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Job Title:  Range Technician (Invasive Species)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R6-13-806435-D

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 $40,706.00 / Per Year
Thursday, December 20, 2012 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Commerce City, CO United StatesView Map
Brigham City, UT United StatesView Map
Randlett, UT United StatesView Map
Kenmare, ND United StatesView Map
Moiese, MT United StatesView Map
More Locations  (12)
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Employees in these positions serve as Range Technicians (Invasive Species) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, in full-time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1 year that will total less than 1040 hours (6 months), excluding overtime in a service year. The service year is the calendar year that begins on the date of the employee's initial appointment in the agency. These appointments may be extended from year to year. Extensions of appointment without further competition may be granted based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment. Incumbent may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.  There are no promotions for temporary positions.

Position availability - It is anticipated that each station listed may fill at least one position.  However, limited number of stations may fill multiple positions.  Vacancies at some of the more remote or lesser knowledge locations attract and receive fewer applicants.  As a result, when applying, choosing one of these sites may enhance your chance of being selected.  Please note: You are limited to choosing a maximum of 3 locations.  Government housing (majority of bunkhouse type; no pets/no family) is available with housing costs at locations marked with an asterisk *.

This announcement was amended on January 9, 2013 to extend the closing date to January 16, 2013.

--Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR, Commerce City, CO - (Anticipated starting date May 6, 2013)
--Arapaho NWR, Walden, CO* - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

--Kirwin NWR, Kirwin, KS - 
Possible travel 10% - remote location - (Anticipated starting date March 1, 2013)
--Bowdoin NWR, Malta, MT* - Possible travel within Complex - Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2013 
--National Bison Range, Moiese, MT* - Possible travel 10% Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2012
--Lost Trail NWR, Marion, MT* -
Possible travel 10% - remote location - Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2013

--Arrowwood NWR, Pingree, ND* - Travel within the Refuge Complex  - remote location - (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)
--Audubon NWR and WMD, Coleharbor, ND* - Travel once per week Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 31, 2013 (no smoking in Government housing)
--Des Lacs NWR, Kenmare, ND* - Travel within the Refuge Complex - remote location - Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 31, 2013
--J. Clark Salyer WMD, Upham, ND* -
Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 20, 2013
--Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND* -
Travel within the Refuge Complex - remote location - Selectee(s) will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 31, 2013
--Upper Souris NWR, Berthold, ND*
- (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)
--Valley City WMD, Valley City, ND - (Anticipated starting date May 13, 2013)

--Crescent Lake NWR Complex, Ellsworth, NE (Crescent Lake NWR/North Platte NWR, Garden County, NE)* - remote location - (Anticipated starting date March 15, 2013)
--Rainwater Basin WMD, Funk, NE - Travel 1 day per week - (Anticipated starting date Early March to Mid-May 2013)

--Bear River MBR, Brigham City, UT* - (Anticipated starting date May 1, 2013) 
--Ouray NWR, Randlett, UT* - Travel 1 day per week - remote location (Anticipated starting date May 20, 2013)
Selectees may be required to obtain a State Pesticide Use Certification/License within one month of employment at some Refuges.
If an applicant is selected for a position, and accepts that offer, their name will be removed from further consideration at any other location(s) they may have applied unless the subsequent selection is at a higher grade level.
These positions may be filled at the GS-04 or GS-05 levels

Travel required at some Refuges

Valid state driver's license required

Uniform may be required at some Refuges

Work Schedule: Some positions may require the incumbent to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.


