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National Park Service Valley Forge National Historical Park, North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, PA, United States
Apr 21, 2017
This position carries out field studies on plants and plant ecology in addition to performing routine and uncomplicated biological science tasks common to resources management.  For park information please visit   This is a Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a service year.   The tour of duty for this position is Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4:30pm.  The work schedule may be adjusted due to fluctuating work demands or budgetary reasons.  Selectees may only work 1,039 hours in a service year.   This position may be terminated at any time due to lack of work or lack of funds.   Selectees may be eligible for non-competitive rehire in future seasons depending on work demands and budget resources. Later selections may be made from this vacancy announcement as the need arises.   Information on employment types can be found at   Duties Major Duties : The incumbent works with an assistant to collect forest health data in Valley Forge NHP and Hopewell Furnace NHS following well-established protocols for the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M). The incumbent will navigate to established permanent forest monitoring plots and collect data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. Incumbent will navigate to forest plots using a GPS unit, topographic map and compass. The work will require carrying a 35+ pound pack over rough terrain and working in all weather conditions. Data will be entered directly into an MS Access database in the field using a portable field computer or entered on datasheets. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, mapping and treatment of non-native invasive species, installation of protective fencing around selected plant communities, preparation of summary reports, data entry, and data quality assurance/quality control. Incumbents will be exposed to poison ivy, biting insects, and deer ticks that may carry Lyme disease. The incumbent will travel to select parks with the I&M forest monitoring crew for training. While on travel, the incumbent will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. The travel will be required at the beginning of the field season and may extend for several weeks to ensure understanding of the protocols. Physical Demands:  Roughly 90% of the incumbent's time will be spent in an outdoor setting, and will require standing, bending, lifting and carrying heavy objects, and hiking over rough terrain and steep slopes. Field protocols may require some sampling to be conducted in areas of heavy poison ivy, dense thorny thickets, and high densities of biting insects during hot, humid, wet and/or windy weather, and/or wintertime conditions.  Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.  Work Environment:  The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field.  Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.  Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals. Approximately 10% of the incumbent's time will also be performed in an indoor setting. Closes Thursday 4/27/2017 Remember to say you found this opportunity at
National Park Service Saugus, MA, United States
Apr 20, 2017
This position is located in Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, in the Resources Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information. Full-Time temporary position not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Position may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site is Spring 2017, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: June/July 2017. Duties The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Natural Resource Program Manager on all aspects of natural resource stewardship at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, including field and office work. Specific program areas include invasive plant control, biological monitoring, community-based volunteer programs, and providing natural resource information to staff and partners. The work involves collecting and organizing field data. Ensuring adequate quality control of data collected. Performing routine and recurring testing of collected samples, recording all data collected and providing preliminary assessment and classification of the information. Evaluate observed conditions and problems and make preliminary determination on the cause of problems noted. Assists in the preparation of reports, plans and guidelines. Provide logistical support and area orientation. Installing operating and maintaining resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic and laboratory equipment). The work also involves coordinating public programs, carrying tools and materials to field sites, and frequent transit on small landing crafts. Position requires the Incumbent to have experience using GPS units in a professional capacity, Must have experience managing volunteers and/or youth groups in a professional setting. Closes Wednesday 4/26/2017 Remember to say you found this opportunity at  
National Park Service Shenandoah National Park Headquarters, Luray, VA, United States
Mar 21, 2017
The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for temporary employees to work as a Fire Effects Monitor (Biological Science Technician) in Luray, VA (Shenandoah NP). For more information on Crew Types, click here . First Consideration Date: The following location will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed, during the open period of the announcement: 03/28/2017 Luray, VA (Shenandoah NP) Expected dates of employment - May 30, 2017 not-to-exceed September 29, 2017. For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Virginia. Duties A Fire Effects Monitor (GS-05 Biological Science Technician) establishes monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and directions. Monitors plots and makes field observation of resource conditions. Prepares fire behavior monitoring documentation on forms for prescribed burns. Identifies grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees to species. Catalogs, labels and stores plant materials collected during the season. Prepares field maps and photographs from the ground. Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s. Closes Tuesday 4/11/2017 First Consideration Date: 03/28/2017 Remember to say you found this opportunity at