This position is located in Front Royal, VA on the 3,200 acre campus of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), National Zoological Park (NZP), Smithsonian Institution (SI), within the SCBI Operations Branch. The position is responsible for 1) supporting conservation ecology programs by assuring fields, forests and riparian areas to enhance, restore or maintain ecological functioning and biodiversity, and 2) coordinating the use of SCBI lands managed for ecological programs.
As Natural Resources Biologist, the incumbent has the responsibility of maintaining plant populations, tracking and maintaining database of ecology projects, and assists with training volunteers to carry out restoration activities. The major duties and responsibilities of this position include:
- Active in the control of invasive species, prescribed burns of forest and fields.
- Maintains key ecological parameters needed to preserve ecological integrity of Natural Areas and associate fields, forests, and riparian areas using the appropriate methods like herbicides/ pesticides use and application.
- Assisting with all coordination of research projects and activities in the Natural areas; application review, mapping locations of current and historical research projects, contacts prospective researchers and affected staff of activity, and insuring appropriate permits and qualifications are in place.
- Monitoring pertinent ecological literature related to land restoration and disseminate information to staff.