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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-13-816933-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 14, 2013 to Friday, January 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Moffit, ND United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S. Citizens

The employee in this position serves as a term-seasonal Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge, located in Moffit, North Dakota.  This is a term-seasonal appointment not to exceed 13 months and may be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.  In a term-seasonal appointment, employee may work 26 weeks but not more than 50 weeks in a service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status. 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

This position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 levels

Valid state driver's license required

A state pesticide applicators license is required within 3 months of employment

Uniform required

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required
  • Completion of a one-year trial period may be required

DUTIES:

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--Employee provides ecological, range, and wildlife habitat management information to the Project Leader and other Biologists by conducting basic research and applied field investigations relating to inventory and management of resources on Refuge and private lands. Baseline information and Geographic Information System map products will be used to aid in determining wetland and grassland acquisition and management decisions. Plans and completes basic inventory and analysis of Refuge lands and habitat resources on private land, with emphasis on wetlands and native prairie communities. Develops Geographic Information System-based Refuge lands maps with detailed wetland and vegetation categories based on National Vegetative Classification Standards, National Wetland Inventory standards, and other wildlife and vegetation classification schemes.
--Uses Global Positioning Systems to sample and map habitats and features in the field and links results data to Refuge Lands Geographic Information System. Analyzes related data and prepares reports useful for making management decisions. Synthesizes related available data in reports and summaries. Inputs Refuge lands management activities into the Refuge Lands Geographic Information System and maintains the integrity of the database through regular quality assurance checks.

--Plans, conducts, and analyzes data from a variety of biological survey, monitoring, and research activities. These activities may include waterfowl population and nesting success surveys, migratory bird banding, shorebird surveys, vegetation surveys, and water quality monitoring. May lead work crews, volunteers, and other temporary employees in the performance of refuge management operations. Participates in prescribed burning and aerial easement surveillance fights in small aircraft. Uses all-terrain vehicles to perform wildlife habitat management operations and surveys. Uses skid steers to perform general maintenance work to facilities and public use areas. Uses farm tractors and various implements to conduct habitat management activities. Conducts invasive weed control by using mechanical, chemical, or biological techniques.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work requires both indoor and outdoor work and may encounter variable weather conditions. The work involves bending, walking, and a moderate amount of physical exertion.  Work may require lifting containers weighing up to 35 pounds in performance of assigned tasks.  Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination may involve fine and precise work, delicate adjustments, or exact measurements.



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

GS-06: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05 grade level is qualifying for GS-06 grade level) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled. Qualifying specialized experience is identifying native plant communities; using GIS/GPS technology to record, mark, retrieve, store and analyze scientific data and to produce maps of wetland habitat or other natural resource features; classifying and delineating land cover and vegetation from aerial photography; taking and recording scientific measurements; conducting biological surveys on wildlife and habitat; keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and report data; and assist in writing reports.

GS-07: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06 grade level is qualifying for the GS-07 grade level) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience is categorizing native plant communities; using satellite, GIS/GPS technology to produce maps, record, mark, retrieve, store and analyze scientific data; taking and recording scientific measurements; conducting biological surveys on waterfowl, wildlife and habitat; keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and report scientific data using statistical software; and writing reports.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

GS-06: Successful completion of one-half year (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university which is directly related to the work of this position.

GS-07: Successful completion of one year (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level education from an accredited college or university which is directly related to the work of this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for the GS-06 and GS-07 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements. 

NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

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


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

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

  • Ability to use Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to produce maps using spatial data
  • Ability to identify both native and introduced plants
  • Ability to conduct biological surveys
  • Ability to collect and compile biological data
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to perform resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., land restoration activities, general maintenance, fencing, invasive week control)

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

1. Best Qualified

2. Well Qualified

3. Better Qualified

4. Qualified

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

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

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

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

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.

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


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

If a selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the employee's satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING:

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

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

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.

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

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 816933. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire https://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. You 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

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

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

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

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

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

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Frances K. Martinez
Phone: (303)236-4744
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (800)877-8339
Email: FRANCES_MARTINEZ@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 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 the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

R6-13-816933-D

Control Number:

334708800