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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician GS-0404-6

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AZSHRO13-099 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:

$34,907.00 to $34,907.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 26, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 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 http://nps.gov.

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.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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Water Resources Monitoring - Conducts water monitoring at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, including monitoring as part the Lake Powell Beach Monitoring Program. Work involves collecting water samples and conducting bacterial analysis, operating standard laboratory equipment, using computers to manage data and to produce reports, managing laboratory records, and collecting water quality parameters in the field using portable equipment. Routine operation of motorboats is required following successful completion of the DOI Motorboat Operator Certification Course.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Duties may require strenuous outdoor work where incumbent may be subject to heat and inclement weather.  Activities such as hiking, climbing, boating, and carrying equipment may be required.  Incumbent must be in adequate health and physical condition for such activities.  Other tasks may be sedentary. 

 

WORK ENVIROMENT: Work is performed outdoors and indoors.  Indoor work will generally be in an office or laboratory.  Travel in watercraft and fixed-wind aircraft will be necessary on occasion.

 

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION:

One position will be duty stationed in Page, AZ and one position will be duty stationed in Bullfrog, UT.

Page, AZ has a population of approximately 8000 year-round residents and 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 NP, Zion NP, Bryce NP, Arches NP, and Canyonlands NP, to name several. Page offers normal community amenities such as shopping, medical, and dental facilities, public library, schools K-12 and college courses available through the local Coconino Community College. The area enjoys typical high desert climate with temperatures ranging from 100+ during the summer, to mid-teens in the winter with low humidity and sunshine most days of the year. Elevation in Page is 4300 feet above sea level. Government housing is limited, but may be available. If you have an RV, spots may be available. Contact the Housing Officer, Candy Poulson at 928-608-6342 for additional housing information.

 

Bullfrog 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, urgent care clinic, and a K-12 school. Teacher/student ratio is one teacher per 2-5 students. Full service communities are in Blanding, Utah (90 miles) and Monticello, Utah (115 miles) which has dentists and a small hospital. 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. Bullfrog is an active outdoor community and social events are common. Government housing is limited, but may be available. Contact Housing Officer, Candy Poulson at 928-608-6342 for further information. If you have an RV, spots may be available. Depending on your service provider cell phone and internet service may be available, but due to the remote nature of this duty location it is likely that service would be spotty and should not be considered a guarantee.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, May 09, 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-06: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level. Examples of specialized experience may include: performing water resource monitoring, wildlife monitoring, vegetation monitoring, coordinating field research activities, organizing logistical data, data collection, reading of instruments, monitoring conditions of sites, field measurements of water quality parameters such as turbidity/temperatures, using optical and photographic instruments during wildlife monitoring, sampling transects during vegetation monitoring projects, use of standard laboratory equipment and knowledge of sterile techniques, knowledge of biology and ecology, etc.

 

AND/OR Education: successfully completed at least one semester of graduate level education with a major study in a related field such as natural resource management or other related sciences. One semester of graduate education is considered to be 9 semester hours.(You must submit a copy of your transcripts to receive credit for your 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

1. 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.

2. Limited travel will be required for this position.

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 and skill in procedures and practices of a laboratory that conducts public health microbiological analysis. Knowledge of requirements for the operation of a federal or state certified laboratory. Ability to meet standards to maintain laboratory certification and high quality results. Knowledge of techniques used in maintaining bacterial cultures sterile technique, using and maintaining laboratory equipment.

  • Skill and ability to plan, organize, and conduct fieldwork for water quality monitoring. Ability to carry out successful and safe field and laboratory operations. Ability to operate motorboats.

  • Skill and ability using word processing software, spreadsheets, and databases. Skill and ability using global positioning systems (GPS) to navigate to and record locations. Skill and ability to produce maps using geographic information systems (GIS).

  •  Ability and skill consolidating data, preparing figures, maintaining accurate records and preparing reports.  Skill using statistical software programs.

 

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.

8. Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.



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 Thursday, May 09, 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 880102.
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 Thursday, May 09, 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:

Mark Anderson
Phone: (928)608-6266
Email: MARK_ANDERSON@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
PO Box 1507
Page, AZ
86040

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:

AZSHRO13-099 DEU-TMP

Control Number:

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