Bioscience Technicians (4) - Fisheries

  • National Park Service
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Headquarters, Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN, USA
  • Jan 02, 2019
Temporary Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Biology - Ecology Conservation/ Natural Resources Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

Open & closing dates:  01/02/2019 to 01/16/2019.  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 & 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 May-Oct, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 26, 2018.

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Implements established fish and water quality natural resource management projects within Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM). Will assist with three-pass depletion backpack electrofishing surveys of 48 fish population sites across the park and also with Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) fish survey techniques. Duties will include fish collection, weighing and measuring total length (TL), assessing fish health and disease via visual inspections for common parasites and disease(s) and measuring physical and chemical stream characteristics. Will learn to identify 25-40 fish species found within GRSM. Will learn and assist with snorkel surveys for Federal T&E fishes. Following instructions and standardized procedures, collects and organizes field data. Draft project reports may include literature research, descriptions of methods, preparation of graphs and charts, and summary of findings. Provides technical information, ensures quality control, and solves logistical or operational problems within the scope of the incumbent's knowledge and authority. Operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment). Will also learn how to build and maintain customized AC backpack electrofishing units, electrofishing probes and associated nets and sampling gear, evaluates quality assurance compliance, and calibrates equipment as necessary. Provides advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research. Utilizes a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data, including natural science research and long-term monitoring projects. Will learn data analysis skills using Microsoft (MS) Excel, data entry using MS Access and OA/QC procedures of all data. Several sites will require extended overnight stays at backcountry campsites; therefore incumbent will learn proper backcountry camping, cooking and field skills to minimize their impact to sites while maintaining mission preparedness. Provides information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program. Will be assigned a fish or water quality project from which they will produce a short article for a newsletter that will be sent to the public through the park web-page, local angling groups and via the media.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


GS 4 Salary $29,847 to $29,847 per year