Summer Jobs in Soil Survey

Alaska Soil Survey Program

Summer Jobs in Soil Survey

Alaska Soil Survey Program

Homer, Alaska and Fairbanks Alaska

The Alaska soil survey program will be filling up to four Plant Ecologist (Bio-Technician) positions for the summer of 2008. Positions will be located in Homer, Alaska and in Fairbanks Alaska. Length of the assignments will be approximately 18 weeks for the surveys out of Homer (approximately June-October) and 12 weeks (June through August). This is a tremendous experience for qualified individuals to expand their botanical skills, learn soils, landforms, interpretations, mapping techniques, and apply ecological concepts, all while experiencing Alaska up close.

Requirements: Sophomore through Graduate level students who have strong botanical and plant identification skills, coursework and/or vegetation sampling experience, strong outdoor skills, and positive attitudes. Actual job duties and pay scales will be dependent on coursework and experience. The Plant Ecologist (Bio-Technician) will work with the Soil Scientist as a team to identify and describe plant communities, collect data and plant information, and assist in compilation of field data to describe ecological sites. Federal pay grades will range from GS-5 to GS-7 and include a 25 percent cost-of-living adjustment. Pay grade will be based on completed coursework and experience.

Additional Information: Please contact the Project Leader for specific information about the survey, housing situations, and field work. For general information about skills for the position you may also contact Michelle Schuman, Ecologist, 800 W. Evergreen, Palmer, AK 99645 (907) 761-7781 michelle.schuman@ak.usda.gov

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