National Park Service Fire Effects Monitor (Biological Science Technician) in FEW vacancies Homestead, Florida

National Park Service
  • FEW vacancies - Homestead, FL
Work Schedule is These are full-time, excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. - The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (25 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/15/2016 (18 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The National Park Service is looking for temporary employees to work as a Fire Effects Monitor (Biological Science Technician) in Homestead, FL (Everglades National Preserve). For more information on Crew Types, click here.

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Florida.


A Fire Effects Monitor (GS-05 Biological Science Technician)establishes monitoring plots in a variety of vegetation/fuel types in accordance with established guidelines and directions. Monitors plots and makes field observation of resource conditions. Prepares fire behavior monitoring documentation on forms for prescribed burns. Identifies grasses, herbs, shrubs and trees to species. Prepares field maps and photographs from the ground. Enters natural resource field data into a personal computer. May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Positions may require a valid state driver's license.
  • You must pass a physical exam prior to appointment.
  • These positions have no promotion potential.

To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following:

  • 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples include work in support of vegetation and wildland fire monitoring programs. OR

  • successful completion of a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with either 1. a major study in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, mathematics; OR 2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses listed above. And 6 semester hours must have been directly related to the position being filled. OR

  • a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.

For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience click here.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS- The work involves walking, running, climbing and backpacking with a load over rough terrain, sometimes for extended periods; lifting moderately heavy items; bending and stooping for long periods; and working under occasional inclement weather conditions.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you are determined to be eligible and qualified, you may be referred to the location you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.


Review our benefits

Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:

  • Annual and Sick Leave

  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay

  • Paid federal holidays

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

Other Information

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

Salary Range: $15.49 to $15.49 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0404-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.

Control Number: 452359200

Job Announcement Number: NPS-FIRE-2017-026