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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Plants) Seasonal

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMDR-13-025

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$14.39 to $16.10 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Thursday, January 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Estes Park, CO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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 Rocky Mountain National Park.

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 not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.

Expected start date(s): May through June 2013.

GS-04 Wage: $14.39/hour

GS-05 Wage: $16.10/hour

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Four 10-hour work days (7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday-Thursday)

DUTIES:

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Multiple positions are located within the Division of Resource Stewardship in Rocky Mountain National Park.  If hired at the GS-5 level, incumbent periodically oversees lower graded park employees and park volunteers conducting vegetation restoration, greenhouse and nursery activities, and invasive exotic plant management activities in both frontcountry and backcountry areas. If hired at the GS-4 level, incumbent assists other park employees and park volunteers conducting vegetation restoration, greenhouse and nursery activities, and invasive exotic plant management activities in both frontcountry and backcountry areas.

 

Incumbents will perform field work to control invasive exotic plants, restore native plants, and propagate plants in the park’s greenhouse and nursery. Incumbents will be supervised by higher graded park staff and work as a vegetation crew. Incumbents may lead lower graded park employee and park volunteer work in both frontcountry and backcountry areas. Incumbents will assist in the implementation of the RMNP Vegetation Restoration Management Plan strategies to restore disturbed areas with native plant materials by collecting and processing native plant seeds, preparing seedbeds, seeding, plant salvaging, planting, mulching, irrigating, and fertilizing. Assist in the operation of the park’s native plant greenhouse and nursery including plant propagation, potting, transplanting, weeding, and watering. Operate manual transmission vehicles, portable pumps, line trimmers, tillers, chainsaws, hand tools, and may be required to tow and back 17’ trailers.

 

Assist in the implementation the RMNP Invasive Exotic Plant Management Plan by utilizing mechanical (hand pull, mowers, line trimmers, hand tools), biological, cultural, and chemical methods of control. Apply approved herbicides using backpack sprayers, UTV-mounted sprayers, and truck-mounted sprayers. Collect qualitative and quantitative information on field data sheets to monitor invasive exotic plant treatment and restoration techniques. Identify native and exotic plant species using dichotomous keys. Data management responsibilities may include completing field data sheets, using computer programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, operating global positioning system (GPS) equipment, and entering data into databases and/or park geographic information systems (GIS). Other duties may include: assisting in the assessment and mitigation of hazard trees; prescribed and wildland fire operation assistance; and search and rescue.

 

Incumbent must have a valid state driver's license. Incumbent may be required to obtain a valid Colorado Department of Agriculture Certified Operator pesticide applicator's license within two months of entering into duty.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Positions are field based and involve performing labor intensive tasks for prolonged periods of time (10 or more hours daily). Work is physically demanding and can require hiking up to 15 miles a day with heavy packs in mountainous terrain over 12,000'. The daily work involves prolonged digging, raking, lifting, standing, bending, and hiking. Heavy items (i.e. backpack sprayers, plant materials, restoration related equipment, and packs) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Incumbents may be required to work weekends, overnight backcountry camp, and travel to work on other resource stewardship projects throughout the region. Work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, herbicides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION:  This position is located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  The nearest community is Estes Park, Colorado, which is approximately two miles from the park headquarters.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, January 17, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above):  Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:  Research activity or control program work.  Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.  Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.  Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.  OR  Education and Training:  For GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses with at least 6 semester hours of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled.  For GS-5:  Successful completion of a full 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 with at least 6 semester hours in scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels and positions for which both education and experience are acceptable. To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors, if any, as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.


Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, 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.

Requirements

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. 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.  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.
1.      Knowledge and skill in native plant restoration techniques.

2.      Knowledge and skill in greenhouse and nursery operations.

3.      Knowledge and skill in invasive exotic plant control methods.
4.      Knowledge and skill in collecting, recording, and processing field data.

All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated in your application package, If your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies.

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 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.  
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 (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.). 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 (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), 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.


BENEFITS:

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Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: Leave



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 well qualified 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 www.opm.gov/ctap

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 http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

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:  https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

5. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized under the Federal Travel Regulation for this position.

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

7. 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, January 17, 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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 780508. 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 (KZ) and VIN (780508) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at  ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf 
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: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.               



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Step 2

  • 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).
  • Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- 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.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • 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 cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: KZ780508
  • 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Maria Rivero
Phone: (970)586-1215
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: 970-586-1319
Email: MARIA_RIVERO@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 HWY 36
Estes Park, CO
80517
USA
Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

IMDR-13-025

Control Number:

334625300