Biological Science Technician

  • National Park Service
  • Yankton, SD, USA
  • Apr 16, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description


This position is located at the Missouri National Recreational River. For additional information regarding the park and area please visit the park's website Located along the border of South Dakota and Nebraska the Missouri National Recreational River is a unit of the National Park Service and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. It is made up of two segments of the Missouri River totaling 98 miles in length that still exhibit free-flowing conditions and natural adjacent landscapes The duty station for the position is at the Missouri National Recreational River headquarters located in Yankton, South Dakota. Yankton has a population of 14,000 situated in southeast South Dakota. Private and public schools, medical facilities, and shopping facilities are located in Yankton. The University of South Dakota is located 25 miles east of Yankton at Vermillion, SD. Recreational amenities abound including hiking, hunting, fishing, and boating. Housing for either rent or purchase is available. Summers are generally hot and humid, spring and autumn are mild with moderate temperatures, and winters can be cold, windy, and snowy.

Career Seasonal This position is Career-Seasonal position and subject to release and recall procedures. A permanent career-seasonal position includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a full year-round basis. As such, selectee will be in a non-pay/non-duty status for at least 2 weeks to 6 months per year based on project requirements or weather conditions. Selectee are guaranteed to work at least 6 months per year but not more than 50 weeks per year, with the work schedule to be determined upon appointment. The typical season for Missouri National Recreational River is January through November, but can be variable during these months due to project requirements or weather conditions.

This position is concurrently open under Announcement Number MW-1542-MNRR-18-10181819-ST for merit promotion eligibles.

Relocation: 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.

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This position serves as a lead team member of the park staff that actively manages the land and aquatic resources in the park. Invasive species are removed and controlled using mechanical and chemical means. Herbicide and pesticide use is documented and reported. Landscapes are restored and managed using best management practices and addressing park goals for resource and property management. Data is collected to determine existing conditions and analyzed to guide decision-making. Day-to-day field operations are coordinated with an understanding of park resource management objectives, staffing requirements and budget constraints. Incorporates appropriate GIS and GPS technologies in management activities to record outcomes, plan for future projects and communicate management objectives to park staff and public. Motorized vehicles, motorized boats, canoes, and kayaks, powered field equipment, and hand tools are operated to complete field resource management tasks. On-going field resource management actions and results are recorded and analyzed. Field equipment is properly maintained and operated safely. Data collection equipment is maintained and appropriately used. Field operation reports, data analysis and resource management recommendations are completed and used to guide management decision-making. Assists park staff in facility management responsibilities to assure park natural resources are not negatively impacted and that park properties and facilities are well­maintained. Assumes collateral duty responsibilities including safety, prescribed fire, wild land fire and facilities management programs
Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Closes 04/25/2018

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$37,223 to $53,773 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 6 - 7.