[Coral-List] Biscayne National Park hiring student biotech, GS-07

Amanda_Bourque at nps.gov Amanda_Bourque at nps.gov
Fri Aug 31 18:24:43 EDT 2007

Student Hire:  Biological Science Technician GS-07
Biscayne National Park
Closes 21 September 2007

Position Summary:
Biscayne National Park (http://www.nps.gov/bisc) seeks to identify a
student to hire as a Biological Science Technician in the Damage Recovery
Program, Division of Resource Management.  The position will be filled at
the GS-07 grade level, and the starting salary is $37,548/yr.  The position
is full time, 40 hours per week.  The park headquarters at Convoy Point is
located nine miles east of Homestead, FL and 30 miles south of Miami, FL.

Position Information, Duties, and Requirements:
This position is located in the Damage Recovery Program, responsible for
ecological injury assessment, restoration, and monitoring projects related
to vessel grounding incidents in the park.  The technician will be provide
field and office support for the program, to include:
•using GPS and GIS to map and survey coral reef and seagrass resources and
analyze spatial data
•preparing draft project plans and reports, conducting literature research,
analyzing data, and describing methods and results for restoration and
monitoring projects in coral reef and seagrass habitats
•operating and maintaining sampling, photographic, and laboratory equipment
•providing project management assistance for restoration and monitoring
projects in coral reef and seagrass habitats, to include contractor
oversight, contracts management, environmental permitting, NEPA compliance,
purchasing, and financial tracking
•providing supervision and training to interns, students, and volunteers
involved in our projects.

The technician will be expected to snorkel, scuba dive, swim, operate
boats, use various types of sampling equipment, and periodically travel in
support of the Damage Recovery Program activities.  The technician will be
required to wear the NPS uniform.  This is a testing designated position
(TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-free Workplace Program.

Student Eligibility:
The position will be hired under the Student Educational Employment
Program.  To qualify for this program, applicants must be degree-seeking
students, enrolled at least half-time.  Read more about this program and
eligibility requirements at the following link:

Required Qualifications for a GS-07 Biological Science Technician:
Applicants must also meet both basic requirements and specialized
experience requirements.

Basic requirements:
One year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal
service or l year directly related graduate education.

Specialized experience requirements:
1. Knowledge of ecological and resource management principles relative to
coral reef and seagrass ecosystems.  Please address experience with natural
resource management practices, ecological principles, coral reef ecology,
and seagrass ecology.

2. Experience with ecological sampling methods commonly used to assess and
monitor coral reef, seagrass, and fisheries resources.  Please address
experience in operation of technical instruments used to gather data,
underwater data collection, certification or experience operating
motorboats, certification and experience with open water scuba and snorkel.

3. Ability to collect, manage, analyze, and summarize ecological data using
personal computers and associated software programs.  Please address
experience with GIS, word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software

4. Ability to organize ecological resource projects in an efficient manner
and to communicate scientific project information clearly and concisely to
a variety of audiences.  Please address participation and/or oversight of
ecological projects with field and office components, presentation of
scientific data, preparation of written ecological resource reports/plans,
and oral communication of project information.

Applications should include:
•letter of interest
•statement addressing above KASOCS
•statement addressing educational status

Please email application material to Amanda Bourque:
amanda_bourque at nps.gov

Thank you for your interest in Biscayne National Park!

Amanda Bourque
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328 Street
Homestead, FL  33033
305-230-1144 x3081 phone
305-230-1190 fax
amanda_bourque at nps.gov

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