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Job Title:  Physical Science Technician
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MMMOJN-13-97D-863579

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 25, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
Few vacancies in the following location:
Boulder City, NV 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.

This is a TEMPORARY SEASONAL POSITION that will generally last at least 3 months but no longer than 6 months (or 1039 working hours) within one service year.

This position is located within the National Park Service, Pacific West Region, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Mojave Desert Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, located in Boulder City, NV. 

The Mojave Desert Network Inventory and Monitoring (MOJN) is one of 32 National Park Service inventory and monitoring networks nationwide that is implementing vital signs monitoring in order to assess the condition of park ecosystems and develop a stronger scientific basis for stewardship and management of natural resources across the National Park System.  The MOJN comprises seven units in the Mojave and Great Basin desert of Nevada, Arizona and California:  Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks; Mojave National Preserve; Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monuments; and Manzanar National Historic Site.

Located in Nevada and Arizona, Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a range of recreational experiences.  Its 1.5 million-acre size, nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline, warm water, scenic settings and diverse natural and cultural resources draw millions of visitors to the park.  Boulder City is located in Nevada within Clark County (population is approximately 15,000) and is 15 to 30 miles south of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas.  There are shopping facilities and excellent grade and high schools, numerous colleges, universities and hospitals are available in the area.  Winter climate is mild and summer heat relieved by air conditioning.  Homes to buy or rent are usually available in Henderson, Las Vegas and Boulder City.  Nevada has no state income tax and there are unlimited recreational opportunities.


  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform
  • Must obtain a favorably adjudicated background investigation prior to start
  • Must hold a valid state drivers license


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  • Work as part of a 2-3 person team to sample water, vegetation, and soils of upland and riparian ecosystems following a set of provided protocols.
  • Perform water quantity and quality sampling following established protocols.
  • Perform routine maintenance of air quality and weather stations.
  • Collect data using electronic data recorders and/or paper forms.
  • Complete database entry and assist with report preparation of findings.
  • Assist with other resource management projects as needed and work safely as a member of a small team in front country and back country settings, often under adverse conditions.
  • Use topographic maps, compasses, aerial photographs and GPS units to locate and relocate monitoring sites.


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All qualification requirements (including any applicable selective factors) must be met by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.

FOR THE GS-05:  You must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level of difficulty and responsibility.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:  work in the fields of hydrology, astronomy, geophysics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or metallurgy; research activity or control program work; assisting in scientific, natural resource based studies, or work involving the collection of plants, soils, water, or air quality data.  

NOTE: Credit will be given for all qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received and whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for specialilzed experience, your resume must indicate clearly: 1. The nature of your duties and responsibilities in each position; and 2. The number of hours per week spent in such employment for each position.

In lieu of the specialized experience requirements you may substitute the following education:  a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with a major study in an appropriate field of physical science, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics.

A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total minimum qualification requirements.  Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.  For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) as described above, and 90 semester hours (i.e., 30 semester hours beyond the first 60 semester hours) of college that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics (50% of the education requirement).

If you are combining or substituting education for experience, you must provide complete information to show how you have met the applicable educational provisions. Provide a copy of your college transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.  We cannot determine eligibility without this information.  A copy of your official transcript will be required from you for verification prior to the effective date of the appointment.  NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's College Accreditation Website in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit the U.S. Department of Education Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Website

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, stooping, squatting and bending.  Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 40 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.  Must be able to hike long distances over rough terrain, in all types of weather, while carrying equipment in the hand or backpack.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions, biting insects, wild animals, seasonally high pollen levels, dermatitis causing plants and the possibility of the occasional poisonous snake.

You are required to properly wear a National Park Service uniform in accordance with agency policy.  An allowance will be provided to offset some of these costs.

You are not required to occupy government housing/quarters; however housing may be available for rent.

You will be required to operate a government vehicle, therefore, must be able to acquire and hold a valid state Driver’s License.

Frequent travel (an average of 10-14 days per month) may be required as part of the duties, as assigned. 

Occasional overtime may be required.


To determine if you are best qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The questions are designed to capture the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Failure to submit a resume will result in ineligibility. Eligible applicants will be assigned to one of three quality levels (Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified). Ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your described experience. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

You Must Possess The Following KSA’s:

KSA #1:  Ability to collect scientific data on natural resources (water, land, weather and air) using different techniques and methods.
KSA #2:  Ability to safely navigate and work in remote backcountry locations.
KSA #3:  Ability to record, organize, manage and retrieve resource related data.
KSA #4:  Ability to plan and implement the logistics of field monitoring in the front and back country.
KSA #5:  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

The following link is a list of questions from the online questionnaire. View Assessment Questions

Veteran's preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) will be placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list.  XP and TP preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference eligibles within their assigned category. If you are not sure of your preference eligibility, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans Preference Advisor. For more information, visit Feds Hire Vets.

To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must score within the Well Qualified group (prior to veterans’ preference being applied) on the application questionnaire. For information, click CTAP/ICTAP.


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The Federal government offers limited benefits to temporary employees. To explore these visit: Temporary Employee Benefits.


For additional information about this position please contact:  Nita Tallent at or (702) 293-8856.

We currently have only one vacancy; however, this job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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All applications must be submitted by: Friday, March 29, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJobs and click on "Application Status".  Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

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, for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the "Details" tab in the document area.

If you need help, or have problems using the online application process, send an email to

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the Application Cover Page.  You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 863579.


RESUME:  All applicants must submit a resume.  For recommendations on formatting, required content, and helpful tips, please visit our Resume Reference Page.

OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE:  Follow the instructions above for completing and submitting the occupational questionnaire.

COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS:  This position allows for substituting education for experience. If you are using education to meet qualifications for this position, you must submit a COPY of your college transcripts or a complete listing of college courses completed that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.  We cannot determine eligibility without this information.  Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and if applicable the date a degree was conferred.

VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The Member-4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", is required.  If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a Standard Form, (SF-15) "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", and a letter (dated 1991 or later) from the Veterans Administration, showing the percentage of the service-connected disability.  Veterans’ preference is given in accordance with applicable laws and regulation.

CTAP/ICTAP ELIGIBLES:  1. A COPY of your agency notice, 2. A COPY of your most recent performance rating, and 3. A COPY of your most recent SF-50 noting: current position, grade level, and duty location.


Teresa R. Moor
Phone: (760)252-6111
Agency Information:
Mediterranean and Mojave Servicing HR Office SHRO
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV


Once your online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

After the announcement closes and your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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