BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIANS (RIPARIAN VEGETATION / STREAM MORPHOLOGY)- US Forest Service

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Deadline: October 15, 2018 12:00 am
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The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program will soon begin filling multiple temporary seasonal positions at the GS- 3, 4, and 5 levels for the 2019 field season.

The incumbent will serve as a member of the PIBO Monitoring Program team. The project’s goal is to evaluate the status and trend of aquatic and riparian habitat on lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies within the Interior Columbia River and Upper Missouri River basins. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year, located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana.

From mid-May through September the schedule will be 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This is a field based job requiring living, hiking long distances, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and arduous weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee.

Biological Science Technician (Fish) responsibilities include an intensive reach scale stream survey. Using one of the most rigorously tested sampling protocols available, technicians collect information on a variety of stream attributes including habitat formations, channel geometry, substrate size, stream bank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macroinvertebrate assemblages.

Biological Science Technician (Plant) position responsibilities include riparian vegetation data collection and extensive plant identification. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species, including: sedges, grasses, forbs, willows, and other woody plants. To qualify, the incumbent must have completed at least one plant taxonomy course and have experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys.