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U.S. Geological Survey - Hammond Bay Biological Station Biological Science Technician/Aid in Millersburg, Michigan

This is a temporary excepted service position not-to-exceed 12months but may be extended up to a maximum of 2 years without further competition.Employment may not exceedu180 working days in a service/uyear[1 hour worked = 1 day].All qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.Temporary appointees expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule receive the full government contribution to their premiums regardless of work schedule and will also be eligible to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Temporary appointees are not covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System and are ineligible for Federal life, dental, or vision insurance.DUTIES:Performs technical work in in support of researchers engaged in fish movement and population dynamics studies in the Great Lakes (species include sea lamprey, lake trout, walleye). Responsible for A) deployment, maintenance, and retrieval of acoustic telemetry, acoustic cameras, and water quality sampling equipment in lakes, rivers, and streams; B) capture of live fish using traps, nets, and electrofishing equipment; C) transport, hold, mark, and release live fish; D) set up and conduct lab experiments to better understand sea lamprey ecology; (E) use personal computers to collect, transfer, and archive data from electronic devices (e.g., telemetry receivers, water quality sondes, GPS units); F) provide surface support for SCUBA divers; and G) accurately and precisely record data under adverse weather conditions without direct supervision. Familiarity with 4WD vehicles is desirable.PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is generally performed outdoors on boats or in remote stream environments, and involves moderate to extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, snow, cold/hot weather, and waves. This position will sometimes require night and weekend work and extended periods of travel (up to ten days). Special safety precautions are required in many cases, and the employee may typically wear life jackets and waders. Applicant must have correctable vision and hearing and be able to lift at least 40 pounds. This position is subject to overtime work.