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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-13-06DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$33,408.00 to $43,427.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 to Saturday, January 12, 2013
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039
3 vacancies in the following location:
King of Prussia, PA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


This position is located at Valley Forge National Historical Park (VAFO) and the incumbents will report to the Natural Resource Manager in the division of Planning & Resource Management.   Some work may occasionally be performed at Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site (HOFU). Travel to HOFU from VAFO would utilize a government vehicle. Shared housing may be available for seasonal employees.


Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge is the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army. The park receives 1.2 million visitors each year and contains about 3,500 acres of forested rolling hills, tall grass meadows, wetlands, and rough lawns. Recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant, including museums, theaters, concerts, fishing, boating, hiking, etc. For additional information please visit the park website at or Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau at


Valley Forge is located in King of Prussia and contains over 28 miles of trails. The nearby King of Prussia Mall is the largest shopping mall of the east coast.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Valid Drivers License


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This vacancy announcement will be utilized to hire three seasonal employees, positions not to exceed 1039 hours.  One position will serve as a student liaison (Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader) and two candidates will work on a broad range of natural resource management project.

Implements established natural resource management projects. Following instructions and standardized procedures, collects and organizes field data. Ensures adequate quality control of data collected: Performs routine and recurring testing of collected samples. Records all data collected and provides preliminary assessment and classification of the information. Seeks assistance for situations not covered by instructions or guidelines.

Installs, operates, and maintains resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment). Inventories equipment, evaluates quality assurance compliance, and calibrates equipment as necessary. Orders replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies.

Provides advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved in resource management projects and field research.

Utilizes a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report data and other resource management information, including natural science research and long-term monitoring projects. Maintains and organizes computer databases.
Provides information to other employees and visitors about the natural resource management program; refers unusual questions to the supervisor. May develop and present related interpretive programs to the public.


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For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for.


Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out elements, which appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence of specialized experience, which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position, must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.


Those applicants who appear to meet the screen out elements are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment
questionnaire for this position:


1. Knowledge and experience with the identifiction of and methods associated with amphibian, reptile, and mammal inventory and monitoring.  
2. Knowledge of integrated pest management principles and practices. Practical experience with the identifiction and control of nonnative plant and animal species.

3. Ability to use GPS technology and common software such as Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, Publisher and ArcMap Geographic Information System software to collect, input, compile, summarize, and display scientific or technical data and other natural resource information.

4. Ability to communicate effectively with visting public, park staff, and partners.


If this position requires specific educational 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 list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and/or grade received, by the closing date of this announcement OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.  

Educational documentation you submit must be directly related to the position.


1.  You must be a U. S. Citizen. (No previous Federal service is required to apply.)

2.  You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this job announcement.

3.  A pre-employment background investigation is required. 

4.  You will be required to possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. 



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 numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score 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.


VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.


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Working for National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here


1. If you are an eligible 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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at


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

1. Your Résumé
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 Saturday, January 12, 2013.

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. 
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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID  803908.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

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.


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.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 803908
  • 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 1-478-757-3144.

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, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. 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).
- Salary.
- 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 send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


Reynard P. Small
Phone: (267)528-3180
Agency Information:
NPS Northeast Regional Office
Central Servicing HR Office
325 Walnut 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.

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.

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 803908
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade


11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Biological Science Technician

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

424086091 King of Prussia, PA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04/05, position with Valley Forge National Historical Park's Natural Resource Management Program. Your response choices to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated to determine your qualifications for this position. Please carefully follow all instructions before selecting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. Please note that your responses to the questions below will be reviewed / verified against the information you provide in your resume / application package and information your references provide. (Note: The quality, type, and scope of your experience and/or training must demonstrate that you are fully qualified to perform the duties of this position.) MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave these question(s) blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best and most accurately describes how your education and/or experience demonstrates that your meet basic qualification requirements for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404 position at the GS-05 grade level. Read all of the responses before your make your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped me (the applicant) with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position include, but are not limited to: assisting with the performance of research activity or control program work, nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants and control of weeds in a controlled environment, and assisting with the performance of wildlife inventories and monitoring activities for a variety of wildlife species.

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in A above; however, I have successfully completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as environmental sciences, biology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences / monitoring, or other directly-related subject area. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position being filled (e.g. vertebrate zoology, ecology, aquatic ecology). IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must document your degree in your resume and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (An official copy of your transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

C. I have less than the one year of specialized experience as described in A above and I have not yet completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree concentrated in a field as defined in B above. I do have, however, a combination of the specialized experience as described under letter A above and the required education as described under letter B above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (For GS-05 grade level position, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of two years of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 60 (or your school's definition of two years of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal or exceed 100%. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours in order to qualify based on the combination option).

