Job Title: Natural Resource Intern (GS-3/4/5; GS-7/9 potential)
Organization: Salmon-Challis National Forest
Location: Salmon, Idaho
Intern: This is a field-going position. Incumbents are expected to hike in hot and cold weather in rugged terrain carrying heavy loads with either backpacks or backpack sprayers; treat weeds; inventory weeds, native plants and pollinating insects; operate 4-wheel drive vehicles and ATV/UTV’s, haul trailers, and work with pack and saddle stock. Fieldwork may include 1-day and multi-day trips to access field sites in remote areas, which may involve tent camping or overnight stays in Forest Service bunkhouses. Government housing is available.
Duties at the full performance level (GS-7/9) include:
- As part of a team assignment, performs routine work in botany, invasive species, pollinator, and restoration resource-related projects.
- Provides biological input into the program; assists in development and implementation of management plans. Ensures compliance with implementation and efficacy monitoring; and prepares a variety of written reports or limited environmental analyses.
- Prepares portions of environmental assessments as an interdisciplinary team member.
- Develops biological evaluations for threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal species for review by journey level biologists.
- Regularly works cooperatively with a variety of partners including private landowners, non-governmental organizations, local and State governments, and Federal agencies. This includes surveys of species occurrence, mapping invasive species and native plants, and helping to determine the need for habitat improvement or restoration.
- Participates in habitat inventory and monitoring programs and habitat improvement projects. Participates in monitoring program activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings.
- Participates in studies and plans for proposed resource management activities, and coordinates or implements approved resource management plans such as habitat restoration or enhancement projects.
- Completes required accomplishment reporting, such as permit reports and monitoring reports.
- Leads hiring of seasonal staff and helps to guide day-to-day work in coordination with the program field crew lead.
Qualifications: Must be a current student
Start/End Dates: Flexible, starts summer 2022
Salary/Pay: GS-3/4/5 with planned conversion to permanent GS-7/9
Application Window: February 18-28