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Biological Aid Level 1 (multiple vacancies to fill)

United States Department of the Interior
U. S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Biological Resources Division
Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
777 NW 9 th St., Suite 400
Corvallis, OR 97330-6169

Student Services Contract: Biological Aid Level 1 (multiple vacancies to fill)
Contract Dates: Approx. May 1 through September 1, 2022 (with possible extension)
Submit resume and attachments by: April 11, 2022

1. Types of Service Required

This work is with the US Geological Survey as part of a Bureau of Land Management funded
project that seeks to monitor and assess the wildfire recovery and restoration effectiveness in the
Great Basin. The biological aids main duty will be to assist seasoned field crews with the
collection of field data quantifying vegetation and post-fire recovery treatments on burned
areas in the Great Basin. Some lab and office work may be required. The work schedule will
be full-time in the summer, with potential flexible part-time extension into the fall 2022 school
year.
Depending on continued funding, there may be opportunities to work on other research projects
in the lab and field.

2. Required Expertise/Skills

At least One (1)-year college with coursework related to the position to be filled. The recipient
must be a licensed driver as operation of a Government vehicle will be required.  Applicants must
also be U.S. citizens.
Desired: Understanding and identification of the Great Basin plant community / flora and monitoring
techniques; use of Microsoft Access, Excel.

3. Description of Working Conditions:

Field work will be performed mainly within the Great Basin. Some extended remote camping
hitches (3-7 nights) will be required depending on location of monitoring area. Field work will
involve exposure to extreme temperature and weather conditions. Crews will work
independently, often in remote locations. Daily field trips generally permit a nightly return to
Boise, but may include some extensive stays (up to 8 days) with periods of backcountry camping.

The work involves long hours spent standing, bending, walking, and a great amount of physical
exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 35 pounds in the
performance of the assignment. Work could possibly be done in 10 to12 hours per day; hours can
include all times of day and night, and will vary during the employment term with weather and
field conditions. Core hours will typically be 7am to 5:30pm

Laboratory / office work will be performed at the U.S. Geological Survey, Snake River Field
Station in Boise, ID.

 

4. Compensation

Compensation is $16.15 per hour. The student is responsible for all transportation costs to and
from the principal duty station. USGS will provide transportation from the duty station to any
field study sites and return. Meals/cost of food while at field investigation sites will be provided
by the USGS in the same manner as for federal employees in accordance with the U.S.
Government travel regulations.

5. Duty Station

USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Snake River Field Station, 230 N. Collins Rd, Boise, ID 83706

Application Requirements:

Resume should include: legal name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, education –
including description of relevant classes, work or volunteer experience in related field. Other
documentation: Transcript listing courses taken and the student’s overall GPA. Transcript does not have
to be the official version. Student must be enrolled at least part-time in college or have graduated within
the last 12 months. A written statement from registrar’s office to identify intent to remain enrolled in the
next college term is required. Three references familiar with the applicant’s achievements and capabilities
should be listed.

Special Terms:

For all legal purposes, student is regarded as an independent contractor. Payments for services are
reportable and taxable as earned income. No Federal, State, or Local income taxes will be deducted. No
social security or medicare taxes will be deducted. Student is responsible for payment of all taxes as a
result of income received under this order. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will report the total
amount paid under this order to the Internal Revenue Service on a Standard form 1099. The student is not
considered an employee and will not receive a W-2 form.

For payment, student must have a checking or savings account at a financial institution that will accept
direct deposits of Federal funds.

Student selected will be required to register as a government contractor at the website www.SAM.gov and
provide the USGS with their social security number. Student will be required to complete a federal
background investigation, computer security awareness training and comply with the USGS Computer
and Network Security Handbook. First Aid/CPR is required and training will be provided by the USGS.

The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit,
fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin,
non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors. This agency
provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.

Contact Information:

The work will be overseen by Matt Germino, Supv.Research Ecologist. For questions related directly the
job, contact Dr. Germino at mgermino@usgs.gov or 208-221-4638.

For questions related to application process or submission of paperwork, contact Michelle Schatz at 541-
750-1040.