THIS POSITION HAS A SELECTIVE FACTOR. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO POSSESS AND MAINTAIN A VALID STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE, IN ADDITION TO THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS STATED BELOW.
GS-04 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS.
Applicants must possess six months of general experience -and- six months of specialized experience for a total of one year experience. (To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-03 grade level in the federal service.)
General experience is any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the Biological Science Technician to be filled, or experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the Biological Science Technician.
Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, such as data collection techniques, performing sampling and laboratory procedures, organizing field data or other related experience. Excess specialized experience may be substituted for general experience, but general experience may not be substituted for specialized experience.
Possess completion of two full successful years of college level study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as: biology, entomology, ecology, forestry, botany, limnology, soils, natural resources management and dendrology. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled. In crediting education, one year of undergraduate college study is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
Possess a combination of qualifying experience and education. Qualifying experience and education will be determined separately as a percentage. The two percentages will be totaled and must equal at least 100% to qualify.
If this position requires specific education course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.,) or a list of course work, semester hours earned, grades received by the closing date of this announcement OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
If you are selected for this position and you are using education to qualify, you will be required to submit official college transcripts prior to reporting to work.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You MUST show proof that your education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value. It is your responsiblity to provide such evidence when applying.
1. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
2. Applicants must possess and maintain 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.
3. Position requires occasional travel.
4. You must be a US citizen.
5. Upon review of all qualified applicants, a tentative selection will be made pending a completion of a favorable background investigation.
Qualification Standards for this position must be met by Tuesday, January 29, 2013 The Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for this position can be viewed at www.opm.gov/qualifications.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The eligible or ineligible rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
1. Ability to perform field work in a team setting for monitoring or research programs.
2. Ability to identify flora including identification of herbaceous and woody vegetation in the field and experience using field guides.
3. Knowledge of vegetation sampling procedures
4. Knowledge of computer hardware and software for collecting, recording and processing natural resource data.
CATEGORY RATING PROCEDURES WILL BE USED TO RATE AND RANK CANDIDATES FOR THIS POSITION.
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Best Qualified - 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 - 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.
Qualified - 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.
If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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. ICTAP / CTAP 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.
Veteran's Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a legible copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION WILL ELIMINATE YOUR CLAIM FOR PREFERENCE ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS POSITION.