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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-12-562815-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 21, 2011 to Friday, November 25, 2011




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours




1 vacancy - Maybell, CO United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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This full-time temporary seasonal position not-to-exceed 1 year that will total less than 1040 hours (6 months), excluding overtime in a service year is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Maybell, Colorado. 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 in intermittent status (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.

The duties of a Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) include conducting biological surveys related to wildlife and their habitat and making recommendations for habitat improvement, collecting biological data on plant and wildlife species, observing and recording technical data on habitat conditions, and compiling data using computer programs and using Geographic Information System to compile data and using Global Positioning System technology to collect data.

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 90 miles from the closest town that contains basic infrastructure such as groceries, fuel, medical, police, and fire protection.  Employee will need their own vehicle to access groceries, medical, etc.  Buckhouse housing is available and employee may have to share a room with other seasonal employees.

*Promotion potential: NO
*Moving Expenses:  NO 
*Travel Required: Some
*Supervisory Position: NO
*Valid state Drivers' license:  YES
*CDL required:  NO
*Pre-appointment background investigation:  YES
*Uniform required:  NO



  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Some evening/night work may be required


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  • Incumbent conducts wildlife and/or waterfowl census; makes brood and pair counts of waterfowl; makes observations of upland game birds, furbearers, predators, deer and other forms of wildlife; assists with banding of waterfowl and other wildlife; conducts vegetation evaluations.  Conducts surveys of wildlife habitat conditions and makes recommendations for habitat improvement.  May assist with monitoring and control of wildlife and plant disease outbreaks, pest plant and wildlife control, tree planting, mowing/seeding activities, and vegetation removal.  
  • Assists in other refuge programs such as prescribed burning, facility maintenance, trails, parking lot, and public use.  Provides work direction and guidance to volunteers, temporary employees, and YCC enrollees in the performance of refuge management operations. 
  • Oversees safe handling of hand tools, safe work practices, and operation of ATV, light trucks, farm tractor and implements.  Assists with maintenance and construction work.  Performs minor repair of equipment and facilities.  Operates equipment such as generators, radios, radio tracking equipment, water monitoring equipment, GIS/GPS and cameras.  Develops databases and analyzes data using standard statistical methods and procedures in preparation of wildlife reports.  Enters and retrieves data from the GIS or other information management systems. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  Duties include working indoors and outdoors in extreme temperatures.  The work involves bending, stooping, and walking 2 to 3 miles a day carrying a 30 pound backpack sprayer using herbicides.   The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 50 pounds in performance of assigned tasks.  Duties include working independently outdoors in a remote setting.   


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Qualification requirements may be viewed on the OPM qualifications website at

Your application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position. You must meet ALL qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


GS-05: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04 grade level is qualifying for GS-05) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes:  Conducting biological surveys of wildlife and their habitat and making recommendations for habitat improvement; keeping detailed and precise records on wildlife or habitat conditions; collecting biological data on plant and wildlife species, recording and compiling technical data using computer programs, using Geographic Information System to compile data and using Global Positioning System technology to collect data.

  Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with a major field of study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.  At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to wildlife.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-05 grade level, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

If substituting education for experience, you MUST submit school transcripts. See the How to Apply Section of this announcement for information on how to submit your 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 result 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.

NOTE: It is the candidates responsibility to show how he/she has satisfied all educational and coursework requirements.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.


The following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

   • Ability to conduct biological surveys 
   • Ability to collect biological data
   • Ability to compile biological data 
   • Ability to prepare biological reports and maintain biological records 
   • Ability to perform resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., land restoration activities, general maintenance, fencing, invasive weed control)

Please ensure that your responses to the questionnaire are FULLY supported in your resume.  Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your eligibility.


Failure to provide sufficient information to FULLY support your responses may affect the category in which you are placed when being considered for this position.  

If a determination is made that you inflated your responses to the questionnaire, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may lose consideration for this position.  Errors or omissions may affect your category rating.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures.  Category rating combines the applicant’s total quality experience and/or education/training into a single quality category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements (including all selective placement factors) you will be placed in one of the following categories. 

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified 

4. Qualified 

Information for Veterans:  The category rating process does not add veterans’ 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 percent will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.


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Depending upon the type of position filled, the Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see:

VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you should submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you should also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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

1) Your Resume.  It is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder.  If you choose not to, please click here for a list of required information.
2) A complete Assessment Questionnaire.
3) Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

All application material 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.

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".

NOTE:  To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: .

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: using the following Vacancy ID 562815.  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 to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 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.


1) Your Resume.  It is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder.  If you choose not to, please click here for a list of required information.
2) A complete Assessment Questionnaire.
3) Other supporting documents:
Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education


Carol A. Schafer
Phone: (303)236-4496
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (303)236-0270
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144


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 rating and or referral to the hiring official.

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