JOB: Biologist at the National Parks Service, Flagstaff, AZ

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    Alicia Mazzara

    Job Title: Biologist (Vegetation)
    Department: Department Of The Interior
    Agency: National Park Service
    Job Announcement Number: AZSHRO 11-120 DEU-TRM

    SALARY RANGE: $47,448.00 – $61,678.00 /year
    OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 to Wednesday, June 15, 2011
    SERIES & GRADE: GS-0401-09
    POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Term NTE 4 Years
    DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Flagstaff, AZ
    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens

    Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

    Position is Term and Subject to Furlough.

    This is a Term position. Initial appointment is 13 months with possible extensions up to 4 years. This position is also career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks but generally not more than 48 weeks a year. Actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs.


    * U.S. Citizenship Required
    * Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.


    This position will serve as a Biologist (Vegetation) within the Vegetation Program of the Science and Resource Management Division of Grand Canyon National Park. This position requires the incumbent to exercise independent action that demonstrates skill in a wide range of concepts, principles, and projects, with a specific focus on practical knowledge of technical methods of exotic plant management and mapping, and long-term vegetation monitoring. The incumbent will be responsible for program development and implementation under the direction of the park’s Vegetation Program Manager, and will be required to develop annual work plans, to review and adhere to NEPA compliance documents, to assist with the preparation of NEPA documents, to compile and analyze field data, and to independently prepare scientific reports. This position will be required to prepare and pursue grant applications to fund scientific research projects. The employee will be required to collaborate with other agencies’ resource managers and park partners to achieve the complete range of ecosystem protection objectives. The incumbent must be able to independently identify native and non-native plants. The position will be cross-trained in all aspects of the vegetation program including habitat restoration and native plant propagation. The incumbent will help to coordinate and supervise volunteer work groups, directing the work of up to 30 people when working with volunteer groups. The incumbent will also direct the work of up to 6 subordinate positions during the season. The position will implement action plans, complete field data sheets, and complete entry and management, often performing routine tasks for extended periods of time. They will be responsible for public involvement and education regarding exotic plant management and vegetation monitoring. In order to accomplish these duties the incumbent must be able to independently operate and maintain monitoring equipment, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and will utilize various computer systems and software. Incumbent will work closely at times with various park divisions, service organizations, and volunteers. The incumbents should have the ability to operate 4WD vehicles, use and care for tools and equipment, and utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety techniques. The incumbents will often work in very remote field settings for extended periods of time and will need to be able to function well in a group setting as well as independently. The incumbents will implement safety awareness into all aspects of program operations.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, caves, firelines, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible and would require the completion of required training.

    AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Flagstaff, Arizona has a population of approximately 55,000 and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Flagstaff is located 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Clear, sunny days with low relative humidity characterize Flagstaff’s climate. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80’s and frequent afternoon monsoon thunderstorms. Winters are cold with temperatures averaging in the 20’s, and snow averaging around 80 inches. Flagstaff offers complete medical, dental and shopping services, along with excellent educational opportunities at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. The country that surrounds Flagstaff is some of the most fascinating and beautiful in the southwest. A day on the road may take you from lush, green forests to the rugged, colorful desert. Several Indian Reservations, the San Francisco Peaks, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, several national monuments and parks including Grand Canyon National Park known throughout the world for its overwhelming size, intricate and colorful landscape, and as one of the most spectacular examples of arid land erosions in the world, are accessible from Flagstaff.

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