Biological Science Technician

  • National Park Service
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Headquarters, Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN, USA
  • Sep 13, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description

Open & closing dates:  09/13/2018 to 09/20/2018

This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more


These positions are located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the Resource Management and Science Division.

Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Great Smoky Mountains National Park is December through May, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: December 2018

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The purpose of the position is to conduct and/or assist in various routine wildlife management projects, particularly wild hog control. This includes monitoring projects related to determining the activities, movements, population status, capture, removal, process transport and/or euthanasia of selected wildlife. Utilizes traps to capture and firearms to effectively shoot and/or humanely euthanize wildlife according to established guidelines. Following instructions and standardized procedures, incumbent collects and organizes field data and biological samples, administers marking devices (i.e., ear tags, tattoos, etc.) to selected wildlife and ensures adequate quality control of the data, samples and markings. Backpacks (approx. 60 pounds of supplies and equipment) and hikes (up to 15 miles daily) into remote mountainous areas, establishes primitive campsites, and camps alone for up to five continuous days in a variety of weather conditions. Installs, inspects, cleans, operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, firearms, etc). Serves as an emergency team member for search and rescue, forest fire suppression activities, and in other emergency capacities as needed.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


GS 5 Salary $33,394 to $33,394 per year