• GS5 Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) 23-TEMP3-R6-2296-5DT-AW
• GS6 Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) 23-TEMP3-R6-2297-6DT-DM
• GS7 Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) 23-TEMP3-R6-2298-7DT-HA
Full-time, TEMPORARY SEASONAL fisheries technician positions, not to exceed 1039 hours. The field season typically runs May – October. Government housing may be available. Primary responsibilities include:
o Performing stream habitat surveys on the Deschutes National Forest or the Ochoco National Forest. Work is sometimes conducted on both forests.
o Conducting aquatic biota surveys using snorkeling, netting, and e-fishing techniques.
o Conducting Redd counts.
o Deploy and download temperature data loggers
o Recording field data and entering data into a national database in an office setting.
o Driving and hiking to remote survey locations using maps and GPS
o Standard cleaning and maintenance of survey equipment.
• Work is often conducted in remote, rugged terrain and fast-flowing streams. Selected applicants may be exposed to extreme temperatures and inclement weather, biting and stinging insects, and difficult field conditions. If selected, candidates will be expected to work a flex schedule that may include night, day or split shifts up to 11.5 hours, with an average of 10 hours per shift.
Candidates must formally apply for the position online at https://www.usajobs.gov/. You must complete the application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Opens September 29 and closes October 6, 2022. Assistance is available during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). You will be required to create a USAJOBS account and either create a resume or upload your own. Use the position titles listed to navigate to the appropriate position. Search for Region 6 (Oregon/Washington) positions. Click “Apply Online” and follow the prompts to complete the online application. Read the announcement completely and follow the instructions. Attach all required documents described on the USAJOBS vacancy announcement, making sure all submitted documents are legible. Incomplete application packages will NOT be referred to the selecting official. Be sure to indicate all cities you are interested in working in, Prineville, Bend, and location negotiable. Selecting location negotiable in addition to Bend and/or Prineville will allow more flexibility in being hired across the two forests. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
Education and experience required depends upon the position applied for. In general,
the GS05 and 06 positions require a bachelor's degree knowledge of the technical methods and procedures for fisheries to employ them in carrying out a variety of technical duties common to the specialty area. The duties require a knowledge of the basic principles of a biological science to assess readings and measurements taken, tests executed, observations made, work completed, samples collected, etc., to understand and relate the significance of the results to higher level objectives.
Also required is the knowledge to operate complex equipment systems such as those with numerous components or parts which must be calibrated and synchronized to achieve desired results.
The GS07 positions require a bachelor's degree or higher and: Knowledge of the technical methods and procedures related to the professional field(s)supported, of management practices, and of the agency's policy and programs to lay out, schedule, organize, and execute the details of either: (1) a wide variety of types of limited operational projects incorporating diverse technical knowledge, e.g., limited projects requiring the application of appreciably dissimilar specialized methods, procedures and/or techniques; and/or (2) one- at-a-time (and often long range) multiphase projects, at least some of which have nonstandard technical problems that the technician must coordinate with others to resolve, e.g., technical problems requiring the use of specialized, complicated techniques.
Technicians at this level also characteristically apply a practical knowledge of the basic theories and practices of the scientific discipline(s) supported (though emphasis is on the numerous precedents repetitively employed in the organization) and must be adept at combining this knowledge with resourcefulness, initiative, and independent judgment in locating precedents and resolving the details inherent to application.
Knowledge to operate and/or lead in the operation of complex equipment systems such as those with numerous components or parts which must be calibrated and synchronized to achieve desired results, e.g., those used in highly mechanized cartographic, hydrographic, or photogrammetric surveying; pressure chamber diving experiments; or sophisticated laboratory experiments on fluids. This may be the full performance level for some technician positions, such as those found in a field or production environment where a limited variety of standardized technical duties is.
Ability to use computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.
Skill in oral/written communication to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
Ability to helps others learn; identifies training needs; provides constructive reinforcement; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
Ability to organize work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.