  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required


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*Assists with the implementation of established natural resource management projects and identifies exotic plant species at the site and assesses the degree of infestation using a GPS receiver to mark location. Uses hand tools, chainsaws, and herbicides to remove or treat identified exotic plants. When herbicide use is indicated, determines the appropriate amount of chemical needed for treatment and mixes the chemical with a dispersant for use in a spray mechanism. Gathers pre-treatment data, including GPS files, weather information, herbicide type and method, digital photos, and other relevant information prior to treatment applications. Makes field observations of exotic plant conditions. Evaluates observed conditions and problems and makes preliminary determination on the cause of problem noted. Provides results to higher level specialist for analysis. After initial treatment work, assesses the effectiveness of treatments, evaluates quality assurance compliance and may perform re-vegetation and/or restoration work (seeding, planting, and fertilizing) as needed.
*Conducts program outreach and awareness training to the public and NWR staff through visual media presentations, informal talks and/or poster displays at conferences, meetings, etc. Assists in the preparation of reports, plans and guidelines. Project reports may include literature research, description of methods, and preparation of guidelines and summary of findings. Utilizes a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information.
*Installs, operates, and/or maintains equipment such as chainsaws, backpack sprayers, All-Terrain Vehicles, equipment mounted broadcast sprayers, hand tools, etc. Inventories equipment, calibrates herbicide spray equipment, and performs maintenance on equipment as necessary. May participate in general wildlife surveys, censuses, and disease monitoring/clean-up. Conducts work in a safety conscious manner; holds safety briefings as required by Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) policies and procedures.
*Performs a variety of other administrative duties in support of the program. This may include completing requisitions for supplies and equipment, maintaining files and records, etc.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting or carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Considerable time will be spent driving and hiking in hazardous (rough, steep, rocky) terrain. The use of various hand and power tools, including chainsaws and herbicide sprayers, and lifting and carrying brush and plant materials will require recurring stooping, reaching, and bending. Heavy items (e.g. packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. Mental alertness, stability, and concentration are required. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

The work is performed in an office and in the field.  Field work includes exposure to extreme weather or terrain conditions, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory and fieldwork may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals. Special safety precautions and protective gear and clothing are required.


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Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at


GS-04: Six months of general experience AND Six months of specialized experience.

General Experience:   (a) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (b) experience that provided a broad familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of this occupation.
Specialized Experience:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience at the GS-04 grade level is mapping with Global Positioning System (GPS) units; operating motor vehicles; maintaining noxious weed equipment; identifying native and exotic plants; using hand tools to remove identified exotic plants; and mixing and applying herbicides to control exotic plants.

GS-05: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04 grade level is qualifying for GS-05) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is mapping with Global Positioning System (GPS) units; using Geographic Information System (GIS) software to assist in producing maps with spatial data from plant or wildlife management projects; operating and repairing motor vehicles; maintaining noxious weed equipment; identifying native and exotic plants; using hand tools, chainsaws, and herbicides to remove or treat identified exotic plants; mixing and applying herbicides to control exotic plants.



GS-04:  Successful completion of 2 years of study above the high school level at an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. 

GS-05:  Successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science.  No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. 

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-04 and GS-05 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

  • Knowledge of botany and field ecology to conduct vegetation surveys and monitoring of plant or wildlife management projects
  • Ability to conduct invasive plant management activities
  • Ability to collect and manage spatial data
  • Ability to operate all terrain vehicles, two-wheeled drive vehicles and other vehicles (including attachments)
  • Ability to communicate in writing

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.



Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.


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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

Some positions covered by this announcement may provide wildland fire support/respond to emergencies requiring National Wildland Coordination Group (NWCG) qualifications.  As such, this would allow eligibility for FEHB health insurance.


Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


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All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.

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.

NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 806435. 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 along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. You 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.


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

1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here:

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

-College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education OR if there is a Basic Education Requirement for this position.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to

NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service.

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to


Frances K. Martinez
Phone: (303)236-4744
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Commerce City, CO United StatesView Map
Brigham City, UT United StatesView Map
Randlett, UT United StatesView Map
Kenmare, ND United StatesView Map
Moiese, MT United StatesView Map
Coleharbor, ND United StatesView Map
Funk, NE United StatesView Map
Kirwin, KS United StatesView Map
Malta, MT United StatesView Map
Valley City, ND United StatesView Map
Upham, ND United StatesView Map
Foxholm, ND United StatesView Map
Ellsworth, NE United StatesView Map
Walden, CO United StatesView Map
Marion, MT United StatesView Map
Pingree, ND United StatesView Map
Berthold, ND United StatesView Map

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