Job Title: Biological Sciences Technician
Job Announcement Number: WFRC-2019-02

Salary Range: $17.35 or $19.34 USD
Series & Grade: GG-0404-05 or GG-0404-06

Open Period: Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19, 2019

Position Information:

Temporary position not to exceed 180 work days in a year. This position begins approximately May 20, 2019 (or later, contingent on pre-employment requirements) and ends approximately February 28, 2020. Starting and ending dates will be dependent on field conditions and accessibility to the field location(s). Employees are expected to work full-time with periods of intermittent time as needed.

Duty Location: Seattle, WA

Number of Positions Available: Few

Who May Be Considered: United States Citizens

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

THIS IS A TEMPORARY EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. This position has an intermittent work schedule. The incumbent’s services will be required primarily during the research field season, starting approximately in April and ending approximately in September of this fiscal year. At the end of the work period, the incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.

Key Requirements:

  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee must provide a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
  • Selectee subject to the satisfactory completion of a medical exam.
  • Selectee will be required to travel on a daily basis. Overnight camping or staying in bunk houses for up to one week may be required.

Major Duties:

As a Biological Technician within the U.S. Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research, the incumbent(s) will perform technical work in a field and lab environment in support of professional or technical employees engaged in data collection activities, analysis of biological data collection activities or analysis of biological samples. Incumbents will assist in data collection for studies examining the diet, distribution and abundance of fishes in the Northwest region and collect, record and organize data using a variety of standardized methods and techniques. Some specific duties will include: collecting water samples for eDNA analysis; monitoring of stream temperatures; collecting of fish, zooplankton and stream invertebrates; collecting data on fish diet, size, age, and growth; lab analyses for fish and invertebrates; and collecting data on distribution and abundance of fish and invertebrates. The incumbent will work as part of a field crew but may be expected to travel to field sites and work independently at times. Operate a government owned vehicle as an incidental driver

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