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NPS Biological Science Technician position available

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Opportunity Type: Employment Opportunities
Submission Deadline: February 5, 2024

This position is located in National Capital Area Office, in the National Capital Area Division.

This position is located in a National Park Service organization. The purpose of the position is to perform routine and uncomplicated biological science tasks common to natural resource management.

Open to the first 100 applicants or until 02/05/2024 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.


The major duties of the Biological Science Technician (Plants) position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collect field data concerning plant ecology using established monitoring protocols.
  • 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.
  • Perform 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.
  • Must be familiar with and able to identify vascular plant species of the mid-Atlantic region.
  • 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.
  • Perform data entry, basic manipulation, and implementation of quality control procedures, assist with report writing, data analysis, and presentation preparation.

For more information, including required and preferred qualifications and instructions on how to apply, please visit the official posting on USAJOBS.