Careers in the Plant Sciences

GS 04, 05- Biological Science Technician (Plants)

United States Department of Agriculture - Leadore, Idaho; St. Regis, Montana; Logan, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Utah, USA

Position Title: GS 04, 05- Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Position Type: Temporary Federal
Application Review Begins: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Institution: United States Department of Agriculture
Department/Division: USDA- Forest Service
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Leadore, Idaho; St. Regis, Montana; Logan, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Utah, USA
General Information: Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion Seasonal Biological Science Tech. Plant
PIBO Information Line (435) 755-3584
SM.FS.pibomp@usda.gov

The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program will soon begin filling multiple temporary seasonal positions in biology for the 2020 field season. Positions will be filled at the GS-4, and 5 levels. These seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions will begin on May 11th. Student employees typically work to the first week of August while others will work to mid-September with extensions determined by availability of work and funding.

Duty Stations:
• Leadore, Idaho
• Saint Regis, Montana
• Logan, Utah (housing not provided)

The incumbent will serve as member of the PIBO Monitoring Program team. The project’s goal is to evaluate the status and trend of aquatic and riparian habitat on lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies within the Interior Columbia River and Upper Missouri River basins. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year, located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana. During the summer months the incumbent is required to work remotely for 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This is a field based job requiring living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee.
Qualifications/Requirements: Biological Science Technician (Plant) (GS 4-5) position responsibilities include riparian vegetation data collection and extensive plant identification. 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. To qualify, the incumbent must have completed at least one plant taxonomy course and have experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys.

Position and Grade are posted below; if you would like to be contacted with specific announcement numbers when available send an email to SM.FS.pibomp@usda.gov expressing your interest in the position.

0404-Biological Science Technician (Plant) GS-5
Apply 9/16/19-9/30/19 (subject to change)

0404-Biological Science Technician (Plant) GS-4
Apply 9/16/19-9/30/19 (subject to change)
Responsibilities: Every position requires a valid driver’s license issued by any US state or territory. Regardless of position the incumbent will spend a great deal of time wading through streams and must be willing to work and live in wet conditions. The number of positions will be determined by funding but is expected to include approximately 12 of each position listed in the table below. The positions will be distributed among all locations.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To Apply and Further Information:
*Please note that all the jobs have open dates that are subject to change.*

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For more information about PIBO, the seasonal positions, and how to apply please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r4/landmanagement/resourcemanagement/?cid=stelprd3845865 or e-mail us at: SM.FS.pibomp@usda.gov.

If you would like to be contacted when the jobs are open please send an email to SM.FS.pibomp@usda.gov expressing your interest in the position.

The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer.
Compensation Range: GS 04, 05 pay scale
Contact Name: PIBO Hiring Team, SM.FS.pibomp@usda.gov