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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

National Park Service
Point Reyes National Seashore
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Point Reyes Station
Job Description:

This position is located in Point Reyes National Seashore, in the Integrated Resources Management Division.

This is a Career-Seasonal position. A career-seasonal position includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a year-round basis. The salary information listed reflects a full year.

Open to the first 50 applicants or until 04/05/2019 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.


The primary duties of this position are related to implementing a long-term monitoring program for northern spotted owl populations at Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE) and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA), including Muir Woods National Monument (MUWO).

  • You will follow established protocols to independently conduct field work to determine occupancy, nesting status, and reproductive status at known territories;
  • You will collect and record data on datasheets and topographic maps, and will create GIS records for survey sites;
  • You will enter the survey data into the monitoring database and will conduct error-checks and quality assurance.
  • You will coordinate and train volunteers to assist in data collection;
  • You will collaborate with other local northern spotted owl monitoring groups in the area;
  • You will summarize survey results and write the annual northern spotted owl report at the end of each nesting season, produce outreach material, and make presentations to staff.
  • You will coordinate monitoring and survey activities closely with other park and network staff including the network Program Manager, network Data Manager, GOGA Wildlife Ecologist, and PORE Wildlife Ecologist.
  • Occassionally, you may assist with other wildlife monitoring projects, including bats, frogs, mammals, and tule elk.

To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: conducting various owl monitoring program management activities, such as inventory and monitoring for various owl species, monitoring visitor use impacts on owl populations, natural habitat and habitat restoration sites, including conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions, animal presence, abundance, reproduction, and population issues using established protocols and standard scientific equipment. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one full year of graduate study leading to a Master's degree with major study in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, physical geography, ecology, geology, hydrology, statistics, entomology, botany or agriculture. At least 6 semester hours in any of these courses must be directly related to the position to be filled such as wildlife biology/management. You must include transcripts.
COMBINATION: Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.

If education is currently described in quarter hours, convert them to semester hours by multiplying by 2/3rds. One year of graduate study is described as 18 semester hours or equivalent.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

$49,937 to $64,917 per year