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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWRC-14-OC-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,907.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 to Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
2 vacancies in the following location:
Rapid City, SD View Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America by - 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

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens


TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1040 hours in a service year.  Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.  


  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to travel up to 9 nights per month


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must complete selective service registration form
  • Valid State Drivers License required
  • Work Schedule is Monday - Friday (Full Time)
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid


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The Biological Technician (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program. Visit field sites to implement data collection.  Involved in a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks.  Will be supervised by the NGPN Vegetation Ecologist and assists both the Vegetation Ecologist and Lead Biological Technician in managing and running the field crews, plant data collection, identify vegetation to the species level in the field or in the office using standard floras, ensure crew safety, enter data and follow quality assurance procedures, and maintain field and camping equipment.   Requires constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota.  Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation.  The anticipated field season is May through October, with some office work at the beginning and end of the season. 

 Area Information:

Rapid City is South Dakota's second largest city with approximately 68,000 residents and is the gateway to the Black Hills area of South Dakota.  Rapid City offers early childhood programs, public schools, private schools, and a technical college.  Rapid City offers entertainment opportunities at the civic auditorium, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, and endless outdoor recreational opportunities such as skiing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and kayaking.  Rapid City is within a 90 minute drive of four national park units (Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Badlands National Park), and South Dakota's crown jewel state park- Custer State Park.  Summer is warm, dry, and sunny.  July and August are the warmest months of the year, when daytime temperatures climb into the 70s and 80s--and sometime 90s.  Breezy winds and low humidity levels help make the hot days comfortable.  January and February are the coldest months of winter.  Daytime temperatures average in the 30s, but Chinook winds can warm temperatures into the 50s and 60s.  Average monthly snowfall ranges from five inches in Rapid City to 15 inches in the Black Hills.


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 All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions.  It is available for your review at

QUALIFICATIONS: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

For the GS-06 grade level:  Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-5 level in the Federal Government Service.

Specialized experience includes field work identifying herbaceous plants and shrubs to the species level in all stages of development, including grasses and sedges. It may also include floral surveys and inventories of mixed grass prairie and/or ponderosa pine forests.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience may include:

·            Research activity or control program work.

·            Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.

·         Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions    were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.

Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.



 For GS-6: Completed at least 6 months of course study from an accredited college or university leading to a Master’s Degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as botany, biology, forestry, or natural resources.  At least 6 semester hours of courses are in botany or plant-related subjects directly related to the position.


Combination of Education and Experience:

An equivalent combination of education and experience of the specialized experience and graduate education listed above when combined totals 100%. (A copy of your transcripts will be required with your application; however, you will need to submit original transcripts at/before entrance on duty, if selected.)


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, 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. You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.

2.  Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.

3. Applicants must complete a pre-appointment certification statement for selective service registration.

4. New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.

5.  Government housing is not available.


6.  Selectee may be required to travel up to 9 nights per month.





The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Therefore, you should provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience.

Method of rating will be Category based.

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.

You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points.

The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following  tasks: 

Identify herbaceous vegetation of the Black Hills and Northern Great Plains to the species level.

Establish vegetation plots and measure forest attributes.

Work in a field situation under adverse or demanding conditions.

Work effectively while spending a great deal of time in close quarters with others on the field crew implementing natural resource projects.

Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational questionnaire was developed from these tasks.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

This link provides an overview of all the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

2. Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For more information on Veterans' Preference please visit

3. Special Hiring Authority (non-competitive) Eligibles:  Applicants eligible under a non-competitive hiring authority (VRA, Peace Corps, SCEP, etc.) indicate the type of special appointing authority you are seeking and submit documentation supporting your eligibility for the special hiring authority.  Applications lacking documentation will not be considered for a special hiring authority.

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. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

6. Temporary appointments are not eligible for promotion.

7. Tranvel, transportatoin, and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

8.  Consideration of selection for this position will be in the following order: 1) CTAP/ICTAP, 2) rehires, 3) all other applicants

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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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.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all the following parts:
1. Resume/Application
2. Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents (See Required Documents Section Below)

1. 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 a resume, and complete the occupational questionnaire. 
2. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process to submit your application package.
3. To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1010133.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you upload your documents, DO NOT FAX the same documents.
NOTE:  To return to a previously saved or incomplete application you may use the following link:

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203 FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

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.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (IN) and VIN (1010133) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM  

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resume or documents with photographs will not be forwarded to the hiring official.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

Resumes should include personal information, education, work experience (including dates of employment -month and year, salary and hours worked per week), and other qualifications pertinent to the position.  Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible.

1.  Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience.  Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire.  YOU MUST USE YOUR FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names.)

2. Transcript - (To meet basic education requirements, transcripts must be included or if using education to qualify, you must submit college transcripts).

3. Veterans Preference/VEOA  1) Legible copies of DD-214s (showing honorable or general discharge) 2) If claiming 10 point veterans preference - Include your DD-214, SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference with required proof as stated on the form if applying as a disabled veteran or other veterans eligible for 10--point preference.

4. CTAP/ICTAP documentation,  if applicable


Charlene Marsh
Phone: (314)655-1601
Agency Information:
Midwest Region Central SHRO
601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE


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.

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