Biological Technician in Eastern National Parks

Subject: Biological Technician in Eastern National Parks

The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Program is recruiting 3 seasonal Biological Science Technicians to be a part of a 2-3 person field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 16 parks throughout the Eastern US.

Job Title: Biological Science Technician Job Type: full-time seasonal position
Organization: National Park Service
Location: Bar Harbor, ME (Duty Station first 9 weeks), and Fredericksburg, VA (Duty Station second 9 weeks) Open Period: February 12- 16, 2018
Vacancies: 3 crew members
Duration: 18 weeks mid May to September (exact dates TBD)
Grade: GS-0404-5/6
Pay: $16.00-17.84/hour

Job Description:
Incumbents will sample permanent forest monitoring plots collecting data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. The crew will work in 16 park sites from Virginia to Maine, starting with a week of training in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. The first 4 weeks of the season will be spent sampling National Historic Parks in New York, New England. The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks sampling in Acadia National Park, and 9 weeks working in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, and data entry.

This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, and work in all weather conditions.  Park housing will be available at the duty stations (Bar Harbor, ME and Fredericksburg, VA), and crew will be required to pay for housing while at their duty station.  When away from duty station (approx. 50% of the time), the National Park Service will pay
lodging and per diem costs.

For more information and to apply, please view the announcement (vacancy announcement # NE-1612-NERO-18-10133353-DE) on the USAJOBS website ( Questions about the position can be directed to Kate Miller (