The Pacific West Region is recruiting for summer seasonal Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) - Avian, GS-0404-5 positions intended to assist permanent staff with Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) - Avian field work.Learn more about this agency
Open to the first 50 applicants. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 EST on the 'applicant cut-off' date (which may be sooner than 01/01/2021) to be considered.
**SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: **The park is subject to high concentrations of volcanic fumes (VOG) especially sulfur dioxide gas. These fumes are known to be hazardous to infants, unborn fetus, and people with pre-existing heart and breathing problems. Their long-term effects on normal healthy persons are not known.
You will serve as a Biological Science Technician with the Natural Resources Division at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Perform routine biological science tasks in support of the endangered Hawaiian goose (Nene) and petrel (Uau) projects. Use established methods to monitor endangered Nene and Uau populations. Monitor and control non-native predators that prey upon endangered birds and other species. Train volunteers to assist with the endangered avian wildlife program. Collect and analyze data from endangered avian populations and produce reports and summaries from that data. You will provide information to other employees and visitors about the endangered avian wildlife program.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
- Required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to motor vehicle operation and routinely (should need exist), you will be required to submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license and to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all your valid driver's licenses, whether current or past. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
- You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
- You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
- You may be required to travel overnight away from home.
- Housing is not available.
- The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
- Travel, transportation & relocation expenses will not be paid. Relocation expenses will be the employee's responsibility.
QualificationsAll qualifications must be met by 11:59 EST when the 'applicant cut-off' is reached (which may be sooner than 01/01/2021).
SELECTIVE FACTOR: "Avian Field Surveys" This position performs routine biological science tasks in support of endangered Hawaiian goose (Nene) and petrel (Uau) projects using established methods to monitor endangered Nene and Uau populations, and control non-native predators that prey upon endangered birds and experience assisting with avian field surveys in remote locations; assessing avian presence, abundance, reproduction, and population dynamics using established protocols and standard scientific equipment; and recording avian data using computer software (such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Work, ArcGIS, Pathfinder office, etc.) is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position. You must show experience in your resume.
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To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: utilizing various techniques to gather biological samples; identifying, measuring, or counting organisms or the environment, and recording the data; or performing a variety of behavioral or measured data collection activities in support of field resource management projects. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: I have successfully completed four years of education above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field of scientific or technical study, such as in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position such as ornithology or wildlife biology. You must submit transcripts.
Successful completion of a COMBINATION of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours (or equivalent) earned towards a bachelor's degree, in excess of 60 semester hours, and divide by 60 semester hours (or equivalent). Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies". No additional credit is given for overtime. In describing the nature of your duties (your experience), please be clear and concise. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. The Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards are available for review at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
ICTAP/CTAP Statement: Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified means that the applicant meets the following: OPM qualification standards for the position; all selective placement factors, where applicable; special qualifying conditions that OPM has approved for the position, where applicable; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and is rated by the organization at least at the well qualified level on all competencies.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for the possibility of extensions or rehire in subsequent service years.
Physical Demands: The duties of the position requires strenuous physical activity such as climbing, standing, walking or hiking on uneven surfaces and camping in remote areas under all types of weather conditions and elevation ranging from 10,000 ft to sea level. Duties include long periods of standing, walking, climbing across uneven terrain for long distances (>10 miles in a day), bending, stretching, pulling, stooping, kneeling, and lifting and carrying heavy objects and backpacks of up to 50 lbs. Some activities require extended 4 W-driving across uneven terrain. Work areas are often remote and may require extended periods in the field camping up to one weeks at a time. Data entry, analysis and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.
Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments include performing in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, fire lines, fog, tropical hot humid environments, poor visibility areas, deserts, and forests that include hiking and camping in remote areas for up to one week at a time. Work requires occasional flying in helicopters. Field work involved handling live wild animals and carcasses of wild animals. The park is subjected to unexpected VOG conditions that require personnel working in remote areas to participate in the park respiratory protection program. Must attain and maintain the prerequisite physical standards to participate in the Park Respiratory Protection Program
Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Effective May 26, 2018, please note that a temporary seasonal employee can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of 1,039 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS).
If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months, and have already worked the maximum 1,039 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1,039 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1,039 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1,039 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of two categories:
- Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and 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 are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
- Interpersonal Skills
- Technical Competence
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the 'applicant cut-off' date (which may be sooner than 01/01/2021):
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian (current or former), please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Documentation that you meet Selective Factors
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 90 on the rating criteria for this position.
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How to Apply
To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST when the 'applicant cut-off' is reached (which may be sooner than 01/01/2021). WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.
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