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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  KLBA-LAVO-13-866004-DE-CD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$16.73 to $16.73 / Per Hour
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 to Friday, April 05, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039
1 vacancy in the following location:
Mineral, CA 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.


TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:    This is a seasonal temporary positions with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1039 hours in a service year.    Position will be Monday thru Friday and may require overtime work. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.  Consideration of selection for this position will be in the following order: 1) CTAP/ICTAP eligibles 2) rehires 3) all other applicants.


Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


This announcement is open to all U.S. citizens - applicants outside the Federal government may apply along with current Federal employees, and reinstatement eligibles.  Qualified veterans who apply will receive Veteran’s Preference in accordance with current law and regulations.


Park Contact:
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Resources Management

Martin Hutten, Ecologist


Area information:  Lassen Volcanic National Park is an undiscovered gem of the National Park Service.  Situated where the Cascade and Sierra Nevada Ranges meet, it contains a wonderful diversity of mixed conifer forests, lakes, streams, alpine fell-fields, and meadows resplendent in summer wildflowers and butterflies. Various types of extinct and dormant volcanoes dominate the landscape, as well as active hydrothermal features like steam vents and mud pots. Recreational opportunities abound, with hiking, camping, backpacking, fly-fishing, and kayaking. Many of the park's trails provide outstanding views, taking in the surrounding mountains and foothills and stretching west to the Sacramento Valley and the east to the Great Basin. Surrounded by Lassen National Forest, additional recreational opportunities can be enjoyed on forest lands, including ATV exploration and world-class trout fishing. Boating is available on nearby Lake Almanor or the Sacramento River.

The position is duty-stationed at park headquarters in the small community of Mineral. This quiet community boasts a post office, restaurant, small general store, and an elementary (K-8) school. All necessary amenities can be found in Chester, 30 miles to the east, or Red Bluff, 45 miles to the west. An elevation of 5000 feet allows for mild summer temperatures averaging 70-90 degrees. Government housing may be available. Check out our website at for further park and area information.

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  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • All required documents must be submitted by the closing date
  • Appointee must have a valid state driver's license


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More than one position may be filled with this vacancy if the need and funding allows.  Incumbent will:


  • Serve as a leader on the Lassen Vegetation Crew. Core duty is to implement Lassen's invasive plant management plan using using
    integrated pest management techniques in recently burned and other areas in the wilderness. The work includes native and invasive plant
    identification, surveying & mapping, formulation and delivery of targeted herbicide applications using backpack spray equipment, and
    treatment effectiveness monitoring.  Use sophisticated GPS to assist with backcountry navigation and mapping of rare plants using
    standardized protocols.  Outside of the invasive plant management core treatment times you will work on a range of other field research and
    monitoring projects.  The ability to accurately collect and record field data is essential, as well as the ability to use computer
    databases, and spreadsheets to enter biological data independently.  Support restoration and revegetation projects collecting plant
    materials (seeds and cuttings) to be used in revegetation projects; work on disturbed land restoration; implement baseline monitoring for
    phenology and other climate change research projects; field test the park new vegetation map. Serve as leader for a small crew of seasonal
    employees, interns and volunteers.  Between June and September, the position will oversee the training, logistics, and general work of a
    crew that will largely focus on the inventory, mapping, and eradication of exotic plant populations throughout Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at


Biological Sciences Technician GS-0404-06

A.  Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level of federal service, which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.  Experience will typically be in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience include research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; or work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.


B.  Six months of graduate education or an internship directly related to the work of the position.


C.  A combination of education and experience as described above which, when combined, meet the total specialized experience and education required.


If qualifying based on education, applicants must submit transcripts as part of the application package.  Transcripts must be legible with name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official but if selected for this position, official transcripts may be required before entry on duty.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:  All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

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:



Background Investigation: If you have not had one, completion of a background investigation with favorable adjudication is required prior to entry on duty.


Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.


Uniform: Incumbent must wear the prescribed National Park Service Uniform.


Driver's License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver’s license.


The duties of this position involve fieldwork in remote and/or rugged terrain where climatic conditions are variable and extreme.



Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. To determine if you are 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 numeric score you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents.

Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume. Only educational and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered.

Category rating is being used for this position. Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc.  Once candidate responses have been verified, referral for selection consideration will be made of the best candidates in accordance with Federal hiring regulations and laws, and agency policies.  Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all the requirements of the job.

Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledges, skills abilities and/or competencies (KSAC’s) required to do the work of this position:


  • * Technical knowledge of general biological and ecological principles as they relate to vegetation management.
  • * Knowledge of invasive exotic plant species and methodology used to control these plants.
  • * Skill in field data collection and management.
  • * Ability to use computer equipment and associated software programs to record, manage, and present data.
  • * Skill in oral and written communication; ability to work in teams.


NOTE: DO NOT respond to the KSAs listed above.  Your application will be evaluated using your resume and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you possess the required KSAs. 


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Pay and Benefits:


Salary Range for a GS-06:  $16.73 per hour

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

The National Park Service offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to National Park Service employees serving on temporary appointments.

Annual Leave - Full-time employees earn between 13 and 26 days of annual (vacation) leave each year, depending on their length of service.  For more information, visit:

Sick Leave - Full-time employees earn 13 days of sick leave each year.  Sick leave may be used for medical appointments, personal illness or injury, and caring for sick family members.  For more information, visit:

Holidays - You will be paid for 10 Federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty.  For more information, visit:

Employee assistance program - You and your family can take advantage of free confidential counseling and on-line services covering areas such as legal, financial, parenting, stress management, health and wellness. 


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


**Government housing may be available.  This may be shared quarters.


This position requires extensive travel, extended hours, and widely varied work environments, including remote physical areas, high altitudes, and some degree of physical danger.


Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant is eligible, qualified, and clearly exceeds qualification requirements for the position as demonstrated by either:  (1) meeting selective and quality ranking factor levels as specified by the agency; or (2) being rated above minimally qualified under the agency’s specific rating and ranking process.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 05, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE CLOSING DATE.  Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, will result in you not being considered.  You will not be contacted for additional information.  If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, email

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 866004866004
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 05, 2013. to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Martin Hutten
Phone: (530)595-6187
Agency Information:
Lassen Volcanic National Park
38050 Highway 36E
PO Box 100
Mineral, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated using the automated system.  The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for selection in category order (including veterans’ preference).  You will be notified by email of the outcome.



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