This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:Biological Science Aid

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-13-805193-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$22,851.00 to $32,412.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 21, 2012 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-02/03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Dugway, UT United States
Woodworth, ND United States
Lima, MT United States
Kenmare, ND United States
Valentine, NE United States
More Locations  (12)

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S. Citizens

 

Employees in these positions serve as a Biological Science Aids for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System in full-time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1 year that will total less than 1040 hours (6 months), excluding overtime in a service year. The service year is the calendar year that begins on the date of the employee's initial appointment in the agency. These appointments may be extended from year to year. Extensions of appointment without further competition may be granted based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment. Incumbent may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.  There are no promotions for temporary positions.

This announcement was amended on January 9, 2013 to extend the closing date to January 16, 2013 

The positions to be filled are located throughout CO, MT, ND, NE, SD, and UT.

STATIONS HIRING DURING THIS PERIOD:
Position availability - It is anticipated that each station listed will fill at least one position.  However, limited number of stations may fill multiple positions.  Please note: You are limited to choosing a maximum of 3 locations.  Government housing (bunkhouse, no pets/no family) is available with housing costs at locations marked with an asterisk *. 

COLORADO
--Browns Park NWR, Maybell, CO* (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

MONTANA
--Charles M. Russell NWR, Roy, MT and Fort Peck, MT* - Travel possibly 25% within the Refuge - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)
--Medicine Lake NWR, Medicine Lake, MT* - Travel possibly 1 to 2 trips during summer - (Anticipated starting date April 1 to May 31, 2013)
--Red Rock Lakes NWR, Lima, MT* - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

NORTH DAKOTA
--Arrowwood NWR, Pingree, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)
--Chase Lake WMD, Woodworth, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)

--Crosby WMD, Crosby, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting date April 1 to May 31, 2013)
--Kulm WMD, Kulm, ND - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

--Long Lake WMD Complex, Moffit, ND* - Travel within Refuge complex (Anticipated starting dates April 15, 2013 AND May 20, 2013)  Selectees will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2013

--Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting dates April 1 to May 31, 2013)
NEBRASKA
--Crescent Lake NWR Complex, Crescent Lake NWR/North Platte NWR (Garden County), Ellsworth, NE* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting date April 15, 2013)
--Fort Niobrara/Valentine Complex, Valentine, NE* - Travel within Refuge complex - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 20, 2013

SOUTH DAKOTA
--Lacreek NWR, Martin, SD* - (Anticipated starting date May 1, 2013)
--Sand Lake NWR, Columbia, SD* - Possible travel within Refuge - (Anticipated starting date April 15 to May 1, 2013)

--Waubay NWR, Waubay, SD* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2013
UTAH
--Fish Springs NWR, Dugway, UT* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 1, 2013

SELECTIONS: If an applicant is selected for a position, and accepts that offer, their name will be removed from further consideration at any other location(s) they may have applied unless the subsequent selection is at a higher grade level. 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

These positions may be filled at the GS-02 or GS-03 levels

Travel required at some refuges

Valid state driver's license required

Ability to operate a government-owned or lease vehicle required
Uniform may be required at some refuges

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required

DUTIES:

--Employees will perform a variety of basic operational tasks in support of programs conducted by the National Wildlife Refuge System.  These may include: serve as a member of a crew engaged in clean-up, loading, lifting or carrying various articles; grounds maintenance to include weed control or grass mowing; fence building; assists others in recording instrument results; trapping, tagging or tracking wildlife.  Duties may include interpretation of wildlife, answering phones, clerical duties.
--Duties at Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND; Crosby WMD, Crosby, ND; and Medicine Lake NWR, Medicine Lake, MT include assisting in piping plover and other avian monitoring; collecting and recording scientific measurements and keeping detailed records.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
At some duty stations, applicants must be able to work under extreme climatic conditions.  Some project work will include physical labor such as building fence, walking over steep/slippery terrain, and carrying heavy loads (up to 50 pounds).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-02: Applicants must have at least 3 months of general experience.

GS-03: Applicants must have at least 6 months of general experience.

General experience is typically any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with biological work.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:

GS-02: High school graduation or equivalent.

GS-03: Successful completion of 1 year of study above high school at an accredited college or university that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. 

NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-02 and GS-03 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

If substituting education for the Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.


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. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

  • Ability to install, maintain or repair various types of fencing
  • Ability to use lawn maintenance and other tools
  • Ability to assist with biological surveys
  • Ability to perform routine maintenance

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.


BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

Some positions covered by this announcement may provide wildland fire support/respond to emergencies requiring National Wildland Coordination Group (NWCG) qualifications.  As such, this would allow eligibility for FEHB health insurance.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).



HOW TO APPLY:

PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING:

All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.

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 Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.

NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 805193. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203FX.pdf, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

-College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education OR if there is a Basic Education Requirement for this position.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service.

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Frances K. Martinez
Phone: (303)236-4744
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: FRANCES_MARTINEZ@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Dugway, UT United States
Woodworth, ND United States
Lima, MT United States
Kenmare, ND United States
Valentine, NE United States
Fort Peck, MT United States
Martin, SD United States
Columbia, SD United States
Waubay, SD United States
Crosby, ND United States
Kulm, ND United States
Moffit, ND United States
Pingree, ND United States
Ellsworth, NE United States
Maybell, CO United States
Medicine Lake, MT United States
Roy, MT United States

Control Number: 333329700
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