Biological Science Technician (Plants) – US Forest Service

Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Bessey Nursery
    June 25, 2020
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    Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands Bessey Nursery


    Do you love plants and greenhouses? Do you enjoy growing and nurturing plants?

    The Corps Network (TCN) is looking for a Resource Assistant to provide greenhouse, and varied plant assistance, at a nursery. This internship position will work with the Heritage Program in rural mountainous communities.

    What is the Resource Assistants Program (RAP)?

    Particular attention will be given to ensure full representation of women and participants from historically Black, Hispanic, and Native American schools or other schools with diverse student populations. Resource Assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship Resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    The position provides technical assistance to professional and technical personnel by performing a variety of recurring and moderately complex duties in support of the production of plant material for reforestation and restoration projects. Performs technical assignments involving techniques and practices used in the operation and maintenance of controlled environment greenhouses and bare-root fields for seedling production. Tasks would include growing tree seedlings and other plants in containers in greenhouses and outdoors, preparation of seed and media, planting seeds, fertilizing, irrigating, controlling insects and diseases, maintaining proper environmental conditions in the greenhouse and bare-root seedbeds, and maintaining accurate records for chemical applications, cultural treatments and seedling inventories. They will be tasked with the application of chemicals (pesticides) and will be required to obtain and maintain a State Pesticide Applicator’s License and a Chemigation License.

    Qualifications and Skills:

    Bachelor's or Associate's Degree in Horticulture or related field. Practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of the appropriate biological science and ability to understand basic nursery tasks. Knowledge of applicable techniques in order to select from available alternatives and to adapt them to meet specific situations without seriously affecting the validity and reliability of collected data. Knowledge of procedures used to culture tree seedlings in a greenhouse or in the field. Knowledge of a variety of plant culture techniques, including asexual propagation. Ability to recognize various stages of plant development including seedling development, growth, and health and pest issues. Knowledge of the operation of tractors and a variety of other specialized equipment.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    Health insurance; Housing allowance; $500/week stipend; Direct Hiring Authority - after completing and meeting program requirements, interns are eligible for Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for permanent, term, and temporary Forest Service positions.

    Start Date: September 21st, 2020

    Duration: 6 months

    Deadline to apply: Monday, July 13th at 11:55 pm MST


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