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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWW-DE-14-034 (1031836)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$15.15 to $15.15 / Per Hour
Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
4 vacancies in the following location:
International Falls, MN View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


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This is a full time temporary seasonal not-to-exceed 1039 hours position duty stationed at Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota.

This position is subject to drug testing.

Area Information:  Voyageurs National Park is a 218,000-acre water-based park established to protect the geology, scenery and historic voyageur waterway system along the United States/Canadian border.  The park is located near International Falls, Minnesota (population approximately 6,000) and Kabetogama, Ash River, and Crane Lake, Minnesota. The park is adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  Daily mean temperatures average a comfortable 70 degrees with low humidity in the summer.   Fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities are the dominant recreational activities. One two-year college, schools (K-12), a hospital and medical facilities, churches, movie theater, and shopping are located in the community of International Falls
Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.  Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all US Citizens. 

Number of Vacancies: Four positions may be filled from this job opportunity announcement.

Anticipated entry on duty date: May 2014


  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 10 nights per month


  • No


  • US citizenship required
  • Background investigation and favorable adjudication required
  • A valid state driver's license is required
  • This is a drug tested position
  • Holiday, evening, and weekend work may be required
  • Required to wear a NPS uniform and comply with uniform standards
  • Government housing may be available


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This is a full time temporary not-to-exceed 1039 hours position stationed at International Falls, MN. You will spend your time on a variety of wildlife ecology and management tasks, including wildlife surveys, wildlife capture and handling, vegetation/habitat surveys, and general natural resource management. Some data entry/data management, including use of ArcGIS, will also be integral to this position. Voyageurs National Park is a water-based park and travel by motorboat is required to conduct fieldwork. You will be expected to work in a variety of environmental conditions; weather can vary from near-freezing temperatures with rain and snow in May to hot and humid weather in late summer. You must be in good physical condition and able to hike one-way distances of up to 6 miles over rough terrain while carrying load of 50 pounds or more. Biting insects or other pests such as black flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, and ticks are common.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  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 review on OPM's website at  

To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.

Experience: GS-5 requires one year of related specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level.   Specialized Experience is experience related to the work of the position.  The specialized experience is normally work performed in a controlled environment.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience 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. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months. 

OR Education: A 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with 24 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 of courses 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. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.

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%.  For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) combined with three years of education as outlined above (50% of the education).  

**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.**   Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts.

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 visit: Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.


WHO MAY APPLY:  This position is open to all qualified US citizens.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required.   Work requires walking over rough, uneven, and rocky terrain. 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. Winter temperatures sometimes fall below -40 degrees F. and summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees F. It will be necessary for the employee to operate a variety of transportation equipment including all terrain vehicles on land, boats up to 24 feet, and snowmobiles during the winter.

DRUG TESTED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.   Incumbents will also be subjected to random drug testing.



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 to determine qualifications. Applicants will be rated according to 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.

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:

- Minimum Qualifications - Screen Out

- Possess a DOI MOC or comparable - Screen Out

- Principles and practices of wildlife biology

- Utilize GPS and common software programs

- Perform biological/scientific work in remote locations

- Communicate effectively/interpersonal skills

- Work independently and as a team member 


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Temporary employees are entitled to limited benefits such as sick leave and annual leave. For information visit:


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 member 4 copy.  If claiming 10 point preference, submit an SF-15 and required documents as specified on the SF-15.  The SF-15 can be obtained by clicking this link: lacking a DD-214 and/or associated SF-15 documentation will not receive veteran's preference.
If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this positionFor information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.   A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record.   You must also 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. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents.   Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.  

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

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, unless otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations (i.e., current career/career-conditional federal employee).
Additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement.

Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.

All temp positions with potential intermittent work schedules

Due to current budgetary limitations and/or workload requirements, this position may be changed to a part-time or intermittent schedule during the period of employment at agency discretion. 


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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 Wednesday, February 19, 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 View 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. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date (Wednesday, February 19, 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 1031836.

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, February 19, 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 cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


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

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

  • 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).
  • Transcripts- (If using education to qualify you must submit college transcripts).
  • Qualifications (assessment questionnaire).
  • SF-50: showing current grade and tenure if applicable. (Awards SF50 will not be considered as proof of status.)
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) see veterans preference under the other information section.
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documents.
  • Selective factors, if applicable.


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


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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