Thursday, November 5, 2015

GS-401-11 Natural Resources Specialist

The vacancy announcement for a GS-401-11 Natural Resources Specialist on the State Resource Conservationist’s staff in Lexington, KY will be posted to USAJobs on 10/28/2015. This position has promotion potential to a GS 12, and is open to all qualified applicants. No previous federal service is required. Major duties include providing technical leadership for information technology applications that support conservation planning, natural resource management, and ecological sciences applications as well as technical leadership for forestry within the state. The announcement will be open for 7 days; applications must be submitted through USAJobs by Tuesday November 3rd.
Get all the details and submit an application (starting 10/28) at

USGS - Executive Level Vacancy

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seeks candidates for the position of Associate Director (AD) for Energy and Minerals.  The AD for Energy and Minerals oversees strategic science planning for the Energy and Minerals Mission Area and provides executive leadership for programs that support development of energy policy and determination of mineral resource needs; promote understanding of domestic resources and production in the context of global resource supply chains; and evaluate trade-offs of resource extraction and production, including environmental risks.
The advertisement is open all US Citizens.  The salary range is $155,705 to $183,300, and the closing date is 11/23/2015.  The vacancy announcement, instructions and link to apply can be found at:
Sharon Benitez
USGS Executive Resources Program
703-648-5200 (fax)

Kansas Geological Survey -The University of Kansas, Lawrence - DIRECTOR

Full-time position serving as the Director of the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) and State Geologist. Must develop and articulate a vision of KGS programs, understand the concept of serving Kansas through high-quality research in the applied geosciences, and embrace a collegial leadership style. Requires doctorate in the geosciences with 10 years professional experience, 3 years administrative experience, national recognition in geoscience research, excellent communication skills, knowledge of natural resources and the environmental aspects of their use, and demonstrated ability to deal with natural-resource policy issues.
The KGS is a research and service division of the University of Kansas (KU). Created in 1889, the Survey studies the geology of Kansas, develops new techniques for exploring and analyzing geologic data, and produces and disseminates maps, reports, and scientific papers. Among the premier earth-science research and service institutions in the U.S., the KGS has an annual state budget of $5.8 million, a fiscal year 2014 grant and contract budget of $2 million, and employs more than 115 researchers, support staff, and students engaged in a variety of disciplines. Staff collaborate extensively with faculty and students in academic departments at KU.

Full announcement and application info. at  Review will begin January 25, 2016, position open until filled. For further information contact Jim Butler ( or Greg Ludvigson (  KU is an EO/AAE,

ORNL Challenge Program for Undergraduates Now Accepting Applications

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) wants to pinpoint and capture some of the best new minds entering scientific and engineering fields today, by using a unique competitive process. Students who are interested in grand challenge science and want to make a difference in the world are encouraged to apply to the ORNL Challenge Program!  

ORNL’s two grand research Challenges for 2016 focus on “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets” and “Distributed Energy Research – Powering Microgrids.” To apply for the ORNL Challenge Program, applicants must write a proposal that identifies possible solutions to one of these two research Challenges. If the student’s proposal is chosen as one of the top choices, the applicant will be offered a summer 2016 internship at ORNL, to implement their research solution. A competitive stipend, housing, and professional development activities will be included as part of the internship.  

Applicants must be junior or senior undergraduate students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university. There are no citizenship requirements or GPA requirements to apply.  

Find the full Challenge descriptions, the proposal template and the application link on our website: For questions about the program, email Nicie Murphy, or 

Deadline for applications: January 15th, 2016.