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The U.S. Forest Service will be hiring 1 temporary biological science technician for the 2013 field season based out of Baker City OR. Technicians will assist with data collection on white-headed woodpecker plots from July to September (dates are somewhat flexible). Appropriate training will be provided. Positions will require: Doing a variety of vegetation and fuels measurements, identifying birds by sight and sound, keying unknown plant species, installing and maintaining research plots, carrying a heavy pack with field and safety gear, hiking through rough terrain, using a GPS unit to navigate to and record field locations, using a PDA for certain types of data entry, driving Forest Service vehicles on paved and dirt roads, frequent camping, and working with others on a small field crew.
There will be considerable travel and camping throughout northeastern Oregon.  A strong interest in avian and plant ecology is required. Must be able to work with a small field crew in a variety of physical conditions, have a positive attitude, good work ethic, and enjoy field work, hiking, and camping. This is a full-time position.

The Area: Baker City has a rich and colorful history of gold mining, timber production, and ranching, as well as being a stop on the Oregon Trail. The population is approximately 10,000. Surrounded to the west by the Elkhorn Mountains and to the northeast by the Wallowa Mountains, Baker City has an elevation of approximately 3,500 feet. Opportunities for outdoor recreational activities are plentiful and within easy access. Baker City is located on Interstate 84 within 2 hours of the Tri Cities in Southeast Washington (Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick) and within 2 hours of Boise, Idaho.

Dates: July 1st through September 1st.  End date is somewhat flexible.
Location: Baker City, OR. Housing is not provided.
Pay: GS-4 ($13.41/hour) for info about GS level qualifications:
Apply through USAJOBS for the Bio Tech (Natural Resources) position with Baker City, OR as your selected location.

*        Go to the USAJOBS site at

*        Enter announcement numbers TEMPOCR-0404-4-NATRES-DT, TEMPOCR-0404-4-PLANTS-DT, TEMPOCR-0404-4-WLDLF-DT in the “What?” search field.

*        Complete your USAJOBS application online and attach the required supporting documents. Be sure to document the required qualifications for these positions.

Applications due April 18, 2013
Contact:  Jenifer Ferriel, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 1550 Dewey Ave. P.O. Box 907 Baker City, OR 97814, 541-523-1362 (office) or 541-519-4597 (cell),<>