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Job Title:Biological Science Aid/Technician, GS-0404-3/4/5 (JW-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2013-016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$11.95 to $19.50 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-03/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Temporary - Not-To-Exceed. Typically appointment spands May to August.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

MANY vacancies - Socorro, NM, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and United States Nationals.

JOB SUMMARY:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov. View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/.

Reclamation is seeking temporary employees looking for an opportunity to expand his/her experience in the biological field. You can make a difference in the West by assisting professional biologists and performing simple and repetitive tasks relating to biological and natural resources sciences.

Would you enjoy identifying and/or recording data concerning on-site investigations? Responsibilities include participating in various aspects of long-term studies of the Southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo; habitat inventory and mapping; from May through August.

LOCATION: Work is conducted in the field, located in New Mexico, for the Technical Service Center; Water Resources Plan & Operations Division; Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Group; Ecological Support, Denver Co Office.

You can apply to all grades for which you are qualified. Promotions to the next grade/salary level are not applicable to these positions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Housing is at the discretion of the individual, and will not be provided by Reclamation.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet all general/specialized experience requirements;
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify any education requirements;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents.

DUTIES:

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Duties are performed at grade level for which selected. - Participates in various aspects of long-term studies. - Conducts presence/absence surveys and nest monitoring for the Southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo within the Rio Grande Basin of New Mexico. - Assisting other Reclamation staff in the collection of baseline data and monitoring to ensure compliance with environmental statutes. - Performs other project specific duties as needed, including habitat mapping. - Are assigned to crews supervised by Reclamation personnel. - May assume some additional responsibility as a crew leader, making minor project related decisions in the absence of the Supervisor.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifying experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made.

GS-03 applicants must have 6 months of general experience as described below.

GS-04 applicants must have 6 months of specialized experience and 6 months of general experience as described below.

GS-05 applicants must meet 1 year of specialized experience as described below. DEFINITION OF GENERAL EXPERIENCE: To meet general experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: Specialized Experience includes experience performing biological science tasks common to fish and wildlife resource management; supporting senior staff; collecting and organizing field data; recording data to include quality control; providing preliminary assessment and classification of the information; evaluating observed conditions and problems; and making preliminary determinations in the case of problems noted.

OR 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE

For GS-3: Successful completion of l year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.

For GS-4: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination 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 such as those shown above for GS-3. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled.

Selected aids and technicians will be required to complete Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Survey Protocol Training in New Mexico prior to conducting surveys for the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Training will be provided cooperatively by Reclamation and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Individuals operating government owned vehicles will be required to take a defensive driving course.

A valid driver's license is required and will need to be submitted by selection.


This announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission, if substituting, will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified and 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of the basic or commonly used rules, procedures, or operations associated with aid types of duties to perform a few repetitive tasks while learning how to perform the full range of such tasks as are found in the work area.

2. Knowledge of operating equipment which requires some previous training or experience such as driving an automobile.

3. Ability to conduct and carry out biological technician tasks in remote locations which require considerable physical effort, including exposure to extreme temperatures and work within large bodies of water.

4. Ability to communicate effectively with crew leaders and other crew members.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.

OTHER INFORMATION:

- Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov. - Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html.

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to codo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 56, Rm 1545, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 56, Rm 1545, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable and if substituting for experience.

--Selectees MUST submit a copy of their driver's license.

-- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp. CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Email: codo@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
80225-0007
US
Fax: 303-445-6349

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-DO-2013-016

Control Number:

336246100