The Pacific Northwest Research Station is filling multiple Biological Science Technician positions for the 2023 field season. Openings are available at the GS-5, GS-6, and GS-7 level. These are TEMPORARY SEASONAL (1039) wildlife technician positions with a maximum six-month tour schedule. The anticipated start date is February 27, 2023 and will conclude on approximately August 31, 2023. Agency housing is not available in some locations, so applicants should assume that housing costs are not provided. Technicians will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the duty station office location. Positions will be full-time (40+ hours/week) with a typical week of 4 10-hour workdays.
Multiple temporary Biological Sciences Technician positions (GS-0404-05, GS-0404-06) will be available at the following locations:
Cle Elum, WA; Corvallis, OR; Roseburg, OR; Medford, OR; Springfield OR; Willow Creek, CA.
The GS-404-07 will only be available in the Corvallis, OR duty location.
The following positions will be open online at https://www.usajobs.gov/ starting 7/27/2022 and close at 11:59 EST 08/03/2022:
Position and Announcement Number
GS-5 (all 6 locations) 23-TEMP2-RSRCH-0014-5DT-AW
GS-6 (all 6 locations) 23-TEMP2-RSRCH-0042-6DT-SC
GS-7 (Corvallis only) 23-TEMP2-PNW-0029-7DT-ME
Please note that not all locations or grade levels may be filled as the site-specific personnel needs for 2023 is still under development.
Summary of Position
Primary responsibilities include:
• Deploying, maintaining, and retrieving autonomous recording units off road and trails to monitor for the presence of multiple forest wildlife species.
• Driving, hiking, and snowshoeing in difficult terrain in field locations.
• Navigating (including orientation using GPS, map, and compass) off trail across steep, rough, uneven, unstable, and brushy slopes in both cold and wet, and hot and dry weather conditions.
• Staying overnight in the backcountry possible for some study locations.
• Performing miscellaneous tasks as needed to facilitate fieldwork, including:
o Keeping accurate field notes, documentation, and report writing.
o Entering data and transferring acoustic files onto permanent storage media.
o Validating functioning of units prior to deployment and in the field.
o Independently troubleshooting equipment errors in the field.
• GS-05 positions will serve as trainee field technicians.
• GS-6 positions will serve as experienced crew members and assist the crew leaders with
training the field crew.
• GS-07 positions serve as an on-site crew leaders.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply online at https://www.usajobs.gov/. You will be required to create a USAJOBS account and either create a resume or upload your own. Use the announcement numbers listed above to navigate to the appropriate position. Click “Apply Online” and follow the prompts to complete the online application.
For a complete list of required documents, refer to the USAJOBS vacancy announcement, but you are required to include the following:
• Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience; and 5) other qualifications.
• College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application, however, if selected an official college transcript will be required.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
If selected, candidates will be expected to work a flexible schedule that will be mostly during the day. Selected individuals will be expected to work in inclement weather and other adverse environmental conditions and to follow prescribed protocols. Candidates must be capable of walking or snowshoeing over 10 miles per shift on steep terrain carrying up to a 50lb backpack. Successful candidates will demonstrate independence and problem-solving skills dealing with computers, autonomous recorders, and GPS units. Candidates should be experienced navigating with topographic maps and compass. Candidates should have excellent driving skills, a good driving record and be comfortable working alone in remote locations. Applicants also will be required to pass a Federal Background check and obtain or maintain a Forest Service driver’s license. Preferred candidates will be familiar with the vocalizations of Pacific Northwest wildlife species