Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Seasonal Plant Technicians Summer 2022: Sparks, NV

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: 12 Nov 2021

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United States Forest Service
Sparks, NV
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is conducting outreach for two GS-05 seasonal biological science technicians (Plants). The positions will be located with a duty station in Sparks, NV (next to Reno, NV) from mid-April through September, 2022. Government housing is not likely to be available. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest national forest in the lower 48 states and encompasses a wide diversity of ecosystems across 6.3 million acres in Nevada and California. The biological science technicians will be responsible for conducting field work in multiple ecosystem types across the entire forest, including the mixed conifer ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada and the basin and range country of northern Nevada. The biological science technicians will collect ecological data related to forests, rangelands, groundwater dependent ecosystems, wildfire, and grazing. Data collection will be in support of management, monitoring, and research. The technicians will also assist with data entry and management.
This is largely a field-going position in the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada, and applicants should expect to conduct fieldwork under arduous weather and terrain conditions. Technicians should expect to hike 5+ miles per day in uneven, remote, backcountry terrain carrying loads > 25 pounds. Technicians will need to successfully navigate off-trail using a map, compass, and GPS. During some weeks, technicians will be car camping or backpacking in remote areas without running water or restrooms. Basic camping equipment will be provided for technicians (tent, sleeping bag, etc.). Team safety will be the top priority. We seek technicians with experience collecting forest and rangeland inventory and monitoring data, including: identifying plants of the Sierra Nevada and/or Great Basin to the species-level using a dichotomous key; identifying trees and shrubs; experience with back country field work and/or camping; experience conducting forestry/ecology field work; and the ability to maintain a positive attitude in difficult and/or uncomfortable field conditions. Technicians will be expected to follow COVID-19 precautions as outlined by their supervisor and required by the US Forest Service. To apply for the GS-0404-05 Biological Science Technician (Plants) positions, go to The vacancy for these positions will be open in USA Jobs from 11/5/2021-11/12/2021. The announcement number will be 22-TEMP3-R4-0013-5DT-NB. Please select Sparks, NV as your duty station, as there are many positions advertised within the same USA Jobs announcement. Please contact Ali Paulson ( if you have any questions about the positions.
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