Biological Science Technician (Plants-Noxious Weeds)

Department Of Agriculture Eureka , MT 59917

Posted 4 months ago

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This position is located within a National Forest. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of recurring and moderately complex duties and provide technical expertise and input in support of the noxious weed control program.

Due to technical difficulties affecting applicants' ability to submit applications, this announcement is being extending for an additional 5 days.

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Conducts field inventories of invasive plant species, and uses integrated weed management techniques to control invasive species. Techniques include herbicide treatments using both motorized (including ATV's or UTV's) and non-motorized equipment (including horse support), biological controls, mowing, burning, re-seeding, and hand-pulling. Independently chooses the most effective herbicide or control method to be used to comply with Federal and State laws and Forest Service policy.

Leads a crew and/or works independently in weed control efforts along Forest roads and trails as well as off-road control efforts (including wilderness). Mixes chemicals to label specifications and instructs or monitors crewmembers on proper mixing and application techniques. Ensures the crew is aware of and carries out all environmental and safety requirements when using pesticides. Keeps daily records and maps of all pesticide applications, and monitors effectiveness. Calibrates equipment according to specifications dictated by the pesticide label. Maintains appropriate inventories of herbicides, surfactants, fuel and other supplies for planned projects.

May be trained as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) and administer contracts as needed. Serves as a designated inspector for other CORs.

Assists in the maintenance of insectaries for biological agents as well as field collection of insects. Assists in research projects including some that involve controlled burning.

Assembles, uses and maintains field equipment including but not limited to weed spraying vehicles, trailers, two-cycle engines, centrifugal or diaphragm pumps, solenoids, actuators, chain saws, GPS units, hand sprayers and hand tools. Identifies mechanical problems, identifies equipment repair needs, obtains replacement parts, and installs them.

NOTE: Must have or obtain a state herbicide applicator's license within 120 days of appointment and complete ongoing training to maintain the license.

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 assignment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

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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

  • Have or obtain a state herbicide applicator's license

  • within 120 days of appointment

  • 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.


Must have or obtain a state herbicide applicator's license within 120 days of appointment and complete ongoing training to maintain the license.


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-05: (1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-04 grade level.

Specialized experience is defined as: Participating in plant -related projects using established methods, techniques, and procedures, such as conducted vegetative surveys; identified and recorded locations of sensitive, threatened, endangered and proposed listed plant species; and photographed, collected, and prepared specimen mounts of plants, Participating in field work projects related to vegetation management such as field measurements of density, diversity, etc., experimental layout, seeding or planting, fertilizer or pesticide treatment, Applying simple biological procedures, such as surveyed planted tracts, employed growth deterrents, and inspected for disease or infestation by insects.OR

Successful completion of 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelors degree with at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-05 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work.

  • OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

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


See Qualifications above for Education Requirements.

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