Summer 2017 Student Contract Positions Biological Technicians

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking

to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the

North American Breeding Bird Survey program (*

<>)*, a long-term, continental avian monitoring

program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance

of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data,

data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing,

preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative


*Application deadline: *

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by *February

15, 2017.*

*Statement of Work *

1. *Types of services required: *During the summer field season,

approximately 3100 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian

identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to

inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will

include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and

quality control procedures using web-based technologies, tracking progress,

assisting with database management, photocopying, scanning and filing

materials, map preparation, and corresponding with participants.

2. *Required expertise/skills: *

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate

course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology, ecology, environmental science

or related disciplines.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both

verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize

and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is *not* required but considered a


3. *Eligibility requirements: *To be eligible for a student contract

position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a

recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at

least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or

university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who

left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these

contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student

status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children

are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are

eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on

their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and

Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are

usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions

against off-campus work.

4. *Description of working conditions: *Work will be performed in an office

environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in

Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This

is not a field or laboratory position.

5. *Compensation: *The student contractor will be paid $16.71 per hour.

Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave

benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and

from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide

housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty

station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. *Principal Duty Station: *USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100

Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may

enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is


7. *Additional information: *Number of students required is three.

Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer).

There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the

fall semester. The approximate start date is May 29, 2017. The approximate

end date is August 25, 2017. There is flexibility in start and end dates to

accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. *How to apply: *Send resume and cover letter to Keith Pardieck via email

(* <>*). Applications must be received

on or before *February 15, 2017*. In your cover letter include an

explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected

graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2