Entry Level Biological Science Technician – Needed

*To learn more and apply, please follow the link below:*


The Biological Science Technician will provide national service at the

Bureau of Land Management Eagle Lake Field Office (Susanville, CA), a host

site for the Great Basin Institute’s AmeriCorps Environmental Service



Working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eagle Lake

Field Office, the Great Basin Institute is recruiting two Biological

Science Technicians to assist BLM resource specialists with noxious weed

treatment and monitoring.

*Primary duties:*

• Treat invasive plant infestations (Treatments primarily involve using

herbicides, but may also be accomplished by hand-pulling and/or using hand

tools, power tools, mowers, and other standardized control methods);

• Identify non-native plant species using various field guides and survey

for target plants;

• Collect data on infestation location and status;

• Accurately and legibly record data related to invasive plant treatments

according to specific protocols; and

• Perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and


This is a primarily field-based position which requires physical labor and

daily hiking. Service will be performed in an outdoor environment that

ranges from cold and wet to hot and dry. This work may require physical

exertion over steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces;

and may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and

similar activities. There is potential for overnight camping in remote

areas, but it is not required.  BLM seasonal crews typically serve 4

10-hour day work weeks (Mon-Thu).


The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office is located in Susanville, California, in

the vicinity of many outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing,

mountain biking, hiking/backpacking, and skiing/snowboarding. Susanville is

located in northeastern California, with access to nearby national forests

and the Sierra Nevada range to the south.


• AmeriCorps Living Allowance: $12,060.00 (approximately $960 biweekly

before taxes)

• AmeriCorps Education Award*: $3,047.50 (upon successful completion)

• Housing Stipend: $75/week

• Field Camping Per Diem: $15/day if applicable

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance available at no-cost

*AmeriCorps Education Award may be used for past, present or future

education experiences, including payment of qualifying federal student

loans. Student loan forbearance is also available.

*Technical Requirements:*

o Knowledge and interest in botany and plant identification – prior

experience with invasive plant management preferred;

o Willingness to utilize chemical herbicide treatment methods;

o Experience utilizing hand-held GPS units or tablets for navigation and/or

data collections preferred, along with basic computer skills;

o Ability to carry backpack sprayer or up to 40 pounds in a backpack, and

otherwise maintain good physical condition;

o Experience operating 4WD trucks on and off-road, including mountainous

forest roads, preferred;

o Knowledge and experience in operating off highway vehicles such as

Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV)  desirable

Additional Requirements:

o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to

safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;

o Ability to work productively and cooperatively as part of a team focused

on accomplishing mutual goals and communicate effectively, both written and

orally, with a diverse audience;

o Possess good organizational skills and be detail oriented;

o Ability to work in challenging environmental conditions, work in all

types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and perform required

physical activities; and

o Meet AmeriCorps eligibility requirements: (1) U.S. citizenship or legal

resident alien status, (2) eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education

Award (limit of four in a lifetime or the equivalent of two full-time

education awards), (3) pass National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)

and federal criminal background checks, (4) adhere to the rules,

regulations and code of conduct as specified in the Member Service

Agreement; and (5) will not engage in any prohibited activities as listed

in the Member Service Agreement.