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.

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places.  We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (Soils) positions.  The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs. Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location. All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities.

The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below. The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses.  The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances.  When you apply online, you will be asked to specify the location(s) where you would like to work. You can select some or all of the locations. 

Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve- Fairbanks, (May-Oct)-http://www.nps.gov/yuch

Wrangell- St. Elias National Park and Preserve- Copper Center (May- Oct)- http://www.nps.gov/wrst

Denali National Park and Preserve - (apply under McKinley Park, AK) (May-Oct) - www.nps.gov/dena

In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date. When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location. 

Housing is available at Denali National Park and Preserve - Denali, AK  and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Copper Center, AK.

Government housing is NOT available at Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, Fairbanks, AK.

Duties

The person selected for this position will function as crew leader and team member for the vegetation monitoring program of the National Park Service, in Alaska.

The Biological Technician (Soils) is part of a team responsible for implementation of an ambitious field vegetation sampling program developed by the NPS science staff.  This program consists of establishing and sampling a network of permanent plots that represent all of the major environments across the National Park Service lands in Alaska.

The person selected for this position is responsible for implementation of the vegetation monitoring program.  Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans complex field travel and equipment logistics
  • Performs fieldwork as a team leader of 3 or 4 people while living for prolonged periods in wilderness camp
  • Digs soil pits and describes soils and site characteristics
  • Plant identification
  • Quantitative measurement of trees and other site variables
  • Use of advanced technology such as electronic data collectors, GPS, and digital cameras
  • Data entry and error-checking
  • Completes draft reports describing field activities and results

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No