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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.
Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska (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
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - (Bartlett Cove, AK (May-Oct) - www.nps.gov/glba
Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Copper Center, AK) (May - Sep) - www.nps.gov/wrst
Government housing may be available in Copper Center and Seward, AK.
Government housing is not available Fairbanks, AK.
Government housing is available in Glacier Bay (Bartlett Cove) 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.
As a GS-07 Biological technician you will be expected to provide leadership for field vegetation monitoring crew but will work under the direct supervision of the program leader in lab and office situations. Your duties will include collection of vegetation and environmental data in permanent plots, and also preparing reports and summaries of the field data that you collect. To perform duties effectively, you will need to be an experienced field botanist, with the ability to recognize most plant species to species-level in the field (including many moss and lichen species). You will be required to collect herbarium-quality plant voucher specimens and take detailed data on vegetation communities without direct supervision. You will perform data entry using multiple software platforms, and be required to query and summarized field data entered into, project databases. You will frequently work with less experienced staff than yourself to provide guidance and leadership for field studies. 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 expected to measure tree diameter and heights and should be familiar with traditional forest mensuration methods, and assist in training other staff in these techniques. 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, uneven terrain, often in poor 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.