The Chief Scientist is responsible for overseeing and completing day-to-day activities that support the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Ecological Program while ensuring operations are conducted in compliance with Federal and State regulations, executive orders, and NASA policies including their commitment to regional ecosystem preservation and sustainability. The Chief Scientist will also be responsible for developing and maintaining a science-based, question-driven, long-term monitoring and research program that integrates with university, state, and Federal researchers having an interest in the east-central Florida region through leveraging of resources and education outreach opportunities. Program quality will be maintained through scientific peer review and publication results.
- Supervise and direct the activities of ecological program technical personnel engaged in executing the administrative requirements of one or more environmental services functions of the organization.
- Plan and report functional areas of staffing, structure, tasking, training, equipment, supplies and other resource requirements to suit changing contractual, program, or regulatory requirements.
- Interact with staff from NASA headquarters and other centers, State and Federal agencies, and university researchers.
- Design, perform, and/or oversee experiments and data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance.
- Analyze data and prepare statistical models to evaluate the validity of information utilized in the assigned research project.
- Assure quality of studies through the performance of Lead Ecologists that provide oversight of planning, coordination, and implementation of those scientific studies.
- Ensure compliance with specific Federal, State, HRS, NASA, or USAF regulations and program or contractual requirements to preserve the health and safety of persons within the KSC/CCFAS environment, working within the limits of established policy.
- Ensure proper maintenance, calibration, and operation of equipment, including instrumentation, vehicles, and other similar resources required for fulfillment of program requirements.
- Properly manage by-products, which may include hazardous wastes, resultant from workplace activities. Specific responsibilities may include proper waste segregation, containerization, handling, and responding to emergencies in a manner consistent with company policies/procedures and site-specific workplace instructions.
Requirements and Qualifications:
- Doctorate degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biological Science, or a closely related discipline.
- 12 years of managerial and professional work experience related to habitats and ecological assessment methodologies, including responsibility for assigning and checking the work of technical staff.
- Possession of individual permit(s) to capture/handle various protected species a plus.
- Regional work experience with aquatic and/or terrestrial species and habitats in Florida ecosystems is required.
- Strong understanding of scientific methods, research protocols, assessment instruments, and data interpretation.
- Ability to develop research partnerships.
- Experience with species-habitat ecology and related research and monitoring.
- Experience with biological resources-related information synthesis and interpretations and technical report publication.
- Familiarity with state and federal environmental regulations, listed or managed species regulations, and NEPA.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and capacity for independent research and compilation of information relevant to project objectives from published data and regulatory guidance documents.
- Strong proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and statistical software, ArcGIS, and QGIS a plus.
- Familiar with Agency Animal Care and Use Committee procedures and requirements highly desired.
- Ability to pass a background check and drug screen.
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The HSG team is composed of energetic and qualified professionals who are committed to the company and its customers. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a comprehensive benefits package and a positive work environment.
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HSG LLCHSG, LLC is a woman-owned small business, established in 2008, to provide environmental and safety, emergency planning, and occupational health services. HSG was founded on its core values – integrity, commitment, and teamwork –and integrate these values into each solution to ensure that customer goals and objectives are achieved. The HSG team is composed of energetic and qualified professionals who are committed to the company and its customers. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a comprehensive benefits package and a positive work environment. HSG is an Equal Opportunity, E-Verify Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.