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Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-13-19DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.41 to $17.43 / Per Hour
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039 hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Bar Harbor, ME 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.

One or more vacancies may be filled by this announcement. 

This is a temporary appointment not-to-exceed one year. Hours may not exceed 1039 in one year. 

Government housing is available.

The Northeast Temperate Network Inventory and Monitoring program is seeking to fill a Biological Science Technician position to assist with vegetation monitoring programs in Acadia National Park. The position will be full time for a minimum of 10 weeks, and will not exceed 1039 hours.


Area Information:

The majority of the work will be in Acadia National Park (ACAD), with one week in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (MABI) in Woodstock, VT to attend forest crew training. ACAD is located in mid-coast Maine and lies within a transition zone between the boreal spruce-fir forests to the north, and the northern temperate hardwood forest to the south. Rugged topography, varied environmental gradients, and historic land use have resulted in diverse habitats in ACAD, ranging from marine to freshwater aquatic systems, and temperate hardwood forests to boreal and subalpine communities.


All parks are located near towns that provide most of the essential amenities (groceries, churches, clothing, schools, and medical services).  Park housing will be available in Acadia, but incumbent must pay housing costs. When away from duty station (one week), the National Park Service will pay lodging and per diem costs.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Successful completion of a Background Investigation is required.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform.
  • Occasional travel is required.
  • Sufficiently fit to perform physical labor.


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The incumbent will assist with Northeast Temperate Network (NETN) vegetation monitoring programs in Acadia National Park. This is a field intensive position, and incumbent will be required to carry a 35+ pound pack, work in all weather conditions, and hike off trail through rough terrain. Incumbent may be exposed to deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, biting insects, poison ivy and dense brush.


During the first half of the season, incumbent will work closely with the NETN forest health monitoring crew. While working with the forest crew, incumbent will collect data on forest structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics in permanent monitoring plots located across the three major park subunits in ACAD (Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut, and Schoodic Peninsula). The latter half of the season will focus on the freshwater wetland monitoring program, and may include estuarine water quality, salt marsh vegetation and rocky intertidal monitoring. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, preparing soil samples for processing, data entry, and data quality assurance/quality control.   


Physical Demands:

Roughly 95% of the incumbent's time will be spent in an outdoor setting, and will require standing, bending, lifting and carrying heavy objects, and hiking over rough terrain and steep slopes. Field protocols may require some sampling to be conducted in areas of heavy poison ivy and high densities of biting insects during hot, humid, wet and/or windy weather, and/or wintertime conditions. Approximately 5% of the incumbent's time will also be performed in an indoor setting.



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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




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: 



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.



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. 


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Seasonal employees may be eligible for sick leave and annual leave while on a full time or part time work schedule.


·         Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service.

·         Appointments made under this job announcement are limited to 1039 hours in a service year.

·         Appointments may be terminated at any time. 



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

1.  Your Resume. (Your resume MUST include the month and year of the start and ending date of your employment (paid and unpaid), -AND- the number of hours you worked per week for all employment.  Failure to provide this information may remove you from consideration of this position.

2.  A complete Occupational Questionnaire.

3.  A copy of all college transcripts or a list of college courses and hours if you are using your education to qualify.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Apply Online:

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 Vacancy ID 805010.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Apply via Fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire ,
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: 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. 


    ·         Your Résumé (see criteria below)

    ·         Completed Occupational Questionnaire

    ·         A copy of academic transcript(s) - if applying in whole or part based on education

    ·         Veterans Documentation -  if applicable

    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.  


    1. Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number TAG:VacancyID

    2. 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.

    3. You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

    4. 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 can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by 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).
    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 certificates and licenses.
    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 submit photographs with your application


National Park Service
Phone: (267)528-3190
Agency Information:
National Park Service
Northeast Region
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


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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