The US Geological Survey is recruiting a biological science technician to assist in research on ecosystem impacts to severe wildfire. We are seeking a motivated applicant to support a research project evaluating landscape change related to wildfires in California National Park lands. Tasks will include imagery analysis for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lava Beds National Monument, and Mojave Preserve following fires. Applicant should have experience or interest in working with moderate and high-resolution satellite (Landsat, Sentinel, Worldview) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) imagery for ecosystems in California. Applicants will gain experience developing classification models using a fusion of data sources, tracking landcover and biomass change, and monitoring for invasive plants. Duties include image processing (~30% time), image analysis (~40%), and assistance with project reports and products (~30%). Field work may include ground truthing of imagery including vegetation plots and assisting with UAS data collection. Some field work may require travel, per diem and government vehicles will be provided. This project will be used to better understand how ecosystems can recover following catastrophic fires and will be applied to the management of the parks. Safety protocols are in place given local and regional health guidelines for workspaces. This is a hiring pre-announcement.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related fields such as Ecology, Environmental Science, or Geography. Applicant should be proficient in Microsoft Office software and ArcGIS. Experience in ArcGIS, R or Python a plus, as is exposure to Google Earth Engine. Good communication and data collection and management skills are important. Applicant will often work independently with minimal supervision.
This is a full-time position with paid sick and annual leave. Possible position extension and promotions given performance. Technician may be asked to work long hours (including early morning or evening hours and some weekend days) to accomplish fieldwork. Good physical condition, a current driver's license, and a good driving record are required.
To Apply: Applicants will be reviewed here, but all hiring actions will be conducted by HR as funds are available. If interested, please send your (1) cover letter detailing relevant experience, (2) resume and (3) contact information for 3 references to Karen Thorne, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all documents in one pdf named: 2020_LastName_CC.pdf