*Outreach Notice – 180 Day Seasonal Biological Science Technician Positions*

*GG-404-6 Field Technicians   Salary: $17.06 per hour  Vacancy #
SRFS-15-009*

Duration of Job:
May 18, 2015 through approx. August 22, 2015

Type of Appointment:
Temporary – Fulltime, with possible periods of PT or Intermittent work.
Duty Station: Spokane, WA.

Must have 1 year and 9 months of field survey experience OR 4 years of
sub-professional work experience OR 4 years of college with courses related
to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 120 semester/180
quarter hrs) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience.  *In addition,
incumbents must have at least 3 months experience in sampling plant
communities, and ideal candidate will have experience working in sagebrush
ecosystems. Candidates without 3 months experience sampling and identifying plant species will not be considered.*

*DUTIES (specific):*
The work is part of a USGS project that seeks to characterize the effects of reoccurring fires on recovery and successional trends in sagebrush steppe ecosystems. A primary objective of the project is to collect data in the field from several different previously burned areas in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area and surrounding public lands in
central and eastern Washington state.  The GG-06 biological technician will
serve as the crew leader for a 2 person field crew that will sample plant
species composition and vegetation characteristics across this study area.
Primary duties include identifying sagebrush community plants to species, measuring plant characteristics (e.g., canopy cover and height), collecting samples, recording GPS points, recording and managing ecological data (on field forms and in a field laptop computer), calibrating and maintaining technical field equipment, and driving on poor and sometimes muddy 4-WD roads.  As crew leader, the GG-06 biological technician will also be
responsible for ensuring that accurate and credible data are collected by
the field crew, will assist with site selection protocols, and will be
responsible for managing crew logistics. The ideal candidate will have
experience in all of the following: 1) leading small field crews in remote
field locations; 2) using vegetation sampling methods and protocols; 3)
identifying sagebrush community grasses, forbs, and shrubs to the species level; 4) using maps and GPS to navigate to in remote field locations; and 5) using and maintaining technical equipment (including GPS, GIS, personal computer, and digital camera). The ideal candidate will also have good organizational, communication, and leadership skills.

All applicants must apply by following the instructions in the job
announcement at the following website *OR* you may apply directly to the
USGS contact information below. Make sure to indicate in your application
the Job # SRFS-15-009. If you apply directly, send a) resume or b) OF-612,
Optional Application for Federal Employment, or c) other written format to the email or physical address provided below. If submitting a resume be sure to include To and From dates of employment as mm/dd/yyyy and how many hours per week you worked each job and percentage of time doing field
survey work. Please also submit transcripts (unofficial acceptable) to
document all education used for position qualification.

Opens 03/04/2015 Closes 03/11/2015

Washington Worksource:
https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/worksource/Employment.aspx

Posting # WS445965117
Agency Job # SRFS-15-009

The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for this position
will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard
to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, on-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

Michelle Schatz – USGS FRESC HQ – for application questions and to submit
applications directly

Email:  michelle_schatz@usgs.gov

U.S Geological Survey
777 NW 9th St Suite 400
Ph. (541)750-1040

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