The Seasonal Biological Science Technician positions will be filled at either the GS-04 or GS-05 grade level. (GS-5 Announcement is NY-LN-13-839379 DE) Work to be performed by those appointed at the lower grade level (GS-4) will be less complex and subject to a greater level of supervision and guidance. Duties performed may include the following:
Makes field observations of natural resource conditions. Evaluates observed conditions and problems, and makes preliminary assessments to provide information for management decisions.
Assists Chief, NRMD, as assigned, with tasks associated with special projects requiring field biological assessment, monitoring, and/or other reconnaissance.
Implements established natural resource management projects, following supervisory instructions and standardized procedures. Collects and organizes field data. Ensures adequate quality control of data collected. Performs routine testing of collected samples. Records all data collected and provides preliminary assessment and classification of the information. Seeks assistance for unfamiliar situations or those not covered by instructions or guidelines.
Provides results to higher-level specialists for analysis. Assists in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines. Draft project reports may include literature research, descriptions of methods, preparation of graphs and charts, and summary of findings.
Provides logistical support and area orientation for contract or cooperating scientists; provides technical information, ensures quality control, and solves logistical or operational problems within the scope of the incumbent's knowledge and authority.
Installs, operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment). Inventories equipment, evaluates quality assurance compliance, and calibrates equipment as necessary. Orders replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.
Provides advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.
Utilizes a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information, including natural science research and long-term monitoring projects. Maintains and organizes computer databases.