Job Overview


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The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.80% cost of living allowance for Homer, Alaska. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease. 

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This position will serve as a Biological Science Technician (Avian) for Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) in Homer, Alaska. The AMNWR is home to 40 million nesting seabirds and the refuge staff administers a nationally-recognized long-term seabird monitoring program. Project: monitoring breeding chronology, reproductive success, population changes, adult survival, and food habits of up to 15 species of seabirds. The work is temporary not-to-exceed 1,039 hours for the season (approximately 6 months, from early May to early November). Limited office work is conducted at the duty station in Homer, Alaska at the beginning and/or end of the field season. All field work is conducted on remote islands throughout Alaska. Monitoring takes place in the following locations: Buldir (western Aleutians), Aiktak (eastern Aleutians), Chowiet (Semidi Is., Alaska Peninsula), Pribilof Islands (St. Paul & St. George, central Bering Sea), East Amatuli (Gulf of Alaska), and St. Lazaria (Gulf of Alaska). Living conditions on Buldir, Aiktak, Chowiet, E. Amatuli, and St. Lazaria are primitive and crew live in small cabins. Crews in the Pribilof Islands live in small villages with access limited to air service. Weather at all locations is typical of a northern maritime climate, and is usually cold, wet, and windy.

For more specific duties of this position, please refer to "Major Duties" section of this announcement. For additional detailed information on work location and duties visit

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For additional information about the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

This position is located in Homer, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.


As a Biological Science Technician (Avian), GS-6 grade level, you will:

  • Collect detailed data on avian populations without direct daily supervision.
  • Work on remote field camps and operate as well as instruct other in the use of associated equipment.
  • Collect avian morphometric data, mark/recapture data and biological samples.
  • Use field equipment including: cameras, GPS equipment, binoculars, rangefinders and computers.
  • Lead field camps including planning logistics, developing work plans/schedules, providing instruction, and working with others.

As a Biological Science Technician (Avian), GS-7 grade level, you will:

  • Assist the study or project leader in planning the course of projects; research methods, costs, and needs related to personnel and equipment; assemble equipment and establish practical procedures to accomplish the work.
  • Participate in field work to include gathering and documentation of a variety of data.
  • Organize and perform preliminary analysis of field data.
  • Prepare final drafts of sections of reports.

For more information on the duties of this position call Marc Romano at (907) 226-4608 or Heather Renner at (907) 226-4623.

Travel Required

  • 75% or Greater
  • This position requires occasional travel to various destinations by vehicle, boat or plane.

Relocation Authorized

  • No