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St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center Employment Opportunities

The Center's research programs have a primary focus of investigating processes related to coastal and marine environments and societal implications related to natural hazards, resource sustainability, and environmental change.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) is dedicated to developing a diverse scientific community through equal employment opportunity (EEO), honoring others' experience, perspective, and unique identity, and employment decisions made in accordance with merit system principles contained in 5 U.S.C § 2301 and in observation of DOI Prohibited Personnel Practices.


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Physical Scientist

Open & closing dates: 5/28/2024 to 6/03/2024

Salary: \$49,025  –  \$63,733 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS-7

Remote job: No

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The U.S. Geological Survey-Saint Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center is recruiting a Physical Scientist. As an advanced level trainee, the incumbent is assigned duties and provided training that contribute to the continuing professional development in the physical sciences. The trainee studies theoretical literature in the physical sciences to keep abreast of the state-of-the-art.

Some of the specific duties of this position include:

  • Participating in fieldwork to collect geological and geochemical data and samples.
  • Performing chemical analyses and tests on samples including wet laboratory and instrumental analyses.
  • Compiling and analyzing test information and writes laboratory reports of methods and results.
  • Compiling and analyzing tests information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.
  • Assisting in compiling physical science data for automation into GIS databases.
  • Operating a government owned vehicle as an incidental driver.


The work requires some physical exertion and may require prolonged standing in the laboratory environment. Field assignments involve outdoor work where there is considerable walking and climbing over rough or mountainous terrain. The work required physical exertion such as lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crawling in restrictive spaces and defending oneself against physical attack.


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Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Mendenhall opportunities associated with coastal systems are now available! Please see individual opportunity information for closing dates.

It is anticipated that these positions will start no later than March 2025. The person selected must have all PhD requirements completed and MUST submit proof of completion prior to receiving an official start date. Exceptions may be made for a later start date on a case-by-case basis.

Application deadline: November 1, 2024

Visit the USGS Mendenhall page for more information


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Please visit our 2024 Summer Internship Program page for information on summer internship opportunities at SPCMSC (more information coming in December 2023).