Job Title: Field Technicians/Botanists (3 positions)
Series and Grade: 0404 and GS 3 or 4, Temporary ( $11.95 or $13.41/hr)
Location (Duty Station): Morgantown, WV
Time Period: Mid-May – mid August, 2013, possible earlier start dates in April and extensions through September for one or more of the 3 three positions
Duties: The selected persons will assist in surveying 56 research plots for three invasive plant species. The goal of this project is to evaluate invasive species growth and survival in sites with 1) no treatment, 2) prescribed burn, 3) shelterwood harvest, and 4) diameter-limit harvest, all with and without deer herbivory control. The research plots are located in WV, OH, and VA. A second project will require re-sampling 24 clear-cut forests in WV that are now 25 years old since the initial harvest. A third project consists of evaluating competitive interactions between tree of heaven and black locust sites in WV.
While botanical and taxonomic skills are not required, a strong interest in understory vegetation and ability to learn to identify these plants is necessary. Good orienteering skills are desired. There will also be a need to tear down, establish, and re-establish some plots which could require carrying relatively heavy equipment in and out of sites on variable terrain. Those selected may also help with greenhouse, growth chamber, and common garden studies as well as enter data, and mount herbarium specimens.
The selected persons must be willing to relocate to Morgantown, WV. They must also be a licensed driver, willing to travel extensively (with reimbursement and in provided government vehicles), and able to drive 4WD vehicles. Willingness to work in rough terrain and in over-grown vegetation with the possibility of encountering insects, ticks, snakes, and black bears, as well as in all kinds of weather is required. The persons should also work well independently as well as with others.
Application Procedure: The vacancy announcements for these positions are posted at www.usajobs.gov<http://www.
Please also submit your resume to Dr. Cynthia Huebner, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 180 Canfield St., Morgantown, WV 26505, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:chue
Contact Dr. Huebner if you have questions.
Dr. Cynthia Huebner