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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Hazard Tree)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AZSHRO 13-097 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:

$31,315.00 to $31,315.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 22, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Canyon, 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 Christi Sorrell 928-638-7617

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

DUTIES:

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The GS-5 seasonal biological science technician will serve as a member of the park's Vegetation Program. This specific position will focus on hazard tree identification and management. Daily work will include identification of tree species, assessment, measurement, and record keeping of hazardous trees, interaction and coordination with park partners, public, and residents, and work implementation involving strenuous physical activity including operating a chainsaw for multiple hours at a time, and lifting and carrying heavy items like logs and branches over rugged, precipitous, and sometimes unstable terrain. The incumbent should have the ability to operate 4WD vehicles, trailers, and wood chippers, use and repair power and hand tools and equipment, and utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety techniques. The incumbent may work in remote field settings for extended periods of time and will need to be able to function well in a group setting as well as independently. The incumbent will implement safety awareness into all aspects of program operations. The position will be cross-trained in all aspects of the vegetation program, with a focus on the park's developed areas, including: nursery management, invasive plant management, site restoration, site monitoring, and other resource management projects as assigned. Some work may include planting native species with hand tools, watering, removing invasive species, collecting seed and other plant materials, and collecting detailed data. The incumbent should be able to independently identify native and non-native plants. The incumbent will help to coordinate and supervise volunteer work groups, directing the work of 2 to 30 people when working with volunteer groups and other park staff. The position will implement action plans and complete field data sheets. This position will also assist with data entry and basic office duties, often performing routine tasks for extended periods of time. They will assist with public involvement and education regarding vegetation and tree management and monitoring. In order to accomplish these duties the incumbent must be able to independently operate and maintain monitoring equipment, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), have a basic knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and will utilize various computer systems and software. Incumbent will work closely at times with various park divisions, service organizations, and volunteers.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work us performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

AREA/HOUSING INFORMATION: This position is stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

Employees obtain housing either through a bid system or by assignment into shared furnished quarters.   Because of limited housing, when an employees is assigned shared quarters, the park is not able to provide accommodations for family member and pets.   For additional housing information contact the park Housing Office at 928-638-7796.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  Friday, April 26, 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 for this Biological Science Technician (Hazard Tree), GS-0404-05 position you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal service. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Biological Science Technician. Examples of qualifying 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. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience..  *OR*
You must have successfully completed 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 biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, mathematics, etc. At least six semester hours were directly related to this position (i.e., wildlife conservation, plant taxonomy, botany, forestry, plant ecology, etc.).  *OR*
You must possess a combination of experience and education.


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

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 of hazard tree identification through knowledge of tree structure, forest insect and disease, tree species identification.   Knowledge of hazard tree management using a wide variety of field tools and equipment, including chainsaws and wood chippers.   Ability to complete very physical work on a daily basis in a wide variety of weather conditions.  
  • Knowledge and skills to safely manage risk and effectively direct, train, and counsel the day-to-day work performance of interns and volunteers or cooperate with other park work groups.   Ability to adaptively manage safety and risk and alter work plans when necessary. Ability to maintain awareness of liability for damages to property.
  • Ability to comfortably speak in front of small to large groups.   Knowledge and skills to present tree management decisions and resource management material to diverse audiences.   Knowledge of computer word processing software and spreadsheets.
  • Experience and knowledge of safety mechanisms used when handling trucks, 4WD vehicles, and trailers.   Skilled in equipment and tool care and repair, including chainsaws, hand saws, cross cut saws, and other hand tools, and ability use all tools with best safety precautions.   Ability to ensure safe work practices in crew settings during field operations.

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: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to www.opm.gov/ctap

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 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 26, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , 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.

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 879371.
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 26, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christina J. Shuman
Phone: (928)638-7404
Email: CHRISTINA_SHUMAN@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office
MAIL 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 13-097 DEU-TMP

Control Number:

342111800