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This position is located at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, California.  For information about the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, go to:


As a Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), you will provide technical support and assistance to biologists in completing all phases of a wildlife biological study or project including field work, summarization and analysis of data and completion of reports or other documents related to the project.  You will also be responsible for maintaining several seasonal wetlands, actively managing forage crops for wintering waterfowl and controlling invasive plants.       

This is a TERM position not-to-exceed 13 months, but may be extended without further competition for a total appointment not-to-exceed 4 years. 


    Conducts biological surveys (observing, monitoring, and recording a wide variety of data) following established data collection techniques to document species occurrence, abundance, and distribution.  
    Monitors native plants to assess response to treatments.
    Performs noxious weed/exotic plant control using chemical and/or mechanical control methods.
    Operates motorboats and airboats to assist research, outreach, and disease surveillance efforts.
    Provides temporary care to sick/injured/orphaned birds in preparation for transfer to professional wildlife rehabilitators.
    Collects, stores, organizes and summarizes data using a variety of database software programs.
    Operates farm type tractors with attachments such as rotary mowers, sprayers, discs, native grass drills, front-loader, back hoes, etc.
    If selected at the GS-5 or 6 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.