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2017 SUMMER JOBS IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
AMPHIBIAN CREW WANTED
Apply Immediately – Closing Date January 23, 2017
Employer: USDA Forest Service, Region 5 (Pacific Southwest)
Location: Field work is throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of California. Job location is Sonora, California.
Employment Duration: Most are approximately 3 months (mid-June-mid to September); Several positions may be of longer duration.
Titles: Biological Technician (Fisheries, Wildlife)
Grade Levels: GS-04, 05, 06, 07 (Temporary 1039)
Application Period: January 17-23, 2017
Eligibility: US citizens at least 18 years of age.
Background and Job Description:
The U.S. Forest Service is hiring seasonal crew leaders and crew members for a long-term amphibian monitoring program focusing on the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae), southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), and the Yosemite toad (Bufo canorus).
These jobs will predominantly consist of field work in the Sierra Nevada at elevations of 5,000-12,000 feet. Primary duties include locating and traveling to selected sample sites; surveying lakes, ponds, meadows, and streams for amphibians; and collecting habitat data. Many of the sites will be remote, requiring backpacking trips of up to 8-days duration.
Some office work including data entry and checking is required during the season. Some preparatory office work may be available in early season and data entry or cleanup at the end of the season. We are looking for applicants with a background and/or high level of interest in herpetology and/or aquatic biology who are in good physical condition and willing to endure high altitude, temperature extremes, rough terrain, and the occasional mosquito (ok, maybe thousands). Backpacking and backcountry experience, and experience in amphibian surveys and identification are desired. Ability to get along with crew members for prolonged periods in the backcountry is a must.
Crew leaders will supervise a 2-person crew and have additional responsibilities helping with the general organization of work during the season.
IMPORTANT: The US Forest Service has a new hiring procedure with a quick turn-around time. Announcements are open in USAJOBS January 17, 2017 and close January 23, 2017.
Interested individuals should send a brief note of inquiry and a resume to Cathy Brown (email@example.com) with subject line reading “2017 Amphibian Monitoring Positions.” In your email specify the positions (field technician and/or field crew leader), grade level(s), and series (fishery, wildlife) you are applying for.
These jobs are highly competitive. Thus, you are encouraged to apply to multiple grade levels to increase your chances of being selected. Because amphibian expertise comes from multiple disciplines, candidates are selected from both the FISHERIES and WILDLIFE series. Apply to the one you think you qualify for based on your background. You are encouraged to apply to both.
Hiring will occur through http://www.usajobs.gov. This year the application period is limited to a short window from January 17-23rd, 2017.
Applications and supporting information must be submitted online by 8:59 pm Pacific Time on the closing date (Jan 23, 2017) to be considered for employment. Late applications cannot be accepted. Be sure to attach a
resume with references and a copy of your transcripts to your USAjobs application.
** This online USAjobs application allows you to apply for many Biological Science Technician jobs throughout the United States. To be eligible for the Amphibian Monitoring Crew positions, you must apply to the location “Sonora, CA”. To do so add Sonora, CA to your desired work location in your USAjobs profile.
NOTE: Be sure you get a confirmation that your application was received. If you do not receive confirmation by email shortly after you apply, try again.
Eligibility for each pay grade is based on education and/or experience and details for each pay grade can be found in the USAjobs announcements.
Positions are open to all U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. A valid state driver’s license is required.
To find the job announcements enter the following announcement numbers in the search field:
Biological Science Technician Positions [Crew Members]:
17-TEMP-R5-0404-4WLDF-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (WILDLIFE) 17-TEMP-R5-0404-4FISH-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (FISHERIES)
17-TEMP-R5-0404-5WLDF-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICAN (WILDLIFE) 17-TEMP-R5-0404-5FISH-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (FISHERIES)
Biological Science Technician Positions [Crew Leaders]:
17-TEMP-R5-0404-6WILD-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (WILDLIFE) 17-TEMP-R5-0404-6FISH-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (FISHERIES)
17-TEMP-R5-0404-7WILD-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (WILDLIFE) 17-TEMP-R5-0404-7FISH-DT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (WILDLIFE)
We may consider hiring students through the Student Conservation Association Conservation (SCA) Internship program. If this is of interest to you send a brief note of inquiry and a resume to Cathy Brown
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with subject line reading “2017 Amphibian Monitoring Positions-SCA”.
This is a great employment opportunity in an incredibly beautiful location. We are looking forward to a very busy and exceptionally fun field season. Join us!