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Job Title:Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04 (JW-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation


Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2012-017

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$30,039.00 to $39,048.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to Wednesday, February 1, 2012




Full-Time - Term Appointment, Not-To-Exceed 13 months and may be extended up to 4 years total




1 vacancy - Denver [Includes Lakewood], COView Map


All United States Citizens and Nationals.



Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River.  Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.  Visit:

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Reclamation is seeking an individual looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Biological Science Technician.  You can make a difference in the West by participating in development of study plans and methods to be used in environmental evaluations.  

Would you enjoy providing sampling and analytical support for a variety of projects conducted by the Environmental Applications and Research Group?  Responsibilities include providing sampling and analytical support for studies associated with the identification and control of quagga and zebra mussels in Reclamation's service area, research on the control of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, and studies involving fish, aquatic insects, or other plants and animals.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!  

LOCATION: Technical Service Center; Water & Environmental Resources Division; Environmental Applications & Research Group, Denver, CO.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

This position requires frequent travel.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify any education requirements;


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- Assists Reclamation's mussel laboratory with activities associated with the identification and control of quagga and zebra mussels in Reclamation's service area
- Assists with activities associated with the control of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, including but not limited to salt cedar, giant salvinia, and hydrilla.
- Collects, prepares, reviews, and verifies routine documents and field data and processes biological samples.
- Performs support tasks such as assembling reports and summarizing information in charts and tables.
- Accompanies project biologists, engineers, and other scientists on field reconnaissance to obtain biological data.
- Keeps records of completed work and prepares simple reports for assigned projects.
- Arranges biological data and analysis information into tabular or graphic format and may enter information into computer databases.


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Qualifying experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made.

GS-04 applicants must have 6 months of specialized experience and 6 months of general experience as described below.

DEFINITION OF GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  To meet general experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

Specialized Experience includes experience with zebra and/or quagga mussels, either gained in the field or lab and experience with the techniques of biological data collection and field identification.

Applicants may qualify based on the required general and specialized experienced as defined


Applicants may qualify based on education as described below:

For GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as 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 to be filled.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-04: 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience.  You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission, if substituting, will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:  1)  Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of the principles, processes, and techniques of biological data collection and field identification, as would be associated with technician duties common to biological science(s) including general biology, botany, or zoology.

2. Knowledge of, and skill in, performing routine or recurring tasks independently sufficient to standard technical tasks found in the work area.

3. Knowledge of and skill in organization in order to present common and appropriate data supporting plans and objectives.

4. Ability to communicate orally with team members and leaders to properly obtain and record biological data.

5. Ability to communicate in writing with team members and leaders to record completed work and prepare reports or summarize biological data collected.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.  Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications.  Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


- Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

- Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.  Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process.  In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225,  OR hand-deliver to HR Office:  Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225.  Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

--TRANSCRIPT(S):  All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command 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.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-2647
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-25200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-2647


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire.  Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official.  After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted.  A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.  Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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