This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS 0404-05
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AKRO770743DECB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$17.30 to $17.57 / Per Hour
Friday, January 11, 2013 to Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Seward, AK United States
Anchorage, AK United States
Gustavus, AK United States
King Salmon, AK United States
McKinley Park, AK United States
More Locations  (1)
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 (Wildlife) 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. 


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

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

Denali National Park and Preserve - (apply under McKinley Park,AK) (Apr-Oct) -

Southwest Area Network - Anchorage, AK (May-Oct) -

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - Gustavus and Juneau, AK (May-Oct) -



In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date. When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location. Government housing may be available at Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward, AK and Glacier Bay, Gustavus, AK.

Housing is available at Denali National Park and Preserve - Denali, AK and Katmai National Park and Preserve - King Salmon, AK.


Government housing is NOT available in Anchorage, AK and Juneau, AK.


  • 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 assist professional staff in implementing wildlife inventory and monitoring programs for a variety of possible species including seabirds, water birds, passerine birds, amphibians, small mammals, ungulates, bears, and raptors in the front country and the remote backcountry areas of Alaskan National Parks.  Work will include, but is not limited to: assisting in planning, logistical arrangements, field work, data entry and analysis, and completing reports or other documents related to these projects. Work may include aspects of implementing bear-human interaction management, including conducting aversive conditioning on black or brown bears.


You will typically be stationed in the front country, but may be expected to live in primitive, remote backcountry camps in remote portions of the Park for up to two weeks at a time collecting natural resource data. Work will include field surveys to document and assess animal presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics in various areas of the park using established protocols and standard equipment (including GPS). You will be required to: 1) safely hike long distances through mountainous terrain (on and off trail) in adverse weather conditions with a heavy backpack; 2) work and communicate closely with team members on extended field trips; and 3) navigate to plots off trail over rugged terrain, snowfields, dense vegetation, and streams. Work may be performed in areas frequented by bears (training on how to handle bear encounters will be given). You will use computer software applications (e.g., Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, etc.) to store, retrieve, manage and analyze data, generate maps, and assist with creating reports and recommendations for natural resources projects.  Additional duties may include assisting with other natural resource management projects such as invasive plant removal, maintaining and repairing field equipment, preparing for field trips, working with volunteers and researchers, and communicating resource management topics to park staff and visitors.


The job will include both office and outdoor work in hot/cold and wet environments, possibly under extreme conditions.  Work schedule will include some overnight hours and periodic backcountry trips for up to two weeks at a time.  Field work will involve arduous hiking in steep, slippery or dense growth in all weather conditions.  The work will require physical exertion, including hiking over rough, off trail, terrain up to 15 miles per day carrying a 30-50 pound pack.  Travel may include flying in small aircraft, hiking, and traveling in and/or operating All Terrain Vehicles, small motorized boats, sea or river kayaks, canoes, or rafts. In addition, incumbent may be required to drive National Park Service (NPS) vehicles within and around the park areas as part of duties.

The parks listed below have other, specific duties:

Kenai Fjords duties: Kenai Fjords National Park will be hiring multiple positions to participate in avian field studies of seabirds, raptors, and black oystercatchers. Primary duties will include arranging logistics, conducting field work, entering data, and completing reports. Field work will involve backcountry trips up to two weeks in length, extensive use of small motorized boats to conduct surveys and access field camps, and many hours working outdoors in a cold, wet coastal environment. Field tasks may include using image-stabilized binoculars to conduct boat-based avian population surveys, hiking in extremely steep terrain or landing small boats on dynamic coastal beaches to access nest sites and collect prey remains, conducting behavioral observations of birds, and setting up and maintaining time-lapse cameras.


Denali duties: At Denali National Park and Preserve you will be required to carry a firearm for potential use in wildlife management situations.  NPS firearms training and qualification will be required and provided. 


GLBA (Juneau only) duties: Processing digital photographic data associated with the Glacier Bay harbor seal population monitoring program, processing harbor seal photographic data using GIS and photo processing software and data entry using Excel and Access databases.  Duties also require knowledge of pinnipeds and possibly field work including aerial and behavioral observation of pinnipeds.

SWAN (Anchorage) duties: Some positions involve frequent travel in and living aboard large vessels for 6 to 12 days at a time, as well as use of motorized skiffs, on marine waters.




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-05 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 comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level (GS-04) in the Federal service conducting wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for a variety of wildlife species. For example, as a member of a field crew assisted in conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess animal presence, abundance, reproduction, and population dynamics using established protocols and standard scientific equipment.  In carrying out the work followed established protocols and recorded wildlife data using computer software (such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, or comparable ones).   

Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a Bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) in botany, biology, ecology, wildlife, wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife management, chemistry, entomology, statistics, horticulture, mathematics, physics, agriculture, or animal husbandry. Coursework must include at least 6 semester hours in wildlife subjects. 

Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience:  A combination of experience and undergraduate education can be substituted that, when combined, is equivalent to 100% or more of the qualification requirements. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree can be substituted for specialized experience. One full year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the first 60 semester hours is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience; two full years (60 semester hours) beyond the first 60 semester hours is equivalent to one year of specialized experience.  


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.

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 wildlife biology and wildlife management.

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 communicate orally.

KSA-6 Ability to communicate in writing.


Please Note:  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that your work history, competencies, and/or your 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. A panel may be used to review your application.


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 these duty stations.  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 770743.  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 770743 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.


Additional Duty Location Info

Many vacancies in the following locations:
Seward, AK United States
Anchorage, AK United States
Gustavus, AK United States
King Salmon, AK United States
McKinley Park, AK United States
Juneau, AK United States

Control Number: 332956300
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