The National Park Service is seeking one GS-7 permanent career seasonal Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) for the Division of Resources Management and Science in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), California. This position serves as the lead field technician and data manager for the Aquatic Ecosystems Program and plays a key role in implementing a long-term project to restore endangered and other native species in high elevation aquatic ecosystems, as well as various other priority projects. This position is estimated to start as early as April 12, and will be stationed at the Ash Mountain Headquarters in Sequoia National Park.
The (lead) Biological Science Technician primarily assists the SEKI Aquatic Ecologist with implementation and management of aquatic ecosystem projects, including but not limited to restoration of high lake basin habitat; recovery efforts for two species of endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs, and the threatened Yosemite toad and Little Kern golden trout; monitoring of lakes, streams, amphibians, fish, and other aquatic biota; and facilitating scientific research. The incumbent will assist the Aquatic Ecologist with 1) recruiting personnel for field crews, 2) managing logistics in preparation for fieldwork, 3) providing supervision, orientation, training and mentoring for field crews, 4) overseeing field operations, 5) managing aquatic datasets, and 6) providing logistic and field support to the parks’ Inventory and Monitoring Program and to scientific research studies being conducted in SEKI. Other duties include conducting electronic entry, quality assurance/quality control and summary reporting of field data, and organizing and maintaining field equipment and supplies. Work will occur throughout SEKI, and will entail cooperation with other agencies, organizations, and cooperators. The incumbent will be supervised by the Aquatic Ecologist, will supervise temporary staff and function as crew leader for field crews, and will occasionally work with other division staff. The position will require extensive wilderness travel within SEKI, and occasional travel to meetings and/or trainings. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
Interested applicants must apply through the USAJOBS website to job announcement number NPS-PWR-21-11024210-DE-OPM at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592731500
The announcement opened on Friday, February 19. It will close at 11:59 pm Eastern time (8:59 pm Pacific time) on Monday, March 1.
The announcement lists the skills, degrees, and experience required. To be competitive for this position, applicants must have 1) experience implementing projects involving aquatic fauna in high elevation ecosystems, 2) experience leading field crews and managing large datasets, 3) considerable backpacking experience in high elevation mountains, 4) the desire to work in remote wilderness for weeks at a time, and 5) a strong commitment to conducting ecological restoration.