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Biological Science Technician (Botany) GS-0404-05

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Porter ,  Indiana

To apply go to ( link active 1/11/2017 until close Wednesday 1/18/2017)

Job Announcement NumberMWE-17-OC-INDU-009

MAJOR DUTIES:  Serves as a member of a fire effects monitoring crew.  Establish and sample vegetation and fuel monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines.  Independently identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in the field and records data accurately in the field.  Prepare herbarium specimens and record habitat and plant association data.  Enter data into computer or PDA using customized database software and verify data entry quality.  The applicant may assist in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines.  Use map and compass and uses and downloads digital cameras, GPS receivers, and PDAs.  Collect and analyze fuel moisture samples.  Although the incumbent's principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may also collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, and/or will complete additional projects as needed.  This job regularly involves carrying heavy gear and exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity) and ticks. 

OTHER INFORMATION: Employee may have the opportunity to participate in basic firefighting classes (S-130 and S-190) which require passing an arduous pack test. After successful completion of firefighting classes and pack test, employee will have the opportunity to participate in prescribed fires, wildland fires, and out-of-park assignments.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g. packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

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