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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Avian)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R7-13-798733-AV

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

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$38,126.00 to $55,083.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 03, 2012 to Monday, December 17, 2012
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1,039 hours
Many vacancies in the following location:
Homer, AK United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Working for the U.S. Fish and 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, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

This announcement will be used to fill Biological Science Technician (Avian) positions in Region 7 (Alaska) with duty station locations at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR) in Homer, Alaska.  

The AMNWR is home to 40 million nesting seabirds and the refuge staff administers a nationally-recognized long-term seabird monitoring program. Project:  monitoring breeding chronology, reproductive success, population changes, adult survival, and food habits of up to 15 species of seabirds.


The work is temporary not-to-exceed 1,039 hours for the season (approximately 6 months).

Limited office work is conducted at the duty station in Homer, Alaska at the beginning and/or end of the field season. All field work is conducted on remote islands throughout Alaska. Monitoring takes place in the following locations:  Buldir (west of Aleutians), Aiktak (east of Aleutians), Chowiet (Semidi Is., Alaska Peninsula), Pribilof Islands (St. Paul & St. George, central Bering Sea), East Amatuli (Gulf of Alaska), and St. Lazaria (Gulf of Alaska). Living conditions on Buldir, Aiktak, Chowiet, E. Amatuli, and St. Lazaria are primitive and crew live in small cabins. Crews in the Pribilof Islands live in small villages with access limited to air service. Weather at all locations is typical of a northern maritime climate, and is usually cold, wet, and windy.


For more specific duties of this position, please refer to "Major Duties" section of this announcement.

For additional information about the Alaska Maritime National Refuge visit

For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska, visit: FWS.

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For information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska


The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 7.18% cost of living allowance. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.


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As a Biological Science Technician (Avian), GS-6 grade level, you will:

  • Collect detailed data on avian populations
  • Work on remote field camps and operates as well as instruct other in the use of associated equipment
  • Collect avian morphometric data and biological samples
  • Use field equipment necessary for completion of biological studies Use computers to tabulate, manage and analyze basic data on avian populations
  • Lead field camps including planning logistics, developing work plans/schedules and providing instruction

For the GS-7 grade level, in addition to performing the above duties, you will:

  • Assist the study or project leader in planning the course of projects; research methods, costs, and needs related to personnel and equipment; assemble equipment and establish practical procedures to accomplish the work.
  • Participate in field work to include gathering and documentation of a variety of data.
  • Organize and perform preliminary analysis of field data.
  • Prepare final drafts of sections of reports.

 Physical Demands:

 Seasonal field studies involve considerable physical demands, such as frequent, extensive travel on foot; exertion from lifting and carrying equipment; and energy drain from cold, wet, and windy weather. The employee must be in good physical condition and anticipate the demands of each field trip. The employee must have hearing and vision adequate to detect and identify birds in the field.

Technicians will perform field work at various locations throughout the state, including remote areas in the Alaskan bush. Travel to field camps is primarily by small aircraft or boat.

For more information on the duties of this position contact Marc Romano at 907-226-4608.


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Your resume must show the number of hours per week worked and the starting and ending dates of employment – month and year – (if the position was seasonal, the periods you worked).

For the GS-06 grade level applicants must have at least 1 year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-05 grade level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience required are: performing biological studies for determining the manner and extent to which avian populations are affected by management activities; conducting avian  surveys; responsibility for field camp logistics; participating in the development of work plans and schedules; leading small groups of technicians and providing the necessary training in techniques and procedures; and any other work that is performed in a controlled environment which includes research activity or control program work.

OR Applicants must have 6 months of graduate level education (9 semester/13 quarter hours) in a position-related field of biological sciences such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife management (birds), etc.

OR Applicants must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement; and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.


For the GS-07 grade level applicants must have at least 1year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-06 grade level in the federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: providing technical support to professional biologists in completing all phases of a biological study or project of significant scope and duration including: project planning, logistical arrangements, field work, correlation and analysis of data completion of reports or other documents related to the project; leading a group of lower graded technicians in gathering field data. The work must be comprised of duties related to avian biology with responsibility for independently preparing final drafts of reports or sections of reports and applying a wide range of conventional, established approaches, methods, techniques and solutions to new situations. 

OR Applicants must have 1 year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) in a position-related field of biological sciences such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife management (birds), etc. 

OR Applicants must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement; and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.


All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance. 

Direct Deposit is required.


You will be required to safely carry, handle and use firearms for bear defense of self and others. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Knowledge of avian biology and ecology sufficient to complete field projects.
  • Skill in living and working in remote field locations and using associated equipment.

  • Knowledge in capturing, handling, banding methods, and collection of morphometric data from birds.

  • Skill in use of field equipment necessary for completion of biological studies.

  • Knowledge of computer use for data entry and analysis.

  • Skill in leading and comunicating with field crews.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits.


Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition. 

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 80 on the rating criteria for this position.   



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We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 798733

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Monday, December 17, 2012

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Annyn Vanderlooven at (907)271-2455 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Biological Science Technician (Avian) and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-13-798733-AV.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Copy of Transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited college/university, if applicable.
  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location, if applicable.
  • Veterans' Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.  

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete. 

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Annyn Vanderlooven
Phone: (907)271-2455
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
Bureau of Land Management
AK Combined Service Center
222 West 7th Ave #13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment 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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