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Integrated Pest Management Technician at Bryce Canyon National Park
Job Code:2019-RAP-089
Location:Bryce National Park
State:Utah
Program:Research Associate Program
Contract Length:Other
  

Job Description:

In cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) Bryce Canyon National Park (BRCA), the Great Basin Institute (GBI) seeks an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist to assist the park IPM Coordinator in developing, writing, and implementing an IPM plan for the park. The GBI IPM Specialist will work with NPS facilities and resource management staff to evaluate pest-related needs in the park, install exclusion features on park structures, and record pest-related management data for future decision-making purposes. The IPM Specialist will work in the field and in the office with NPS employees while participating in day-to-day integrated pest management, assist in IPM Plan writing, and entering pest management data into park databases.

Activities:

  • With the assistance of park staff, develop and complete an integrated pest management (IPM) plan for the park.

    • Review Federal laws, NPS Policies, BRCA Management Plans, and conservation best practices.

    • Draft a pest management plan for the park that allows integration of various tools and strategies, considers environmental consequences of actions, and is adaptive to a wide range of pest issues, while effectively providing for the safety of employees and visitors. The plan will be compliant with federal laws, policies, and management plans.

  • Assist with implementing pest management throughout the park.

    • Order supplies and maintain inventory.

    • Support management of the IPM project budget.

    • Assist the Wildlife Biologist with removal of animal pests from park buildings.

    • Provide training and information to park employees and visitors regarding pests and associated diseases and safe protocols for managing pest issues.

  • Assess pest-related needs in park facilities.

    • Prioritize park facilities for assessments.

    • Evaluate facilities for exclusion, trapping, and monitoring needs.

    • Provide a report on facility conditions in regards to pest issues and needs.

  • Install exclusion measures, or other pest management features, in park facilities.

    • Acquire materials for effective exclusion.

    • Install exclusion measures on park facilities.

    • Evaluate and report on effectiveness of exclusion measures.

This opportunity will provide the selected candidate with experience in park pest management while ensuring health and safety of visitors and employees, and conserving park natural and cultural resources. The IPM Specialist will become familiar with federal, state, and local laws, NPS policies, BRCA Management Plans, and conservation measures that guide pest management in a national park.


Photo: Peter Densmore, Bryce Canyon NPS Website

Contract Timeline:
• Duration: 40 week appointment starting in late January
• Full time, 40 hours/week

Location:
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. Natural, cultural, and recreation resources abound in the park and throughout this region. The park offers beautiful red rock and hoodoo formations, a wide variety of programs and events, as well as hiking and camping opportunities.

The region includes other unique and awe inspiring parks such as Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and many more. It's an adventurer's wonderland.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Pay Rate: $22.00/hour
• Benefits: Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance completely paid for by the Great Basin Institute and available starting the first day of service; paid federal holidays and personal leave
• Park housing available for rent during employment term

Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree with major course work in Pest Management, Weed Science, Wildlife Management or a closely related field;
  • Academic and applied background in ecology, wildlife, vegetation management, and structural pests and their control;
  • Familiarity with principles of integrated pest management and interest in applying them in indoor and outdoor settings;
  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act , with federal laws and regulations regarding public agency pesticide use, and with other jurisdictional legislation and policy, preferred;
  • Proficiency in software for word processing, data base systems, and spreadsheets;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills and ability to work cooperatively as well as independently;
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting with park staff, volunteers, and visitors; and
  • Willingness and ability to consistently enact high performance standards and a strong work and team ethic in support of the mission of GBI and the goals of the NPS.

    Note: A current rabies vaccination is required to perform this work. Applicants with a current vaccination (documentation required) are preferred; vaccination will be provided, if needed.

    The successful applicant must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position. If you already have a fully adjudicated BI, please let us know in your application.

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