The National Park Service will be hiring up to two biological science technicians to work on vegetation monitoring projects in the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program’s Southwest Alaska Network.  The positions will be filled at the GS-05 level ($17.92/hr) and will be based in Port Alsworth, Alaska, in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Duties will include sampling vegetation plots in remote, backcountry locations; identifying vascular and non-vascular (lichens, bryophytes) plants to the species level in the field and office; assisting in the development of a collection of voucher specimens; assisting in the update and maintenance of geographic information system (GIS) data; using a variety of software to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data; assisting with photo documentation of project sites; and assisting in report preparation.  The incumbent(s) may also assist with special projects, including forest disturbance and fuels inventories.  Field work will be conducted in Lake Clark and Katmai
National Parks and Preserves.

The work is physically demanding, and crew members may be required to carry a heavy pack in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather. Field work is often conducted in areas with high densities of brown bears, and crew members must complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work.

START/END DATES: Anticipated start date is May 18, 2015, with field work running into early September.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience; substitutable education completed at an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of the two.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of plant taxonomy; experience in conducting ecological field work; and experience in working in remote,
backcountry areas for extended periods of time.
TO APPLY: Apply through USAJOBS:  Applications must include a resume with contact information for at least three references, a copy of college transcripts, and a completed questionnaire, as indicated in the announcement.  See the “How to Apply” page for specific details.

Applications must be received by February 27, 2015, to be considered.
For questions regarding the position, please contact Amy Miller (Email:; Tel: 907.644.3683).