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Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-13-21DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$15.00 to $16.33 / Per Hour
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039 hours
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Fredericksburg, VA United StatesView Map
Bar Harbor, ME United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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Position Information: This is a seasonal position not to exceed 1039 hours. It is a full-time position that will be split between two duty stations: Bar Harbor, ME and Fredericksburg, VA. First half of the season will be spent in Bar Harbor, ME and the second half of the season will be spent in Fredericksburg, VA.  Only three positions total will be filled. The purpose of this position is to perform routine and basic biological science tasks common to natural resource management.

Salary Information: Bar Harbor, ME $15.00 per hour and Fredericksburg, VA $16.33 per hour.


The Northeast Temperate Network and Mid-Atlantic Network Inventory and Monitoring programs are seeking to fill 3 biological science technician positions to implement the forest health monitoring program in parks throughout the Eastern US.  Positions will be full-time from May to September, and will not exceed 1039 hours (less than 6 months). 


This job posting may be used to fill additional positions. 


Area Information:

The forest crew will conduct forest health monitoring in 14 parks with diverse cultural and natural resources.  During the first half of the season, the crew will work at 3 parks in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  These parks include a strategic military location for General George Washington (Morristown NHP), historic sites paying tribute to the lives of the "Gilded Age" (Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS), and a historic site commemorating the life of an artist (Weir Farm NHS).  The crew will then spend approximately five weeks in Acadia NP.  Acadia NP, the only National Park in New England, hosts a diverse array of cultural, natural, and geologic resources with altitudes ranging from sea level to 1,530 feet. During the second half of the season, the crew will conduct work at 11 parks in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The parks commemorate key events of the Civil War (Appomattox Court House NHP, Gettysburg NMP, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP, Petersburg NB, and Richmond NBP) and the Revolutionary War (Valley Forge NHP). The remaining parks include the homes of historic figures (Eisenhower NHS, Booker T. Washington NM, George Washington Birthplace NM, Thomas Stone NHS) or ways of life (Hopewell Furnace NHS).


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 while the crew is based at Acadia NP and Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP.  When away from these duty stations (50% of the season), NPS will pay lodging and per diem costs.



  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license .
  • Sufficiently fit to perform physical labor
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform.
  • Frequent travel is required


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The incumbent works on a 4-person field crew that is collecting forest health data throughout the Eastern US following well-established protocols for the National Park service Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M). The crew will establish permanent forest monitoring plots and collect data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. Crews will navigate to forest plots using a GPS unit, topographic map and compass. The work will require carrying a 35 pound pack (or more) over rough terrain and working in all weather conditions. Data will be entered directly into an MS Access database in the field using a portable field computer or entered on datasheets. The incumbent will travel to park sites from Virginia to Maine, spending the first 4 weeks of the summer sampling National Historic Parks in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks in Acadia National Park, and 8 weeks in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, data entry, and data quality assurance/quality control. Incumbents will be exposed to poison ivy, biting insects, and deer ticks that may carry Lyme disease.


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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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  



1. Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

2. Possess experience conducting biological field work. 



Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service.   

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Example: Performing most of the following duties with close supervision: following instructions and standardized procedures, collects and organizes field areas, records all data collected, performs routine and recurring testing at collected sample sites.




Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as:  biology, chemistry, statistics,  entomology,  animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.  At least 6 semester hours of course must have been directly related to the position to be filled.   




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.  Only education in excess of 60 semester hours is applicable.


In crediting education, one year of undergraduate college study is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. 


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 frequent 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 application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, 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 technical botanical keys.

3. Knowledge of forest health 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 806360.  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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