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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWE-13-OC-PIRO-001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$15.00 to $15.00 / Per Hour
Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039
1 vacancy in the following location:
Munising, MI 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. For more information about the National Park Service, click

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:   Open to all qualified U.S. citizens.   You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.  This recruitment will be used to fill seasonal appointments.   These appointments are temporary full-time positions not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.   Multiple positions may be filled from this vacancy announcements depending upon funding. 


If you should have any questions regarding the duties or work schedule of this position, please contact Wildlife Biologist, Cindy Heyd at (906) 387-4818.


If you have questions on the application forms or procedures, contact the HR representative listed on the announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Valid State Driver's License required
  • Required to wear the National Park Service uniform


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The major duties of the Biological Technician (Wildlife) at Picturerd Rocks National Lakeshore are organizing and conducting nest monitoring of certain raptors and shorebirds, performing track surveys, assisting with fisheries management projects, and accurately collecting and managing natural resources data.
Also, this position will spend a significant amount of time monitoring woodland raptors (northern goshawk, red-shouldered hawk, etc.), merlins, and may monitor peregrine falcons and/or bald eagles. Incumbent will monitor piping plovers one day per week during the breeding season. The remaining field time will be spent working on other wildlife and natural resource projects. The incumbent will finish monitoring projects by completing data entry, report summaries, and creating maps.


 PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requires physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking, hiking, or climbing over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data; or in some situations the work may require physical exertion to scuba dive or operate a boat.  Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office or outdoors.  The work performed involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. 


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior between the communities of Munising (population 2,500) and Grand Marais.  The duty station for these positions are at Munising and Grand Marais.  Government housing may be available for rent.  Amenities in Munising include basic shopping, medical facilities, and K-12 schools.  Grand Marais has a population of less than 500 people and shopping is limited.  K-12 schools are available in Grand Marais.  Basic shopping and medical facilities for those at Grand Marais are available 60 miles away in Munising.  Summers are generally warm and pleasant.  The winter season may extend from October to May and is often characterized by sub-zero temperatures and seasonal snowfall in excess of 200 inches.  The area is rich in outdoor sporting activities including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, biking, camping, and skiing. 



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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, January 16, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.   Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards handbook of General Schedule Positions.   It is available for review on OPM's website at  To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below


Experience - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level is required for this position.   Specialized experience is experience that demonstrates you have the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.   Examples of specialized experience include:  field work identifying and monitoring plant species; technician work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; research activity; disturbed site restoration; or other field-related natural resource management activities related to plant ecology.



Successful completion of a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, mathematics, etc.  The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work.  NOTE:  At least 6 semester hours of this course work must be directly related to wildlife classes, IDENTIFY THESE 6 HOURS ON YOUR APPLICATION.  NOTE:   If you are applying based on education, you must submit a copy of your transcripts.


A combination of education and experience.

For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5.



To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. 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.

3. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license. 

4. A successfully adjudicated background security investigation must be completed for all new hires.  A fingerprint check is required prior to entrance on duty.

5.  Direct Deposit is required as a condition of employment.   Candidates appointed are required to enroll and participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

6. Work Schedule:  This is a temporary, full-time position not to exceed 1039 hours.  The length of this appointment may be shortened or extended depending on work availability and funding.  Work schedule may include weekends, evenings and holidays; and travel assignments.



Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.

Please Note: All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. Your application and listed job experience identified in your application package must support your responses to the questionnaire. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, KSAs/competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.  There is no limit to the amount of information you provide in your resume or supporting documents.

Your qualifications and rating will be evaluated based on the following factors: 

  • Skill in natural resource management field techniques.
  • Ability to identify flora, fauna, and aquatic resources of the Northern Great Lakes region.
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Ability to collect, record, organize and transfer data
  •  Ability to use and maintain equipment and tools.
  • Ability to work in the backcountry.
  • You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".

     Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
    Category Group I - Best Qualified
     - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
    Category Group II - 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.
    Category Group III - 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.

    VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans 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. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

    Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more, best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:



    1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) 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 93 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP 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. For additional information go to

    2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a 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. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

    4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

    5. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

    6. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

    7. If you should have any questions regarding the duties or work schedule of this position, please contact Wildlife Biologist, Cindy Heyd at (906) 387-4818.


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

    1. Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

     Submitting your application electronically through Application Manager:

    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.  Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing.

     To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 806764. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

     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.

     Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (560226) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

     If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
    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.3.



    1.  Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed  (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
    2.  Transcripts - if qualifications are based on education
    3.  Qualifications - example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
    4.  Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable) - Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
    5.  Response to Assessment Questionnaire.

    6.  Miscellaneous -any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

    DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

    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 fax cover page at  When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   

    Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 806764 

    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.  You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
    Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144Faxed 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.


      Mark A. Laver
      Phone: (330)657-2370x306
      Agency Information:
      Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
      N8391 Sand Point Drive
      Munising, MI


      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.

      Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

      View Occupational Questionnaire

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