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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MMMOJN-13-112D-875358

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
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Tuesday, April 30, 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.

*****The closing date of this announcement has been extended. The new closing date is Tuesday, April 30, 2013.*****


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 & 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 is within the Inventory and Monitoring Division of the Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate, Washington Area Service Office of the National Park Service. The primary purpose of the Inventory and Monitoring Program is to conduct biotic inventories, and develop and implement long-term ecological monitoring of significant resources for a network of seven national parks areas located on the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts. The MOJN comprises seven units in the Mojave and Great Basin desert of Nevada, Arizona and California: Death Valley, Great Basin, and Joshua Tree National Parks; Mojave National Preserve; Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monuments; and Manzanar National Historic Site.

You may learn more about the MOJN by visiting:




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You will work as part of a 2-3 person team to sample vegetation, soils, and invasive plants of upland and riparian ecosystems following a set of provided protocols.  The major duties will include:
• Collect data relating to the administration of the park's natural resources programs.
• Perform plant and soil sampling following established protocols.
• Complete database entry and assist with report preparation of findings by ecosystems sampled.
• Accurately identify Mojave and Great Basin Desert vascular plants to species level in a variety of park habitats. Identifications may be made in the field or in the office using regional floras.
• Collect high quality data accurately and efficiently using electronic data recorders and/or paper forms.
• Work 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.

Additional information on the minimum 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 the following link:

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 in backcountry field work, plant collection and identification, research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; assisting in scientific, natural resource-based studies, or work involving the collection of plants, soils, or air quality data.

QUALITY RANKING FACTOR: A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: Knowledge of vegetation in the Mojave Desert and Great Basin Region of the United States (Southeastern California; Nevada, southwestern Utah, northwestern Arizona, and parts of Southeastern Oregon and Southern Idaho).
Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

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 such 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:

GS-05: 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  botany, plant science, or other natural resource topics related to vegetation management. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to this position.

A combination of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total minimum qualification requirements.

If you are combining or substituting education for experience, it is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational provisions. Copy of your college transcripts; statement from the institution’s registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation (OPM Form 1170 or a listing of college courses completed) is acceptable. Failure to submit documentation will result in your being determined to be not qualified. An official transcript will be required from you for verification prior to the effective date of the appointment.

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/ WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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 and/or backpack. 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.

UNIFORM:  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.

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

OFFICIAL TRAVEL:  Frequent travel may be required as part of the duties (An average of 10-14 days per month).


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 to commensurate 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 as it relates to vegetation using different techniques and methods.
KSA #2:  Ability to 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 effectively orally.
KSA #6:  Ability to communicate effectively in writing.


The following link is a list of questions from the online questionnaire. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL this preview, as it will only be accepted by online submission or fax.

View Assessment Questions

Veteran's preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (CPS, CP) are placed at the top of the highest category on the referral list (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). XP and TP preference eligibles are 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, MOJN I&M Program Manager
(702) 293-8856

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are selected at a lower grade level, promotion(s) may be made at a later date without further competition. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotion(s) will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties.


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All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST):  Tuesday, April 30, 2013

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to: 1) Register for a new USAJobs account; or 2) Login to your existing USAJobs account. Then, you will be asked to answer a few questions, and upload or choose existing required documents, as we have listed in our vacancy announcement. You may return to continue your saved application at any time before the closing date and time. Log-in to your account and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

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 to document your responses to the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the Application Cover Page. You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 875358.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses to the questionnaire and appropriate documentation is submitted, prior to the closing date of this announcement.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for the position you wish to verify. 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. Please note, your uploaded documents may take up to several hours to clear the virus scan process.


RESUME: (Acceptable formats include: .jpg, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .wpd, or html)
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 equivalent documentation (a listing of college courses completed) to support your education.  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.


Sara Rodriguez
Phone: (760)367-5509
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.

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.

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