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Job Title:Biological Science Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AZSHRO 13-085 DEU-TMP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $27,990.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Page, AZ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

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.

For position specific information contact:  Lonnie Pilkington (928) 608-6269.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS: Any resume depicting the applicant will disqualify them from consideration.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Incumbent will be required to wear uniform
  • Valid State Driver's License is required
  • Position may require some travel

DUTIES:

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These seasonal positions are located within the Division of Science and Resource Management at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The incumbent assists other park staff with vegetation and wildlife stewardship activities, aquatic invasive species detection, and water quality monitoring.  Wildlife related duties will include observing, monitoring, and recording a wide variety of basic data on habitat conditions, number, and distribution of wildlife species. Invasive plant management related duties will include mechanical, biological (monitoring), cultural, and chemical methods of control. Incumbent will apply approved herbicides using backpack sprayers, UTV-mounted sprayers, and/or truck-mounted sprayers.  Native plant restoration duties will include collecting and processing native plant seeds, plant propagation, plant salvaging, potting, transplanting, preparing seedbeds, seeding, planting, mulching, and watering. Monitoring duties will include collection of qualitative and quantitative data related to wildlife, vegetation, and grazing management. Data management responsibilities include completing field data sheets, using computer programs such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, operating global positioning system (GPS) equipment, and entering data into databases and/or park geographic information systems (GIS). Incumbents will operate manual transmission vehicles, portable pumps, line trimmers, tillers, chainsaws, hand tools, and may be required to tow and back 17'trailers. Incumbents must have a valid state driver's license. Employees may be required to obtain a Utah and/or Arizona pesticide applicators license within one month of entering into duty. Incumbents will be required to work independently, work weekends, overnight back-country camp, and travel to work on other resource management projects throughout the region.   These positions are generally field based and involve performing labor intensive tasks for prolonged periods of time (10 or more hours daily) in front-country and back-country settings. Assists higher-level specialists/technicians in conducting biological aquatic surveys to obtain basic information for management of fish, amphibians, macroinvertabrates, and aquatic ecosystems, and for the establishment and application of biological facts, principles, methods, techniques and procedures for protecting, restoring and managing aquatic resources.

AREA INFORMATION: This Announcement may cover several locations within the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Page, Arizona (Wahweap) is located on the Arizona-Utah border, 135 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona, the nearest larger community. Wahweap Sub-District is located seven miles from Page.   Page looks out on beautiful Lake Powell which offers boating, associated water sports recreation and fishing.   The surrounding land of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers beautiful red rock country for hiking and backcountry recreational activity.   Page is centrally located to many other National Parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches and Canyonlands to name a few.   Page offers normal community amenities such as shopping, medical and dental facilities, schools K-12 and college courses available through local Coconino Community College. The area enjoys typical high desert climate with temperatures ranging from 100 in summer to mid-teens in winter with low humidity and sunshine most days of the year. Elevation in Page is 4300 feet above sea level. http://www.pagelakepowelltourism.com/

Bullfrog, Utah is a small, remote, in-park community of approximately 300 residents during the summer and about 100 residents in the winter. Amenities include a marina, marina store and gas docks, seasonal lodge and restaurant, gas station/convenience store and garage, and urgent care clinic, and a K-12 school. Teacher/student ratio is 1 teacher per 2-5 students. Full service communities are in Blanding, Utah (90 miles) and Monticello, Utah (115 miles) which has a small hospital and dentists. Major services are available in Cortez, Durango, and Grand Junction, Colorado, or Page, Arizona, all 3 to 5 hours away via all-weather highways. The Bullfrog Sub-District encompasses beautiful red-rock canyon country. Bullfrog is the main access point to Lake Powell in the uplake District and visitation is heavy in the summer. Summer temperatures run to the low 100's and winter temperatures are in the 30's with sunshine most days of the year. Recreation runs the spectrum of outdoor activities with backpacking, canyoneering, skiing (water and snow), boating, whitewater sports, hunting and fishing all within a few hours' drive and some within walking distance of the housing area. This is an active outdoor community and social events are common. This position is required occupancy. For housing information contact Candace Poulson at 928-608-6342.


