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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0400/biological-science-technician-series-0404/
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 institutions 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 Drivers License.
OFFICIAL TRAVEL: Frequent travel may be required as part of the duties (An average of 10-14 days per month).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 KSAs:
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.
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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.