The Umpqua National Forest, Tiller Ranger Station is looking for candidates to fill Biological Science Technician positions (GS-5 0404-Wildlife) for the 2023 Northern Spotted Owl field season. These temporary positions are primarily field-based and are expected to run from April-September 2023. Surveys will be performed in timber sale areas within the national forest system to identify breeding spotted owls and barred owls.
Ideal candidates will have a strong work ethic, be comfortable hiking off-trail in steep terrain, work independently during both day and night (in the dark), navigate forest roads of varying condition, and have an ability/willingness to learn to identify owls by both sight and sound.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Extensive off-trail hiking during daytime follow-up surveys and activity center searches
• Solo driving at night to survey points
• Caring for and handling live feeder mice
• Collecting survey data accurately according to protocol
• Clearing roads for access to survey points
• Maintaining field equipment
• Working a flexible schedule, typically 4PM – 2AM during owl surveys
• Daily communication with crew lead
• Completing district, forest, and agency-wide trainings
• Opportunities to gain experience with other departments and projects for motivated individuals
Information about the Umpqua National Forest can be found here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua/
• Interest in owls and other wildlife species (turtles, bumblebees, mesocarnivores)
• Ability to work safely in varying conditions and hike in steep terrain with heavy field gear
• Comfortable working alone (daytime hiking off-trail and 4WD/roadside surveying after dark)
• Valid state driver’s license and ability to obtain a Forest Service-issued driver’s license
• Capable of working on a team and communicating clearly with crew lead
• Adaptable to flexing schedules; both day and night work will be performed
• Must be able to work and live cooperatively with others
• Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
Candidates must qualify for a GS-5-0404 position. Qualification information can be found here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/biological-science-technician-series-0404/
Jobs will be posted on USAJobs (https://www.usajobs.gov/) from 9/29/22—10/6/2022 under a regional announcement for multiple duty stations. Interested candidates should ensure they select Tiller, OR as a duty station during the application.
Shared government housing is available at the Tiller Ranger Station for approximately $7 per day. Tiller is a remote location but is 25 minutes east of Canyonville, a small full-service community. The cities of Roseburg and Medford are ~1 hour away from Tiller and have a full variety of restaurants, shops, and services.
Contact Jesse Soy, Tiller Ranger District Wildlife Biologist, at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.