These Full-Time Temporary Biological Science Technician (Aquatics) positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months in a service year) are located at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in the Natural Resources Division. Anticipated Entry on Duty: 5/13/1019. For information on the duties of the position contact Christopher Otto at 231-326-4753.Learn more about this agency
This position is located within the Division of Natural Resource Management at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The incumbent will assist with sampling water quality of inland lakes, rivers, and at Lake Michigan beach sites throughout the Lakeshore. He or she will assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines. Draft project reports may include literature research, descriptions of methods, preparation of graphs and charts, and summary of findings. Specific duties include performing routine and recurring testing of water quality, both chemical and bacteriological; recording all data collected and providing preliminary assessment and classification of the information; using a Global Positioning System device to locate and mark sampling sites in remote locations; portaging and paddling a canoe for long distances to sample interior lakes; processing water samples for laboratory analysis according to detailed standard operating procedures; installing, operating, maintaining, and calibrating water quality sampling equipment; and entering data into computer spreadsheets or databases.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This is largely a field based position; however, processing water samples in a laboratory will also be a primary role. Field work will usually be performed with a second person. The incumbent will also spend approximately 20% of the time performing computer work and maintaining/cleaning equipment. Working in various watercraft to collect natural resource data will be required of this position. Handling, securing, loading, launching and navigating hand propelled watercraft in a variety of weather and water conditions is an expectation of the position. The incumbent will be expected to portage a canoe and carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Work may include standing and walking for long periods of time; lifting of moderately heavy items, such as backpacks, canoes, boat anchors, etc.; exposure to harsh weather conditions such as temperature extremes, rain, snow, wind and direct sunlight for long periods of time; occasional sedentary work. Staff may be hiking as much as 10 miles per day in various types of terrain while carrying backpacks, tools, and equipment. Excellent driving skills with experience handling small boat trailers are highly desired. You must be willing to work throughout the Lakeshore including occasional overnight trips to the Manitou Islands for periods up to 3 days at a time.
Occasional travel - You must be willing to work throughout the Lakeshore including occasional overnight trips to the Manitou Islands for periods up to 3 days at a time.
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