GS-05 Biological Science Technician, NPS Threatened and Endangered Plant Management Program

The US National Park Service is currently recruiting for a GS-05 Biological Science Technician to help with our Threatened and Endangered Plant Management Program:  USAJOBS – Job Announcement

This will be a term position and we have funding for 3-5 years.  Starting salary is at a GS-05 step 1 level, $39,684/year.  The position is based out of our Headquarters building in Williamsport, Maryland.  This is open specifically for recent graduates – up to two years since graduation.  This is a great position focused on some extremely unique and significant plant species and communities!

Description:

The C&O Canal NHP provides habitat for over 200 rare, threatened, and endangered plant species and multiple globally rare plant communities. However, many rare plant species are at risk from habitat loss and other threats and are being pushed toward local extinction. This position will actively manage plant populations and expand efforts to improve the resilience of rare plants through population augmentation and site-specific protection measures.  The position will work closely with NPS and the Mt. Cuba Center conservation garden to monitor endangered plant species, collect fruit/seed for propagation at Mt. Cuba Center greenhouses, and outplant back in the park to support local populations. Experience with plant species identification is required.
Responsibilities:
  • Identify threatened plant species of the eastern US
  • Identify conservation threats and management actions needed to conserve threatened plants and their habitats, including potential for ex situ propagation or in situ protection
  • Organize and schedule field work logistics based on phenology of threatened and endangered plant species
  • Monitor trends in rare, threatened, and endangered plant species
  • Collaborate and communicate with technical scientific experts in various agencies and other organizations
  • Present technical information on behalf of park
  • Identify restoration needs for successfully restoring native plant communities