These positions are a part ot the Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN). Please visit find a parkfor additional park information.
These positions are full time, temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.
The typical seasonal period is May through October, but varies due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May, 2018
This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 300 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of 300 applicants, or 01/22/2018 is reached. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 300 applicant limit.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.
Government housing may be available.
Applicants may be moved between duty stations within the SWAN.
The National Park Service (NPS) serves as a steward for the preservation of America’s national parks and their resources. In 1998, the NPS initiated a natural resource Inventory and Monitoring Program. The purpose of the program was to develop a baseline inventory of significant natural resources in national parks, and to monitor these natural resources over time. The program includes more than 270 national parks organized into 32 networks. The Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) consists of five Alaskan parks (Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alagnak National Wild River, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve).
The SWAN is hiring seasonal crew leader (GS-7) and crew member (GS-5) positions responsible for implementing its freshwater monitoring protocol in the field. The protocol covers a range of water quality and water quantity parameters (e.g., temperature, pH, turbidity, stage, discharge) measured in lakes and streams using various types of equipment (e.g., sondes, temperature loggers, pressure transducers, ADCPs). Previous motorized boat handling experience is a plus. For more information regarding SWAN freshwater monitoring, please see http://science.nature.nps.gov/im/units/swan/monitor/freshwater.cfm.
Some specific duties of the jobs include:
- Collecting various types of hydrologic data in the field using standard methods, practices and procedures;
- Calibrating, programing and operating electronic water quality/quantity data recording devices;
- Conducting basic maintenance and ensuring equipment is in proper working order;
- Using standard computer software to input, retrieve, organize and summarize data;
- Undertaking quality control procedures to identify gaps and inconsistencies in data;
- Developing written summaries of routine phases of water resource investigations for inclusion in broader reports;
- Working with diverse individuals under a variety of conditions, including remote wilderness settings.
Additional GS-7 duties:
- Conducting basic statistical and spatial analyses;
- Producing technical and non-technical written reports and oral presentations summarizing routine phases of water quality investigations.