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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Water Quality)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R4-13-880844-NM-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$36,934.00 to $53,360.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE NTE 13 month

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boynton Beach, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

This vacancy is located within the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida.  This is a TERM position.

 

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation). 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation Required

DUTIES:

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  • Incumbent has experience in dealing with South Florida water quality issues and the effects of altered water quality and hydrology on fish, wildlife, and their habitats.
  • Work cooperatively with project personnel and other staff.
  • Coordinates field activities and communicates results and findings to staff and other personnel.
  • Writes and develops reports, plans, and correspondence related to refuge activities.
  • Proficient in the use of refuge equipment including boats, ATV's, data loggers including hydrolabs, and pH and conductivity probes, and GPS devices.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.  This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

 

Minimum qualifications for the GS-0404 Occupational Series at the GS-06 grade level:

A.  Completion of at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education that is directly related to this position

OR

B.  Possession of at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include collecting biological data, sampling and monitoring water quality, and developing reports and other illustrations

 

OR

 

C.  An equivalent combination of graduate education as described in A above AND qualifying specialized experience at the GS-5 grade level as described in B above.

 

 

Minimum qualifications for the GS-0404 Occupational Series at the GS-07 grade level:

A.  Completion of at least 18 semester hours of graduate level education that is directly related to this position.

OR

 

B.  Possession of at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include performing a variety of computations, collecting and assessing biological data, and assisting in the planning and implementation of wildlife and water quality studies.

 

OR

 

C.  An equivalent combination of graduate education as described in A above AND qualifying specialized experience at the GS-6 grade level as described in B above.

 

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. 

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire


The employee selected will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

 

The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

 

The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

 

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 

 

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-critical sensitive.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a limited background investigation prior to appointment.

 

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

 

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 

 

1.  Knowledge of water quality monitoring methods, practices and procedures in low nutrient wetlands.

 

2.  Knowledge of the principles and practices related to environmental science and wildlife.

 

3.  Ability to communicate orally.

 

4.  Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

 

 

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.  If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

 

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

 

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).



HOW TO APPLY:

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

 

1. Your Résumé
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   Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 

There are two methods to apply on-line:

 

Method 1:  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. 

 

Method 1 is recommended for those who may be interested in applying for multiple vacancy announcements and those who need assistance in preparing a resume.

 

Method 2: This method will allow you to bypass the USAJOBS user log in and resume builder feature to go directly to the online occupational questionnaire and then upload your resume from your personal word processing file. Click this link to complete the occupational questionnaire for this position.    https://applicationmanager.gov/

 

Method 2 is recommended for those who already have a resume available in a personal word processing file.

 

Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:  https://applicationmanager.gov/.

 

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 880844

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you cannot apply online:

 

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire


2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire

http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/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.

 

DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.     Resume

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

4.     Veteran's documentation (if applicable)

 

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 https://applicationmanager.gov/ 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 Vacancy Identification Number                  880844

·   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: Uploading your documents is the most efficient way to apply and will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Christina N. Martinez
Phone: (505)248-6861
Email: CHRISTINA_NICOLE_MARTINEZ@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Resources
500 Gold Ave SW Rm 5222
Albuquerque, NM
87102

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 the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

R4-13-880844-NM-DEU

Control Number:

344021200