Biological Science Technician (Seasonal)

The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) is planning to hire 11 field crew Biological Science Technicians through Open Continuous Recruitment (OCR) for work on research projects in northeast California during the summer of 2013.

Positions will be full time beginning in mid-May until the early September. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. The Redding Laboratory conducts research into vegetation management and fire effects in forests influenced by a Mediterranean climate. The duty station will be either the Forest Service Bogard work center, in Lassen County or Chester, CA. Lodging will be made available by PSW at either the Bogard work center which is on Highway 44, near Lassen Volcanic National Park, or near Chester, CA.

Job Description:
Employees will be collecting data for several research projects on the Lassen National Forest. The projects include, but are not limited to: (a) utilization of terrestrial and airborne lidar (light detection and ranging) derived products for forest planning and management (field work includes: lidar field plot establishment and data collection of vegetation, wildlife habitat, fuels, coarse woody debris, and other forest attributes), (b) quantifying seedling distribution and success in burned forests, and (c) conducting stand exams and measuring canopy cover in stands to develop a pre-treatment baseline. The pay level for most positions will be GS-4 (pay range from $13.41 – $17.43 per hour), we may also fill 2 positions at GS-5 (pay range from $15.00-$19.50) depending on work experience and education. Crew members require skills in forest measurements. Work will require familiarity with a hand compass and measuring tree diameters and heights.

–              Must be capable of hiking in rugged terrain for long work days.
–              May be required to backpack for extended periods carrying a 40-70 pound pack.
–              Coursework in forestry or natural resources.
–              Valid current driver’s license.
Please email Brian Wing ( by March 22, 2013 if you are interested in these positions.

The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted on the U.S. Government’s official website for employment opportunities

Chester, California
U.S. Forest Service
Brian Wing