Horticulture Technician – US Forest Service (Resource Assistant – DHA)

Nebraska National Forest & Grasslands Bessey Nursery
December 8, 2020
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Nebraska National Forest & Grasslands Bessey Nursery - Halsey, NE


Do you love growing plants and managing greenhouses? Do you enjoy scientific field tests?

We are looking for a Resource Assistant to provide greenhouse, and varied plant assistance at Nebraska National Forest & Grasslands Bessey Nursery in Halsey, NE. This internship position will work with the Heritage Program in rural mountainous communities.

Deadline to Apply: January 13th, 2021

What is the Resource Assistants Program (RAP)?

Particular attention will be given to ensure full representation of women and participants from historically Black, Hispanic, and Native American schools or other schools with diverse student populations. Resource assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, Resource Assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepping lab materials for measurement; technical greenhouse assignments; growing seedlings and preparing media for fertilizing, irrigating, and controlling pests.
  • Keeping record of greenhouse activities and inventory. Use of maps, compasses, and aerial photos to identify study plots.
  • Preparing equipment for field testing and record scientific phenomena.
  • Gathering data on such things as phenology, temperature, humidity, soil characteristics, precipitation, growth and mortality, cover types, species identification, diameters, height, and age of trees.
  • Collecting biological and vegetation specimens and samples and prepares them for analysis.
  • Accumulation, coding, transcription, and processing of information; editing and correcting records; and providing quality control of automatic data processing entries.
  • Summarizing results and prepares graphs and charts using standard statistical methods according to instructions.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelors or Associates Degree in Horticulture or related field;
  • Practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of the appropriate biological science and ability to understand basic nursery tasks;
  • Knowledge of applicable techniques in order to select from available alternatives and to adapt them to meet specific situations without seriously affecting the validity and reliability of collected data;
  • Knowledge of procedures used to culture tree seedlings in a greenhouse or in the field;
  • Knowledge of a variety of plant culture techniques, including asexual propagation;
  • Ability to recognize various stages of plant development including seedling development, growth, and health and pest issues;
  • Knowledge of the operation of tractors and a variety of other specialized equipment.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $1,000 biweekly stipend
  • Monthly housing allowance
  • Health insurance
  • Opportunities for trainings and professional development
  • Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) - after completing and meeting program requirements, interns are eligible for Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for permanent, term, and temporary Forest Service positions.

Start Date: April 12th, 2021

Duration: 6 months

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