NE CASC Position Open for Federal Director

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

We are seeking a federal director to join our center.   


The NE CASC is hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where university and USGS staff are co-located. UMass Amherst is the Commonwealth’s flagship public institution and is part of the five campus Massachusetts university system.  In addition, UMass is part of the Five College Consortium, with Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College, and Hampshire College.  UMass had over $214 million in research expenditures in 2017 and is the premier research state institution in New England.  

The NE CASC Academic Consortium works closely with USGS partners to provide deep and diverse resources for successfully meeting the regional needs for climate impact science assessment, education and stakeholder outreach throughout the region. The NE CASC was formed to assemble outstanding expertise in climate science and natural and cultural resources management.  In addition to UMass Amherst, we are: 

  • College of Menominee Nation
  • Columbia University
  • Marine Biological Laboratory
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

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The Town of Amherst, in Hampshire County, is located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Largely a rural area, it is dotted with farms and orchards and is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities.   We are close to the beautiful Berkshires and the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. Amherst is less than 100 miles from Boston, 200 miles from New York City, and 30 miles from Vermont. Air service for Amherst is through Bradley International Airport, located between Springfield and Hartford; flights are available to major U.S. cities. There is a bus service from Bradley directly to the University Campus Center. The Vermonter stops daily at the Amtrak station on its run between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, DC.


In addition to the position for the NE CASC, the USGS is seeking federal directors for four other regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers: Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science CenterSouth Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center.


Application Details

Series/Grade: Supervisory Physical Scientist/Biologist, GS-0401/1301-15

Open period: 9/24/18 – 10/23/18

Application Links:
RES-2018-0360 DEU, Open to all U.S. citizens
RES-2018-0361 MP, Open to current or former federal employees

Duty locations
- Southeast CASC: Raleigh, NC
- Northeast CASC: Amherst, MA; Ann Arbor, MI
- South Central CASC: Norman, OK; Albuquerque, NM
- Northwest CASC: Corvallis, OR; Seattle, WA
- Pacific Islands CASC: Honolulu, HI

- Oversees the development, coordination, and/or execution of a regional-scale climate change research program, to include biological, ecological or physical sciences, and projects that will increase scientific understanding of the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources while also ensuring compatibility with NCASC, USGS, and DOI goals.
- Assesses the need for internal policy or procedural changes and provides advice to improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the NCASC science program.
- Supervises and manages staff to meet the goals of the CASC, and in accordance with statutory/regulatory requirements and Bureau/Office policies.
- Defines regional climate change research needs, prepares new funding initiatives, and recommends specific funding amounts based on importance for successfully meeting regional resource management goals.
- Makes programmatic decisions at the regional CASC that affect priorities and funding.
- Maintains liaison with, briefs, and responds to inquiries from Congress, other Federal agencies, states, DOI, OMB, NCASC, and other USGS staff personnel on regional CASC research activities, funding scientific developments and results, policy, regulations, legislation, jurisdiction, litigation, and other issues and problems.

Who We Are
The USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center is the managing entity for the eight regional Department of the Interior Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). Climate change is creating novel challenges for our nation’s resource managers, decision-makers, and communities. Together, the National and Regional CASCs provide resource managers and other stakeholders with information and decision-making tools to respond to the effects of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support. Through close collaboration with managers and scientists inside and outside of government, the CASCs deliver science to address stakeholder-defined priority climate needs. Learn more about our science approach or read snapshots of our work.