The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) will be hiring biological science technicians to survey pollinators (i.e., butterflies and bees) in North Dakota during spring and summer of 2018. Candidates also will collect additional biological information, enter data, and perform other duties as assigned. Candidates will determine presence and number of butterflies, collect bees along survey routes, and sample vegetation.
Pay at GS-4 or GS-5 level, depending on qualifications and experience. Duties begin May 14 and continue through August. This position offers a great opportunity to experience the wildlife of the Northern Plains and to work with waterfowl and non-game biologists who are working to conserve wetland and grassland habitat in the region. Technicians will be based out of a leading landscape ecology and conservation GIS facility (for more information see https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/refuges/hapet.php).
Duty stations include the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, and Valley City, as well as Long Lake, Lake Ilo, and Des Lacs national wildlife refuges.
Preference will be given to candidates with butterfly and vegetation identification skills, or ability to learn. Applicants must be able to cope with stinging insects, heat, cold, wind, walking long distances, and carrying up to 50 lbs. In addition, technicians must be independent, pay attention to detail, responsible, and able to travel extensively on poor roads in isolated areas. Work days may be long, with variable hours. Valid driver’s license and good driving record are required, and considerable time will be spent traveling. Applicants must have excellent map reading skills and familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software. Basic GIS and statistics background a plus.
These positions have not yet been formally announced, but when announced, they will be open for only 1 week on USAJobs. We will update this announcement with application instructions in the near future.
For more information, contact Neal Niemuth (701-355-8542, Neal_Niemuth@fws.gov) or Jaymi LeBrun (612-713-5346, Jaymi_LeBrun@fws.gov).