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    These positions are located at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. These are temporary positions and work is not anticipated to exceed 1039 hours in a service year. Anticipated Entry on Duty Date is: Late April.

    Open to the first 100 applicants or until 02/19/2019 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

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    Responsibilities

    Serves as a member of a fire effects monitoring crew. Establish and sample vegetation and fuel monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines. Independently, quickly and correctly identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in the field and records data accurately in the field. Prepare herbarium specimens and record habitat and plant association data. Enter data into computer or PDA using customized database software and verify data entry quality. The applicant may assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines. Use map and compass and uses and downloads digital cameras, GPS receivers, and PDAs. Collect and analyze fuel moisture samples. Although the incumbent's principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may also collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, and/or will complete additional projects as needed. This job regularly involves carrying heavy gear and exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity) and ticks.

    OTHER INFORMATION: Employee may have the opportunity to participate in basic firefighting classes (S-130 and S-190) which require passing an arduous pack test. After successful completion of firefighting classes and pack test, employee will have the opportunity to participate in prescribed fires, wildland fires, and out-of-park assignments.

    The position requires travel to many other parks in the Midwest Region. Work schedule may be changed to meet work goals.

    AREA INFORMATION: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan approximately 50-60 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois. Small towns and resort communities on the beaches of Lake Michigan and farms interspersed wtih large tracts of woodlands and wetlands surround the Lakeshore. An abundance of cultural and recreational activities are available year-round. The area has weather typical of the Midwest, with temperatures normally ranging from 0 degrees in the winter to 90 degrees in the summer. No government housing is available, however many reasonably priced houses and rental properties exist in the surrounding communities. All services are available.

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    5

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523385200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.