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Fire Tech Position Open with National Parks–Indiana Dunes

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USAJobs has a posting for a GS-0404-05 Biological Science Technician (Botany-Fire Effects) that is now open.  (Bachelor’s Degree required)

OPENS:  12/08/2015
CLOSES:  12/29/2015
Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Botany-Fire Effects) GS-0404-05
$16.77 to $16.77 / Per Hour


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.


Author: Debra Kutska

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