Biological Science Technician (Plants) - #19529471

Department Of Agriculture

Date: Feb 23, 2021
City: Rapid City, SD
Contract type: Full time
Department Of Agriculture

  • Duties




This employee supports the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Maintaining Resilient Dryland Ecosystems Program, and is located in Rapid City, SD. Employee is responsible for performing a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of ecological research on forest and/or rangeland ecosystems.

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  • Participates in the development of the overall plant project plans and programs for the unit.

  • Arranges for and lays out study sites for plant habitats and populations.

  • Develops data required for the study by collecting and checking samples obtained by self or others and prepares data for processing.

  • Organizes collections, and records and verifies plant habitats and populations data. Researches background material. Maintains a variety of equipment.

  • Prepares reports summarizing data processed, prepares charts, graphs, and cross references facts, dates, and other data to determine past management history.

  • Compiles and summarizes the vegetation types obtained from aerial and ground surveys including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and pilot tests conducted as part of the project.

  • Assist in the training and awareness program ensuring that employees, volunteers, partners and others can identify infestation of plants.

  • Assists supervisor in editing and proofreading proposals, reports and manuscripts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel up to 6-8 times per year for training, fieldwork, or professional meetings.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0404 Biological Science Technician

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.

  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.

  • Successful completion of one-year trial period

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.

  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.

  • The work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, recurring bending, and stooping.

  • Work is performed in a forest environment where terrain is often uneven, rocky, and covered with thick vegetation, and where there is exposure to extremes of weather and temperature


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-07 Requirements:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least a GS-06 grade level. To qualify at this grade level, your experience as reflected in your resume must include all of the following:

  • -Performing field work projects related to vegetation management and botany such as field measurement of density, diversity, etc. experimental layout, seeding or planting, fertilizer or pesticide treatment

  • -Monitoring plant phenology and made collections of seed and vegetative materials

  • -Conducting surveys for sensitive plants in project areas that included on-the-ground reconnaissance and record examination.

  • -Compiling and summarizing vegetation and botanical data and assisting with the development of environmental analysis for botanical resources


Successful completion of 1 year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours), with coursework in forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.


A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education described above.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


See above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

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