Summer Season Fire Effects ( Botany) Monitoring

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Great Lakes Fire Management Zone. Porter, Indiana
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Outreach Announcement (Job Announcement does not open until approximately January 10, 2019 and will be open for application for 7 days. 

Field Botany Opportunity Summer 2019

Persons with strong interest in plants, good botanical/field taxonomical skills and who enjoy field work are encouraged to apply!


  • Mid May to end of September 2019.
  • Great learning opportunity to increase existing plant identification skills.
  • Must be available all summer to travel to other parks as needed.

Full Time Summer Employment with the National Park Service with permanent station at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter, Indiana with potential travel throughout the summer to other parks in the Midwest/Great Lakes/.North County regions

This 2019 seasonal fire effects vegetative monitoring positions requires that one possess EXCELLENT plant identification skills with the ability to quickly and correctly identify all species, including non flowering herbaceous species, in the field, accuracy and efficiency in  sampling, data collection, data entry, and excellent team skills. 

Job Description:  This is a vegetative sampling position. 

  • Establish and sample vegetation and fuels in fire effects monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel model types, and in accordance with established methodologies and guidelines. 
  • Accurately, rapidly and efficiently identify all plants to species.
  • Identify grasses, sedges, herbs, shrubs, and trees to species in field by sight or by dichotomous keys for less commonly encountered species.
  • Take and record various measurements and observational data in the field
  • Record field data accurately.
  • Navigate to and from plots using compass, maps and GPS.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively as a member of a crew, as well as independently. 
  • Field work will account for approximately 80% of the work week.
  •  Office work includes data entry using customized database software, verification of data entry quality, download of digital cameras and GPS receivers.
  •  Although principle duties will be collecting and processing vegetation data, the incumbent may have opportunity to  collect weather and fire behavior data on prescribed fires, serve as a member of a fire crew, or complete additional projects, as needed.  
  •  This is a field position which regularly involves exposure to severe weather (high heat and humidity), ticks, and mosquitoes and carrying heavy gear in rough terrain.

Job Title/Grade: Biological Science Technician (Fire Effects Monitoring/Botany/Plants), GS0404-05.

Per Hour: $17.68 hr.


Look for Job Announcement  around January 10, 2019

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