Biological Science Technicians (Plants-Noxious Weeds) - manay vacancies in MT, ID

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Idaho
  • Sep 10, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

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Summary

This position is located within a National Forest. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of recurring and moderately complex duties and provide technical expertise and input in support of the noxious weed control program.

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Responsibilities

Conducts field inventories of invasive plant species, and uses integrated weed management techniques to control invasive species. Techniques include herbicide treatments using both motorized (including ATV’s or UTV’s) and non-motorized equipment (including horse support), biological controls, mowing, burning, re-seeding, and hand-pulling. Independently chooses the most effective herbicide or control method to be used to comply with Federal and State laws and Forest Service policy.

Leads a crew and/or works independently in weed control efforts along Forest roads and trails as well as off-road control efforts (including wilderness). Mixes chemicals to label specifications and instructs or monitors crewmembers on proper mixing and application techniques. Ensures the crew is aware of and carries out all environmental and safety requirements when using pesticides. Keeps daily records and maps of all pesticide applications, and monitors effectiveness.  Calibrates equipment according to specifications dictated by the pesticide label. Maintains appropriate inventories of herbicides, surfactants, fuel and other supplies for planned projects.

May be trained as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and administer contracts as needed. Serves as a designated inspector for other CORs.

Assists in the maintenance of insectaries for biological agents as well as field collection of insects. Assists in research projects including some that involve controlled burning.

Assembles, uses and maintains field equipment including but not limited to weed spraying vehicles, trailers, two-cycle engines, centrifugal or diaphragm pumps, solenoids, actuators, chain saws, GPS units, hand sprayers and hand tools. Identifies mechanical problems, identifies equipment repair needs, obtains replacement parts, and installs them.

NOTE: Must have or obtain a state herbicide applicator’s license within 120 days of appointment and complete ongoing training to maintain the license.

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Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$16 per hour Pay scale & grade GS 05