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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (General)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-12-568206-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 $43,687.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 5, 2011 to Friday, December 23, 2011




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours


1 vacancy - Dugway, UTView Map
5 vacancies - Valentine, NEView Map
2 vacancies - Columbia, SDView Map
1 vacancy - Martin, SDView Map
3 vacancies - Kenmare, NDView Map
More Locations  (12)


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These are 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.

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

This vacancy announcement was amended on December 9, 2011 to extend the closing date to December 19, 2011.
This vacancy announcement was amended on December 19, 2011 to extend the closing date to December 23, 2011.

*Promotion potential: NO 
*Moving expenses authorized: NO   
*Valid state Drivers' license:  YES
*Ability to operate a government-owned or lease vehicle:  YES
*Pre-appointment background investigation:  YES
*Drug test:  NO  
*Travel required:  YES at some locations
*Uniform:  YES at some locations 

Position availability - It is anticipated that each station listed will fill at least one position.  However, limited number of stations may fill multiple positions.  All duty stations listed below are considered remote locationsPlease 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 *. 

65550 Browns Park NWR, Maybell, CO* (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May, 2012)

61520 Charles M. Russell NWR, Lewistown, MT* - Camping in the field, possibly 3 nights per week within the Refuge Complex - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 15, 2012
61530 Medicine Lake NWR, Medicine Lake, MT* - Travel possibly 1 to 2 trips during summer (Anticipated starting date early April 2012)
61570 Red Rock Lakes NWR, Lakeview, MT* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 21, 2012

62510 Arrowwood NWR, Pingree, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2012)
62514 Chase Lake WMD, Woodworth, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2012)

62630 Kulm WMD, Kulm, ND - Travel within the District (Anticipated starting date Late April 2012)

62522 Long Lake WMD Complex, Moffit, ND* - Possible travel (Anticipated starting date April 1, 2012)

62573 Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare and Crosby, ND* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 1, 2012
62620 Souris River Basin Complex, J. Clark Salyer NWR, Upham, ND* - Travel 1 to 2 nights per week (Anticipated starting date Mid to Late-May)

64510 Crescent Lake NWR Complex, Crescent Lake NWR/North Platte NWR (Scottsbluff), Ellsworth, NE* - 1 selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 6, 2012 and 1 selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2012
64520 Fort Niobrara/Valentine Complex, Valentine, NE* - Travel within Refuge complex including Seier NWR which is located near Bassett, NE (Anticipated starting date May 21, 2012)
64530 Rainwater Basin WMD, Funk, NE - Travel possibly one night per week (Anticipated starting date Early March to Mid-May 2012)

64540 Lacreek NWR, Martin, SD* - (Anticipated starting date May 1, 2012)
64570 Sand Lake NWR, Columbia, SD* - Possible travel within Refuge Anticipated starting date May 2, 2012)

65540 Fish Springs NWR, Dugway, UT* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 22, 2012

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) for which they may have applied.


  • U.S. citizenship required


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Incumbent will perform a variety of tasks in support of daily work operations at a National Wildlife Refuge or Wetland Management District. Typical but not all inclusive duties are:

Collects, measures, and records biological information such as species, size, weight, sex, age, percent mortalities, etc. Computes, compiles, summarizes and assesses data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form (e.g., production reports, distribution reports, reporting unusual or unexpected results in detail. Assists with performing biological studies for determining the manner and extent to which fish and wildlife, or plant populations are affected by management activities. Monitors appearance and activity of wildlife and aquatic species for obvious signs of illness, disease, discontent, and general physical condition. May conduct resource management activities such as mapping, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, fencing, invasive weed management, etc. Operates and performs limited maintenance on a variety of equipment and structures. May be required to operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, tractors and boats. May participate in prescribed burning activities. May be responsible for providing work direction for volunteers, YCC enrollees, temporary employees, etc.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work involves standing, bending, walking and a moderate amount of physical exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 25 pounds in performance of assigned duties.   Most work is performed outdoors where the incumbent may encounter variable weather conditions and exposure to insects. Work performed indoors is in an office or workshop setting. Incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger, self, fellow workers or property.


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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: Applicants must have at least one year specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4 qualifies at the GS-5 grade level). Specialized experience is that which 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. Qualifying specialized experience includes conducting biological surveys related to wildlife and their habitat, collecting biological data on plant and wildlife species, controlling invasive species by mechanical, biological or chemical techniques; fencing, facility maintenance and other miscellaneous duties, taking and recording scientific measurements; and keeping detailed and precise records on habitat conditions in order to report data.


GS-05: Successful completion of 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major 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.

If you are substituting education for experience, 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 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 body.

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

ALL CANDIDATES, including those who currently or have previously occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts to document that they meet these educational requirements IF they are substituting education for specialized experience.  If you have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. (Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.) DO NOT submit a copy of your diploma or the page of the transcript that shows the degree awarded - a complete transcipt is needed.  If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, candidates must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits.

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: 

  • Knowledge of habitat management techniques
  • Ability to collect biological data
  • Ability to compile biological data
  • Ability to complete biological reports and maintain biological records
  • Ability to conduct resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., mapping, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, maintenance on buildings, fencing, invasive weed management, prescribed burning, etc.)

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 or apply the "rule of three", 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 must 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. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in the category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category (unless approval has been granted).  


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Depending upon the type of position being filled, the Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package for most employees that includes, in part, paid vacations; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.   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 568206.  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


Frances K. Martinez
Phone: (303)236-4744
Fax: (478)757-3144
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 a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.


Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy - Dugway, UTView Map
5 vacancies - Valentine, NEView Map
2 vacancies - Columbia, SDView Map
1 vacancy - Martin, SDView Map
3 vacancies - Kenmare, NDView Map
2 vacancies - Crosby, NDView Map
2 vacancies - Kulm, NDView Map
2 vacancies - Moffit, NDView Map
4 vacancies - Pingree, NDView Map
6 vacancies - Upham, NDView Map
1 vacancy - Woodworth, NDView Map
2 vacancies - Ellsworth, NEView Map
1 vacancy - Funk, NEView Map
1 vacancy - Medicine Lake, MTView Map
1 vacancy - Lakeview, MTView Map
2 vacancies - Lewistown, MTView Map
1 vacancy - Maybell, COView Map

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