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Biological Science Aid 2

Student Services Contract: Biological Science Aid 2
Contract Dates: Approx. May 23rd, 2022 to Aug 20th, 2022
Submit resume and attachments by: May 2, 2022

1. Types of Service Required
Students will be expected to conduct field data collection and potentially perform laboratory work that will contribute to USGS research that is investigating disturbance and climate impacts on sagebrush-steppe and aspen ecosystems in the northern Great Basin. The work schedule will be full-time with a minimum of 40 hours per week, and possible part-time and intermittent work. Flexible scheduling is possible.

2. Required Expertise/Skills
At least Two (2) plus years of college with coursework related to the position to be filled. Field and computer work are required. Must be a licensed driver as operation of a government vehicle will be required. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

Desired (but not required):
Preferred candidate will have experience in all of the following: 1) using vegetation sampling methods and protocols; 2) interest in learning and identifying Great Basin plants to species; 3) using maps and GPS to navigate to remote field locations; 4) using technical equipment (including GPS, GIS, personal computer, and digital camera); and 5) field-related organization and communication skills.

3. Description of Working Conditions:

Field work will occur in the northern Great Basin, and will potentially include sampling sites in Idaho and Nevada.
Laboratory work, if performed, will be at the U.S. Geological Survey, Snake River Field Station in Boise, ID

4. Compensation
Compensation is $16.65 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 Road, Boise, ID 83706

Application Requirements:
Resume should include: legal name, mailing address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, 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.

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 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 Dr. Doug Shinneman, Supervisory Research Fire Ecologist. For questions related directly to the job contact Dr. Shinneman at Please send application materials directly to Dr. Shinneman.

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