Botany/Riparian Ecology Jobs
Position Title: Biological Technician (Plants) or Biological Technician
Agency/Location: U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station,
All field work is done in Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern
Washington, and northern Nevada.
Responsibilities: Riparian vegetation data collection, which includes
extensive plant identification. These data will be used to determine the
condition of riparian areas. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques
and how to identify many riparian plant species, including: sedges, grasses,
forbs, willows, and other woody plants.
1. Must have at least one plant taxonomy course and experience
identifying plants using dichotomous keys (such as the Flora of the Pacific
Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist).
2. Outdoor/field experience collecting vegetation data.
3. A positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
4. Able to camp for extended periods of time and the ability to hike
extended distances with a 40lb. back pack.
Salary: (2012 Values): Depending upon your qualifications, the job grade and
corresponding pay range are: GS-03 ($11.95/hour), GS-04 ($13.41/hour), and
GS-05 ($15.00/hour). In addition, employees receive a travel per diem of $24
for each work day ($192 every pay period).
Housing (subject to change): Basic housing is provided at a fee of $3/day,
automatically subtracted from per diem. You will be based out of one of
three bunkhouses: Ukiah, Oregon, St. Regis, Montana, or Leadore, Idaho. We
attempt to accommodate technician preferences for particular locations,
although the possibility of moving between stations during the field season
is high due to sampling priorities. These buildings are property of the U.S.
Government for seasonal use. Household supplies (e.g. furniture, microwave,
cookware, etc.) are not necessarily provided.
Closing Application Date: The hiring process will begin in January and
continue until positions are filled or until the field season starts in May.
It is highly recommended that applications be submitted by March 1, 2012. It
is very important to fill out your application completely and correctly the
first time; you may not get a second chance.
Start Date: Monday May 21st, 2012 (not flexible).
End Date: Mid- September 2012(flexible for students; depending on work
Contact: For more information, job announcement numbers, and how to apply,
visit our website at http://www.fs.fed.us/biology/fishecology/emp/index.html
and click on link to 'Employment'.
The web page will cover the job description in detail and additional
opportunities after the field season is completed.
Please read our website thoroughly!!
Please send cover letter, resume, official transcripts (or a copy of an
official transcript), and references via email to:
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Do not send paper application materials through snail mail.