Biological Science Technician

  • National Park Service
  • Pecos, NM, USA
  • Dec 04, 2018
Temporary Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources

Job Description

Open & closing dates: 12/04/2018 to 12/18/2018. But this job will close when we have received 50 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more


This position is located in Pecos National Historical Park, in the Resource Management Division.

Temporary positions are limited to 1039 hours in a service year. The typical season is April to October, but can vary during these months. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 2019

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  • Identify plant species using dichotomous keys; vegetation data collection using standardized methods to measure vegetative conditions such as percent cover, density, frequency, diversity, plant community type, etc.
  • Perform invasive weed weed management activities using integrated pest management approaches including the safe use of chemical, mechanical, or biological means.
  • Site restoration and revegetation may include soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live plantings, ground covering with mulch or other preparation, periodic watering, weeding, and other tending duties.
  • Conduct initial revegetation site evaluations. Executes and/or plan plant restoration and re-vegetation projects. Monitors changes in vegetation composition.
  • Collect data for use in habitat and species analysis conditions.
  • Collect survey and inventory data that is used to identify species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat.
  • Use GPS equipment for navigation to site locations. Lays out monitoring plots by taking measurements and marking corners and boundaries. Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas.
  • Compile and summarize the vegetation types obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations, and pilot tests conducted as part of projects.
  • Applies data collection techniques, database management, word processing, spreadsheets, data entry, and mapping using Trimble GPS, ArcGIS, ArcMap, and Pathfinder or equivalent advanced GPS/GIS database system.
  • Reviews data sheets to ensure the quality of data collection.
  • Work with a variety of software programs to record, organize, manage, analyze, and present data; produce summary reports and present scientific data in tabular, graphical or written format.
  • Work with a variety of individuals and groups on a daily basis often in outdoor field conditions. Work will involve collaborating with supervisor, co-workers, and other staff to accomplish daily work.
  • Provide assistance to youth corps workers and other resource crews on various resource projects being conducted in the park.
  • Exhibit professionalism when communicating with staff and visitors tin order to promote resource protection and public safety.

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