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Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit

Employment Information

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EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING OF STREAMS AND RIPARIAN AREAS
USDA FOREST SERVICE & USDI BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Thank you for your interest in the PACFISH/INFISH Biological Opinion Effectiveness Monitoring (PIBO EM) Program of Streams and Riparian Areas. This could be an extremely rewarding position, allowing you to learn regionally applied sampling techniques, work as part of a large team, and travel extensively throughout eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, and northern Nevada.

At this site you will find information about:

Photograph: Effectiveness Monitoring crew group photograph.  Standing in meadow outside Potlatch, Idaho.
Caption: 2012 Group photo of Effectiveness Monitoring Crew at training outside Potlach, ID

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Forest Service - National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center

Positions:
  • 16 Plant/Riparian Vegetation (GS 3-5)
  • 32 Fish/Stream Morphology and Habitat (GS 3-5)

Riparian Vegetation Surveys Technicians - These positions involve collecting data about vegetation to determine the condition of riparian areas. You will learn a variety of sampling techniques and how to identify many riparian plant species including: sedges, grasses, forbs, willows, and other woody plants.


Successful applicants will have the following:

  • At least one plant taxonomy course
  • Experience identifying plants using dichotomous keys (such as the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, by Hitchcock and Cronquist)
  • Field experience / course work collecting vegetation data and/or identifying grasses, sedges, woody plants, rangeland plants, etc.
  • Outdoor / field experience (job requires camping for extended periods of time)
  • An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn

Stream Morphology and Habitat Technicians - PIBO EM implements an intensive reach scale stream survey. Using one of the most rigorously tested sampling protocols available, technicians collect information on a variety of stream attributes including pools, channel geometry, substrate, streambank characteristics, gradient, water chemistry, large woody debris, and macro-invertebrates. Using the PIBO EM stream protocol, technicians will become familiar with a variety of sampling procedures and will apply them to a wide range of stream systems.


Successful applicants will have the following:

  • Course work in natural resources; especially fisheries and water resources
  • Field experience collecting fisheries or stream habitat data.
  • Outdoor / field experience (job requires camping for extended periods of time)
  • An excellent attitude and a willingness to learn

Information for Riparian Vegetation & Stream Technicians

Opportunities:

Experienced applicants can qualify to be the leader of a 3-5 person crew. Also, additional work may be available to qualified individuals after the field season concludes. Initially, this work will primarily consist of gear organization and assisting full-time staff with data quality assurance in Logan, Utah.


Work Schedule:

Positions will begin Monday, May 18th and extend through at least mid-September, with a high probability of extending longer. The duration of the field season will depend on work load, available personnel, fire season, etc. We will accommodate students who need to start school in August. However, all students will be expected to work through Tuesday, August 4th. Work is divided into 14-day pay periods; all technicians work 8 consecutive ten-hour days with the following 6 days off (see calendar below). You are required to work all hitches in their entirety unless otherwise approved by Supervisor PRIOR to the initiation of the hiring process. If you ‘need’ to miss a work day, discuss this during the application process.

Wages (2015 Values):

Depending on qualifications, the job grade and corresponding pay ranges are: GS-03 ($12.07/hour), GS-04 ($13.55/hour), and GS-05 ($15.15/hour). In addition weekend and overtime pay are common and, employees receive a daily travel per diem of $24 for each work day ($192 every pay period). However, travel per diem allowances will change when technicians chosen to work post-field season start working at PIBO EM headquarters in Logan, UT.

Housing (subject to change):

Basic housing is provided at a fee of $3/day, automatically subtracted from pay. You will be based out of one of three bunkhouses: Ukiah, Oregon, St. Regis, Montana, or Leadore, Idaho. We attempt to accommodate technician preferences for particular locations, although the possibility of moving between stations during the field season is high due to sampling priorities. These buildings are property of the U.S. Government for seasonal use. Household supplies (e.g. furniture, beds, microwave, cookware, etc.) are not necessarily provided.

Photograph: Technicians working in stream during a raining day. Location Frank Church Wilderness.

