Biological Science Technician (Plant) (GS 4-5)-Idaho, Montana, Oregon

Agency
Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program USDA Forest Service
Location
Leadore, Idaho; Saint Regis, Montana; Ukiah, Oregon
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
GS-04 ($14.30/hour) GS-05 ($16.00/hour)
Start Date
05/14/2018
Last Date to Apply
02/02/2018
Website
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprd3845865
Description
The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program will soon begin filling multiple temporary seasonal positions in biology for the 2018 field season. Positions will be filled at the GS-4, and 5 levels. These seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions will begin on May 14th. Student employees typically work to the first week of August while others will work to mid-September with extensions determined by availability of work and funding. Duty Stations: • Leadore, Idaho • Saint Regis, Montana • Ukiah, Oregon The incumbent will serve as member of the PIBO Monitoring Program team. The project’s goal is to evaluate the status and trend of aquatic and riparian habitat on lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies within the Interior Columbia River and Upper Missouri River basins. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year, located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana. During the summer months the incumbent is required to work remotely for 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This is a field based job requiring living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee. Biological Science Technician (Plant) (GS 4-5) position responsibilities include riparian vegetation data collection and extensive plant identification. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species, including: sedges, grasses, forbs, willows, and other woody plants. To qualify, the incumbent must have completed at least one plant taxonomy course and have experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys. Every position requires a valid driver’s license issued by any US state or territory. Regardless of position the incumbent will spend a great deal of time wading through streams and must be willing to work and live in wet conditions. The number of positions will be determined by funding but is expected to include approximately 12 of each position listed in the table below. The positions will be distributed amongst all location. USAJOBS ELECTRONIC APPLICATION Create an account or sign in to USAJobs https://www.usajobs.gov/ . It is very important to fill out your application completely and correctly the first time; you may not get a second chance. Be sure to attach a transcript to your USAJobs application. For help with the USAJobs application process see this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY5Z_pfFUK4 It is advisable to prepare your account and attach all documentation before the open application period begins. Once the job is open use the search functions to find the job(s) you are interested in: Title Biological Science Technician (Plant) Grade and Series GS-0404-04 Open Period 1/26/18-2/1/18 Position Announcement number 18-TEMP-R4-BSTP-4DT-ME Title Biological Science Technician (Plant) Grade and Series GS-0404-05 Open Period 1/12/18-1/18/18 Position Announcement Number 18-TEMP-R4-BSTP-5DT-ME
Qualifications
Successful applicants will have the following: • At least one plant taxonomy course • Experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys (such as the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, by Hitchcock and Cronquist) • Field experience / course work collecting vegetation data and/or identifying grasses, sedges, woody plants, rangeland plants, etc. • Outdoor / field experience (job requires camping for extended periods of time) • An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn
Contact Person
Cody Lund
Contact Phone
437-755-3584
Contact eMail
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