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    These are TEMPORARY positions not-to-exceed 1 year at the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office, Fisheries Program, with duty location either in Arcata, CA or Weaverville, CA. The appointment may be extended without further announcement for a maximum total appointment of 2 years.  One GS-05, one GS-06, and two GS-07 positions are scheduled to be filled.  There is no promotion potential with these positions.  Additional positions may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

    In collaboration with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other Service Programs, the Fisheries Program focus on developing conservation strategies for aquatic resources, and design and conduct investigations that guide and evaluate the success of aquatic habitat restoration efforts that will lead to the recovery and conservation of fish populations and fisheries in northern California.  As a Biological Science Technician, you will assist one or more fishery biologists in completing all phases of a fishery biological study or project such as project planning, logistical arrangements, leading a crew performing field work, correlation and analysis of data, and completion of reports.

    Salary range for these positions:

    GS-05:  $32,318 to $42,012 per annum    
    GS-06:  $36,025 to $46,831 per annum
    GS-07:  $40,033 to $52,043 per annum

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    At the GS-05 level, Biological Science Technician performs a full range of assignments in support of professional biologists to conserve fish and aquatic species and their habitats. Major duties include:

    • Conduct field sampling techniques that may include seining, operating fyke nets, electrofishing, underwater observation, weir and rotary screw trap operation, water velocity and river discharge measurement, acoustic and radio telemetry, and habitat typing and mapping.
    • Conduct fish and fish-habitat related field investigations and surveys such as creel census, mark-recapture population estimates, fish habitat use, instream flow studies, and fish habitat surveys.
    • Perform a variety of computations and assessment of standard biological data to prepare the data for interpretative use or inclusion in biological reports.
    • Collect, stores, organize, and transfer raw data sheets to digital files and inputs data into computer databases. Summarize data using a variety of database software programs.
    • Operate motorized watercraft up to 25' in length and non-motorized watercraft in swift water conditions. 

    In addition, at the GS-06 level, Biological Science Technician duties include:

    • May lead field crews in gathering field data relating to fish populations and associated aquatic habitat conditions.
    • Assist in planning multifaceted fisheries studies by contributing ideas, determining research methods, establishing practical procedures for accomplishing and reporting the work and determining other needs, such as costs, equipment and personnel.

    In addition to the duties above, at the GS-07 level, Biological Science Technician provides work direction and guidance to lower graded technicians, volunteers, or Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) enrollees in gathering field data, including safe handling of tools and operation or motorized vehicles and watercarft.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required up to 4 nights per week during periods of intense field work (March - July and/or September - December)

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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