GS-404-5 Botany Field Technician-California

Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$16 per hour (approximately)
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Major Duties: Incumbent will serve as a member of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit’s Botany Team and botany field crew. Specific work assignments include plant reconnaissance surveys and plant identification using dichotomous plant keys; rare plant monitoring; invasive plant species (terrestrial) inventory and treatment; data collection using standardized procedures, and use of global positioning systems (GPS) to collect spatial data. Desirable skills include knowledge of plant taxonomy, Sierra Nevada ecology, spatial mapping of plant populations, land-navigation and data entry, and experience with GIS, GPS, and tablets. Additional responsibilities may include manual labor with rare plant restoration (e.g., plantings and fence repair), preparation of project reports, preliminary analysis and classification of information, and public outreach. Work schedule is primarily Monday – Thursday, but some weekend work will be required. Work will be performed under the direction of the Botany Crew Leader. Strong communication, writing skills, and teamwork are desired. Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license. This is a summer seasonal position from approximately mid-May to mid-September or longer as funding and work are available. Work Conditions: In addition to working in an office setting, the position requires the ability to hike off-trail through dense forest including steep, exposed terrain while carrying moderately heavy packs sometimes for extended periods of time. Driving 4WD vehicles on mountainous roads in inclement weather conditions will be encountered. Work is performed occasionally in inclement weather conditions (heat, cold, rain and wind) at moderately high altitudes in the presence of wild animals and insects including bees, wasps, and mosquitoes. Government housing is not available. Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work in remote worksites and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.
Qualifications: Note: Be sure to clearly demonstrate in a resume, the time in grade and the specialized experience in a previous grade, for the below qualifications. • You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. GS-05: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-04 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as: Participating in plant-related projects using established methods, techniques, and procedures, such as conducted vegetative surveys; identified and recorded locations of sensitive, threatened, endangered and proposed listed plant species; and photographed, collected, and prepared specimen mounts of plants, Participating in field work projects related to vegetation management such as field measurements of density, diversity, etc., experimental layout, seeding or planting, fertilizer or pesticide treatment, Applying simple biological procedures, such as surveyed planted tracts, employed growth deterrents, and inspected for disease or infestation by insects. –OR Successful completion of 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelors degree with at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-05 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work. -OR A combination of education and experience listed above. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. How to Apply: APPLY ONLINE at Step 1: Create a USAJobs account (if you do not already have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application. Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have attained that are directly related to this position, so your application will meet required qualifications. Step 3: Search for the job announcement number. Once located, be sure to select your desired location. You must apply to each vacancy announcement for the jobs you wish to be considered for and identify the locations where you wish to work, while the announcements are open. Attach all required documents when you apply including a scanned copy of college transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but must contain the college’s name and student’s name to be accepted. Documents cannot be added after the vacancy announcement closes. The hiring process for 2019 has changed from previous years. The vacancy announcement period has been moved up to Fall 2018 so that background security checks can be completed prior to incumbents starting work in spring and summer 2019, in accordance with Department of Homeland Security requirements. The current hiring workflow calls for selections to be made starting in late November and concluding in January, with background checks starting in mid-January. If you are selected for a position, you will be contacted and required to complete a number of actions including submitting forms and being fingerprinted. There might be a short turn-around period for these requirements. Be sure to check your e-mail and phone messages often and respond quickly to any requests. Check your spam folders often.
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Quinn Young
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