Range Technician-Wyoming

Agency
NPS- Grand Teton National Park
Location
Moose, WY
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
$14.30-$19.82/hr
Start Date
05/15/2018
Last Date to Apply
01/19/2018
Website
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487678000
Description
This position will assist in implementation of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway's vegetation management field program. Emphasis areas include invasive plant/noxious weed control, vegetation mapping, inventory and monitoring, as well as rangeland management and restoration activities. Invasive plant management techniques will include herbicide application using backpack sprayers, all-terrain vehicles and trucks with mounted spray equipment, and mechanical removal. The incumbent will operate as a member of the seasonal field staff, normally on a crew of ten to fifteen individuals, but also in smaller groups or alone at times, depending on program need and project objectives. Responsibilities will also include daily record keeping of invasive plant treatment data and field notes, data input, and the safe operation of trucks, trailers, and various other equipment. The incumbent may also perform the following duties, as needed: Ensure the park's rangeland fences are maintained and will occasionally construct new fence or remove old fence as needed. Construct and remove temporary electric fence to meet land management objectives. Assist revegetation crews with various restoration and revegetation projects. Contribute to and assist with ongoing vegetation and rangeland research and monitoring. Assist with irrigation of 1000 to 2000 acres of pasture utilized by cattle, bison, antelope, elk, and other animals. Irrigation water is supplied by approximately 12 miles of canal and numerous water delivery ditches. Support Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities such as pest exclusion, pesticide application, or building inspections. Employees selected at the GS-04 and 05 levels will follow specific guidelines and instructions and completed work will be checked by crew leaders. GS-05 employees will at times be assigned more complex responsibilities requiring a higher level of knowledge and experience in the field of rangeland management and invasive plant control. Employees at the GS-06 and 07 levels will generally provide assistance and training to students, interns, volunteers and lower graded employees working in invasive plant and rangeland management. Employees hired at the GS-07 level will be tasked with project development and implementation, as well as oversight of lower graded field employees, requiring a greater level of cumulative experience, knowledge, and technical ability. Physical Demands: Work is completed in the field with a considerable amount of driving, walking and carrying weight in excess of 40 pounds. Appointee must be capable of traveling long distances on foot in rugged terrain with a backpack sprayer. At times lifting heavy objects (50-70 pounds) may be required. Manual exotic plant control and irrigation duties involve physical effort that includes shoveling, raking, pulling, cutting, pounding, wading, moving heavy materials, bending, stooping, kneeling and working with hand, arm and back muscles. Work is performed in a broad range of temperatures and weather conditions, typical of the northern Rockies. Work Conditions: Most control activity will occur in developed areas, or within 2 miles of park roads, however, work in riparian corridors, on backcountry trails, on lakeshores and islands requires longer hiking, traveling by 4-wheel drive vehicle, boat, or by ATV, and can present logistical challenges. Special safety precautions and the use of personal protective equipment will be required due to handling of herbicides or other chemicals. Hazardous conditions exist from working around spring flood waters, slippery ditch banks, operation of hand and power tools such as chainsaws, and operating farm type tractors and other equipment in steep, uneven, hazardous terrain.
Qualifications
GS-4 Minimum Qualifications: EXPERIENCE: At least six months of general experience AND six months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-03 level in the Federal service. GENERAL EXPERIENCE is any type of work that demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Examples of general experience include, but are not limited to, performing field work such as on a trail crew or working on a farm. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Range Technician such as work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or federally controlled lands for grazing. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: identifying native vs. exotic plants; assisting with exotic plant control through chemical or mechanical control techniques; making field observations of natural resources conditions; or other related experience.. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least two years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plan science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include transcripts. GS-5 Minimum Qualifications: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: performing exotic plant control with the application of herbicides; performing manual exotic plant control such as pulling or cutting; keeping field notes concerning range research or management activities; or other related experience. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. NOTE: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience. You must include transcripts. GS-6 Minimum Qualifications: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to theGS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: identifying exotic plant infestations; collecting and organizing range research or management data; performing vegetation monitoring; assisting with planning range research or management projects; assisting with monitoring and maintaining flood irrigation systems; or other related experience. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one year of graduate level education with a major study in a related field such as forestry, range management, agriculture, natural resource management, botany, or other related sciences. One year of graduate education is considered to be 18 semester hours. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include transcripts. GS-7 Minimum Qualifications: EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: planning range research or management projects; analyzing range research data; selecting proper treatments for noxious weed control and analyzing results to determine effectiveness; writing reports concerning range research or management activities; leading crews in range research or management activities; implementing and monitoring flood irrigation systems; or other related experience. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one year of graduate level education with a major study in a related field such as forestry, range management, agriculture, natural resource management, botany, or other related sciences. One year of graduate education is considered to be 18 semester hours. You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include transcripts. Volunteer Experience: 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. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". Education To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. To apply, go to: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/487678000
Contact Person
Erik Kramer
Contact Phone
(307) 739-3486
Contact eMail
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