Biological Science Tecnician-Oregon

Corvallis, OR
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16.99 per hour
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Last Date to Apply
GG-404-5 Field Technicians Salary: $16.99 per hour Vacancy # SRFS-19-003 Duration of job: April 17, 2019 through approx. August 02, 2019 Type of appointment: Temporary - Full Time, with possible periods of PT or Intermittent work. Duty Station: Corvallis, OR. Must have 9 months of field experience OR 3 years of sub-professional work experience OR 3 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 120 semester/180 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. In addition, incumbents must have at least 3 months of experience identifying plants in the field. Incumbents with no experience will not be considered. DUTIES (specific): Technicians will work on a project to investigate the ecological impacts of fuel reduction treatments in the intermountain sagebrush steppe and western juniper woodlands. To find out more about the project go to ( Technician may also work on several other USGS-BRD projects identifying strategies to control the dominance of cheatgrass and other weeds on Great Basin rangelands, restoring native species, and increasing biodiversity. Major Duties Include: • Identifying plants to species (up to 250 different species) • Monitoring native grasses, forbs, and shrub germination and density • Performing various vegetation cover and fuel load sampling techniques • Collection of GPS and photo points • Driving on poor and sometime muddy roads • Collection of soil cores and plant samples • Accurately recording data • Processing plant samples and soil cores in the laboratory • Data entry ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Field work will take place throughout eastern Oregon including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, eastern Washington, northern California, southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada, and lab/computer work will be done in Corvallis, Oregon. Technicians will be part a four to five person team working in the field together. Field work will involve exposure to extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Candidates will be chosen based on their combination of experience and education. Preferred candidates will have experience in plant identification, especially within the Great Basin. Travel expenses will be covered by the projects using either standard federal per diem or a camp rate per diem. Fieldwork will typically involve 5-10 consecutive days of work in remote field locations, with work days up to 12 hours/day. Because of the wide geographical extent of this project, extensive travel is necessary. Work will involve camping in tents on public lands, hiking in rugged terrain, and working under extreme weather conditions. Must have a valid driver’s license. Taking and passing a background investigation and pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is a required due to the physical demands of this job.
QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for a GG-5 you need 9 months of field experience OR 3 years of subprofessional work experience OR 3 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment. Must have at least 3 months of experience identifying plants in the field. EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS OF SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE ARE QUALIFYING. Must have at least 3 months of experience identifying plants in the field. Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is a required due to the physical demands of this job. BASIS OF EVALUATION: All applicants will be evaluated based on education and experience (including unpaid or volunteer experience). Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement. First preference in referral will be given to eligible applicants entitled to 10-point veterans preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more. All other qualified applicants entitled to veteran’s preference will be given preference over qualified applicants not entitled to veteran’s preference. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Under regulations contained in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment in this position is limited to those persons who are authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of appointment. As a condition of appointment, all new employees reporting for duty with the Department of the Interior will be paid through direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice. Applicants selected for Federal employment will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring the applicant, or for firing the applicant after he/she begins work. Also, he/she may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). Prior to or at the time of appointment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will have to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System in order to be appointed to a position with the United States Geological Survey, unless legally qualified for an exception. Employees of the U.S. Geological Survey are subject to the provisions of Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 31 (a) and may not according to this legislation and related regulation: (a) have any personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in lands or mineral wealth of such lands or a region under survey and whose title is in the U.S.; (b) execute surveys or examination for private parties or corporations; or (c)have personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business in the U.S. except where specifically authorized by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey. HOW TO APPLY: Carefully read all information and instructions. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure the application is complete. The personnel office will not be responsible for soliciting additional information from applicants or from official personnel records but will consider individuals based on their applications as submitted. Applications must be received in the FRESC Headquarters Office by the closing date on the announcement in order to be considered. To obtain an OF 612, contact the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Discipline, FRESC Center HQ office at (541) 750-1040, or any Federal Personnel Office. Submit one of the following forms of application: (a) résumé OR (b) OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, OR (c) other written format. If submitting a resume be sure to include the following: JOB INFORMATION: - Vacancy number, title, and grade(s) of the job for which you are applying PERSONAL INFORMATION: -Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code) -Country of Citizenship -Veteran’s preference EDUCATION: -High school (name, address, including zip code if known) -Colleges and universities (address including zip code if known) -Majors -type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours) -Send a copy of your college transcripts or list of college courses completed. Specify title of course, semester or quarter hours earned for each course, date completed, grade earned. WORK EXPERIENCE: -Give the following information on your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job for which you are applying (do not send job descriptions) -Job Title (include series and grade if Federal job) -Duties (please include percentage of time spent on job for each duty listed) and accomplishments -Employer's name and address -Supervisor's name and phone number -Starting and ending dates (month, day and year) -Hours per week -Salary -Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: -Job-related training courses title, length, date taken) -Job-related skills (e.g. other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed) -Job-related certificates and licenses (current only) -Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities public speaking, and performance awards). Give details but do not send documents unless requested. To claim 5-point Veteran's Preference, a D D-214 showing character of discharge is required. If claiming 10-point Veteran's Preference, a SF-15 with proof of claim is required. SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: FRESC Jobs USGS-BRD-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center 777 NW 9th St, Suite 400 Corvallis, Oregon 97330 E-mail : Fax: 541-750-1066 It is against the law to submit applications for employment using government franked envelopes or mail services (18 U.S.C. 1719). All such applications will not be considered. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE APPLICATION FORMS MAY RESULT IN YOUR MISSING CONSIDERATION FOR THIS VACANCY The U.S. Geological Survey is an Equal Opportunity Employer This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disability. EEO Policy Statement: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: Veterans Information Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
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