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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Biological Science Technician) GS-0499-04
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWW-EX-14-005 (1017124)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$13.55 to $13.55 / Per Hour
Friday, January 24, 2014 to Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Time - Internships NTE 1 Year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Pipestone, MN View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Not Applicable


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 Pipestone National Monument


To be eligible for a Pathways Program internship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Enrollment must be with an accredited educational institution or state-approved home school.  These may include high schools, colleges, universities, technical; trade, vocational or business schools and state approved home school secondary and post-secondary programs.
  • Qualifying certificate programs are post-high school programs equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
  • Educational institutions must be accredited by organizations recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.  To see if your school is accredited, please visit:


PATHWAYS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:  This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program which is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of education institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.  It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals.

CONVERSION:  This appointment may be extended until the selectee’s education program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at the agency’s discretion, be converted to a term appointment. There is no guarantee for conversion.

Additional Pathways Internship Program information can be found at:




The anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD) date is May 2014. 


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 16 years of age
  • Appt contingent upon background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must remain in student status throughout internship
  • Must submit student enrollment verification
  • Must wear uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards
  • A valid state driver's license is required
  • Government housing is not available


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The position is located in the Natural Resource Management Division at Pipestone National Monument. The incumbent is supervised by the Superintendent but will report directly to and be monitored by a permanent Biological Science Technician.  The incumbent maintains established databases, collects data according to established protocols, and routinely uses GPS/GIS in the course of this work. The Biological Science Technician is responsible for implementing exotic species control and routine monitoring according to established procedures. The incumbent provides assistance to other seasonal staff, and training to and volunteers, involved in natural resource management activities and research. The technician will also assist with research and report writing.

AREA INFORMATION:  Pipestone National Monument is located adjacent to the city of Pipestone in southwestern Minnesota approximately 8 miles from the South Dakota border and 30 miles from the Iowa border. With an altitude of 1,600 feet, the area is high plains and solid farmland. Summer temperatures average in the 80's with the high reaching 100 occasionally. Winters are cold and windy with below 0 readings and at times minus 30 to minus 40 degrees wind chill. All services are available in Pipestone or within commuting distance.   Sioux Falls, South Dakota is within a one-hour drive and would provide all the amenities found in larger cities. K-12 schools are available in the city of Pipestone (population 4,384). Additional information about the area and park may be obtained at:


Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) 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 conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.   

Note:   Within the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center, the employee will be exposed to minor atmospheric levels of pipestone dust created by cultural demonstrators carving pipestone items.   The Department of Interior Occupational Safety & Health Team has determined that there are no health risks posed at the current levels of exposure.






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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE TAG OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.   Tuesday, February 18, 2014 To qualify  for this position, you must possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors and may have been paid or unpaid experience.   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


Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.

Experience: GS-4 requires 6 months general experience and 6 months of related specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 level.  General experience is work that demonstrates the ability to do the work or provides familiarity with the subject area or processes of a Biological Science Technician. Specialized Experience is experience related to the work of the position for which application is made.  The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:  experience in the fields of botany, forestry, ecology, and weed management/invasive plant control, as well as experience with tools used for natural resource management such as chainsaws, brush cutters, hand saws, loppers and herbicide application equipment.  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. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months. 

OR Education : Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school that included at least  12 semester hours of related course work. Related course work includes scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must be directly related to this position.  NOTE: One full academic year of study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university. 

OR a combination : A combination of experience and education is also qualifying, a percentage of experience and a percentage of education as described above and when the two percentages are added together they total 100%. 


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 GPA or class ranking.


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 may 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, visit:

  • You will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment. You will also be required to maintain your student status as attending at least half-time, attending an accredited education institution, seeking a degree or certificate, and having a 2.0 GPA or higher.

  • You will be required to provide student documentation every grading period to your supervisor to demonstrate your student status. Failure to provide this information may result in the termination of your internship.

  • As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.

  • Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.




Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

Category based rating will be used for this vacancy.  Category rating combines the applicant's total qualifying experience and education/training into a single category.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality of your experience, education, training etc. for placement.  This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.

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. 

Minimally 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.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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 disability, (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category. Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:

·   Assist with resource management projects

·   Implement resource management projects

·   Data/Software

·   Field work


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If your appointment is for 91 days or more, you will earn annual (vacation) and sick leave.  Leave information may be found at


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Government housing is not available. 



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

Preference, go to www.

2. Number of vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary within 120 days after the closing date of the announcement.

3. Temporary appointments are not eligible for promotion.

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 driver’s 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 driver’s 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 driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.

Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver’s license.


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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, February 18, 2014.

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. View Occupational Questionnaire

2. You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process to submit your application package.
3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date (Tuesday, February 18, 2014).

4. 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.

5. 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: and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1017124.

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 Tuesday, February 18, 2014 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 .

3. Fax all six pages of 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:  It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed are received, legible, and accurate.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

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 Tuesday, February 18, 2014. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.

1. Application or Resume – Your application/resume must include the following information:

  • Job Information: Announcement number, position title, grade and duty location for which you are applying.
  • Personal Information – Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day/evening telephone numbers with area code; country of citizenship.
  • Education- High school name, city, state, zip code, date of diploma or GED; colleges and /or universities attended city, state, zip code; major field(s) of study; type and year of degree(s) received. If no degree received, show total credit hours received n semester or quarter hours.
  • Work Experience – For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which you are applying: Job title, duties and accomplishments, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), number of hours per week and salary, employer's name and address and supervisor's name and phone number.
  • Other Qualifications – A list of job related training courses (course title, hours for completion, date of completion); a list of job related skills (e.g. other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.); a list of job related certificates and licenses; a list of job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.). DO NOT send copies of documents unless specifically requested.

2. Occupational Questionnaire.

3. Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts downloaded from your school website are acceptable. You may also submit a listing of your coursework as described under "Qualifications."

4. Proof of current enrollment – Documentation accepted includes letter of acceptance if you are not yet enrolled, a copy of your current class schedule, current transcripts showing coursework in progress, or letter from your advisor or registrar's office indicating you are a student attending at least half-time in a degree or certificate seeking program. Other documents may be considered, but we recommend you contact the Human Resources contact listed for this job announcement to verify acceptability.

5. DD-214 (REQUIRED if applicable) If you are claiming Veteran preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim for veteran preference on your application and must provide the specific required documentation. Required documents include : your most recent DD-214 (member copy 4); and if claiming 10 point preference, Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" and the documentation supporting your claim as indicated on the SF-15. For more information on Veteran Preference, visit: If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date of you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR 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. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.


Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest West SHRO
National Park Service
please email or call with questions
Thank You, SD


Once the occupational questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon our determination of your eligibility and qualifications for this position, your application may be referred to the hiring official. If your application is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview.   You will be notified once selection(s) have been made and the process is completed (generally 4-5 weeks).

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