Those who enjoy plant identification and have good to excellent skills in plant identification are encouraged to apply. This is primarily a vegetation sampling position.
Serves as a member of a fire effects monitoring crew. from mid-May to mid September. Work schedule is primarily Monday-Friday with 8 hours a day but will change if needed for travel to other parks and to meet program goals.
Establish and sample vegetation and fuel monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines. Independently, quickly and correctly identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in the field and records data accurately in the field. Prepare herbarium specimens and record habitat and plant association data. Enter data into computer or PDA using customized database software and verify data entry quality. The applicant may assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines. Use map and compass and uses and downloads digital cameras, GPS receivers, and PDAs. Collect and analyze fuel moisture samples. Although the incumbent's principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may also collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, and/or will complete additional projects as needed. This job regularly involves carrying heavy gear and exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity) and ticks.
OTHER INFORMATION: If interested, employee may have the opportunity to participate in basic firefighting classes (S-130 and S-190) which require passing an arduous pack test. After successful completion of firefighting classes and pack test, employee may have the opportunity to participate in prescribed fires, wildland fires, and out-of-park assignments.
The position requires travel to many other parks in the Midwest Region. Work schedule may be changed to meet work goals.
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PLEASE NOTE: job will close before deadline when 100 applications are received. Apply as soon as you can.