Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)-Wisconsin

USDA Forest Service - Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Lakewood, WI
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Last Date to Apply
One temporary summer position could be offered at Lakewood 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 (Wildlife). WHERE - USDA Forest Service, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF), Lakewood-Laona Ranger District, WI. The Duty Station is Lakewood. 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 across the Forest's East Zone on Lakewood-Laona (LKLN) and Eagle River-Florence (ERFL) Ranger Districts. 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. 7:00am-5:30pm with a 30-minute lunch break), plus some evenings, weekends, and nights (scheduled in advance). DUTIES 1) Survey for pollinators with the Native Plant and Pollinator Program (NP3) Crew As Lakewood’s Wildlife Tech, you’ll often work with the NP3 Crew. The main focus will be to continue last summer’s bee surveys (using pan traps and netting) at 10 East Zone field sites (on the Lakewood-Laona and Eagle River-Florence Ranger Districts) to help establish a consistent inventory for native bees across 5 National Forests in the upper Great Lakes. You’ll also be instrumental in helping the NP3 Crew with pollinator surveys for the large-scale Waupee Barrens Restoration Project in the Lakewood Southeast area. In addition, there could be opportunities to survey for pollinators at administrative sites and wildlife openings, plus frost pockets (to monitor the State-Endangered Northern Blue Butterfly [Lycaeides idas] and its obligate host plant, Dwarf Bilberry [Vaccinium cespitosum]). That’s how the NP3 has documented uncommon species, including the Yellow-banded Bumble Bee (Bombus terricola). 2) Survey for Other Wildlife, Including Bats at Night A wide variety of wildlife occurs on the District, and you’ll be assisting other employees in conducting surveys, including frog/toad surveys (after sunset), avian point counts (at dawn), Black Tern and Common Loon canoe surveys, and nocturnal wolf howl surveys. You’ll also work with the NP3 Crew to survey 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. 3) Monitor and Maintain Nest Boxes There are more than 110 Eastern Bluebird nest boxes on the Lakewood half of the District, and you’ll be responsible for checking them each week, recording data about the occupants, and repairing boxes as needed. In addition, several bat houses will need to be checked mid-summer. There could be opportunities to monitor Wood Duck nest boxes, too. 4) Maintain Wildlife Habitat You’ll help check impoundments and maintain Wood Turtle nest sites (weeding, maintaining fence chargers and other equipment, and live-trapping predators who get inside the fences). There will be opportunities to help install local-genotype native plants in the District’s NP3 Demonstration Restoration Gardens. You’ll also assist with habitat restoration for the Northern Blue Butterfly, and spend part of the summer helping a crew clear trails and maintain wildlife openings. 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 (including trout stream improvement and conservation education events) 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 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, humidity, mosquitoes, ticks); • Comfortable working alone or with others, in town or in remote areas; • Willing to chemically control non-native invasive plants; and • Possess a valid driver’s license. Preferred qualifications: • Familiar with pollinator survey techniques; • Familiar with WI wildlife species and survey techniques (including bats); and • 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 Lakewood for Location. • Specify in your cover letter that you are applying for Lakewood’s Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) position. • Follow the application instructions, and upload all necessary attachments.
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