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    This position is located within a National Forest. This incumbent serves as a technician to forestry research scientists at a Research Station in a Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Work Unit. The Unit is one of four FIA Units across the country that comprises the national FIA program. FIA is a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources.

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    • Works with a team of technicians and professionals, collecting forestry and forest health monitoring data on permanently established fixed radius plots. Assists in locating field sites using aerial photographs and topographic maps.
    • Collects forestry, botanical, and geographic measurements according to nationally standardized protocol and field procedures.
    • The incumbent obtains data on: tree growth and mortality; forest type, stand size and stand age; anthropogenic treatments and/or natural disturbances; insects and disease; soil attributes; and understory vegetation composition.
    • Assists in field manual interpretation when assessing complex or unusual situations. Uses botanical keys to identify plants encountered and assists in the collection and preservation of specimens.
    • Records all measurements utilizing a personal data recorder. Uploads and edits data on a daily basis. Completes accurate and concise plot summaries of all field visits.
    • Actively participates in the safety program, assisting in identifying hazards and mitigating actions.
    • Travels by horse, ATV, motorcycle, boat, small aircraft, and helicopter as necessary to access field sites. Incumbent must have and maintain a valid driver?s license.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584726400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.