NPS Branch Chief for Physical Sciences and Landscape Ecology at Yosemite National Park

This position is a permanent, full-time GS12  leadership position with the National Park Service at Yosemite National Park, and it is open to the public! Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

The position is interdisciplinary, so the qualification requirements can be met either through the 0401 (biology and natural resources management) or the 1301 (physical sciences) job series.

We are launching a nationwide search for our next Branch Chief of Physical Sciences and Landscape Ecology. PSLE is one of six branches of the Resources Management and Science Division at Yosemite National Park. This is a relatively small (about 5 permanent staff and a dozen or so time-limited and seasonal positions), but extremely important branch in our division and the park. The staff are highly knowledgeable, skilled scientists who want a supportive, communicative, competent and organized leader to support and guide their work. The branch chief is closely involved with park-level decision making through close coordination with the RMS Division Chief and the Yosemite Leadership Team (which consists of all 7 division chiefs, the Public Affairs Officer, the Chief of Staff, and the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent).  This branch provides much of the science support for dealing with park emergencies such as fires, rockfalls, and floods, as well as public health issues relating to air quality and smoke. Although we currently don’t have a specific focus on climate change, we are looking to the PSLE branch to provide leadership in climate change issues as they directly influence hydrology, fire risk, and other conditions important to park natural and cultural resources. Experience with climate adaptation planning and/or decision analysis frameworks is a plus.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact me (e-mail preferred) with any questions.

Thank you,
Nicole Athearn
Chief, Division of Resources Management and Science
Yosemite National Park