientific and Technical leadership for the planning, development, and implementation of original research and monitoring of river ecosystems in the Southwest, especially the large main-stem segments of the Colorado River and its major tributaries. Leads the GCMRC efforts to understand the effects of the operation of the Glen Canyon Dam on the physical, biological, and cultural resources of the Colorado River ecosystem in Glen, Marble, and Grand Canyons.
- Serves as a principal scientific advisor to the Department of the Interior on matters of river science as related to the Colorado River and as a point-of-contact to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary's Designee for the GCDAMP (Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program) on the intermediate and long-range planning of research activities, program, and policies of GCMRC.
- Promotes the incorporation of new findings into discussion of river management options and fosters the design and implementation of creative, integrated research to predict the outcomes of river management, including the operation of the Glen Canyon Dam. The incumbent continues to seek new ideas to refine understanding of dam operations for the purposes of the 1956 Colorado River Storage Project Act, the 1968 Colorado River Basin Project Act, and the 1992 Grand Canyon Protection Act. Prepares the GCDAMP's Triennial work plan and associated budget and establishes priorities for the GCMRC in consultation with the AMWG, Technical Work Group (TWG), and independent scientific review panels.
- Leads efforts to expand the SBSC River Ecosystem Science program within the Colorado River basin and other western river systems. Builds new collaborative relationships within the USGS and DOI and with federal, state, non-governmental, and academic partners. Works with the Center Director and other USGS staff to acquire funding from USGS Appropriations and external reimbursable sources.
- Supervises senior research scientists and assures that initiation and management of research programs results in science that is relevant to the information needs of DOI and the GCDAMP's Adaptive Management Working Group (AMWG).
- Plans and carries out a strategy for scientific information management in coordination with other similar activities within SBSC. Oversees database management and Geographic information System (GIS) activities, supports web-based delivery of science information and assures the preparation of high quality reports.
- Coordinates the submission and review of proposals for grants and contracts to investigators and consultants. Contracts are typically awarded for specific work with deliverable products defined by the needs of monitoring goals and research investigations.
- Performs the full gamut of supervisory duties which include but are not limited to directing and assigning work for subordinates, evaluating performance, coordinating training and development activities for employees, selecting applicants for new positions, recommending promotions, taking corrective and disciplinary actions, etc.
- Operates a government vehicle as an incidental driver.