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Biological Science Technician (Plants/Invasive)

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Department Of Agriculture Laramie , WY 82070

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. This position is located on a National Forest or Prairie.

This position assists scientists or higher-graded technicians with conducting ecological management activities in forest or prairie ecosystems. This position performs a variety of tasks relating to native plants surveys and monitoring, invasive plant control and monitoring, native plant restoration and pollinator program support.

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Responsibilities

Plant Surveys

Participates and conducts a variety of routine field studies of native and non-native botanical species and their habitats. Collects data for use in habitat and species condition analyses.

Collects survey and inventory data that is used to establish species identity, population characteristics, environmental conditions, and factors affecting the vigor and extent of the species and their habitat. Keeps records of all data and produces maps of survey areas. Lays out monitoring plots by taking measurements and marking corners and boundaries.

Uses botanical key to assist with the identification of plants encountered during field trips or surveys of Forest areas. Compiles and summarizes the vegetation types obtained from aerial and ground surveys including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and pilot tests conducted as part of the project.

Compiles and summarizes the data obtained from surveys, inventories, biological evaluations, and monitoring. Uses computer systems and associated software for recording, organizing, storing, and analyzing data.

Invasive Plants

Performs the full range of standard technical assignments consisting of routine invasive non-native plant treatment, management, inventory, and monitoring of invasive non-native plants commonly found in the work area. Assignments involve the performance of a series of basic related technical tasks, which must be completed according to a predetermined and established routine.

Assists in identifying invasive non-native plants using various field guides, surveying for target plants, collecting data on infestation location and status, and treating invasive plant infestations. Treatments primarily involve using herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling, or using hand tools, power tools, mowers, and other standard control methods.

Accurately and legibly records data related to invasive non-native plant treatments according to specific protocols.

Performs highly physical labor and daily hiking often to remote locations in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions. Uses global positioning systems, aerial photographs, topographic maps, or compass in navigation. A portion of time may be dedicated to data entry and other duties in a laboratory or office setting.

Applies herbicides using backpack sprayers or other equipment on a regular basis according to specific guidelines. Performs basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications.

Uses appropriate personal protective equipment supplied by the Forest Service at all times. May identify, collect, and release appropriate insects (biological control) to achieve desired objectives.

Native Plant and Pollinator Program

Assists with native plant, pollinators, and phenology surveys. Carries out pollinator habitat enhancement, tends restoration gardens, and performs other ecological restoration duties such as planting, seed collection and cleaning, weeding, and irrigation of past plantings or native plant nursery work.

May perform other duties as assigned.

The position requires a capacity for strenuous physical effort such as walking and climbing over steep terrain, bending, and carrying or lifting items weighing up to 50 pounds. The incumbent is responsible for applying herbicides with backpack sprayers or other equipment using appropriate personal protective equipment supplied by the Forest Service.

Work may be performed in a forest environment where the terrain may be steep, uneven, rocky, and covered with thick vegetation. Rain, snow, wind, or dust may be encountered.

Work requires the use of safety equipment such as boots, goggles, and hardhat. Work may also be performed in a laboratory or greenhouse wherein temperatures and general working conditions are favorable. Employee must exercise safe work practices in the laboratory or field environment.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work/fire assignment.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential
04

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    0404 Biological Science Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

No additional requirements.

Qualifications

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-04: (6) six months of general experience and (6) six months of specialized experience, equivalent to at least a GS-03 grade level.

General Experience is defined as: Performing farm/ranch labor, such as tending crops or general maintenance of plants and vegetation; working in a greenhouse, nursery or landscape business tending plants and performing general labor tasks; or other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn and perform the work of this position.

  • AND

Specialized Experience is defined as: Participating in plant-related projects by assisting with measurements, recording observations, and assisting with the collection of biological and vegetation specimens.

  • OR

Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses in scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled.

  • OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

See Qualifications above for Education Requirements.



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Biological Science Technician (Plants/Invasive)

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Department Of Agriculture