Caption: Crew stream sampling in the Frank-Church Wilderness in Central Idaho

Program Description:

This program monitors stream and riparian conditions on USDA Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Park Service (NPS) lands. The program has been operating since 1998, with a current budget of approximately $1.5 million. During each field season, PIBO EM collects information on approximately 450 randomly selected watersheds throughout eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, northern Nevada, Idaho and Montana. For more detailed information, please visit our web page at www.fs.fed.us/biology/fishecology/emp/.

Locations:

The Effectiveness Monitoring Program samples throughout eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. Although you will be stationed in one of three bunkhouse locations (central Oregon, western Montana or central Idaho), you will likely travel throughout the study area (see map below).

Illustration: Map showing state outlines of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. Scattered throughout these states are the PIBO study sites. The Upper Missouri River Basin study area is in Montana. Maps integrator sites sampled 2001-present within the PIBO EM study area.

Caption: Map showing sites sampled 2001-2013 within the PIBO EM study area.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications should be submitted during First week in February 2014

If you wish to be contacted when the open period is set, send an e-mail to piboemp'at'fs.fed.us with the subject line 'Open Period'.

Important
Please follow the directions on this page carefully to apply for summer positions.
Do not mail applications to staff members listed on the ‘Staff’ web page.
Send application materials via USAJobs only.

HIRING and JOB INFO CONTACT:

PIBO HIRING INFO LINE

435-755-3584

Or e-mail us

piboemp'at'fs.fed.us

USAJOBS ELECTRONIC APPLICATION

Create an account or sign in to USAJobs. It is very important to fill out your application completely and correctly the first time; you may not get a second chance. Be sure to attach an official transcript to your USAJobs application. For help with the USAJobs application process see this YouTube video or read this Forest Service helpfile. As the actual date of the job posting cannot be determined by PIBO staff it is advisable to prepare your account and attach all documentation before the open application period begins.

Once the job is open (e-mail piboemb@fs.fed.us for opening dates) use the search functions to find the job(s) you are interested in:

Fisheries announcements:

Enter in Title Search

Grade and Series

Position Announcement

Biological Aid

GS-0404-03

15-TEMP-R40404-3-AID-DT-PM

Biological Technician (Fish)

GS-0404-04

15-TEMP-R40404-4-FISH-DT-PM

Biological Technician (Fish)

GS-0404-05

15-TEMP-R40404-5-FISH-DT-PM

Botany announcement numbers:

Enter in Title Search

Grade and Series

Position Announcement

Biological Aid

GS-0404-03

15-TEMP-R40404-3-AID-DT-PM

Biological Technician (Plants)

GS-0404-04

15-TEMP-R40404-4-PLNT-DT-PM

Biological Technician (Plants)

GS-0404-05

15-TEMP-R40404-5-PLNT-DT-PM

NOTE: These are nationwide job announcements that are very general and do not include the specifics of the job duties. Please thoroughly read the detailed job descriptions. You will only be able to apply during the short open period.

To be considered for these jobs you must select at least one of the following locations:

  • Leadore, ID
  • Superior, MT (the closest selectable location to St. Regis, MT)
  • Ukiah, OR

It is highly advisable to apply to multiple, or all, locations. Please indicate in your hiring material which of the above locations would be acceptable (multiple locations are highly recommended).

Please answer the assessment questions to the best of your ability. Remember that these postings are generally described and do not necessarily reflect PIBO job duties listed above. USAJobs has a number of buttons that it uses for navigation. Be sure to use them to go back, certify, save, submit, etc. or your application may not be considered.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE SIGNING ON

  • This job requires living, hiking, and working outside all day, every day.
  • You will be camping every night of your eight-day work hitch (mostly undeveloped sites; rarely at campgrounds). You will almost never stay in motels.
  • Every season some crews will backpack into remote wilderness areas. In such cases, crews can expect to be far from cars, people, society, etc. Some hitches may include 8 days straight in a backcountry setting.
  • Some streams you sample will be near a road, while others will require long and rigorous hikes to access. Bushwhacking is common and part of the job.
  • You will be crossing/wading streams all day, every day (i.e. you will be wet/in the water A LOT!).
  • You will be working in all kinds of weather. Crews may experience beautiful clear days, temperatures exceeding 100°F, heavy rain, and sometimes snow!
  • Be prepared to see wildlife regularly. Our crews have encountered wolves, coyotes, elk, moose, mule deer, bears, bulltrout, Chinook and Kokanee salmon. The study area is also within the habitat ranges of grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain lions. Taking proper precautions while camping / working is necessary.
  • Scrapes, bruises, and blisters are all part of the job.
  • All crews are issued first aid kits, personal locator safety beacons, bear spray, satellite phones, and cellphones for work and safety reasons. Crews are required to periodically check in with supervisors to ensure safety.

