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Biological Technician (Plants)

GS-0404-07 PSE

Malheur National Forest

John Day, Oregon


The Malheur National Forest will soon be advertising one permanent seasonal (PSE) botanical technician position, GS-0404-07. This Outreach Notice is open to current employees and non-employees alike.  Please respond accordingly.  The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to determine the potential applicant pool for this position and to establish the appropriate recruitment method and area of consideration for the vacancy announcements.  Responses received from this outreach notice will be used to make this determination.   If you are interested in this position, please complete the attached Outreach Response Form and return it to Joseph Rausch, ( no later than February 22, 2013.


About the Position

This position is assigned to the Natural Resource Section of the Malheur National Forest Supervisor’s Office with a duty station of John Day, Oregon. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Forest Botanist and will perform a variety of work in the field of botany with emphasis on native, sensitive, and invasive plant species. Primary duties will include:


  • Serving as the collector of botanical and plant habitat data for Forest projects, including occurrence, distribution, and condition data for populations of bryophytes, fungi, lichens, and vascular plants.
  • Serving as a work leader to 1-4 temporary employees in gathering of botanical and ecological data.
  • Cooperating and coordinating with other agencies, groups, or individuals that may also have pertinent botanical or plant habitat information for an area where proposed management activities will occur.
  • Assisting forest and district personnel in implementing the Forest’s native plant materials and invasive species program.
  • Assistance in the development and implementation of sensitive species monitoring and inventory projects.
  • Assistance in the maintenance and management of sensitive and invasive plant GIS inventory databases.
  • Assisting and training field personnel in plant identification.
  • Working outdoors in a variety of weather situations and terrain requiring significant physical exertion, and occasionally indoors in an office setting.

About the Malheur National Forest

The Malheur National Forest is nestled among the majestic Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, encompassing more than 1.7 million acres of wilderness, grasslands, forest, and riparian ecosystems.  The Malheur National Forest affords unique opportunities for quality of life, recreation, personal development, and challenging work assignments.


Additional information on the Malheur National Forest is available at .

About the Community

John Day is a full service community (schools, secondary education opportunities, hospitals and various medical personnel, gas stations, swimming pool, restaurants, etc.).  John Day is approximately 150 miles east of Bend, Oregon and approximately 180 miles west of Boise, Idaho.  Temperatures range from –20 to 100 degrees during the respective seasons.



If you have questions or are interested…

If you have any questions regarding the position or the application process, or would like to be notified when the vacancy announcement is issued, please call or write to:  Joseph Rausch, Forest Botanist, (541) 575-3141; fax (541) 575-3001; or email Please complete the attached Outreach Response Form and return it to the email above no later than February 22, 2013.