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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens


TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1040 hours in a service year.  Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.  


The Biological Technician (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program. Visit field sites to implement data collection.  Involved in a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks.  Will be supervised by the NGPN Vegetation Ecologist and assists both the Vegetation Ecologist and Lead Biological Technician in managing and running the field crews, plant data collection, identify vegetation to the species level in the field or in the office using standard floras, ensure crew safety, enter data and follow quality assurance procedures, and maintain field and camping equipment.   Requires 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 anticipated field season is May through October, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season. 

 Area Information:

Rapid City is South Dakota's second largest city with approximately 68,000 residents and is the gateway to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.  Rapid City offers early childhood programs, public schools, private schools, and a technical college.  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 sometime 90s.  Breezy winds and low humidity levels help make the hot days comfortable.  January and February are the coldest months of winter.  Daytime temperatures average in the 30s, but Chinook winds can warm temperatures into the 50s and 60s.  Average monthly snowfall ranges from five inches in Rapid City to 15 inches in the Black Hills.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel up to 9 nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No