Biological Science Technician (Plants)

  • National Park Service
  • Glen Jean, WV, United States
  • Mar 17, 2017
Temporary Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Education/Interpretation Natural Resources Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

This position(s) is a full-time TEMPORARY appointment, not-to-exceed 1039 hours of work in a service year. The appointment is expected to provide full-time, 40 hours per week. Appointments may be terminated at any time or work schedules may be changed to part-time depending on funding and work availability.

The duty station of this position will be located at the headquarters complex in Glen Jean, West Virginia.  Glen Jean is a small rural community located 10 miles north of Beckley, WV. 

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, the announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

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Assists the park Supervisory Resource Management Specialist, Biologist (Vegetation) and Wildlife Biologist, with the implementation of a highly varied resource management program.  Following instructions and standardized procedures, collects and organizes field data.  Ensures adequate quality control of data collected.  Records all data collected and provides preliminary assessment and classification of the information.  Seeks assistance for situations not covered by instructions or guidelines.  Makes field observations of natural resource conditions.  Evaluates observed conditions and problems, and makes preliminary determinations on the cause of problems noted.  Provides results to higher-level specialists for analysis.  Provides logistical support and area orientation for contract or cooperating scientists; provides technical information, ensures quality control, and solves logistical or operational problems within the scope of the incumbent’s knowledge and authority.  Installs, operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, personal protective equipment, and sampling, monitoring, GPS, and laboratory equipment). Inventories equipment, evaluates quality assurance compliance, and calibrates equipment as necessary.  Prepares lists of needed replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.  Provides advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.  Utilizes a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information, including natural science research and long-term monitoring projects.  Provides information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program; refers unusual questions to the supervisor.  May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  The work requires physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking, hiking, or climbing over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data.  Heavy items (e.g. packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.  The work is performed in an office or outdoors.  The work performed involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.

Closes Thursday 3/30/2017

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$32,844 to $42,702/year. Series & Grade GS-0404-05.