Biological Technician Positions – Bioacoustics – GS-05, GS-06, & GS-07: CA, OR, and WA

Agency
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Location
Cle Elum, WA; Corvallis, OR; OR Roseburg, OR; Medford, OR; Springfield (Blue River), OR; Willow Creek, CA.
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
GS-05, GS-06, and GS-07
Start Date
03/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
10/26/2020
Website
https://www.usajobs.gov/
Description
Project: Passive Acoustic Monitoring Multiple temporary Biological Sciences Technician positions (GS-0404-05, GS-0404-06, GS-404-07) will be available at the following locations: Cle Elum, WA; Corvallis, OR; OR Roseburg, OR; Medford, OR; Springfield (Blue River), OR; Willow Creek, CA. The following positions will be open 10/16/2020 and close at 11:59 EST 10/26/2020: Position and Announcement Numbers: Biological Sciences Technician (Wildlife) GS-05 Announcement number: 21-TEMP3-PNW-0216-5DT-EL USE THIS LINK: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/581738300 Biological Sciences Technician (Wildlife) GS-06 Announcement number: 21-TEMP3-PNW-0292-6DT-EL USE THIS LINK: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/581739900 Biological Sciences Technician (Wildlife) GS-7 Announcement number: 21-TEMP3-PNW-0389-7DT-EL USE THIS LINK: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/581742100 Please note the USAjobs posting details do not always fully match the duties described here. We encourage applications from those interested in the duties described on this posting. Also please note that not all locations or grade levels may be filled as the site-specific personnel needs for 2021 is still under development. The Pacific Northwest Research Station is filling multiple Biological Science Technician positions for the 2021 field season that will serve as field personnel for a large scale bioacoustics project. Openings are available at the GS-05, GS-06, and GS-07 levels. These are TEMPORARY SEASONAL (1039) wildlife technician positions with a maximum six-month tour schedule. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2021 and conclude August 31, 2021. Agency housing is not available in some locations, so applicants should assume that housing costs are not provided. Technicians will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the duty station office location. Positions will be full-time (40+ hours/week) with a typical week of 4 10-hour workdays. Summary of Position Primary responsibilities include: • Deploying, maintaining, and retrieving autonomous recording units off road and trials to monitor for the presence of multiple forest wildlife species. • Driving, hiking, and snowshoeing in difficult terrain in field locations. • Navigating (including orientation using GPS, map and compass) off trail across steep, rough, uneven, unstable, and brushy slopes in both cold and wet, and hot and dry weather conditions. • Staying overnight in the backcountry possible for some study locations. • Performing miscellaneous tasks as needed to facilitate fieldwork, including: o Keeping accurate field notes, documentation, and report writing. o Entering data and transferring acoustic files onto permanent storage media. o Validating functioning of units prior to deployment and in the field. o Independently troubleshooting equipment errors in the field. • GS-6 positions will serve as experienced crew members and assist the crew leaders with training field crew. • GS-07 positions will serve as on-site crew leaders If selected, candidates will be expected to work a flexible schedule that will be mostly during the day. Selected individuals will be expected to work in inclement weather and other adverse environmental conditions and to follow prescribed protocols. Candidates must be capable of walking or snowshoeing over 10 miles per shift on steep terrain carrying up to a 50lb backpack. Successful candidates will demonstrate independence and problem-solving skills dealing with computers, autonomous recorders, and GPS units. Candidates should be experienced navigating with topographic maps and compass. Candidates should have excellent driving skills, a good driving record and be comfortable working alone in remote locations. Applicants also will be required to pass a Federal Background check and obtain or maintain a Forest Service driver’s license. Preferred candidates will be familiar with the vocalizations of Pacific Northwest wildlife species. How to Apply Applicants must apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/. You will be required to create a USAJOBS account and either create a resume or upload your own. Use the announcement numbers listed above to navigate to the appropriate position. Click “Apply Online” and follow the prompts to complete the online application. **Please note that the description of duties outlined here is more detailed and up-to-date than what is posted online. Required Documents For a complete list of required documents, refer to the USAJOBS vacancy announcement, but you are required to include the following: • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and, 5) other qualifications. • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected an official college transcript will be required. • DD-214 and/or SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference if claiming Veterans’ Preference or eligibility for appointment under the VRA, VEOA, or 30% Disabled Veterans hiring authority.
Qualifications
Selection Considerations for GS-05 • Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in wildlife or other related fields, that included 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. • Good to excellent hearing and ability to discriminate between similar sounding species. • Previous field experience should include practical orienteering usage of compass and maps. • Capable of working in rugged outdoor settings, self-motivated under minimal supervision. • Snowmobile and winter backcountry experience beneficial. • Ability to follow a standard protocol and take directions from the team leader. • Ability to work independently and as a team member. • Valid driver’s license is required and excellent driving record. • Desire for a career in wildlife biology. Selection Considerations for GS-06 •Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in wildlife or other related fields, that included 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 of courses must be directly related to this position. • One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience include prior experience maintaining, trouble-shooting specialized equipment with preference for previous work with autonomous recording units. • Capable of working in rugged outdoor settings, self-motivated under minimal supervision. • Snowmobile and winter backcountry experience beneficial. •Ability to work with others as a team and independently • Ability to follow standardized protocols and instruct others in proper procedures. • Valid driver’s license is required and excellent driving record. • Desire for a career in wildlife biology • Special note: Please ignore language in the job posting referring to work with fisher. We were unable to get this language removed before posting. This work will be with passive acoustic monitoring, not fisher. Selection Considerations for GS-07 • Educational experience as required for GS-05 and GS-06, plus one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience must include prior experience leading a crew in setting up, maintaining, trouble-shooting specialized equipment with preference for previous work with autonomous recording units to develop intensive scientific information. • Strong preference will be given for those with experience training other members of a team or group and developing schedules and timelines for crew members. • A combination of experience and education does not meet the requirements for this position. Education does not constitute an equivalence to experience. • Capable of working in rugged outdoor settings, self-motivated under minimal supervision. • Snowmobile and winter backcountry experience beneficial. • Serves as crew lead in the absence of the project leader. • Ability to follow standardized protocols and instruct others in proper procedures. • Valid driver’s license is required and excellent driving record. • Desire for a career in wildlife biology. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. Applicants must possess normal hearing for identification of birds by sound.
Contact Person
SM.FS.FSJobs@usda.gov
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