This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Biological Science Technician, GS 0404-07
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AKRO768648DECB

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.43 to $21.76 / Per Hour
Friday, January 11, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
King Salmon, AK United States
Port Alsworth, AK United States
Seward, AK United States
Gustavus, AK United States
United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places.  We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (General) positions.  The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs.  Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location.  All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities.


The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below.  The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses.  The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances.  When you apply online, you will be asked to specify the location(s) where you would like to work. You can select some or all of the locations. 


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - Gustavus (May- Oct) –

Katmai National Park and Preserve (Brooks Camp) (apply under King Salmon, AK) (May-Oct.) –

Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward, AK (April-Oct.) –

Lake Clark National Park- Port Alsworth, AK (June-Oct)-


Government housing may be available at Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward, AK and Glacier Bay (Gustavus)

Housing is available at Katmai National Park and Preserve - King Salmon, AK and  Lake Clark (Port Alsworth, AK)


All positions are temporary and limited to no more than 1039 hours in a 52 week period. When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location.    

In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date.




  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


You will perform a variety of tasks in support of daily work operations at a National Park and/or Preserve.   Responsibilities include conducting survey and collecting field data. Computes, compiles and summarizes data in tabular, graphic or narrative form, reporting unusual results in detail and prepares extensive field notes. Works independently or as a member of a team conducting habitat restoration, biological surveys or other necessary field work. Assists professional biologists by reviewing, cataloging, performing literature review and extracting and compiling data as needed for report preparation.

Work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 – 10 days in duration. Incumbent may be required to carry a 45 lb pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in inclement weather. Camping and hiking is often in country with high densities of brown or black bear.   Incumbent may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work.


To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below.

Specialized Experience and/or Education:  You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-07 grade level of this position.  This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

Specialized Experience:One full year of  specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 (advanced technician) level.  For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting environmental monitoring and management activities, such as wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for a variety of wildlife species, exotic plant management, monitoring visitor use impact on natural resources, and/or natural/environmental site restoration activities. For example, served as a crew member or leader conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions, animal presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics;  conducted ecological/resource assessments or inventories or management activities, exotic plant management, or other similar biological resource management and assessment activities using established protocols and standard scientific equipment;  and recorded data using computer software (such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, or comparable ones).

Education:   Successful completion of one full year of graduate study (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) in courses directly related to the work of this position.

Experience and Education:   A combination of experience and graduate education can be substituted that, when combined, is equivalent to 100% or more of the qualification requirements. For example, 6 months of specialized work or volunteer experience performing assignments as described above would equal 50% of the experience requirement, and 50% of the education requirement would be met through 9 semester hours of graduate studies in courses directly related to the work of the position. 



Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body 

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Depending on the location and type of work, positions may require some or all of the following as a condition of employment:


Pre-employment drug testing


Carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency.   Employees serving in such positions must be free of any domestic violence convictions.


Valid driver's license


Wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.  A uniform allowance will be provided if you are required to wear a uniform.


Work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, overtime, and weekends


Travel may be required, sometimes up to 2 weeks in length


Carry heavy items while walking over rough terrain for extended periods


Travel in motorized or non motorized boats (kayak, canoe, raft); travel in a small single-engine aircraft; or operate an all terrain vehicle (ATV)





Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.  

KSA-1 Knowledge of the principles and techniques of biology to conduct natural resource monitoring and management activities.

KSA-2 Knowledge of data collection techniques, including installation, operation, and maintenance of testing and sampling equipment, and laboratory procedures.

KSA-3 Ability to carry out biological/scientific work in remote locations.

KSA-4 Ability to use computer software programs and equipment to collect and present data.

KSA-5 Ability to effectively communicate with others.

KSA-6 Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

Please Note:  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If your work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies.  

Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

         Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

         Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

         Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veteran's Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.


The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% or 5.57% for this duty station.  Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or a statewide sales tax.

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Depending on the tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday, night or hazardous work and /or Federal holidays. Flexible work schedules may be available. This link provides more information on the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.


Direct Deposit:  All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.


Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


To begin the process:

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 768648.  Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:  

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the Occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203fx form along with any required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.


If you have questions about this announcement call (907) 644-3828 or email us at prior to Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID number 768648 when emailing or calling.


If you need help or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (NM) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-Transcripts - If using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received.


-Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD214, and if claiming 10 points preference, also provide the SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have substantially completed three years of active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-ICTAP/CTAP copy of your agency's notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


AK HR Assistant
Phone: (907)644-3828
Agency Information:
Alaska Regional Office
NPS Alaska Regional Office
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email.  You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


Control Number: 332956200
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