Early Alert Job Announcement –Botanist GS 5/7/9 permanent full time Northern Research Station USDA Forest Service

OUTREACH NOTICE of job to be posted in the near future:  USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV

Job Title:  Botanist

Series and Grade: 0430, ladder position GS 5/7/9 (could be hired at any of the three grades, depending on experience and qualifications; https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.opm.gov%2Fpolicy-data-oversight%2Fclassification-qualifications%2Fgeneral-schedule-qualification-standards%2F0400%2Fbotany-series-0430%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C927b5b6a733540cd8c9808d798da9ca7%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637145937142658079&sdata=d9ZLSVF7NIrLZyetN5jH4SMfqM4vI%2BkMNBwyUg3zBiQ%3D&reserved=0.

Salary Range:  $39,291 – $59,534

Location (Duty Station):  Northern Research Station (NRS) Forest Science Laboratory in Morgantown, WV

Duration:  Permanent and full time with health, retirement, and life insurance benefits in addition to annual and sick leave.

The selected person will provide professional, scientific assistance using a variety of botanical skills that support Forest Service research on native, nonnative, invasive, and sensitive plant species in pristine and disturbed forest ecosystems.

Major Duties:

  *   Conduct vegetation inventories at population, community, and landscape scales

  *   Select research sites and establish new field monitoring plots and experiments evaluating invasion biology, ecology, and forest restoration

  *   Collect and prepare voucher specimens and maintain the NRS Herbarium

  *   Set up and maintain common garden, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments including propagation, watering, fertilizing, mowing, pest-detection, and monitoring environmental settings and sensors

  *   Measure morphological and physiological plant attributes

  *   Collect seed and evaluate germination rates and seed viability

  *   Collect soil for seed bank analyses and soil nutrient composition

  *   Oversee and maintain equipment associated with both field and laboratory research; field equipment may include such items as increment borers, soil augers, battery operated mower; laboratory equipment may include light meters, data loggers, incubators, balances, growth chambers and greenhouse growing space; maintenance may include changing light bulbs and filters as needed and cleaning/sanitizing between experiments

  *   Maintain data in appropriate and organized database/spreadsheet files; summarize and interpret data; assist with presentations and papers

  *   Collect spatial data and make digital maps of site and plant species locations

Morgantown WV is a small university city in northern WV with many amenities and community services normally associated with larger cities. Recently, it was rated third-best small US city to live in. A federally-sponsored day care facility is available to employees. Outdoor recreation activities abound with the Monongahela National Forest nearby. Morgantown is 1.5 hours from Pittsburgh, PA and 4 hours from Washington, DC.

Vacancy Announcement

The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted in the near future on the U.S. Government’s official website for employment opportunities at https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.usajobs.gov&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C927b5b6a733540cd8c9808d798da9ca7%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637145937142658079&sdata=Vu1OtYLzJXDHmgKi4om2NTyX0HDn44ZH3AdpgW7CXvU%3D&reserved=0. All persons indicating an interest in applying for this position will be notified when the position is posted. Those who wish to be considered for this position must apply to the vacancy announcement and upload all required documentation, including transcripts and eligibility for special authority hiring, as appropriate. All applicants who have applied to the announcement and are found to be qualified

and in the quality group will be referred for consideration.

Contacts: If you have questions or wish to be sent notice of the vacancy announcement posting, please contact Dr. Cynthia Huebner, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 180 Canfield St. Morgantown, WV 26505, cynthia.d.huebner@usda.gov, 304-285-1582.

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