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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Plants)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:AZ DEU-2013-0028

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$32,028.00 to $41,633.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013




Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a Temporary Appointment Not To Exceed one year.




1 vacancy - Phoenix, AZ, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to support botany programs.


The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

<b>Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. </b>


For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.


This position is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Information about Arizona and the Phoenix area can be found at


  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
  • Direct Deposit Required;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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Performs the full range of aid type duties and a variety of technical duties in support of botany programs.  Serves as a crew member for special projects.  Performs inventories of public lands to document occurrence and distribution of a variety of plant species, especially those classified as either rare, sensitive, threatened or endangered, following guidelines furnished by a professional resource specialist.   


Complies occurrence and distribution data, cover maps and BLM herbarium study mounts.  Enters and retrieves data from automated databases. May make recommendations on plant habitat protection, enhancement or "critical" habitat designation to supervisor. 


In conjunction with a professional resource specialist, performs actual field studies to document environmental factors affecting the plant species and its habitat. 


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<u>Specialized Experience Requirements :</u>


In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-04) of the position to be filled.   Examples of qualifying specialized experience include but are not limited to:


Experience performing nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; research activity or control program work; reading maps and using GPS equipment to determine locations; producing reports with graphics; developing spreadsheets; entering, retrieving and manipulating data; and using hand tools.



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







One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS4 grade level,




Successful completion of a full four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study or at least 24 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 six semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position.




Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.    In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:


1. Knowledge of basic biological science to conduct surveys, perform inventories, make observations, collect samples and interpret data.


2. Basic knowledge of biological sciences (fisheries, wildlife, plants, soil) to identify species and make recommendations for habitat improvement.


3. Knowledge of biological concepts, techniques and processes to collect and analyze data/samples.


4. Knowledge of basic biological science to perform field studies, compile survey data and prepare reports.







To preview questions please click here.


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As a temporary employee, you will not be eligible for health insurance, life insurance or retirement benefits; however, you will earn annual and sick leave.


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.



May require completion of a one year probationary period.


Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.


CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  


Work requires some physical exertion such as bending and walking in terrain that is rough, rocky, mountainous and densely vegetated.


Incumbent is required to lift and carry equipment necessary to efficiently perform the work of the position, and to provide for personal comfort and safety. This can include tools, personal protective equipment, food and water for extended periods of work away from vehicles.


During fieldwork incumbent is subject to cuts and bruises, extreme and adverse weather conditions, and injuries and discomforts from pests and animals.






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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.


Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.


If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.


If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.


Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.


If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the P. McNeil at (602) 417-9257 or by email at  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:


Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.


If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.


                         For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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.


For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.


<u>Auto-Requested Fax:</u> allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.


<u>UPLOADING DOCUMENTS:</u> instead of faxing your documents you may

use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use both options.


Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.


Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.



Pamela McNeil
Phone: 602-417-9257
Fax: 517-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Arizona State Office
1 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ
Fax: 517-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.


You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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