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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AKRO1004257DEED

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.65 to $21.98 / Per Hour
Monday, January 13, 2014 to Monday, January 27, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Bartlett Cove, AK View Map
Copper Center, AK View Map
Fairbanks, AK View Map
McKinley Park, AK View Map
Seward, AK View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Alaska's National Parks are exceptionally beautiful, provide excellent recreational opportunities, and offer highly rewarding work in amazing places. We are currently soliciting applications to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (Plant General Fish Wildlife) positions at some locations.  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. 


Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska (April - Sept)

Central Alaska Network, Fairbanks AK (May - Sept) 

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

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve - (Bartlett Cove, AK (May-Oct) -

Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Copper Center, AK) (May - Sep) -


Government housing may be available in Copper Center and Seward, AK.

Government housing is not available Fairbanks, AK.

Government housing is available in Glacier Bay (Bartlett Cove) and Denali, AK.


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.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on the park.


  • 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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As a GS-07 Biological technician you will be expected to provide leadership for field vegetation monitoring crew but will work under the direct supervision of the program leader in lab and office situations. Your duties will include collection of vegetation and environmental data in permanent plots, and also preparing reports and summaries of the field data that you collect. To perform duties effectively, you will need to be an experienced field botanist, with the ability to recognize most plant species to species-level in the field (including many moss and lichen species). You will be required to collect herbarium-quality plant voucher specimens and take detailed data on vegetation communities without direct supervision.  You will perform data entry using multiple software platforms, and be required to query and summarized field data entered into, project databases. You will frequently work with less experienced staff than yourself to provide guidance and leadership for field studies. Attention to detail and the ability to work in demanding field conditions carrying a heavy backpack and other field sampling equipment over steep and uneven terrain, including long periods in inclement weather. You will be expected to measure tree diameter and heights and should be familiar with traditional forest mensuration methods, and assist in training other staff in these techniques. You may also assist with special projects including forest disturbance/fuels inventories, wetland studies, alpine monitoring and invasive plant management. Work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking and bending often required. Heavy items (packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis, e.g., overnight backpack trips, 2 – 10 days in duration. You may be required to carry a 60 lb. pack for up to 15 miles per day and to hike in steep, uneven terrain, often in poor weather. Camping and hiking is often in country with high densities of brown or black bears. You may be required to complete a firearm safety certification prior to starting field work.


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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:

Specialized Experience: One year of full-time specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level (GS-06 Advanced Technician level) in the Federal service performing duties such as planning field projects and collecting and summarizing field data; using taxonomic keys to identify vascular and non-vascular (lichens, bryophytes) in the field; using compound and dissecting microscopes and taxonomic keys to identify vascular and non-vascular species in the lab; collecting and preparing large numbers of herbarium-quality specimens of vascular and non-vascular plants; preparing draft project reports;   installing, operating, and maintaining equipment (e.g., data loggers, dendrometers) used in vegetation monitoring; using a variety of software to compile, summarize and report information; and providing information to other employees and visitors about the natural resources programs.   

Education: Successful completion of one full year of graduate study (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) in courses directly related to the work of this position.  

Equivalent Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of experience and graduate education can be substituted that, when combined, is equivalent to 100% or more of the qualification requirements.   For example, 6 months of specialized work or volunteer experience performing assignments as described above would equal 50% of the experience requirement, and 50% of the education requirement would be met through 14 semester hours of graduate studies in courses directly related to the work of 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, qualifications, and any selective placement factors specified in the announcement by the closing date, Monday, January 27, 2014.

Depending on the location and type of work, positions may require some or all of the following as a condition of employment:


· 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.


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


.  You may be required to 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.


·  Travel may be required. Backcountry trips may be required all summer, up to 10 days in duration. 


·  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 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.  

KSA-1 Skill in using differential GPS equipment in the field to map natural resource data and in using GIS software in the office for displaying and analyzing natural resources field data.

KSA-2 Skill in entry, organization, analysis, of vegetation data using computer software.

KSA-3 Knowledge of vascular plant taxonomy (including difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, rushes, and ferns) and skill in the field and laboratory identification of the native vascular plant species of subarctic and arctic.

KSA-4 Skill in quantitative field measurements of plants and plot characteristics using diverse methodologies.

KSA-5 Ability to carry out fieldwork safely and effectively in remote backcountry over long duration in inclement weather and physically challenging terrain.

KSA-6 Skill in communicating the results of scientific fieldwork and natural resource monitoring clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; capable of creating clear and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences.

Please Note:  All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If it is determined that 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. A panel may be used to review 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 - 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.

        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.

        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: Veteran's 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) without scores.


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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 5.57% or 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 1004257. 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 1004257 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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