D. My education and / or work experience do not meet or exceed any of the above statements.

2. Select the response below which best reflects your status with respect to having or obtaining a valid state driver's license as a requirement for this position. I possess a current valid state issued driver's license. Prior to entry on duty, selected candidate(s) will be required to demonstrate that they meet this requirement.

A. Yes - I possess a valid state issued driver's license and confirm that I have a safe and violation free driving record.

B. No - I do not possess a valid state issued driver's license and will not be able to obtain one prior to entry on duty.

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. Select only one letter for each task. If you select more than one response or leave any question blank, your rating as a candidate for this position will be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: For each question below, you must document your applicable work experience that demonstrates that skill level in your resume or application. This means, for example, that if you select the extensive experience response (E) for a particular work activity, your resume / application should document when and where you have gained extensive experience performing that work activity on a regular basis. Your application package will be reviewed to verify that you have documented your work experiences and skills. Your failure to properly support your answers to the assessment questions for this position in your resume / application package may have a negative impact on your final ating as a candidate for this position.

A- I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this activity, but I am willing to learn.
B- I have limited experience in performing this activity on the job. I have had exposure to this activity through education or training but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it on the job at a satisfactory level.
C- I have a fair amount of experience and demonstrated capability in performing this activity on the job. I can perform this activity satisfactorily but my work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have considerable experience and considerable demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I have performed this acitivity as a regular part of the job and can perform this activity independently and effectively.
E- I have extensive experience and extensive demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I am considered an expert; I am able to train or assist others; and my work is typically not reviewed by a supervisor.

3. Visually identify anuran and salamander species occurring in Northeastern United States.

4. Visually identify reptile species occurring in Northeastern United States.

5. Identify mammal species occurring in Northeastern United States.

6. Safely capture and handle amphibian and reptile species found in Northeastern United States.

7. Safely capture and handle mammal species found in Northeastern United States.

8. Collection of biological data from white-tailed deer to determine changes in population structure and health.

9. Conduct necropsy procedures and collect tissue samples.

10. Experience with use of automated technology such as data loggers to collect ecological data such as water temperature and soil moisture.

11. Ability to hike up to 5 miles over varied terrain in sometimes inclement weather.

12. Visually identify non-native plant species occurring in the Northeastern United States.

13. Visually identify common native plant species occurring in forest habitats in the Northeastern United States.

14. Experience using mechanical methods including the use of hand tools (hand saw, lopper) and power tools (weed whip, mower) to control non-native plant species.

15. Experience using chemical methods (herbicide applications) to control non-native plant species.

16. Experience growing plants from seed in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or nursery.

17. Experience using mechanical methods to control non-native crayfish species.

18. Familiarity with safe handling procedures associated with the application of herbicides.

19. Ability to carry up to 40 pounds over varied terrain in a backpack.

20. Use of Global Positioning System technology to navigate to a location to find a sample collection site.

21. Use of Global Positioning System technology to map point, line, and polygon features identified in the field.

22. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to create maps depicting basic geographic layers such as roads, trails, and streams as part of a field survey project.

23. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to manipulate how a map is displayed such as color-coding sample collection sites by soil type.

24. Organize and maintain a computer database to input, compile, summarize, and display scientific or technical data as part of a field survey project.

25. Utilize Microsoft Access to enter basic biological data on wildlife and wildlife habitat.

26. Summarize ecological data in graphic and tabular form for use in reports and presentations.

27. Utilize Microsoft Publisher or similar software to create and present interpretive materials related to natural resources.

28. Communicate effectively with co-workers in order to exchange information and coordinate activities.

29. Communicate effectively with park visitors and volunteers, one-on-one or in small groups, regarding natural resource protection measures.

30. Train volunteers and interns on the proper procedures of collecting ecological field data and conducting hands-on natural resource protection and management projects.

31. Serve as a team leader for established long-term volunteer programs to control non-native plants and animals and/or vegetation projects such as native tree plantings.

32. Conduct background research and contribute to the preparation of technical reports describing and discussing activities or issues related to ecological investigations or natural resource management.

33. Develop and present basic information on resource management programs through informal or formal interpretive programs for variety of audiences that will educate and inform the public.

You will be asked to verify that you haven't overstated or understated your level of experience and demonstrated capability as related to the job related tasks and responsibilities of the position for which you are applying. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period.

34. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to the assessment questions above to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statements below, you are confirming that you:

1) Understand this warning;
2) Have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and
3) Verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you form further consideration for the position.

A. Yes. I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire and my narrative responses are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one of more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

B. No. I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.

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