Biological Science Technician – Tern & Plover Monitoring-North and South Dakota

Agency
US Army Corps of Engineers
Location
Various Locations in N. & S. Dakota
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$29,847 to $43,414 per year
Start Date
05/13/2019
Last Date to Apply
01/17/2019
Website
https://go.usa.gov/xE26Z
Description
This position provides for development and training under the Pathways Internship Program. Incumbent will serve as a Student Trainee (Biological Science)(Pathways Internship) for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, working on the Missouri River performing monitoring and surveys of two Federally listed threatened/endangered shorebirds (piping plovers and least terns) during their breeding season. Monitoring of nesting areas includes emergent sandbar and reservoir shoreline habitat areas in North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Field work includes locating nests, tracking nest status, assigning nest fate, and observing hatched chicks until fledging. Work activities may also include determining if conditions that create risk to the birds exist, and providing protective measures for the birds. Selectee may also assist habitat monitoring crews with assessing habitat areas utilized by the birds. Field work may require long hours walking across sandbar or shoreline habitat, and boating or driving over rough terrain to conduct breeding bird censuses. Incumbent spends considerable time outdoors where there is exposure to variable weather conditions and exposure to insects.
Qualifications
To qualify for this position at the GS-04 level based on your experience, your resume must describe at least 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience for a total of one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. General experience is defined as: Experience that has provided a familiarity with collecting data and performing basic data entry duties. Specialized experience is equivalent to the GS-03 level in the Federal service and is defined as: 1) Experience collecting and recording scientific measures; and 2) Experience assisting in research activities or field investigations related to the biological sciences. To qualify for this position at the GS-05 level based on your experience, your resume must describe at least 1 year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service and is defined as: Experience applying principles and techniques of biological data surveying, biological collection, and field identification of animal species. Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below: GS-04 Level: -Successful completion of two years of education above high school which includes 12 semester hours in courses related to the work of the position in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to this position; OR -Combinations of successfully completed education and general/specialized experience. GS-05 Level: -Successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to this position; OR -Combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience. See full job announcement at USAJOBS.gov for specific details and submitting application.
Contact Person
Scott Sterling
Contact Phone
701-654-7753
Contact eMail
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