Lead Biological Science Technician (Aquatic Ecosystems)

  • National Park Service
  • Sequoia National Park, California, USA
  • Mar 14, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater Wetlands - Coastlines - Floodplains Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we continue our second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information about the National Park Service, visit: https://www.nps.gov.

Area of Consideration is all qualified persons. Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 50 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of 50 applicants, or 03/20/2018 is reached. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 50 applicant limit.

This is a Multiple Schedules TERM position. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed thirteen months, with possible extensions up to a total of three years and three months without further competition.

Work Location: Ash Mountain, Sequoia National Park Headquarters Area

Anticipated entry on duty: Late-April, 2018

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

Housing information: Government housing (some accessible to persons with disabilities) within the park MAY be available on a limited/bid basis, and assigned based on management needs.

Area Information: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (96% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. These parks provide a wealth of recreational opportunities via 835 miles of trails, wild and scenic rivers, alpine lakes, and caves, along with a full range of overnight lodging prospects to choose from that include 14 campgrounds. For detailed area information visit: https://www.nps.gov/seki/getinvolved/workwithus.htm.

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This is a term, mixed-tour, Lead Biological Science Technician for the Aquatic Ecosystems Program within the Division of Resources Management and Science in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), California. This position serves as the lead technician on a one to four year project to restore high elevation aquatic ecosystems in which native species have been adversely affected by non-native species.

The Lead Biological Science Technician primarily assists the SEKI Aquatic Ecologist with implementation and management of aquatic ecosystems projects, including but not limited to restoration of endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs and high elevation aquatic ecosystems, monitoring of lakes, streams, amphibians, fish, and other aquatic biota, and facilitating scientific research of aquatic ecosystems. The incumbent will assist the Aquatic Ecologist with 1) recruiting personnel for field crews, 2) managing logistics in preparation for fieldwork, 3) providing supervision, orientation, training and mentoring for field crews, 4) overseeing field operations, 5) managing aquatic datasets, and 6) providing logistic and field support to the parks' Inventory and Monitoring Program and to scientific research studies being conducted in SEKI. Other duties include conducting electronic entry, quality assurance/quality control and summary reporting of field data, and organizing and maintaining field equipment and supplies. Work will occur throughout SEKI, and will entail cooperation with other agencies, organizations, and cooperators. The incumbent will be supervised by the Aquatic Ecologist, will supervise temporary staff and function as crew leader for field crews, and will occasionally work with other division staff. The position will require extensive wilderness travel within SEKI, and occasional travel to meetings and/or trainings. Possession of a valid driver's license is required.

Due to the nature of the duties for this position, the employee must have the physical capacity to hike and conduct field work in remote, high elevation wilderness locations in order to implement field operations. Carrying heavy backpacks and other equipment is required. The employee must be comfortable working in and around ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams, and thus should be a confident swimmer.

Closes 03/20/2018

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$19.82 to $25.77 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 7.