NPS, Biological Science Technician (Plants) Openings

Biological Science Technician (Plants)
National Park Service, National Capital Regional Office, Natural Resources, Inventory and Monitoring Division

Open & closing dates:  01/20/2021 to 01/24/2021

This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.

Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 5
Salary: $19.01 to $24.72 per hour
Appointment type: Temporary – 1039 hours
Work schedule: Full-Time
Location: Few vacancies in Washington, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
Telework eligible: No

Positions conduct routine and recurring resource monitoring projects.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for National Capital Area Office is April-November, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April 2021

Open to the first 100 applicants or until 02/02/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.


The incumbent will specialize in the collection of field data concerning plant ecology using established monitoring protocols.

The incumbent will perform various field tasks related to quantitative plant ecology, including: installation and maintenance of permanent forest monitoring plots; navigation to remote field sites using global positioning system (GPS) technologies, maps, and a compass; measurement of trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, sedges, and grasses; description of forest canopy and habitat characteristics; collection of GPS and photo point data; and identification and collection of plant specimens.

The field tasks will be performed in remote and urban locations, and will require attention to safety, long hikes carrying field gear, comfort working in wetland habitats, and excellent field biology skills.

The incumbent must be familiar with and able to identify vascular plant species of the mid-Atlantic region.

The incumbent will be responsible for vegetation inventory and monitoring; delineating, mapping, and classifying plant communities; preparing detailed site descriptions of rare or non-native plant occurrences; collecting voucher specimens; preparing and maintaining equipment; assisting in the herbarium, including maintaining specimens, preparing labels, and identifying specimens.

Data entry, basic manipulation, and implementation of quality control procedures will be required. There may also be opportunities to assist with report writing, data analysis, and presentation preparation.

Travel Required: Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status: No
Promotion Potential: None

For more information, or to apply, visit the official USAJOBS posting.