Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency

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 excellent recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places. We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (Plant General Fish Wildlife) positions at some locations.  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. 

Southwest Alaska Network - Anchorage, Port Alsworth, and King Salmon, AK (May - Oct) http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/swan/

Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, AK (April - Sept) www.nps.gov/kefj

Central Alaska Network, Fairbanks AK (May - Sept)  www.nps.gov/yuga 

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

Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Copper Center, AK) (May - Sep) - www.nps.gov/wrst

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - (Bartlett Cove, AK (May-Oct) - www.nps.gov/glba

Government housing may be available in Copper Center and Seward, AK.

Government housing is not available in Anchorage or Fairbanks, AK.

Government housing is available in Glacier Bay (Bartlett Cove), Port Alsworth, King Salmon and Denali, AK.

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.

 

Duties

As a GS-06 Biological technician you will usually work under the direct supervision of experienced staff as a crew member for the vegetation monitoring program, but may be expected to perform some technical tasks independently with minimal supervision. Your duties will include collection of vegetation and environmental data in permanent plots. To perform duties effectively, you will need a strong foundation in the botanical sciences with systematic botany coursework specifically; you will need to be able to recognize plant species to the species level in the field (including some mosses and lichens).  Under the direction of field staff you will assist in making voucher collections and taking detailed data on vegetation communities and will assist with data entry using multiple software platforms. You may also at times work with less experienced staff than yourself to collect tree cores from the permanent plots. Attention to detail and the ability to work in demanding field conditions carrying a heavy backpack and other field sampling equipment over steep and uneven terrain, including long periods in inclement weather. You will be responsible for independently performing photo documentation of long term monitoring plots using digital cameras and use transect, quadrat and other methodologies to compile field data.  This will include assisting less experienced field staff on occasion.  You will be expected to measure tree diameter and heights and should be familiar with traditional forest mensuration methods.  You may also assist with special projects including forest disturbance/fuels inventories, wetland studies, alpine monitoring and invasive plant management. Work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 – 10 days in duration. You may be required to carry a 60 lb. pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, trail-less terrain, often in challenging weather.  Camping and hiking is often in country with high densities of brown or black bears. You may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on the park.

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations

    • Anchorage, AK
    • Bartlett Cove, AK
    • Copper Center, AK
    • Fairbanks, AK
    • King Salmon, AK
    • McKinley Park, AK
    • Port Alsworth, AK
    • Seward, AK