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Invasive Species Strike Team member with US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System in Burbank, Washington

Type of position Federal job. Full-time, year round term position with ability to non-competitively rehire for up to four years
Employer US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System
Location Burbank, Washington
Description of Location These positions are based at the headquarters of the Mid-Columbia River and Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complexes. The office is a short drive from the Tri Cities area of Washington.

Travel: Positions involve extensive overnight travel during the “busy season” (approximately April-November). Lodging options include hotels, short-term military housing, bunkhouses with shared communal spaces, and occasional camping.

Salary $33,949 to $44,130 per year
Closing date of competition May 28, 2019
Date position available May 15, 2019
Description of duties

We are pleased to announce two exciting job opportunities on the mobile invasive species strike team for Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex and Central Washington National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Complexes). If you are ready for a challenging and deeply hands-on immersion into invasive species control on Refuges and enjoy travel, this could be a great opportunity for you. The two Complexes include seven National Wildlife Refuges and Hanford Reach National Monument (a total of 235,000 acres) and span from central and southeastern Washington to northcentral Oregon. The team also travels 4-5 times per year to US Air Force properties in SE Idaho and NE Washington to support noxious weed control projects. A region full of diverse habitats and equally diverse weed communities, there is never a dull moment. The Strike Team engages in a variety of projects, including mechanical removal of invasive trees and shrubs, spot-spraying invasive plants in wetland habitats, broadcast spraying weeds in reclaimed farm fields, treating aquatic invasives from airboats, and mapping and inventorying weeds. From biocontrols to boom sprayers and everything in between, the Complex offers one of the most diverse suites of mechanical equipment and herbicide options for invasive plant control in the entire Refuge system. This job will be an amazing opportunity to receive training and experience operating a variety of equipment (including excavators, skid steers, tractors, spray trucks, and a variety of vegetation removal attachments) and implementing an integrated pest management approach across multiple habitat types. Other important functions of these jobs include equipment and vehicle decontamination between sites for biosecurity, writing brief reports or summaries of activities, maintaining records and inventories, logistics and preparation for trips, and performing maintenance and repairs on field equipment.

Qualifications sought
  • Experience mapping and treating invasive plant populations, ability to use keys, manuals, and other guides to identify native and non-native plants in multiple life stages
  • Leading and motivating crews in rugged or remote environments
  • Experience mixing and applying herbicides; experience operating, calibrating, and maintaining herbicide delivery systems from backpack sprayers to UTV mounted boom sprayers
  • Operating and maintaining motorized and non-motorized equipment, such as chainsaws, backpack sprayers, gas-powered pumps, and generators
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, aptitude in logistics management and scheduling, ability to maintain forward progress on multiple projects simultaneously and be flexible to changing weather, priorities, or equipment
  • Experience using GIS software to map and monitor plant or wildlife populations, willingness to embrace new technology in mobile applications for treatment tracking and weed mapping
  • Experience driving large, 4WD trucks and trailering and securing equipment


Application procedure  
Submit what Resume, transcripts, cover letter
Submit to Must apply through USAJobs.
R1-19-10476465-SD-DE https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533752800
R1-19-10502790-SD-MP https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/533753000
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