From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news
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Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Jobs: USGS bioscience technicians (botany) Great Basin
The USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center is currently
recruiting biological science technicians (botany) for a large-scale fire
rehabilitation research study in the northern Great Basin. The technicians
will be stationed in either Corvallis, Oregon and/or Boise, Idaho (dependent
on the application pool), and the work season will be from approximately
mid-April to August of 2011. To apply for these positions, follow
instructions in the complete vacancy announcement printed below:
VACANCY NO: CRG-11-004
POSITION: Biological Science Technician (Botany), GG-404-5
SALARY: $15.00 per hour
DATE OPENED: 01/17/2011
DATE CLOSED: 02/11/2011
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Temporary appointment
STARTING DATE: 04/18/2011
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: up to 10
LENGTH OF POSITION: 3-6 months, contingent on budget.
TOUR OF DUTY: Full Time, with possible periods of part-time and
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All U.S. citizens
LOCATION: US Geological Survey, Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center,
Corvallis Research Group, Corvallis, Oregon or Snake River Field Station,
THESE ARE TEMPORARILY EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITIONS for which all qualified
applicants, with or without Federal status may apply and be considered.
Appointment to these positions, however, will not convey permanent status in
the Federal service. Appointment will only be for the duration of the
position, normally 3-6 months. The Social Security Retirement System covers
temporary employees and annual and sick leave will be accrued except in
intermittent status. Employees are ineligible for health and life insurance
DUTIES (specific): The biological science technicians will work on a Joint
Fire Science-funded project investigating effectiveness and current
conditions of historical fire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation
projects in the northern Great Basin. The project seeks to determine if
post-fire broadcast and drill seedings on BLM-administered lands result in a
more desirable plant community and fuel structure relative to no treatment
following wildfire. Field work will take place primarily in eastern Oregon,
Nevada, western Utah, and southern Idaho.
Major duties of the position include identifying Great Basin plants to
species, collecting vegetation and fuel load sampling data, collection of
GPS and photo points, driving on poor and sometimes muddy roads, collection
of plant and/or soil samples, accurately recording ecological data, and data
entry. The technicians may also assist with site selection protocols to
identify suitable study site and plot locations. The technicians will be
stationed at either the USGS-FRESC Corvallis, OR or Boise, ID field
stations, and field trips will require extensive highway travel and driving.
The biological science technicians will work in 3-person teams in
conjunction with two field crew coordinators. Each 3-person team will
consist of two GG-05 technicians and one GG-06 crew lead. Field work will
involve exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions. Crews will
work independently with extensive stays (up to 10 days) in remote locations.
Field trips will include extended periods of backcountry camping and some
occasional stays at motels. Candidates will be chosen based on their
combination of experience and education. Preferred candidates will have
experience in plant identification, especially within the Great Basin.
Travel expenses will be paid by the project at either standard federal per
diem or a camp rate per diem.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The work involves long hours spent standing,
bending, walking, and a great amount of physical exertion. The incumbent
may be required to lift containers weighing up to 35 pounds in the
performance of the assignment. Work could possibly be done in 10 -12 hours
per day; hours can include all times of day and night, and will vary during
the employment term with weather and field conditions. Core hours will
typically be 8am – 5pm.
QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for a GG-5 you need 1 year and 9 months of field
experience OR 3 years of sub-professional work experience OR 3 years of
college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled
(equivalent to 90 semester/135 quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field
work experience. Sub-professional experience consists of working as a
technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment.
EQUIVALENT COMBINATIONS OF SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
BASIS OF EVALUATION: All applicants will be evaluated on the basis of
education and experience (including unpaid or volunteer experience).
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the
closing date of this announcement.
First preference in referral will be given to eligible applicants entitled
to 10 point veteran’s preference who have a compensable service-connected
disability of 10 percent or more. All other qualified applicants entitled
to veteran’s preference will be given preference over qualified applicants
not entitled to veteran’s preference.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE UNITED STATES CITIZENS: Under regulations contained
in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment in this
position is limited to those persons who are authorized to work in the
United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at
the time of appointment.
As a condition of appointment, all new employees reporting for duty with the
Department of the Interior will be paid through direct deposit to a
financial institution of their choice.
Applicants selected for Federal employment will be required to complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to
determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a
background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and
completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds
for not hiring the applicant, or for firing the applicant after he/she
begins work. Also he/she may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S.
Code, Title 18, section 1001).
Prior to or at the time of appointment, male applicants born after December
31, 1959, will have to certify that they have registered with the Selective
Service System in order to be appointed to a position with the United States
Geological Survey, unless legally qualified for an exception.
Employees of the U.S. Geological Survey are subject to the provisions of
Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 31 (a) and may not according to this
legislation and related regulation: (a) have any personal or private
interest, direct or indirect, in lands or mineral wealth of such lands or a
region under survey and whose title is in the U.S.; (b) execute surveys or
examination for private parties or corporations; or (c)have personal or
private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral
enterprise doing business in the U.S. except where specifically authorized
by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
HOW TO APPLY: Carefully read all information and instructions. It is the
responsibility of the applicant to insure the application is complete.
The personnel office will not be responsible for soliciting additional
information from applicants or from official personnel records, but will
consider individuals based on their applications as submitted.
Applications must be received in the FRESC, Corvallis Research Group Office
by the closing date on the announcement in order to be considered.
To obtain an OF 612, contact the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological
Resources Discipline, Corvallis Research Group (541) 758-8781, or any
Federal Personnel Office.
Submit one of the following forms of application: (a) résumé OR (b) OF- 612,
Optional Application for Federal Employment, OR (c) other written format.
Electronic submissions acceptable.
Must also submit a copy of you college transcripts (unofficial acceptable)
to document all education used for position qualification.
To claim 5 point Veteran’s Preference, a DD-214 showing character of
discharge is required. If claiming 10 point Veteran’s Preference, an SF-
15 with proof of claim is required.
SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO:
Michelle L. Schatz, AOA - Human Resources/Facilities USGS - Forest &
Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
777 NW 9th Street, Suite 400, Corvallis, Oregon 97330-6169
Phone: (541) 750-1040 Fax: (541) 750-1066
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