These are Full-Time temporary Biological Science Technician (Aquatics) positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months in a service year) located at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, in the Natural Resources Division. Anticipated Entry on Duty: 4/9/2019. For information on the duties of this position contact Christopher Otto at 231-326-4753.Learn more about this agency
This position will implement aquatic invasive species management projects and will include a variety of monitoring tasks, including establishing a volunteer monitoring program. The incumbent will be expected to recruit, train, schedule, and supervise volunteer groups to assist with aquatic invasive species monitoring and control programs. These efforts will emphasize developing partnerships with area schools and working directly with school children to implement projects. Organizes, schedules, and executes aquatic invasive species management projects. Plans field projects, independently choosing from among several possible courses of action at different stages of each project (e.g., selects site locations, sampling techniques, appropriate equipment, logistics, etc.). Identifies and enumerates a variety of aquatic invasive species, including invasive invertebrates, plants, pathogens, and fish and other aquatic vertebrates. This position is expected to facilitate the aquatic invasive species monitoring and response program; however, the incumbent will also regularly assist the park's water quality monitoring program. Installs, operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment). Inventories equipment, evaluates quality assurance compliance, and calibrates equipment as necessary. Requests replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies from program manager. Utilizes a variety of computer programs, including ArcGIS, to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information, including natural science research and long-term monitoring projects. Maintains and organizes computer databases.
Physical Demands: 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.
Occasional travel - You will travel throughout the Lakeshore including occasional overnight trips to the Manitou Island for periods up to 3 days at a time.
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