Biological sciences professionals at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) work to conserve, protect and sustain biological communities on BLM-administered lands – and spend a lot of time visiting sites and collaborating with people inside and outside the Bureau. A career in the biological sciences at the BLM can make your passion for all facets of our incredible public lands come alive.
The Bakersfield Field Office area of responsibility stretches from the Pacific Ocean across the southern Central Valley and through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In addition there are many unique and sensitive plant communities. There are 83 special status, including state and federally listed, plants and plant species known or suspected to occur on public lands within the Bakersfield Field Office area. Public lands include the Carrizo Plain National Monument, an internationally significant and highly scrutinized locale where the primary emphasis is on the management of botanical resources.
This is a developmental position in which the incumbent will receive assignments to develop skills and knowledge necessary to perform at the full performance level of Botanist, GS-0430-11.
The purpose of the botany position is to provide effective management of the botanical resources in the entire resource area, and assure that proper consideration is given to botanical species in land use planning, environmental assessments, and management decisions. Duties include but are not limited to:
Serve as part of an interdisciplinary team on environmental assessments and environmental impact statements, taking the botany lead on input for proposals.
Prepares botany input to Annual Work Plan packages and directed funding requests.
Prepares monitoring plans and conducts monitoring studies to evaluate the effectiveness of methods designed to reduce potential impacts of authorized actions on botanical resources and/or evaluate rehabilitation projects relating to botanical resources.
Plans and conducts botanical inventories to support the Field Office’s planning needs. May supervise temporary employees and/or act as project inspector on contracted inventories.
Works as part of a team including biologist and range staff to prepare a strategy for the assessment of riparian condition, conduct field work and assess results. Designs and implements projects and recommends management actions to enhance riparian resources.
Maintains and updates lists of databases of sensitive, rare, threatened, and endangered plant species. Uses GIS and GPS to create geodatabases of species locations.
Serves as the primary office contact for habitat restoration and weed related issues. Inventories weed infestations and develops control methods in coordination with colleagues. Prepares Pesticide Use Proposals as necessary. Oversees the Healthy Lands program for the Field Office.
May serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) or a Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for contracts, and/or as a Program Officer for assistance agreements. In this capacity, provides oversight to vendors, contractors, and partners involved in heritage resources projects that have been awarded for completion.
Physical Demands: Office work is performed in an office setting and is sedentary. Field work involves walking distances of 1-8 miles in a day of rough mountainous terrain; recurring bending; crouching; stooping; reaching; and lifting/carrying heavy objects exceeding more that 50 lbs. Exposure to extreme environmental/weather conditions may occur when field work is required or when serving as a resource advisor for wildland fires.
Work Environment: Field work involves exposure to unknown risks and discomforts caused by high winds, dust, and wildfires. Incumbent is exposed to: extreme temperatures ranging from very low temperatures exceeding 100 degrees fahrenheit; driving off-road vehicles over rough mountainous terrain and flying in small aircraft, etc. Field work requires special safety precautions and the incumbent may be required to camp overnight.
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