Biological Science Technician – California wetlands

Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
Location
USGS Davis Field Station, Davis, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
GS-05, $18.42
Start Date
05/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
03/12/2021
Website
https://www.usgs.gov/centers/werc
Description
This is a hiring pre-announcement for a GG-404-05, once the applicant is chosen they will go through an internal hiring process. We are seeking a motivated applicant to support a climate change research project evaluating sea-level rise impacts to tidal wetlands. Applicant should have experience or interest in working in estuarine wetlands in California. Applicants will gain experience in coastal wetland ecology, wetland restoration, water quality and research techniques. Duties will include field and lab tasks with minimal supervision. Position involves field work in the wetlands of the San Francisco Bay-Delta, Humboldt Bay, and southern California. Duties include field work (~50% time), data management (~25%), lab sample processing (~20%), and assistance with project reports (~5%). Field tasks will include deployment and maintenance of sensors to track water level, salinity, sediment, water temperature; and assisting in field experiments to study variation in greenhouse gas and carbon storage in wetlands, collection of field samples to assess spatial patterns of marsh sedimentation. Field work will also include wetland elevation change and vegetation surveys. Some field work may require travel, per diem and government vehicles will be provided. Sick and annual leave pay will be provided. Safety protocols are in place given local and regional health guidelines for work spaces. Position will start in May 2021 and will last 9 months, with possible extensions.
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related fields such as Ecology, Botany or Environmental Science. Applicant should be proficient in Microsoft Office software. Experience in ArcGIS or R a plus. Applicant should be comfortable on small boats and in busy urban traffic conditions. Familiarity or experience with wetlands and boats a plus. Good communication, data collection and management skills are important. Applicant will often work independently with little supervision. This is a full-time position. Technician may be asked to work long hours (including early morning or evening hours and some weekend days) to accomplish fieldwork. Good physical condition, a current driver's license, ability to feel comfortable on or near the water, and a good driving record are required. Applicants will be reviewed here, but all hiring actions will be conducted by HR staff once person has been selected. If interested, please send your (1) cover letter detailing relevant paid and volunteer experience, (2) resume and (3) contact information for 3 references to Karen Thorne, kthorne@usgs.gov. Please send all documents in one pdf named: 2021_LastName.pdf. Applications must be received by deadline date to be considered
Contact Person
Karen Thorne
Contact Phone
916=502-2996
Contact eMail
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