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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Soils), GS-0404-07
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Hiring Organization:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AKRO1000765DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.98 to $21.98 / Per Hour
Monday, January 13, 2014 to Monday, January 27, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Copper Center, AK View Map
Fairbanks, AK View Map
McKinley Park, AK View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


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.

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide exciting recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places.  We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (Soils) positions.  The number, type, location, and start/stop dates of the positions are dependent upon individual unit needs. Availability of government housing, day care facilities and other items will vary by location. All locations offer excellent recreational and work opportunities.

The parks recruiting through this announcement are listed below. The approximate start/stop dates for the positions are listed in parentheses.  The dates are approximate and may change based on funding, weather, work, and other circumstances.  When you apply online, you will be asked to specify the location(s) where you would like to work. You can select some or all of the locations. 


Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve- Fairbanks, (May-Oct)-


Wrangell- St. Elias National Park and Preserve- Copper Center (May- Oct)-

Denali National Park and Preserve - (apply under McKinley Park, AK) (May-Oct) -

In rare cases this appointment may be extended beyond the not to exceed date. When selected, employees may be noncompetitively hired for subsequent summer seasons in the same position at the same location. 

Housing is available at Denali National Park and Preserve - Denali, AK  and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Copper Center, AK.

Government housing is NOT available at Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, Fairbanks, AK.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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The person selected for this position will function as crew leader and team member for the vegetation monitoring program of the National Park Service, in Alaska.

The Biological Technician (Soils) is part of a team responsible for implementation of an ambitious field vegetation sampling program developed by the NPS science staff.  This program consists of establishing and sampling a network of permanent plots that represent all of the major environments across the National Park Service lands in Alaska.

The person selected for this position is responsible for implementation of the vegetation monitoring program.  Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans complex field travel and equipment logistics
  • Performs fieldwork as a team leader of 3 or 4 people while living for prolonged periods in wilderness camp
  • Digs soil pits and describes soils and site characteristics
  • Plant identification
  • Quantitative measurement of trees and other site variables
  • Use of advanced technology such as electronic data collectors, GPS, and digital cameras
  • Data entry and error-checking
  • Completes draft reports describing field activities and results


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To qualify, you must meet the requirements listed below.

Specialized Experience and/or Education:  You must have certain higher level education or specialized experience to qualify for the GS-07 grade level of this position. This qualifying education and/or experience can be met through any of the following:

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position. Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: planning and assisting others in complex field travel and equipment logistics; performing remote fieldwork as a part of a small team; describing soils and site characteristics, and identifying plants without direct supervision; measuring tree diameters and locations; using, troubleshooting, and assisting others in the use of electronic data recorders, GPS, and digital cameras; entering and error-checking their own and other's data. Providing leadership to small teams, and leading small teams in remote wilderness settings; OR

You must have successfully completed one year (18 semester hours) of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, OR

You must have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate level education for example you have 6 months of specialized experience (50% experience) and 14 semester hours (50% education) of graduate level education which is directly related to the position.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by either 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. This evaluation must be provided with your resume by the closing date of the announcement.  If it is not, your education will not be considered and you may not qualify for the position. 

Click here for more information - Foreign education




Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, and qualifications specified in the announcement by the closing date, Monday, January 27, 2014.

Pre-employment drug testing.

Carry a firearm while performing duties and maintain firearm proficiency. Employees serving in such positions must be free of any domestic violence convictions. 

Valid driver's license.

Wear the National Park Service uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.  A uniform allowance will be provided if you are required to wear a uniform.

Work nights, early mornings, rotating shifts, holidays, overtime, and weekends.

Travel may be required, sometimes up to 2 weeks in length.

Carry heavy items while walking over rough terrain for extended periods.

Travel in motorized or non motorized boats (kayak, canoe, raft); travel in a small single-engine aircraft; or operate an all terrain vehicle (ATV).


Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.  A panel may be used to review and rank your application.

KSA-1 Skill in description of soils by standard USDA Soil Survey Manual methods

KSA-2 Skill in quantitative field measurements of plants and site characteristics using diverse methodologies

KSA-3 Ability to carry out fieldwork safely and effectively in remote backcountry with inclement weather and challenging terrain.

KSA-4 Skill in data entry and organization 

The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application.

 Basis for Rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

        Best Qualified - 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.

        Well Qualified - 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.

        Qualified - 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.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans).


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You can review our benefits at:

The salary shown includes base pay, locality pay and a cost of living allowance of 7.18% for this duty station. Pay is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or a statewide sales tax.

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Depending on the tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday, night or hazardous work and /or Federal holidays. Flexible work schedules may be available.


Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected.


Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


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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 View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 1000765. Fax your documents by the closing date to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:  

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

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Monday, January 27, 2014.


If you have questions about this announcement call AK HR Assistant at (907)644-3828 or email AKR_USA_STAFFING@NPS.GOV prior to Monday, January 27, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1000765 when emailing or calling.


-Resume showing relevant experience - should include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) Help with writing your resume click here. Want to understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-Transcripts: unofficial or official college transcripts or a list of completed course work including level of courses, credits and grades received. (if using to qualify based on education)


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. 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 your most recent Performance Rating and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 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. 8837(h) or 8456. 


AK HR Assistant
Phone: (907)644-3828
Agency Information:
Alaska Regional Office
NPS Alaska Regional Office
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an acknowledgement email.  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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