Student Service Contractor: Botanist / Ecologist: Nevada

Agency
U.S. Geological Survey
Location
Reno, NV
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
$18.01/hour
Start Date
12/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
12/15/2021
Description
This work is with the US Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center. The student contractor assist in data collection and management related to sagebrush ecosystems, with a special focus on the management and restoration of vascular plants and biological soil crusts. Projects are funded primarily by state and federal partners (e.g., Nevada Dept. of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service). Tasks will include, but are not limited to, collecting data in both local and remote locations, preparing materials for restoration efforts and studies, and assisting in the set-up of those studies. Description of Working Conditions Work will take place in office, lab, outdoor lab, and field settings. Applicant must be prepared to work remotely from a home office when circumstances require it. Field work can involve exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions, including long hours standing, bending, walking, and performing tasks that require physical exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighting up to 35 pounds in the performance of the assignment. Hours can include all times of day and incumbent will be expected to work 40 hours/week. Period of Performance: immediately– December 2022. Full time with possible extension to 2023-2024 contingent on performance and funding Special Terms For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No social security or medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes as a result of income received under this order. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard form 1099. The student is not considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form. For payment, student must have a checking or savings account at a financial institution that will accept direct deposits of Federal funds. Selected candidate will be required to submit fingerprints for the purpose of an FBI criminal history record check. Student will also need to successfully complete Federal Information Systems Security Awareness + Privacy & Records Management training and comply with the USGS Computer and Network Security Handbook. First Aid/CPR is required, and training will be provided by the USGS.
Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications - previous experience collecting biological data in remote, difficult working environments - driving four-wheel drive vehicles on dirt roads - working under challenging weather conditions as are common in the Great Basin, specifically hot-dry conditions, and cold-windy conditions - attention to detail and critical thinking on the fly - ability to make deadlines
Contact Person
Dr. Lea Condon
Contact eMail
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