Biological Science Technician

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Apr 07, 2017
Full time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology/Ecology Forestry GIS Natural Resources

Job Description

The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of recurring and complex duties in support of ecological management activities on forest or prairie ecosystems. This position performs a variety of tasks relating to native plants surveys and monitoring, invasive plant control and monitoring, native plant restoration, and a pollinator program support. 

Positions may be initially filled at any level in the career ladder for the position, or could be filled at the full performance level depending upon the individual unit's needs.

These are permanent positions with varying tours of duty and may include weekend work. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time (guaranteed minimum 13 pay-periods full-time employment).

Duties

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Participates and conducts a variety of routine and often complex field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats.

Performs the full range of standard technical assignments consisting of a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving invasive non-native plant treatment, management, inventory, and monitoring. Assignments involve the performance of a series of basic related technical tasks, which must be completed according to a predetermined and established routine.

May also perform a variety of nonstandard tasks related to invasive non-native plant treatment, management, inventory, and monitoring.

Assists with native plant, pollinators, and phenology surveys.

Collects data on native and non-native plants for use in habitat and species condition analyses. Collects survey and inventory data to determine species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat. Collects and records data related to infestation location and status.

Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas.

Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations, and monitoring. Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data.

Responsible for ensuring that data related to invasive non-native plant treatments is recorded accurately and legibly, and according to specific protocols.

Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas.

Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data.

Applies herbicides using backpack sprayers or other equipment on a regular basis according to specific guidelines. Uses appropriate personal protective equipment supplied by the Forest Service at all times.
 
Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling, or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standard control methods. 

Uses global positioning systems, aerial photographs, topographic maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or compass in navigation.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for meetings and training may be required.

Closes Friday 4/21/2017

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Job Level

Entry-level

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

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