Biological Science Technicians (Wildlife) - multiple jobs in MT and SD

  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Dillon, MT, United States
  • Jan 09, 2018
Seasonal Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Summary

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

First Consideration Date: You must apply on or before January 23, 2018, to receive first consideration for the locations(s) you are interested in. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed by location during the open period of the announcement.

This vacancy is limited to 300 applicants and may close before the early consideration/close date if that limit is reached. 

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. 

Salary: Salary shown is taken from the Rest of the U.S. pay table, step 1. You may view the OPM salary tables, with the various locality rates, at 2018 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables. 

If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).

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Responsibilities

Participates in inventories of wildlife and their habitats. Collects data on wildlife number, species, sex, winter kill, movement range, and habitat forage, water and cover. Identifies problems and makes preliminary determinatin of cause. Participates in habitat improvement projects such as planting shrubs, trees and grasses and weed control. Participates in construction projects such as water developments, and fencing. Compiles and organizes survey data, prepares narratives and reports; enters and receives dtat from automated databases.

GS-04
Performs the full range of support duties and limited technical duties in wildlife programs. Work may include but is not limited to: Makes observations and records wildlife data; inventories water, winter ranges, upland game bird and other wildlife habitats. Participates in banding, tagging and releasing ducks, antelopes, deer, or other wildlife. Performs vegetative work in wildlife habitat and waterfowl areas such as planting bulbs, brush and seeds. Enters and retrieves data from automated databases.

GS-05
Participates in inventories of wildlife and habitats. Collects data on wildlife numbers, species, sex, winterkill, movement, range, and habitat forage, water and cover, identifies problems and makes preliminary determination of cause. As team member or lead participates in habitat improvement projects such as planting scrubs, trees and grasses, prescribed burns, and weed control. Participates in construction projects such as water developments, and fencing. Complies and organizes survey data in current files and other sources, prepares narratives, and reports on and overlays of areas inventoried. Enters and retrieves data from automated databases. Gathers and assists in analyzing samples.

GS-06
Performs the full range of aid type and a variety of technical duties in wildlife programs. Serves as crewmember and occasionally crew lead for specific projects. Work may include but is not limited to: Researches, compiles, and tabulates wildlife inventory data (population reproducing performance, food habits, prey densities, and habitat distribution, etc.); analyzes findings and proposes project need. May lead lower graded technicians/aids in the collection of field data, including counts from fixed wing aircraft or helicopters, vegetation surveys, (raptor) nesting surveys, and prey censusing; lays out boundaries, requirements, equipment needed, etc., for each participant; verifies accuracy of data collected in the field; compiles results. Interprets aerial photos, landsat imagery, and topographic maps to determine land use and vegetation distribution; plots, maps, and photos nest/herd breeding sites. Enters and retrieves data from automated databases. Responsible for processing samples and specimens brought in from the field; including organizing food or habitat samples and transporting injured wildlife.

GS-07
Performs the full range of aid type and a variety of technical duties in wildlife programs. Serves as crewmember and occasionally crew lead for specific projects. Work may included but is not limited to: On-the-ground inventories of wildlife and their habitat, analyzes data and reports findings; determines factors such as occupancy and fate of reproductive efforts for selected sites, feed habits, mortality, success of growth, and adult and young behavior. Prepares reports and makes recommendations to management on the field findings. Determines likely impacts of minerals exploration, development, and operation, realty actions, recreational activities, forestry and range development or improvement projects on wildlife and their habitat. Provides information and prepares preliminary analysis of impacts on wildlife for inclusion in environmental documents. Conducts compliance checks on minerals exploration, development, and operations, realty actions, and range improvement projects to evaluate impacts and assure conformation with mitigation measures; confers with offending party to resolve nonconformance situations. Plans, aids in designing, and lays out projects for wildlife habitat improvement. Reviews forestry, watershed, and range improvement project proposals for compatibility with wildlife needs and recommends to Biologist’s construction specifications or modifications needed to safeguard or enhance wildlife habitat quality. Enters and retrieves data from automated databases.

Closes 04/10/2018

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Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$14.30 to $19.82 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 04 - 07.