Conducts vegetative monitoring associated with hazardous fuels, forestry, range, and wildlife programs. Main duties include pre-treatment and post treatment monitoring for hazardous fuels projects; may conduct vegetation monitoring for grazing management (e.g., utilization, production). Monitoring includes implementation of the Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) protocol, forage utilization, vegetation composition for land health, and riparian monitoring (PFC). Incumbent identifies plants, records plant species occurrence, cover, density, and other characteristics using electronic tablets or paper forms. Incumbent describes soil characteristics including texture, horizons, and structure. Duties also include navigation to monitoring locations using GPS or topographic maps, driving 4x4 vehicles or ATV, and hiking in various terrain. Inputs data, performs quality control, and extracts data for reporting, planning, and analysis. Completes studies or reporting to determine if vegetation objectives have been met, or to summarize pre-treatment vegetation conditions. Coordinates with other resource specialists for reporting, priorities and project information. Work is performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from very cold and wet to very hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over very steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; and also may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.
All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.