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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWRC-13-OC-0103

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$27,990.00 to $27,990.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 03, 2013 to Monday, June 17, 2013
Part Time 32 hours - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Strong City, KS United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America. Join the National Park Service and 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 here.

Work for America at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve restoring native grass to areas; you will identify native prairie plants, and perform non-native plant management. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located in the Flint Hills of Chase County, just north of Strong City, Kansas. Chase County is rural and lightly populated. Major groceries, medical and dental services are located in Emporia, Kansas (20 miles distant). Climate is considered moderate, with average precipitation of over 30 inches. Rentals and houses for sale are plentiful in Emporia but  limited in Chase County.   
Click: "PRINT PREVIEW" To view full announcement.  Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) is:  901200.
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with part-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1039 hours in a service year and 64 hours per pay period. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.
Aniticipated Entrance on Duty date is: Mid-July 2013.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Favorable adjudicated background investigation
  • Valid state driver's license
  • Wear a NPS uniform and comply with uniform standards
  • Government housing is not available


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You will be working individually and with others to coordinate prairie restoration activities on disturbed land. Activities include collecting seed, managing non-native plants, preparing the sites for planting, planting seed, maintaining a seed harvest database, and completing an annual report on prairie restoration activities. Seed collection activities involve identifying native tallgrass prairie plant species, identifying the appropriate time to harvest seed, and hand work collecting, sorting, drying, and planting seed. Non-native plant management includes following NPS guidelines for Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM work will be coordinated with other park staff and the Exotic Plant Management Team. IPM procedures include documenting non-native plant species and locations, identifying best treatment methods based on species and location, and documenting chemical and mechanical plant treaments using GPS, GIS, and database equipment. Additional prairie restoration work involves the use of a variety of equipment including chainsaws, spray equipment, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), UTVs and 4x4 vehicles. You will also be working with others to observe natural resource conditions, collect, record and analyze data, prepare reports, and identify common wildlife and vegetation. You will provide prairie restoration information to park interpretive staff and assist with natural resource citizen science field events.
WORK CONDITIONS:  Work is performed in the field and indoors.  Field work includes exposure to extreme and sometimes harsh weather conditions - temperatures can be up to 120 degrees, and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects and wild animals.  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items 50 pounds or more must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, June 17, 2013. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website  at:   Applicants must possess six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience for a total of one year of experience; or two years of college study as identified below, or an equivalent combination of the two by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered. Specialized experience must be equivalent in nature to work performed at the GS-03 grade level in the federal government.
General Experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.
Specialized Experience is work involving one or more aspects of field based natural resource management such as: assisting with established natural resource management projects; following instructions and standardized procedures, collecting and organizing field data.  Records all data collected including spatial data and photopoints.  Assits in the preparation of reports, plans and guidelines. Excess specialized experience can substitute for general experience, but general experience cannot substitute for the six months of specialized experience required.
Substitution of Education: Successful completion of two full years of college-level study from an accredited college or university which included at least 12 semester hours of coursework in directly-related subjects such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least six semester hours of these courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled (for example, in plant or botany-related subjects). In crediting education, one year of undergraduate college study is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. You must show this on your transcripts.
Combination of Education and Experience: You also qualify at this grade level if you have less than the full amount of education or experience listed above but have an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified. For example, six months of general or specialized experience as defined above (50% of the experience requirement) and one year of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least six semester hours of related coursework (50% of the related coursework required), of which at least three semester hours was in plant or botany-related subjects, meets the qualification requirements for the GS-04 grade level. QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational assessment questionnaire. Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, 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.

1. Department of the Interior employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.
2. Tour of Duty will be Monday through Friday, 64 hours a pay period; every two weeks.


The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience. Method of rating will be Category based. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates into three 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.
You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points. The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following Tasks. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational assessment questionnaire was developed from these Tasks:

  • Perform native prairie restoration and management
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner
  • Provides instruction and support to cooperating scientists, natural resource volunteers and others
  • Proforms tasks safely and efficiently
  • Utilizes a variety of computer hardware and software
  • Works individually and as part of a team to collect data and conduct prairie management


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:


1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. You must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified - have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans' Preference points for this vacancy. Eligibility information is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website:
2. Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the type of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. Your Veterans' Preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For more information on Veterans' Preference please visit: .
3. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.
4. Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee, unless otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations (i.e., current career/career-conditional federal employee). No guaranteed home sale.


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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. To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
* 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 assessment questionnaire.
* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is complete and submitted prior to Monday, June 17, 2013. 
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, 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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 901200.
2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, or you receive a email stating there was a technical problem, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 17, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed. 
To complete the occupational assessment 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
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. 
For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at:
DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


The following documents are required: Resumes must include personal information, education, work experience: including dates of employment - month and year, and hours worked per week, and other qualifications pertinent to the position. Applications lacking required information will be considered ineligible.
1. Resume: Showing detailed relevant experience. Your experience must verify the answers given on the occupational assessment questionnaire. YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).
2. Qualifications: Complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire.
3. Transcripts: If using for qualifications.
4. SF-50: Federal employees must submit proof of their status: SF-50 showing current grade and tenure, and an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held, if different. Awards' SF-50s will not be considered as proof of status.
5. Legible copies of DD-214s: showing honorable or general discharge if claiming Veterans' Preference/VEOA. If claiming veterans' preference as a disabled Veteran or other Veterans eligible for 10 point preference, include a SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference form with required proof as stated.
6. CTAP/ICTAP documentation if applicable.
7. Selective Factor documents if applicable.


Kay Laughlin
Phone: (314)655-1602
Agency Information:
Midwest Region Central SHRO
Mailed Applications Can Not Be Accepted
Saint Louis, MO


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.

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