Job Overview

Summary

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service.  Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Who May Apply: Open to all status candidates federal government wide.

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The Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (NRSS) provides scientific and technical support to national parks for the management of natural resources. Mission:

The NRSS develops, interprets, disseminates, and uses the tools of natural and social science and resource stewardship to enable the NPS to fulfill its core mission: to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. This position works within the Rocky Mountain Network (ROMN) for the Inventory and Monitoring Division of the NRSS. The primary mission of the ROMN is to monitor “Vital Signs” of long-term ecological health of ROMN parks. The six ROMN parks are Glacier National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana; and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. They are located in the central and southern Rocky Mountain Cordillera, roughly along a NNW–SSE axis that follows the Continental Divide. Together these parks cover approximately 1,373,463 acres (55,820 hectares) of park lands. Although this is an extremely diverse region, all six ROMN parks share ecological similarities. Field work involves traveling to all ROMN parks to sample vegetation and soils and wetlands and streams in diverse ecosystems from the Great Plains through montane, sub-alpine and alpine communities. 

Fort Collins is situated on the Cache La Poudre River along the Colorado Front Range, and is the county seat and most populous city of Larimer County, Colorado. Fort Collins is located 57 miles (92 km) north of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver. With a 2010 census population of 143,986, it is the fourth most populous city in Colorado. Fort Collins is a large college town, home to Colorado State University.

This is a full-time permanent career/career conditional position.

Travel is required, you must be willing and able to travel extensively and continuously throughout Colorado and Montana during the May-October field season, which includes both backcountry and car camping.

This vacancy announcement is open concurrently under delegated examining procedures through vacancy announcement WO-COAB-13-929943-DE.  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

Duties

You will be part of the ROMN team working to monitor “Vital Signs” of park ecosystem health. The core team for the ROMN includes the Program Manager, Data Manager, Science Writer/Editor, Ecologist/Science Coordinator and this position, the Field Coordinator/Interdisciplinary.

You will coordinate all aspects of ROMN inventory and monitoring field work from hiring, supervising and training field crews (4-8 crew members/year); obtaining, maintaining and utilizing field monitoring gear (includes often complex instruments/devices such as data loggers, stream monitoring probes, GPS units, etc.); directing field monitoring, ensuring proper field data management and stewardship, and routine data analysis and summarization (w/ guidance from the Ecologist/Science Coordinator).

You will direct several (2-4 depending on the year) teams of field crews (biological technicians and student interns and volunteers) to sample wetlands, upland vegetation and soils, and streams following a set of provided protocols. Sampling in wetlands, grasslands/shrublands, and in alpine communities will focus on vegetation cover, frequency, and composition (additional forest measurements are taken in woodlands); stream sampling will focus on biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of streams.

The sampling is often done in remote (several sites require 4+ hours hiking to reach the sampling location) wilderness areas requiring the employee and monitoring crews to safely deal with extreme conditions (including snow, sleet and rain throughout the year, storms (lightning and high winds are always possible), wilderness river crossings, and potentially hazardous wildlife encounters (including mountain lions and grizzly and black bears). The work requires careful planning and vigilance to avoid accidents and injuries and the ability to deal with them if they occur. The employee is usually working with less experienced field crews and must ensure the crews are prepared and operating safely according to ROMN protocols standard operating procedures.

The ROMN field season begins in May and ends in October. During this period, you will likely be conducting field work (in travel status) for about 75% or more of the time. During the balance of the year, you will work from ROMN offices in Fort Collins although minor field work may be required during the fall, winter and spring.