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Biological Science Technicians (Stream Morphology/Fish)

USDA Forest Service PIBO Monitoring Program

Multiple Locations ,  All

The Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program will soon begin filling multiple temporary seasonal positions in biology for the 2017 field season. Positions will be filled at the GS-3, 4, and 5 levels. These seasonal (not to exceed 1039 hours) positions will begin on May 15th. Student employees typically work to the end of August while others will work to mid-September with extensions determined by availability of work and funding.

Duty Stations:
• Leadore, Idaho
• St. Regis, Montana
• Ukiah, Oregon

The incumbent will serve as a member of the PIBO Monitoring Program team. The project’s goal is to evaluate the status and trend of aquatic and riparian habitat on lands managed by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies within the Interior Columbia River and Upper Missouri River basins. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year, located throughout the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana. During the summer months the incumbent is required to work remotely for 8 consecutive days, followed by a 6 day break. This is a field based job requiring living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions. Government bunkhouses are available at most locations for a nominal fee.

We are looking for capable field technicians with interest in hydrology, fisheries, and stream morphology. These technicians will collect data on stream morphology and habitat conditions primarily in the Columbia River watershed.

Applications should be submitted during the dates indicated in the ‘Application Instructions’ below.


FISH position responsibilities include an intensive reach scale stream survey. Using one of the most rigorously tested sampling protocols available, technicians collect information on a variety of stream attributes including habitat formations, channel geometry, substrate size, stream bank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macro-invertebrate assemblages. To qualify, incumbent must have course work or experience in natural resource management; especially stream morphology, water resources, and fisheries.

Successful applicants will have the following:
• Course work in natural resources; especially water resources
• Field experience collecting fisheries, stream morphology, or stream habitat data.
• Outdoor / field experience (job requires camping for extended periods of time)
• An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via USAJobs. The positions will be open on USAJobs during the following dates:

Biological Science Aid GS-0404-03: 2/16/17 - 2/22/17
Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-04: 2/16/17 – 2/22/17
Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-05: 2/16/17 – 2/22/17

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Biological Science Aid GS-0404-03 17-TEMP-R4-0404-3BSA-DT

Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-04 17-TEMP-R4-0404-4FISH-DT

Biological Science Technician (Fish) GS-0404-05 17-TEMP-R4-0404-5BSTF-DT

NOTE: These are nationwide job announcements that are very general and do not include the specifics of the job duties. Please thoroughly read the detailed job descriptions. You will only be able to apply during the short open period.
To be considered for these jobs you must select at least one of the following locations:
Leadore, ID
St. Regis, MT
Ukiah, OR

It is highly advisable to apply to all locations. We will discuss your location preferences during the hiring process and try to accommodate. Please answer the assessment questions to the best of your ability. Remember that these postings are generally described and do not necessarily reflect PIBO job duties listed above. USAJobs has a number of buttons that it uses for navigation. Be sure to use them to go back, certify, save, submit, etc. or your application may not be considered.

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