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Job Title:Biological Science Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:746457JV

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Friday, September 14, 2012 to Monday, October 01, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 HOURS


15 vacancies in the following location:
Corpus Christi, TX United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click http://WWW.NPS.GOV.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified persons. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This recruitment will be used to fill approximately 15 - 30 seasonal appointments.  These appointments are not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period. These positions are expected to begin on March 24, 2013 through July  13, 2013, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.

Incumbent may work eight, 10-hour days per pay period (2 weeks) or ten, 8-hour days per pay period, with these days potentially varying each week, as assigned by the supervisor based upon work needs.

Located along the south Texas coast, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Here, you can enjoy 70 miles of sandy beaches, wind-carved dunes, vast grasslands, fragile tidal flats, and warm, near shore waters.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license.
  • Must work weekends and holidays.
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform.
  • No government housing is provided.


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This is a position in the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, assisting with a variety of sea turtle science and recovery projects at Padre Island National Seashore. The vast majority of work (up to 95%) will be conducted outdoors in a remote area. Field work will be conducted in difficult and varied conditions, which include high temperatures, wind, high humidity, rain, rough terrain, and in an area known to have venomous reptiles and invertebrates.

Conducts daytime patrols on beaches of North Padre Island both within and outside the boundaries of Padre Island National Seashore to detect nesting by Kemp's ridley and other sea turtles. Camps in a remotely-located cabin (with up to 10 other people working with the project) for an average of 5 nights each week in conjunction with patrols and egg incubation. Documents nesting sea turtles, sea turtle nests, and live and dead sea turtles found washed ashore on the beach; tags nesting sea turtles; releases sea turtle hatchlings; and transports eggs, live and dead sea turtles, and gear. May also be required to aid with placement and care of sea turtle eggs (including day and night monitoring), analysis of unhatched eggs, and necropsy of dead sea turtles. Employee must safely operate utility-transport vehicles (UTVs) and 4-wheel drive vehicles to patrol beaches and provide logistical support. Driving is often on remote, rough, sandy beaches. Employee must wear and use designated safety gear. Necessary training, work vehicles, safety gear, and most camping gear will be provided. May be required to perform minor repair of UTVs, four-wheel drive vehicles, and communication radios. Loads and unloads turtles and eggs, materials, and equipment, and cleans grounds.

Collects, records, and enters sea turtle and patrol effort data in a variety of databases using a variety of computer software programs. Takes computer-based training classes and downloads photographs on the computer. Assists and provides guidance to volunteers.  Incumbent will be required to take an active role in the park's safety program, which will include attending safety training and meetings, providing short informal safety briefings to volunteers, and providing a safe working environment.

For additional information regarding these positions/duties, please contact Cynthia Rubio at 361-949-8173 x 228.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position involves walking, bending, stooping, standing, sitting, and lifting up to 50 lbs. Will be required to drive a Utility Transport Vehicle (UTV) and/or four-wheel drive vehicle for an extended period of time, often up to 10 hours, in various types of environmental conditions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The majority of work assignments involve substantial outdoor work with exposure to difficult and varied field conditions, including extreme heat and humidity, extreme cold, rain, fog, high winds, blowing sand, biting insects, rough terrain, and venomous reptiles and invertebrates.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION: Padre Island National Seashore is located near Corpus Christi, Texas (pop. 271,000). Elevations range from sea level to 75 feet. The climate is humid and temperatures range from 30 degrees on the coldest winter days to 100 degrees on very hot summer days. The yearly average is 75 degrees. Government quarters are not available. Electric and utility rates are as high, or higher, than most other states. Good grade schools and high schools with bus services available as well as other city services. Churches, banks, hospitals, etc. are in abundance. Corpus Christi has a 4-year university and a junior college, several theaters, radio stations, and local TV stations and cable. A wide variety of recreational opportunities are convenient including beaches, salt water fishing, museums, botanical gardens, an aquarium, and many civic organizations and youth clubs.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Monday, October 01, 2012.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions for the GS-0404 series.  It is available for review on OPM's website at

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

EDUCATION:  To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited.

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information, visit:


1. NPS uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.  Will be provided a stipend to defray the costs.

2.  Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.

3. You will be required to work weekends and holidays.

4. You will be required to camp an average of 5 nights each week in conjunction with patrols and egg incubation.

5. Required to lift up to 50 pounds.

6.  Applicants Selective Service Registration Status: If you are required to register with the Selective Service System, you are required to provide evidence of such as a condition of appointment prior to appointment, visit the Selective Service website to obtain the required documents:

7  Appointment is subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

8.  New employees of the Dept. of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.  


Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories; Best Qualified - those applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position; Well Qualified - those applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and Qualified - those applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job. 

Order for Consideration: All qualified applicants entitled to veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be added to the Best Qualified category. (1) Best qualified applicants entitled to veterans' preference, then all other best qualified applicants. (2) Well qualified applicants entitled to veterans' preference, then all other well qualified applicants. (3) Qualified applicants entitled to veterans' preference, then all other qualified applicants.

Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume. Only education and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered.

Failure to provide the assessment questionnaire will result in your not receiving consideration for this position.Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions.

-Knowledge of marine ecosystems and natural resources (i.e., flora, fauna, water, and/or endangered species).

-Ability to operate and perform minor repairs on 4-wheel drive vehicles and Utility Transport Vehicles (UTVs).

-Ability to collect and accurately record scientific data using computers and associated software. 

-Ability to communicate orally.

Selective factor for this position:  Possess current valid driver's license.

Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work 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 indicates hours per week "varies". List exact hours per week on each job experience.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Preference will be given to eligible veterans who: Submit a DD-214 showing honorable or general discharge, that they entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Preference will be granted to the eligible veterans who provide a SF-15 and appropriate documentation as listed on the SF-15 who are disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran. You must submit the appropriate veterans preference documents by the closing date to be granted preference.


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Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit:


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. 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. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. Qualifications and any other requirements must be met by the closing of this announcement.

4. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

5. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax as described in the section titled "How to Apply."  Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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

1.Your Resume
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, October 01, 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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 746457. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaireand
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational 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.


Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.



Step 2

Transcripts (if qualifications are based on education)
Veterans Preference documentation

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Submitting Documents 

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.  

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.    

Include the 6-character 746457.  Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.  Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:   

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or fax. Please be sure to include all of the following information in your resume:

Job Information:
-Vacancy Identification Number, title, grade and location for which you are applying.
Personal Information:
- Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers (with area code).
- Country of Citizenship.
- If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.
- High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.
- Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code.
- Major field(s) of study.
- Type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.
Work Experience for each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying (do not provide copies of job descriptions):
- Job title.
- Duties and accomplishments.
- Number of hours per week.
- Employer's name and address.
- Supervisor's name and phone number.
- Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).
- Salary.
- Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.
Other Qualifications:
- Job-related training courses (title and year).
- Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)
- Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments. (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name.  As allowed by law or presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you.  Failure to provide your SSN on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.


Jeanie Vivian
Phone: (361)949-8173x232
Fax: (361)949-8286
Agency Information:
Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Human Resources Office
Apply Online or by FAX only
Please call with questions
Thank You, NM
00000 Fax: (361)949-8286


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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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