Biological Science Technician (Fish/Wildlife) – Wisconsin

USDA Forest Service - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Laona, WI
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Two temporary summer positions could be offered at Laona in 2018, based on availability of funding: Vacancy Announcement Number 18-TEMP-R9-FSHWLD-4DT-RR is for a GS-0404-04 Biological Science Technician (Fish/Wildlife). WHERE - USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, WI. The Duty Station is Laona. Government housing is not available; we provide a list of potential short-term housing opportunities, and temporary employees secure their own housing. Work will be performed on the Lakewood-Laona (LKLN) Ranger District. WHEN - May through August/September, 2018 (based on availability of funding, and with flexibility for start/end dates). Work schedule is primarily Monday through Thursday, 40 hours per week (e.g. 6:30am-5:00pm with a 30-minute lunch break), plus some evenings, weekends, and nights (scheduled in advance). DUTIES 1) ) Restoring fish and wildlife habitat, which includes using manual labor, tools and equipment to clear wildlife openings and trails in the forest and install fish habitat structures in streams, rivers and lakes. As Laona's Fish/Wildlife Tech, you’ll work as part of the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Crew. The main focus will be to enhance and restore habitat helping increase the carrying capacity of fish and wildlife populations in their native environments. You'll also be inspecting and helping manage the seven waterfowl impoundments on the District. You also might be involved in frog/toad surveys (after sunset), avian point counts (at dawn), Black Tern and Common Loon canoe surveys, and nocturnal wolf howl surveys and surveying for bats. Several bat surveys will be conducted by driving acoustic transects (June 1 through July 15) using an AnaBat Ultrasonic Bat Detector to complete three routes (each 30+ miles) during each of three periods. There could also potentially be opportunities to assist with mist-netting bats (via equipment set-up/take-down and data collection – pre-exposure rabies vaccination is not required). These surveys are essential for documenting bat abundance now that White Nose Syndrome is in WI and MI. In addition, several bat houses will need to be checked mid-summer. There could be opportunities to monitor Wood Duck nest boxes, too. 5) Other Duties as Assigned a lot of diverse work occurs across the District, so there will be opportunities for you to assist with additional duties if you have interest and there is enough time.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-04 INCLUDE EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE ... General qualifications to qualify as a GS-04 based on EDUCATION: • “Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses (such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics), and at least 6 of those semester hours of courses must be directly related to this position.” OR General qualifications to qualify as a GS-04 based on SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: • "Experience must have been related to the work of this position, and to count as specialized experience, it is normally work performed in a controlled environment (examples include research activity or control program work, nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment, or work comparable to that of a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice). Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.” AND SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN POSITION ... Required qualifications: • Enthusiasm for native fish, wildlife and natural resources; • Highly motivated self-starter; • Able to occasionally work night shift and odd hours/evenings/weekends; • Able to perform labor in less than ideal conditions (e.g. heat, rain, humidity, mosquitoes, ticks); • Comfortable working alone or with others, in remote areas; and • Possess a valid driver’s license. Preferred qualifications: • Familiar with WI fish and wildlife species and their habitats; Experience using and maintaining small engines; • Experience using chainsaws. TO APPLY: • The only way to apply is through the USAJobs website ( between December 1 and December 7, 2017. • Use Vacancy Announcement # 18-TEMP-R9-FSHWLD-4DT-RR, and Select Laona for Location. • Specify in your cover letter that you are applying for Laona’s Biological Science Technician (Fish/Wildlife) position. • Follow the application instructions, and upload all necessary attachments.
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