Biological Science Technicians (Fisheries) - many vacancies in ID, MT, OR, UT - FY2019 Temporary Jobs

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Idaho, USA
  • Sep 10, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

MANY vacancies in the following locations:


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. This position is located on a Forest Service unit and is responsible for providing technical support to the fisheries management program.

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.

Learn more about this agency


Makes fish counts, and traps fry and fingerlings using such methods as baited minnow traps; identifies and measures species, recording numbers, lengths, weights etc.; takes scale samples; notes environmental factors prejudicial to fish habitat such as log jams and silting, and recommends corrective action; and independently determines count sites on assigned streams. 

Conducts routine procedural test using well-established work methods and techniques. Summarizes data obtained from field collections using prescribed statistical procedures.Under supervision, prepares data summaries in proper format.

Assists higher-graded technicians with the operation of more sophisticated equipment or systems. Does not interpret the results, but is responsible for noticing obvious deviations so that tests may be repeated or other checks made.

Assists in the acquisition of field data by measuring and recording pertinent biological information peculiar to the specific assignment. Assists in the collection, handling, and preservation of specimens.

May occasionally serve as a crew leader on designated projects.

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.

Also see GS-5 Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) job listing

Remember to say you found this opportunity at

Job Level



Government- Federal


$14.30 per hour. Pay scale & grade GS 04 Work schedule.