Biological Science Technicians (Invasive Plants) - MT, WY, UT, ID, NV

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Sep 10, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Hazardous Waste - RCRA -Toxics

Job Description

MANY vacancies in the following locations:

Summary

PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season.

This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition.  The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds.   

This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of recurring/complex duties in support of ecological management activities on forest ecosystems.

The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual unit needs.

By Selecting the “Location Negotiable after Selection” option when selecting your referred duty locations, implies your willingness to accept positions in any duty location or surround area on the announcement that you may not have listed as a preferred location. Selecting this duty location is encouraged as it increases our chances of receiving an offer. 

Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement.  Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer. Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Management’s website for additional information on pay rates.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

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Responsibilities

Performs the full range of standardized 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.  

Identifies invasive non-native plants using various field guides or botanical keys, surveys for target plants, collects and assesses data on infestation location and status, and treats invasive plant infestations. Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling, and/or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods.

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

Performs highly physical labor and daily hiking often to remote locations in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions. Uses global positioning systems, aerial photographs, topographic maps, GIS and/or compass in navigation. A portion of time may be dedicated to data entry and other duties in a laboratory/office setting.

Applies herbicides using backpack sprayers or other equipment on a regular basis according to specific guidelines. Performs basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications. Utilizes appropriate personal protective equipment supplied by the Forest Service at all times. May identify, collect, and release appropriate insects (biological control) to achieve desired objectives.

Occasionally assists with revegetation and ecological restoration duties such as planting, seed collection, irrigation of past plantings, or native plant nursery work.

Note: Required Licenses and/or Certifications
Position is required to obtain and show proof they possess a valid herbicide applicators license before being hired for the position.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

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Job Level

Entry-level  

Sector

Government- Federal

Salary

$16 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 05.