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Job Title:  Biologist (Vegetation)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-118 DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Friday, September 27, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Canyon, AZ United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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 announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number (AZSHRO 13-045 MP).  Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.


This position is career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks but generally not more than 48 weeks a year. Actual work schedule and period of furlough is contingent upon funding and operational needs.

For position specific information contact Lori Makarick 928-638-7455.


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


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This position will serve as a Biologist (Vegetation) within the Vegetation Program of the Science and Resource Management Division of Grand Canyon National Park, which is a fast-paced, complex, and nationally recognized program. This position requires the incumbent to exercise independent action that demonstrates skill in a wide range of concepts, principles, and projects, with a specific focus on practical knowledge of technical methods of ecological restoration, native habitat revegetation, vegetation surveying, and resource monitoring. The incumbent will be responsible for program development and implementation under the direction of the park's Vegetation Program Manager, and will be required to develop annual work plans, to review and adhere to NEPA compliance documents, to assist with the preparation of NEPA documents, to compile and analyze field data, and to independently prepare scientific and agency reports. This position will be required to prepare and pursue grant applications to fund scientific research projects. The employee will be required to collaborate with other agencies' resource managers and park partners to achieve the complete range of ecosystem protection objectives. The incumbent must be able to independently identify native and non-native plants. The position will be cross-trained in all aspects of the vegetation program including exotic plant management and native plant propagation. The incumbent will help to coordinate and supervise volunteer work groups, directing the work of up to 30 people when working with volunteer groups. The incumbent will also direct the work of up to 6 subordinate positions during the season. The position will implement action plans, complete field data sheets, and complete entry and management, often performing routine tasks for extended periods of time. They will be responsible for public involvement and education regarding native habitat restoration and vegetation monitoring. In order to accomplish these duties the incumbent must be able to independently operate and maintain monitoring equipment, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), 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. The incumbents should have the ability to operate 4WD vehicles, use and care for tools and equipment, and utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety techniques. The incumbent will spend a majority of their time in the developed areas of the park, but will also work in remote back-county field settings for extended periods of time. The incumbent 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, and will be responsible for giving safety trainings and ensuring crew accountability for following proper procedures.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, caves, firelines, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible and would require the completion of required training.

AREA INFORMATION/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 consist 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.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, July 29, 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 Biologist (Vegetation) position you must meet the basic education by having successfully completed a full 4-year bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your school transcript(s) to show you meet the basic education requirement. Transcripts do not need to be official. OR
By having a combination of 4 years of education and experience which included courses equivalent to a major in any of the fields listed in A above (typically 24 semester hours is considered equivalent to a major in a field of study), plus appropriate experience or addition education, to total 4 years. In crediting undergraduate education, one academic year of education is 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your school transcript(s) to show you meet the basic education requirement. Transcripts do not need to be official.
In addition to the basic education requirement described in above, you must have at least 1 year of specialized experience as a Biologist or in a directly related field in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. At the GS-07 grade level the incumbent has basic knowledge of management concepts, principles, and practices; biological, agricultural, natural, and pertinent aspects of social, behavioral, cultural, and economic sciences; theories, concepts, and practices of conserving, utilizing, and sustaining natural, physical, and cultural resources of forests and associated land and water; fire ecology; and public recreational needs in terms of cultural, sociological, educational, and historical factors. concepts, principles, and practices. OR
You must have successfully completed 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree in a discipline directly related to this position. You must submit a copy of your school transcript(s) with your application/resume. Note: Transcripts do not need to be official. OR
You must have a combination of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to the work of the work of this position and graduate level education that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. You must submit a copy of your school transcript(s) with your application/resume. Note: Transcripts do not need to be official.


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.


1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. 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. 

3. Position may require some travel.


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 and proven skills in developing and implementing native habitat restoration work plans and adhering to NEPA compliance documents; practical knowledge of technical methods of ecological restoration, native habitat revegetation, vegetation surveying, and resource monitoring; proven skills in developing and implementing vegetation monitoring programs.
  • Knowledge and skills to effectively supervise, schedule, direct, train, counsel and evaluate the work performance of subordinate staff and volunteers; ability to work independently in outdoor environments and also function efficiently in a group setting; knowledge of remote backcountry travel, rough terrain travel, wilderness medical, and safe procedures to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Proven ability to communicate native habitat restoration and overall vegetation management activities in writing, including the preparation of correspondence, grant proposals, work plans, compliance documents, and project reports; proven ability to effectively communicate verbally to individuals, small groups, and large audiences.
  • Knowledge and ability to develop guidelines for and collect biological field data, to independently identify plants to species level using dichotomous keys, to utilize GPS units and GIS software to collect and manage spatial data, and to utilize statistical software and MS SQL or similar database software.
  • 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 who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to 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.


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    The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

    Flexible Spending Accounts

    Health Insurance


    Life Insurance

    Long Term Care Insurance

    Retirement Program

    NOTE: Retirement contributions into the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) have changed for National Park Service employees who will be hired after January 1, 2013. New full-time employees will have to pay higher employee contributions, an increase of 2.3 percent of salary.  New FERS employees will contribute 3.1% into the FERS pension fund and new Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters will contribute 3.6% into the FERS pension fund. To read more about the law, go to


    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 80 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

    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

    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:

    5. Relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

    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.


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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 Monday, July 29, 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, , 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 920652.
    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 Monday, July 29, 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
    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:
    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

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


    Christina J. Shuman
    Phone: (928)638-7404
    Agency Information:
    Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office


    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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