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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Fisheries)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:AZSHRO 13-122 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:

Monday, July 29, 2013 to Wednesday, August 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Intermittent - Temporary

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Grand Canyon, AZ United StatesView Map
Flagstaff, 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 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 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.

For position specific information contact Emily Omana Smith 928-638-7477

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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These GS-06 Intermittent Lead Biological Science Technicians (Fisheries) will serve as members of the park's Science and Resource Management division. The lead fisheries technicians are necessary to lead field crews working on established projects that occur sporadically throughout the year.There is no guarantee of work during any year and no housing is provided for these Flagstaff and/or South Rim-based positions.

These positions will work on fisheries projects within the Science and Resource Management division of Grand Canyon National Park. Lead technicians work under the direction of a resource management specialist or resource manager as lead field crew member, or independently. These specific positions will focus on native fish restoration, with a specific emphasis on two projects:   humpback chub translocations and the Bright Angel Creek trout reduction project. Duties may include: assisting aquatic surveys; participating in long term monitoring of fisheries projects; conducting removals of non-native fish species; field data collection; office data entry and analysis; determining compliance with established guidelines; preparing and maintaining field equipment; and providing outreach information to diverse stakeholders. The incumbents may help to coordinate and supervise volunteer work groups of up to 10 people and assist with the general coordination of field activities and logistics under the direction of a resource specialist.

These positions will also assist with public involvement and education regarding resource management and monitoring. 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 equipment, and utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety techniques. The incumbents will often work in very remote field settings for extended periods of time under adverse conditions and will need to be able to function well in a group setting. The incumbents will implement safety awareness into all aspects ofprogram operations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in an office, laboratory and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION:

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 Villagehas 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 consists 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.

Flagstaff, Arizona has a population of approximately 55,000 and is at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Flagstaffis located 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Clear, sunny days with low relative humidity characterize Flagstaff’s climate. Summers are warm with high temperatures in the 80’s and frequent afternoon monsoon thunderstorms. Winters are cold with temperatures averaging in the 20’s, and snow averaging around 80 inches. Flagstaffoffers complete medical, dental and shopping services, along with excellent educational opportunities at Northern Arizona Universityand Coconino Community College. The country that surrounds Flagstaff is some of the most fascinating and beautiful in the southwest. A day on the road may take you from lush, green forests to the rugged, colorful desert. Several Indian Reservations, the San Francisco Peaks, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, several national monuments and parks including Grand Canyon National Park known throughout the world for its overwhelming size, intricate and colorful landscape and is one of the most spectacular examples of arid land erosions in the world.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  Wednesday, August 07, 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 position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: field work in fisheries studies, ability to identify fish species, conducting electro fishing, trap netting, monitor fish populations and collecting field data and entering data into a database application. OR
You must have successfully completed at least 1/2 year (9 semester hours) of graduate level coursework. NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. OR
You must have a combination of specialized experience as described in A above and education as described in B above. Note: In combining education with specialized experience for the GS-6 requirements, only graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position counts towards the specialized experience required. For this substitution at GS-6, one quarter year (5 semester hours) is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience. EXAMPLE: 6 months of specialized experience as described above (50% of the experience requirement), and one quarter year of graduate coursework from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) This totals 100% of the requirements and meets the qualification requirements for GS-6 grade level.


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

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.  

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 established practices, procedures, and techniques of the fisheries program. Knowledge of data collection techniques. Ability to follow detailed sampling procedures, train others to accurately follow procedures, and recognize departures from established quality control/quality assurance guidelines.
  • Knowledge of routine natural resource management practices, methods, and procedures, and basic knowledge of related regulations. Basic understanding of natural resource management principles and techniques to support, understand, and relate results to the broader natural resource function. Knowledge of database management, word processing, and specialized software programs essential to resource management activities.
  • Ability to communicate information in a clear and concise manner, including the ability to develop reports and present information.
  • Ability to install, operate, and maintain equipment, including sampling equipment.

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 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 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.



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 Wednesday, August 07, 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 927872.
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 Wednesday, August 07, 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:

Christina J. Shuman
Phone: (928)638-7404
Email: CHRISTINA_SHUMAN@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Arizona Servicing Human Resources Office
MAIL NOT
ACCEPTED, AZ
86001

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:

AZSHRO 13-122 DEU-TMP

Control Number:

347743400