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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number (AZSHRO 13-045 MP).  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

This position is career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks but generally not more than 48 weeks a year. Actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs.

For position specific information contact Lori Makarick 928-638-7455.


This position will serve as a Biologist (Vegetation) within the Vegetation Program of the Science and Resource Management Division of Grand Canyon National Park, which is a fast-paced, complex, and nationally recognized program. This position requires the incumbent to exercise independent action that demonstrates skill in a wide range of concepts, principles, and projects, with a specific focus on practical knowledge of technical methods of ecological restoration, native habitat revegetation, vegetation surveying, and resource monitoring. The incumbent will be responsible for program development and implementation under the direction of the park's Vegetation Program Manager, and will be required to develop annual work plans, to review and adhere to NEPA compliance documents, to assist with the preparation of NEPA documents, to compile and analyze field data, and to independently prepare scientific and agency reports. This position will be required to prepare and pursue grant applications to fund scientific research projects. The employee will be required to collaborate with other agencies' resource managers and park partners to achieve the complete range of ecosystem protection objectives. The incumbent must be able to independently identify native and non-native plants. The position will be cross-trained in all aspects of the vegetation program including exotic plant management and native plant propagation. The incumbent will help to coordinate and supervise volunteer work groups, directing the work of up to 30 people when working with volunteer groups. The incumbent will also direct the work of up to 6 subordinate positions during the season. The position will implement action plans, complete field data sheets, and complete entry and management, often performing routine tasks for extended periods of time. They will be responsible for public involvement and education regarding native habitat restoration and vegetation monitoring. In order to accomplish these duties the incumbent must be able to independently operate and maintain monitoring equipment, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and will utilize various computer systems and software. Incumbent will work closely at times with various park divisions, service organizations, and volunteers. The incumbents should have the ability to operate 4WD vehicles, use and care for tools and equipment, and utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety techniques. The incumbent will spend a majority of their time in the developed areas of the park, but will also work in remote back-county field settings for extended periods of time. The incumbent will need to be able to function well in a group setting as well as independently. The incumbent will implement safety awareness into all aspects of program operations, and will be responsible for giving safety trainings and ensuring crew accountability for following proper procedures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, caves, firelines, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible and would require the completion of required training.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consist of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

Employees obtain housing either through a bid system or by assignment into shared furnished quarters. Because of limited housing, when an employees is assigned shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets. For additional housing information contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.