Job Overview


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. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is also concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number (IMDE-14-326). Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

This position is also career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) but generally not more than 48 weeks (24 pay periods) a year. Actual work schedule and period of non-pay is contingent upon operational needs and/or weather conditions.


The appointee will be a biologist assigned to duties involving threatened species conservation, general wildlife, supervision of seasonal employees, volunteers, and interns, budget, compliance, and general collateral duties. Work will be conducted independently and will require the appointee to be self-directed and motivated. Employee will be expected to work in a team atmosphere, be responsible for creating a safe personal environment, and communicate with staff in this and possibly other parks and agencies. Supervision of interns, volunteers, and seasonal employees will be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of threatened and endangered species and other species of management concern.
  • Preparation of project proposals for internal and external funding opportunities.
  • Serving as a technical specialist on park-wide planning initiatives.
  • Developing projects to protect wildlife and their habitat in a complex resource environment throughout the park.
  • Overseeing the following park programs and planning initiatives: Utah prairie dog stewardship plan, the park’s annual Utah prairie dog day, the Bryce Canyon circle for the annual Audubon Christmas bird count, and other environmental education and outreach opportunities.
  • Working closely with staff from adjacent land management agencies on projects of joint concern.
  • Supervising term, seasonal, intern and volunteer staff.
  • Biological Evaluations and Assessments and other wildlife-related input to projects to assess the effects of projects on a variety of species, including threatened and endangered, sensitive, management indicator species, and other species of concern.

Applicants must possess skills in NEPA compliance, program management, and administration of budgets, agreements/contracts, and personnel.

For additional job and/or duty location information, please call Daniel Fagergren (435) 834-4760. For questions on the application process, please call Lorraine Atencio-Curry at 303-969-2629.

Area Information:  Bryce Canyon is a national park in southwestern Utah. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1928. Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.  In addition to Bryce Canyon's hiking, camping, photography, horseback riding, and star-gazing, recreation opportunities abound outside the park.  Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument offer hiking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing opportunities.   In addition, six National Park Service sites and three state parks are less than three hours away from Bryce Canyon!

Because of the high altitude (7,000 - 9,000 foot elevations) summers are relatively mild with daytime temperatures rarely surpassing 90 degrees.  Nighttime temperatures are cool (upper 40's to low 50's F).  Afternoon thunderstorms are common in July and August.

Small grocery stores, restaurants, service stations, a church and K-12 schools are located in Tropic (10 miles away).   The nearest medical facilities are in Panguitch (28 miles).  Cedar City (80 miles) has movie theaters, clothing stores, full-service grocery stores, and department and home improvement stores.

Physical Demands:  The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, long-distance hiking and some backcountry camping may be required.  Some lifiting of heavy equipment may be required.  Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings and adherence to specific safety procedures for backcountry hiking/travel/camping as well as other safety protocols is required.  Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

Work Environment:  Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures below freezing to in excess of 90ºF. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes and rocky terrain.

Housing:  Park Housing may be available through a bid-system.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to check on projects and for training, may occur occasionally.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.