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As the Biological Technician (plants) you will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units in the Northern Great Plains.
AREA INFORMATION: Rapid City is South Dakota's second largest city with approximately 70,000 residents and is the gateway to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.  Rapid City offers entertainment opportunities at the civic auditorium, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, and endless outdoor recreational opportunities such as skiing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and kayaking.  Rapid City is within a 90 minute drive of four national park units:  Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument and Badlands National Park; and South Dakota's crown jewel state park - Custer State Park. Summer is warm, dry and sunny.  July and August are the warmest months of the year, when daytime temperatures climb into the 70s and 80s--and sometimes 90s.  Breezy winds and low humidity levels help make the hot days comfortable. 
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: These are seasonal temporary positions, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1039 hours in a service year. Under this type of appointment selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.
Consideration of selection for this position will be in the following order: 1) CTAP/ICTAP eligibles 2) rehires 3) Veterans' Preference 4) all other applicants. Anticipate Entrance on Duty date:  May 2014. 


The Biological Technicians-plants will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbents visit field sites to collect monitoring data on grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs, identifying them to the species level and fuel loads. The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks. These positions work 10-hour days and require constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation. The position will spend approximately 10-20% of time performing computer and office work, the majority of which will be done after the field season. The anticipated field season is May through September, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Approximately nine nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No