Photograph: Technicians hiking along ridge in the Scapegoat Wildernes in Central Montana to sampling location.

WORK SCHEDULE

(subject to change)

During each two-week pay period you will work eight consecutive ten-hour days (i.e. a hitch) followed by six days off. However, the first pay period consists of ten eight-hour days. Work days are highlighted GREEN and summarized after the calendar (table). You will be asked to work holidays. If there is an issue, please discuss it during the application process. 'H' in the calendar means 'Holiday'.

MAY
Sunday
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JUNE
Sunday
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JULY
Sunday
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AUGUST
Sunday
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SEPTEMBER
Sunday
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OCTOBER
Sunday
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May 17th - Report to bunkhouses

Work Schedule in non-calendar format:

  • Work days for May: 18-27; May 25th is a worked holiday
  • Work days for June: 2-9, 16-23;31 (July 1-7)
  • Work days for July: 1-7, 14-21, 28-31 (August 1-4); July 4th is a worked holiday
  • Work days for August: 1-4, 11-18, 25-31 (September 1)
  • Work days for September: (August 25-31); 1st, 8-15, 22-29

Subject to change

All employees not returning to school will be guaranteed work through mid-September.

Fall Season Work: Working past September 15th into October is conditional on availability of work, performance, weather, etc. Fall projects include Implementation Monitoring (IM) of grazing effects on riparian areas. Techs who are interested in fall work will learn more about this towards the end of August.

Photograph: Two crew members in rain gear, standing in a creek working.  And smiling!  Central Idaho.
Caption: A crew happily working in the rain in Central Idaho

Please note:

  • You will need to arrive at your duty station by 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 17th (all technicians must be ready to travel ~8-12 hours as a group to the training site by 7:00 am the next day).
  • Training will be from May 18th to May 27th for a total of 10 days, 8-hours a day. This will be the only hitch where you will work more than 8 consecutive days.
  • More information regarding training will be given upon arriving at duty station.

WHAT TO BRING

You need equipment that will keep you safe/comfortable while backpacking for multiple days, car camping extensively, and recreating on your off days. No pets allowed.

Important to Have:

  • Good rain gear –- multiple sets if you have them
  • Warm sleeping bag (20° F or cooler works well) and sleeping pad
  • Sun hat/sunglasses
  • Cold weather clothes
    • Even though our field season is during the summer months, temperature and precipitation types (e.g. rain, sleet, snow) vary substantially. Avoid cotton.
  • Hiking boots (broken in and comfortable)
  • Flashlight / Headlamp
  • First training in May is almost always in a cold, rainy meadow so plan accordingly from day one!

Nice to Have:

  • Personal Backpack and tent
  • Rubber/rain boots
  • Music (many people bring musical instruments)
  • Good books to read fireside
  • Recreational gear: fishing gear, hacky-sack, disc, games, etc.
  • Personal eating utensils

Provided: We provide basic camping equipment and all sampling equipment for use in the field. Work gear may not be used during your days off. Crews will be responsible for maintaining all work gear and returning it in good condition. Each crew will be issued:

  • Waders and wading boots
  • One tent per crew and backpack/person
  • Vehicles, bear spray, sat phone, locator beacon
  • Camp chairs and table, cook kits, stoves, coolers, water jugs, and food bins.

Photograph: Technician sampling stream in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.  Technician standing at bank with measuring rod; conifer trees and mountains in the background.
Caption: Sampling in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Eastern Oregon




Disclaimers | Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) | Privacy Notice

Title: PIBO-EM
Author: Jeff Ojala

Email: jvojala"at"fs.fed.us
Phone: 435-755-3578

860 North 1200 East Logan UT 84321
Publish_date:11/15/97
Expires: none