Professional Botanist-California

Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$24.24 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 as a Botanist. Botanist oversees and assigns tasks to Botany crew in support of Botany program. Botanist provides professional biological evaluations and invasive plant risk assessments, and other reports, for interdisciplinary project planning. Other duties include management of weed-free certification materials program, rare plant and invasive plant monitoring and management, and data collection using standardized procedures. 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 – Friday, but some weekend work will be required. Work will be performed under the direction of the Forest Botanist. 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 early March to mid-September or longer as funding and work are available. Work Conditions: Majority of work time will be in an office setting. The position sometimes 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 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. 1. Degree: Botany; or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany.-OR 2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in botany or basic plant science that included at least 24 semester hours in botany, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. For positions dealing with the study of fungi, or with basic mycological relationships, the course work in botany must have included at least 6 semester hours in mycology. Courses in basic botany, plant anatomy or morphology, cytology, histology, genetics, taxonomy or systematics, algology, mycology, ethnobotany, and those dealing with specific problems of a botanical nature or with specific groups of plants are qualifying. The courses required for mycologists are specific and must have been in mycology. ----- In addition to the basic requirements, the following additional education and/or experience are qualifying. ----- GS-09: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as one or more of the following: As an advanced trainee, participating in the evolution and monitoring of the threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management programs. Locating, surveying, identifying, and recording threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species information in order to meet environmental assessment requirements. Collecting and summarizing data and administering plant species projects. -OR Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree.-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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