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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-026 DEU-TMP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$18.59 to $18.59 / Per Hour
Saturday, January 12, 2013 to Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039 Hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Flagstaff, AZ 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.


Who may be considered: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens.


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.


Area/Housing Information: Flagstaff, Arizona has a population of approximately 60,000 and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Flagstaff is located 90 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Clear, sunny days with low relative humidity characterize Flagstaff's climate. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80's and frequent afternoon monsoon thunderstorms. Winters are cold with temperatures averaging in the 20's, and snow averaging around 80 inches. Flagstaff offers complete medical, dental and shopping services, along with excellent educational opportunities at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College. For additional park information, please visit FLAG Parks and for local information, please visit Flagstaff AZ. Park housing is not available.


  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Current valid driver license is required
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS standards
  • Applications sent by mail or e-Mail to HR Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • Obtain Arizona Pesticide Applicators License within 6 months of start date


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Duties This position is located in the Resources Division for the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and is physically located at the National Park Service Headquarters in Flagstaff, Arizona. The position will be working primarily in the field at Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano, and Walnut Canyon National Monuments for research, inventory and monitoring data collection, native plant restoration and invasive plant management projects. The incumbent reports directly to the park Ecologist and will manage high priority weed eradication and restoration activities throughout the monuments. Eradication techniques will follow National Park Service Integrated Pest Management strategies. This position will have a primary duty of crew leader for various volunteer, conservation, and youth groups that will be working in the field. Duties will include: the use of advanced Geographical Information Systems (GIS) including software and hardware; data collection for various inventory, monitoring and research projects; mapping and monitoring rare plants and invasive weeds; eradication of target exotic species that may include use of herbicides, chainsaws and mechanized equipment; inventory and mapping of exotic plants; collecting, cleaning, storing and dispersing native seed; production of native plants for restoration of sites denuded by human activities; monitoring of restored sites; data management and analysis; and assistance in other projects related to natural resource conservation. Additional natural resource projects such as sound monitoring, water resources and wildlife monitoring may be part of this position’s duties. This position will also contribute to writing and editing significant sections of technical reports and National Park Service publications. Moderate to high physical effort is routinely required; sitting, standing or walking for extended periods; physical activity such as climbing, lifting, carrying and safe use of handsaws/chainsaws.


For additional information on the duties of this position please contact Charles Schelz, Ecologist, 928-526-1157 x234


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Tuesday, January 29, 2013.


Basic Qualifications

To qualify for this GS-7 position you must have: one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level performing duties such as researching non-native plant activity or control program work; nursery work that required growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment. *OR* Have completed at least one year of graduate level education (18 semester credits) directly related to the work of the position. *OR* Have a combination of specialized experience as described above and education as described above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience) and 9 months of graduate study (50% of the education requirement) would qualify an applicant for this position.


Please Note: If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.


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.


·         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

·         Limited travel may be required for this position; some extended periods of backcountry travel is required; some heavy lifting and strenuous hiking is required

·         The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide copy of your agency's notice of Reduction in Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. To be qualified you must be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP.

·         Be able to obtain an Arizona Pesticide Applicators License within 6 months of starting the position



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 résumé 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 competencies required of this position. Please follow all instructions carefully.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

·         Ability to function as crew chief of volunteers, youth and conservation groups and provide logistics; this includes scheduling, coordinating and planning field activities

·         Ability to identify exotic invasive, forest, desert and desert riparian native plants and ecosystems of Northern AZ

·         Knowledge of invasive plant management principles and processes and the ability to plan, perform, and document inventory, treatment, and monitoring activities for invasive plants

·         Ability to safely operate 4x4 vehicles and various equipment such as chainsaws, weed whackers, soil augers, etc


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."


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


Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. This includes your salary and other federal payments.


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized.


Male applicants born after 12/31/59 and must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if future vacancies become available.


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


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, 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 eligible (for more information see VetGuide).


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 persons with disabilities; disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more; certain other veterans; spouses of certain members of the armed forces; and returning Peace Corps volunteers (for more information see Special Hiring Authorities). You must submit relevant supporting documentation (e.g., certification from state Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or Medical Doctor; DD-214 and VA letter; etc).


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The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59pm EST or 9:59pm Arizona Time on Tuesday, January 29, 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 View Assessment Questions. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. You will find information on applying for federal jobs at USAJobs Info Center.


If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page Fax Cover Page using the following Vacancy ID PK823768. Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire. Print this 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire Form OPM1203fx and fax the completed 1203FX, your résumé and required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


If you have any questions about this announcement call or e-Mail us at the contact information listed to the right under Questions about this job: prior to Tuesday, January 29, 2013. Please include the Vacancy ID 823768 in your message.


If you need assistance or have problems using the online application process, please send an e-Mail to


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 1-478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Office Code and VIN (PK823768), so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at or online at Application Manager help.


Required Documents:

·         Your Résumé showing relevant experience, should include month, year and hours worked per week

·         Completed Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

·         Unofficial College Transcripts (if qualifying based on education)

·         Veterans Preference Documentation DD-214 or equivalent, VA Letter, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable

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


Veterans: To determine your veteran preference please use the following link for more information Vet Types


ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS-any documents/attachments depicting the applicant will entirely disqualify them from consideration.


Marilyn A. Kozak
Phone: (602)794-3806
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement e-Mail. You will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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