Natural Sciences Managers

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Core Tasks

  • Confer with scientists, engineers, regulators, and others to plan and review projects and to provide technical assistance.
  • Develop client relationships and communicate with clients to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications or discuss project status.
  • Plan and direct research, development, and production activities.
  • Prepare project proposals.
  • Design and coordinate successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, and testing.
  • Review project activities and prepare and review research, testing, and operational reports.
  • Determine scientific and technical goals within broad outlines provided by top management and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate engineers, technicians, researchers and other staff.
  • Provide for stewardship of plant and animal resources and habitats, studying land use, monitoring animal populations, or providing shelter, resources, and medical treatment for animals.
  • Conduct own research in field of expertise.
  • Recruit personnel and oversee the development and maintenance of staff competence.
  • Advise and assist in obtaining patents or meeting other legal requirements.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the architectural, scientific and technical work performed to ensure regulatory compliance and operations enhancement.
  • Develop innovative technology and train staff for its implementation.
  • Prepare and administer budget, approve and review expenditures, and prepare financial reports.

Work Activities

Getting Information
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Analyzing Data or Information
Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Interacting With Computers
Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Documenting/Recording Information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Scheduling Work and Activities
Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

Processing Information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Thinking Creatively
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Developing and Building Teams
Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.