The U.S.G.S. Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center is seeking two (2) seasonal Biological Science Technicians to assist with barred owl surveys in southern Oregon.
DUTIES (specific): Performs the following and similar types of routine tasks to collect field data for studies evaluating the competitive impacts of barred owls on northern spotted owls in Oregon:
• Under the oversight of the Lead Field Coordinator, collect field data from nocturnal birds of prey (primarily barred owls and northern spotted owls) following specific study plans and established protocols.
• Locates and identifies nocturnal birds of prey based on auditory and visual observations.
• Navigate remote forest roads and terrain, primarily at night, using a compass, maps, and handheld GPS unit.
• Operate a variety of field equipment necessary for performing biological studies and collecting field data, including 4-wheel drive vehicles, remote broadcasting devices, compass, data loggers, and handheld GPS units.
• Communicate results and logistical details to the Field Coordinator in a clear and timely manner.
• Enter data carefully into a computer database.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The incumbent works independently and primarily at night, but he/she is expected to work as part of a small team under the instruction of the Lead Field Coordinator. The appointee should be comfortable with collecting data that informs and facilitates primarily lethal removal of barred owls in select areas across the northern spotted owl’s range. Fieldwork may involve up to six months working in remote field locations in addition to more local efforts of shorter duration. Fieldwork will include nighttime surveys of owls on public and private lands, traversing mountainous terrain at night, and working under variable weather conditions. The work involves long hours spent standing, bending, walking, and a great amount of physical exertion. The appointee must be willing and able to carry a backpack and research equipment weighing up to 45 pounds, hike up to 10 miles each night, and work in inclement weather conditions that may include wind, rain, and snow. Fieldwork will require working flexible hours, typically 10-12 hours per shift. During the summer months (June – August), the work “day” will typically span from 5pm – 5am.
Must have 9 months of field experience OR 3 years of sub-professional work experience OR 3 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 120 semester/180 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Incumbents with no experience will not be considered.
Submit one of the following forms of application: (a) résumé OR (b) OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, OR (c) other written format. IF SUBMITTING A RESUME be sure to include the following for EACH job listed: To and From dates of employment as mm/dd/yyyy and how many hours per week you worked each job; percentage of time spent doing field survey work; percentage of time spent doing laboratory work; statement of duties; supervisor contact information. Be sure to also address the additional qualifier, if applicable. Please also submit transcripts (unofficial is acceptable) to document all education used for position qualification. Always include the vacancy# of the job you are applying to.
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