Hite, UT is a very small community in a scenic and remote area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  It is part of the Hall’s Crossing District which is the largest district in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  Hite is the area where the Colorado River meets Lake Powell.  This is the take out point for river runners rafting Cataract Canyon.  There are four year round residents in Hite, with a few seasonal employees during the summer months that work in law enforcement and for the concessionaire.  There is a gas station and store, a launch ramp, a visitor center and fire cache, and a campground.  K-12 grade school is in Hanksville, UT, 50 miles north on Highway 95.  This position is a required occupancy position.  The employee selected will live in very nice government housing with a fenced in backyard.  The surrounding land of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers beautiful red rock country for hiking and backcountry recreational activity.  Glen Canyon is centrally located to many other National Parks, such as the Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, and Mesa Verde to name a few.   For housing information contact Candace Poulson at 928-608-6342.


Halls Crossing, Utah is a small, remote in-park community of 80 residents in the summer and about 30 in the winter. Amenities include a small convenience store, gas station, marina, housekeeping trailers and a ferry with connections to Bullfrog,  3 miles across the lake. Across the lake in Bullfrog there is a medical clinic, a seasonal lodge and restaurant and a K-12 school. Teacher/ student ratio is 1 teacher per 2-5 students. All school children are bussed/ boated across the bay to Bullfrog. Full service communities are in Blanding, Utah (90 miles) and Monticello, Utah (115 miles) which has a small hospital and dentist. Major services are available in Grand Junction, Cortez, Durango Colorado or Page Arizona; all are 3 to 5 hours away via all-weather highways. The Bullfrog district encompasses beautiful red-rock canyon country ranging in elevations from 4,000’ to 8,000’ and includes a large segment of Lake Powell and white water portions of the Colorado and San Juan Rivers. Summer temperatures run to the low 100’s and winter temperatures are in the 30’s with sunshine most days of the year. Recreation runs the spectrum of outdoor activities with backpacking, canyoneering, skiing (water and snow), boating, whitewater sports, hunting and fishing all within a few hours’ drive and some within walking distance if the housing area. This is an active outdoor community and social events are common.  For housing information contact Candace Poulson at 928-608-6342.

 


 

 



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, April 08, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. 

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
To qualify at the GS-04 you must have 6 months of general experience, no specialized experience is required, and 2 years above high school with courses(s) related to the occupation, if required.

 

 


Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, 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.

Requirements

1.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.

2. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.

 

  • Knowledge and skills in vegetation and wildlife stewardship, aquatic invasive species detection, and water quality monitoring.
  • Ability to adaptively manage priorities, alter work plans, work independently, and assist with the leadership of volunteers and crew members.
  • Knowledge of computers including spreadsheets and databases.
  • Ability to make field operations of natural resource conditions, collect and record data and ensure quality control. 

 

All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated in your application package, If your work history, competencies, and/or your supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you will not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the competencies.

 

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".

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (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.  
Category Group II (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.
Category Group III (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 of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.). Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


BENEFITS:

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




OTHER INFORMATION:

1. CTAP/ICTAP: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibles - provide a 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 for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP/ICTAP.

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible 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, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" 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. Additional veteran's information is found at http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

4. 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 the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:  https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

5. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized under the Federal Travel Regulation for this position.

6. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

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

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 8, 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. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 867900. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at  ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

If you cannot apply online:

1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and
3.Fax 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.

Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instructions.                



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
  • Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. 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 account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   

Include the 6-character Vacancy Identification Number 867900.

  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:  

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

AZ Servicing Human Resources Off
Phone: (928)638-7400
Email: GRCA_PERSONNEL@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office
MAILED
APPLICATIONS
NOT ACCEPTED, AZ
86001

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made 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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

AZSHRO 13-085 DEU-TMP

Control Number:

340775100