This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-13-913550-RM

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 $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, July 11, 2013 to Thursday, July 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Calipatria, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us? Click here to watch short podcasts called Meet Your New Boss! and Diversity is our Strength

This position is located at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Calipatria, California.  For information about the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, go to: http://www.fws.gov/saltonsea/

 

As a Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), you will provide technical support and assistance to biologists in completing all phases of a wildlife biological study or project including field work, summarization and analysis of data and completion of reports or other documents related to the project.  You will also be responsible for maintaining several seasonal wetlands, actively managing forage crops for wintering waterfowl and controlling invasive plants.       

 

This is a TERM position not-to-exceed 13 months, but may be extended without further competition for a total appointment not-to-exceed 4 years. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Trial period is required
  • Valid driver's license is required
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
  • Direct deposit of your salary is required
  • Drug-testing designated position. Subject to random drug testing.

DUTIES:

Back to top

    Conducts biological surveys (observing, monitoring, and recording a wide variety of data) following established data collection techniques to document species occurrence, abundance, and distribution.  
    Monitors native plants to assess response to treatments.
    Performs noxious weed/exotic plant control using chemical and/or mechanical control methods.
    Operates motorboats and airboats to assist research, outreach, and disease surveillance efforts.
    Provides temporary care to sick/injured/orphaned birds in preparation for transfer to professional wildlife rehabilitators.
    Collects, stores, organizes and summarizes data using a variety of database software programs.
    Operates farm type tractors with attachments such as rotary mowers, sprayers, discs, native grass drills, front-loader, back hoes, etc.
    If selected at the GS-5 or 6 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Back to top

You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, applicants must meet the basic requirements specified under either A, B, or C below:

 

A.  At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the federal service.  Qualifying experience includes work as part of a field crew or assisting in conducting wildlife census surveys; identifying species from pictures, field guides, and written descriptions; performing noxious weed control; and collecting, organizing, and summarizing data.
                                                                --OR--

B.  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study, or at least 24 semester hours, in scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must have been directly related to the position, such as wildlife management, wildlife biology, ornithology, mammalogy, animal ecology, zoology, herpetology, avian ecology, etc. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on education.
                                                                --OR--

C.   Have an equivalent combination of education and experience as described in A and B above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. The applicant's total qualifying experience and education will be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

 

To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level, applicants must meet the basic requirements specified under either A, B, or C below:

 

A.  At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the federal service.  Qualifying experience includes leading field crew or working independently conducting wildlife census surveys or other wildlife studies, and collecting, organizing, and summarizing data for reports; and performing noxious weed control.

                                                                 --OR--

B.  Successful completion of 1/2 year of graduate education (9 semester/13.5 hours or the school’s equivalent) in an accredited college or university that included courses directly related to the occupation, such as wildlife management, wildlife biology, ornithology, mammalogy, animal ecology, zoology, herpetology, avian ecology, etc.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on education.

                                                                 --OR--

C.   Have an equivalent combination of education and experience as described in A and B above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. The applicant's total qualifying experience and education will be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

 

To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level, applicants must meet the basic requirements specified under either A, B, or C below:

 

A. At least 1 year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level in the federal service.  Qualifying experience includes  planning and implementation of wildlife censuses and surveys; planning multifaceted wildlife studies; monitoring in the control of wildlife, plant disease outbreaks, and pest plant control; summarizing and analyzing data and writing reports.
                                                                 --OR--

B.  Successful completion of 1 year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours or the school’s equivalent) in an accredited college or university that included courses directly related to the occupation, such as wildlife management, wildlife biology, ornithology, mammalogy, animal ecology, zoology, herpetology, avian ecology, etc. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on education.

                                                                 --OR--

C.  Have an equivalent combination of education and experience as described in A and B above, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. The applicant's total qualifying experience and education will be determined as percentages. The two percentages will be added together and must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.  You must submit a copy of your transcripts to qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

 

When meeting qualification requirements with specialized experience:  YOUR RESUME MUST REFLECT THE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIRED for this position.  In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and average hours per week) spent in such activities.  Please be clear and specific; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience. 

 

NOTE:  All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify (including current and former employees) must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s)(s) and grade point average or class ranking.  Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.  If any required course work is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited. 

 


Transcripts:  Copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; however, if selected, complete official transcripts from the college or university are required. 

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed/gov/admins.finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign Education:  You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States.  For more information, see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

If it the applicant's responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying. 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below: 

  • Knowledge of wildlife species to conduct biological surveys.
  • Knowledge of plant identification and invasive species control.
  • Ability to collect, record, and summarize data.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
    We will then place you in one of three categories:
  • Qualified:  Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
  • Well Qualified:  Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • Best Qualified:  Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

 

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume.  Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.

 

NOTE: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

Application of Veterans’ Preference:  Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.


BENEFITS:

Back to top

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For more information about these benefits, please visit http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

You will earn Social Security credit while working for the Federal government.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Appointment Type:  This is a Term appointment not-to-exceed 13 months.  Initial appointment may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Veterans Preference:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which shows your character of service (member 4 copy) or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must also submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  For more information about veterans visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.  The SF-15 form can be found on OPM's website at:  http://www.opm.gov/Forms/html/sf.asp.    

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Program (ICTAP):  Documents needed to receive consideration under CTAP/ICTAP are: 

  1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702:  (e.g., one of the following:  RIF separation notice; Notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM notice of termination of disability annuity; or certification of a Military reserve technician or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity.
  2. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, sufficient to show all of the following:  1) that you held career or career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record.  NOTE:  You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal.  This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:  1.  Travel to and from the islands, by small boat (non-motorized), involves the risk of capsizing especially in high surf conditions.  2.  Work is performed outside and extremely hot work conditions (110 degrees +) may be encountered.  3.  Swimming is a requirement of this position.  4.  Repeated lifting over 50 pounds.  5.  Working alone at remote sites.   

Other Requirements (Conditions of Employment):  1.  Uniform Requirement - this position requires wearing an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife uniform.  2.  Driver's License - in order to perform the duties of the position, incumbent must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.  3.  Motorized Boat Operation/Drug Testing - due to the requirement for motorized boat operation, this is a drug-testing designated position.  The incumbent of this position is subject to random drug testing.  



HOW TO APPLY:

Back to top

You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Thursday, July 18, 2013.

To begin the process, 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.

 

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  The vacancy ID for this job is 913550. 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, and

2. Print this OPM Form OPM 1203 fx to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

For this job announcement, the following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:50 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement: 

  1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.  (USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume)
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire;
  3. Transcripts, if qualifying based on education;
  4. If applicable, Veteran’s preference documentation (member 4 copy of DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate)  See "Other Information" section of the announcement; and,
  5. If applicable, Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred.  See "Other Information" section of the announcement and http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.


If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.  No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.


If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

 

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 913550.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Rebecca Marshall
Phone: (503)231-6136
TDD: 503-231-5166
Email: REBECCA_MARSHALL@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR
97232

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (
913550) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.


Back to top
Dock
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:

R8-13-913550-RM

Control Number:

347272200