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  • Seasonal bio techs - crew lead (forest/fuels) - Sequoia NP, CA - GG-6

    Summer Employment Opportunity: Come work among the Giant Sequoias!

    Sequoia-Kings Canyon Field Station (USGS) is currently recruiting for summer 2023 Biological Science Technician (assistant crew lead) positions in Forest Ecology and Fire and Fuels research.

    Pay: GG-6 ($20.14/hour)
    Announcement number: 39-23-06
    Location: Three Rivers, California

    Positions are full-time, start April 24th and will last 4-6 months. Federal housing might be available for rent. Personal vehicle is recommended for off-work time. We are hiring for the following project:

    Fire/Fuels and Sequoia project duties: Serves as assistant crew lead on projects including planning logistics and making independent decisions in the field regarding data collection, crew morale, and safety. Collect field data on fuels in remote areas of the Sierras and remote Sequoia groves in Sequoia NP. Collect detailed surface and canopy fuel data in recently burned and unburned forests, as well as regeneration data. *Backpacking and extensive hiking required.* Gain knowledge and experience in ecological research, fuels measurements, and tree mapping. Up to 3 assistant crew lead positions will be filled.

    Qualifications: Must be a US Citizen in order to qualify. To qualify for a GG‐6 you need 1 year and 9 months of field experience OR 4 years of sub‐professional work experience OR 4 years of college with courses related to the work of the position to be filled (equivalent to 120 semester/180 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience. Subprofessional experience consists of working as a technician or aid in the field or in a laboratory or similar environment.

    Prefer people with an interest in fire, forest, and/or field ecology; a demonstrated interest and physical ability in working outdoors in challenging field conditions, as well as backpacking experience. Successful applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working on small field teams. Primitive camping and backcountry backpacking experience is highly desired. Experience planning logistics for extended backpack trips preferred. Knowledge of backcountry travel and route finding in mountainous terrain also preferred.

    Physical Demands: Work is physically demanding and includes walking, bending, climbing, and lifting of equipment up to 44 pounds when in the field, sometimes during adverse conditions. Position requires significant physical exertion on a daily basis and a high degree of safety awareness at remote field sites. Field work consists of long backpack trips away from duty station and will include primitive camping conditions.

    Work Environment:Field work involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, and rapidly running or icy streams and rivers. Steep rocky uneven terrain will be encountered daily. If selected, you will be required to complete a pre-employment physical, at Federal expense.

    HOW TO APPLY: Please CAREFULLY follow the directions outlined below:

    Email application documents to [email protected], between 8am PST 1/20/23 and 4pm PST 1/30/23. If you fail to submit a complete application, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    To be considered, please attach the following items to your email:
    • Cover letter describing interests, qualifications, and contact information
    • Resume – candidates must format their resumes correctly to be considered:
      • List the month, day, and year for the beginning and end of each position. (eg. 6/5/21-8/8/21)
      • Include hours worked per week for every job or volunteer position. (eg. 40 hours/week)
      • For all positions with any field or lab component, include detailed descriptions of field or lab duties and be clear that it was field and/or lab work. Include any volunteer experience/positions. Please do NOT eliminate details in your job descriptions to keep your resume to one page. Longer resumes are ok (2-5+ pages)
      • If you have field experience listed under a university or college, clearly annotate that the experience was or wasn't related to attaining your degree
    • Unofficial transcripts showing degree major/minor and graduation date. If not yet graduated, include a full unofficial transcript so personnel can calculate classes.
    • Provide email and/or phone numbers for at least 2 references (3 preferable)
    • Put job announcement number in the email subject line and on your application
      • 39-23-06 GG-06
    • If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement.
    There are 2 announcements open now: crew lead and crew member. You must submit separate applications to be considered for both positions.

    MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED ELEMENTS IN YOUR RESUME and APPLICATION PACKAGE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY. For further information on how to format your resume please go to

    The Department of the Interior (DOI) places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are fundamental principles that guide the Department and allow us to successfully achieve our mission.

    Questions? Contact Anne Pfaff, USGS Sequoia Field Station
    Phone: (559)565-3172 OR email: [email protected]

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