Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

United States Forest Service 2024 Summer Amphibian Job in the Sierra Nevada 

Employer: USDA Forest Service, Region 5 (Pacific Southwest), Stanislaus National Forest 

Location: Field work is throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of California. 
         Home office location is Sonora, California. 
         Housing is likely in nearby areas. 

Employment Duration: Approximately June-August, 2024 
Titles: Biological Sciences Technician (Fish & Wildlife, Wildlife) 
Series/Grade Levels: GS-0404-04, GS-0404-05, and GS-0404-06 
Pay: $16 – $20/hr (plus an additional $45-$65 per diem for each field day) 

Application Open Dates: 10/25/23 – 11/8/23

Eligibility:  US citizens at least 18 years of age. Valid US driver’s license required.  Qualification by grade is determined by education and/or experience. See vacancies on usajobs for more info. 

Background and Job Description: 

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for wildlife technicians to join the Sierra Nevada Amphibian Monitoring Program’s summer field team. Work includes up to 8-day backpacking trips to remote, high-elevation (5,000 – 
12,000 ft) habitats to survey lakes, streams, and meadows for amphibians, including Yosemite toads (Anaxyrus canorus) and mountain yellow-legged frogs (Rana sierrae). 

We are seeking applicants interested in herpetology who are in good physical condition and willing to endure high altitudes, temperature extremes, rough terrain, heavy backpacks, and the occasional mosquito (ok, maybe thousands). Experience backpacking and conducting amphibian surveys is desired. Ability to get along with crew members for prolonged periods in the backcountry is a must. 

The schedule will be 8, 10-hour days, followed by a 6-day weekend. Housing will likely be available with cost TBD. Project will supply much of the camping gear. 

Hiring Process: 
Application Open: 10/25/23 through 11/8/23 
Apply online at: https://www.usajobs.gov/

Search in the keywords box for the following job announcement numbers: 

GS-4:  24-TEMP3-R5-0023-4DT-MG 
GS-5:  24-TEMP3-R5-0021-5DT-EW 
GS-6:  24-TEMP3-R5-0019-6DT-MM 
(applicants may apply to all grates they are interested in) 

Select Sonora, CA when prompted to select a location as these are generic job announcements for technician jobs throughout the country. 

In addition to completing the online application, please send a cover letter and resume to: 
 Cathy Brown, Team Leader: cathy.brown@usda.gov
 Please type: Sierra Amphibian Job in the Subject line of the email.