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    Summary

    Open to the first 50 applicants or until 05/13/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

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    Responsibilities

    Identifies research needs, prepares requests for proposals or statements of work, and provides oversight for research projects. Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative / Agreements Technical Representative for projects conducted through contracts, interagency agreements, and cooperative agreements. Evaluates research results for management implications.

    Coordinates the park's vegetation management strategies and programs with those on adjacent lands for the purposes of achieving broad ecosystem protection strategies and preventing human impacts.

    Applies chemical treatment ( Herbicides ) in vegetation management as part of ecosystem restoration projects.

    Maintains Pesticide Treatment Logs.

    In cooperation with appropriate staff, researchers, and partners, the botanist designs, develops, tests, and implements protocols to identify, evaluate, and do long-term monitoring of flora. This includes conducting inventories to determine statistically valid plot distributions and design. Writes new monitoring documents that define monitoring techniques and develops methods for future refinements of protocols.

    Prepares management and scientific reports regarding the results of protection, mitigation, restoration, inventory, monitoring, and research activities. Summarizes new and conventional information for use by scientists, managers, park staff, cooperators, and partners

    Complete botanical surveys and clearances to assist with the processing of permit and or projects to ensure compliance with appropriate federal law.

    Implement the habitat improvement and restoration projects for the park.

    Monitors and surveys sensitive species and their habitats.

    Document, evaluate, and report changes in habitat status

    Serves on an interdisciplinary team to address botanical and natural resources issues and problems.

    Collaborate with supervisor and other specialists to write and review botanical input for environmental assessments, biological assessments, protective stipulations, and resource management plans.

    Area Info:

    Big Bend National Park encompasses 801,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert with varied scenery and diversity of plant and animal life. The park community consists of 250 people, including employees of the NPS, Concession, Border Patrol, Postal Service, School, and their families living in 4 housing areas; Panther Junction (PJ), Chisos Basin, Castalon, and Rio Grande Village. A state-accredited elementary school (K-8) is located at Panther Junction. The park has a post office, gas stations, camper stores, restaurant, and lodge.

    Recreational opportunities include hiking, bird watching, photography, backcountry camping, bicycling, and river rafting. An active employee/community association sponsors social events throughout the year.

    Elevation in the park varies from 7825 to 1850 ft. The climate is generally pleasant with hot summers (90-110+ degrees F.) and mild winters (30-50 degrees F.).

    Terlingua (a small town 24 miles away from PJ) has a state-accredited high school (no bus service), lodging, restaurants, hardware store, small grocery and gift stores, churches and a bank. Lajitas has limited shopping, lodging, restaurants, golf course and churches. Alpine, Texas (100 miles from PJ) has most necessities, including supermarkets, variety of stores, a hospital, pharmacies, churches, a movie theater, and a university. The nearest larger cities are Midland/Odessa (225 miles) and El Paso (325 miles).
    Please visit our website for more information at: https://go.nps.gov/bigbendareainfo

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0430 Botany

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/599714600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.