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Job Title:Biological Science Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:PH-NM-12-612009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 to Wednesday, March 14, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - NEWBURYPORT, MAView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 

Working for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.  From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch a short podcast called Meet Your New Boss!

Please note that this announcement is for a temporary position not to exceed six months.  The position may be extended an additional 1 1/2 years without further advertisement.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • Selectee must wear the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform.
  • Unusual tour of duty required (e.g. weekends, holidays, etc.)
  • Moving expenses (PCS) are not authorized.

DUTIES:

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As a Biological Science Technician at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA your duties will include:

  • Conducting vegetation surveys in salt marsh, maritime shrubs, forest, and freshwater and brackish wetlands;
  • Conducting invasive plant control using mechanical and chemical methods;
  • Conducting avian surveys of shorebirds, secretive marsh birds, waterfowl, wading birds, and migratory land birds;
  • Conducting nest searches and foraging observations of shorebirds, including monitoring piping plovers, least terms, and salt marsh sparrow productivities;
  • Coordinating research projects by scheduling field work according to environmental conditions and other priorities; and
  • Preparing data summaries and basic statistical analyses for inclusion in field reports


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to be qualified for this position, you must possess one of the following:

A. A Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study or at least 24 semester hours of study in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must have been directly related to the position to be filled.  - OR -
B. At least one year specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level or higher, performing most of the following duties: conducting surveys of wildlife; capturing, handling, and tagging a variety of wildlife; assisting with studies of wildlife or vegetation; and recording scientific data to prepare reports. - OR -
C. A combination of experience as described under letter B above and education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 30 (or your school's definition of one year of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

Foreign Education: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the 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. For further information, visit:
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

All new employees of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.

New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.

A background security investigation MAY be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

To determine if you are among the best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  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 eligible within each category.  Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Please follow the instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your category assignment.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife ecology

Knowledge of the principles and practices of plant ecology

Written Communication

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

1.  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

2.  Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).

 

3.  Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 

4.  If you are eligible for a special appointment authority, such as those authorized for the severely disabled and certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans, and you meet the qualification requirements for this position, you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority. Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA.   (http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ma/ro.html)

For information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities, refer to the following OPM website: http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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

 

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

   - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education

 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

 

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 at the end of the process.

 

Note: To return to a previously Saved 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 612009.   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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

  • Resume
  • Transcripts, if qualifying based on education 
  • Qualifications Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Email: PHILADELPHIA@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
19106
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

PH-NM-12-612009

Control Number:

309845500