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Job Title:  Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R5-14-996607-ED (D)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $35,662.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 03, 2014 to Friday, February 14, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 months
31 vacancies in the following location(s):
Westbrook, CT View Map
Milton, DE View Map
Smyrna, DE View Map
Chatham, MA View Map
Newburyport, MA View Map
More Locations  (9)
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-5

Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career.  It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.  From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty. 

You too can make a difference in our world.  The work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?

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These are full-time temporary positions.  These appointments may be extended for a total of 2 years without further advertisement.

Multiple positions will be filled from this vacancy announcement.


These positions will be located at one of the following National Wildlife Refuge stations:

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR in Oceanville, NJ

Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna, DE

Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA

Cape May NWR in Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Chincoteague NWR in Chincoteague, VA

Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR in Cape Charles, VA

Parker River NWR in Newburyport, MA

Prime Hook NWR in Milton, DE

Rachel Carson NWR in Wells, ME

Rhode Island NWR in Charlestown, RI

Stewart B. McKinney NWR in Westbrook, CT

Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR in Warsaw, VA

Long Island NWR in Shirley, NY

Monomoy NWR in Chatham, MA




  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend training or meetings


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship


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As a Biological Science Technician, your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:


Conduct wildlife and waterfowl censuses, including bird surveys, using specific sight and sound sampling techniques;

  • Assisting with capturing, handling, and tagging/banding birds and wildlife;
  • Conducting vegetation monitoring surveys under the general guidance of the Refuge Biologist;
  • Investigating the effects of management actions on habitat conditions;
  • Compiling biological data in electronic databases to prepare memos and reports; and
  • Identifying invasive plant species and applying herbicides.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined within this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement, Friday, February 14, 2014 .

In order to be qualified for this position:

Minimum Qualifications:

In order to qualify for this position, you must possess one of the following: 

A Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study (or at least 24 semester hours of study) in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.  At least 6 semester hours must have been directly related to this position. 

At least one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-4 level or higher in the Federal service, performing the following duties: conducting surveys of wildlife; capturing, handling, and tagging a variety of wildlife; assisting with studies of wildlife or vegetation; and recording scientific data to prepare reports.

A combination of experience and education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of one year of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 30 (or your school's definition of one year of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12.  Now, add the two percentages together.  The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100%.

Note:  A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.  Part-time or unpaid experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.  Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours spent per week in such employment. For more information please visit,

Status candidates must meet time in grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).



Are You Using Education to Qualify?  You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or have previously occupied the series of the position to which you are applying.

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. For more information please visit,                                

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

  • You must be a United States Citizen to qualify for this position.
  • All new employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment. New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment.
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
  • Appointment to this position may require a one-year probationary period.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • Wearing of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.


Special Considerations:

Government housing may be available

Work schedule may include weekends and holidays

Wearing of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is a requirement





Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Candidates are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the following knowledges, skills, and abilities, errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).


Knowledge of wildlife biology

  • Knowledge of plant biology
  • Ability to communicate in writing



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to it's employees.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: .


1. To claim veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 copy), or other proof of eligibility.  Veterans with a service connected disability and others claiming 10 point preference will need to submit a form SF-15 "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  Missing information may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's Preference.  For more information please visit and .

2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from selective service.

3. Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible please visit,  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

4. If you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those for the severely disabled and certain veterans and you meet the qualification requirements for this position you may be able to receive additional consideration for this position under a non-competitive hiring authority.  Please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Human Resources Office in Hadley, MA (  For more information regarding eligibility for special appointment authorities please visit,, .

5. Federal government employees must submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" showing your status as a Federal employee or you will not be considered for this position. If you are claiming experience for this position based on a Federal position you previously held prior to your current position please provide the last SF-50 for that position as well.

6. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule positions,  



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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, February 14, 2014 to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

* 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.


For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

  • Resume
  • Copy of college transcripts, if qualifying based on education
  • Assessment Questionnaire
  • Veterans documentation, if applicable
  • SF-50 Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable


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 996607.

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 Friday, February 14, 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 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.


Elena Dupuis
Phone: (413)253-8267
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Massachusetts
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA


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.


Reminders:  Your computer system's access is your responsibility to maintain.  Undeliverable e-mails can cause loss of further consideration for this vacancy and/or the inability to convey information to you regarding it.  Be sure to include on any correspondence your full given name and this job's vacancy identifier, 996607.  Please inform us of any changes to your personal contact information.  If at any time you decide you no longer wish to be considered for this position, please notify us to withdraw your name.  If you cannot be contacted, or do not respond to request for information, it may be ground for not selecting you.


Additional Duty Location Info

31 vacancies in the following locations:
Westbrook, CT View Map
Milton, DE View Map
Smyrna, DE View Map
Chatham, MA View Map
Newburyport, MA View Map
Wells, ME View Map
Cape May Courthouse, NJ View Map
Oceanville, NJ View Map
Shirley, NY View Map
Charlestown, RI View Map
Cape Charles, VA View Map
Chincoteague, VA View Map
Virginia Beach, VA View Map
Warsaw, VA View Map

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