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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Invasives)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:KLBA-14-1034882-DE-tc

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


Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to Thursday, February 13, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours


Few vacancies in the following location:
Orick, CA View Map


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




About the Agency

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This recruitment will be used to fill seasonal appointments.  These appointments are not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.  If you are hired from a competitive certificate for a temporary position, you may be eligible for non-competitive appointment to the same position (or another position with the same duties and grade within the same park/office) in following years. 

We are looking for Biological Science Technicians to perform vegetation management work in Redwood National and State Parks. The duty station is Orick, California.  These positions will control invasive plants by a variety of methods, including hand pulling and the application of herbicide. Field work requires strenuous physical work including hiking in steep and rough.terrain carrying packs and equipment weighing at least 25 pounds.  For more information about the duties of the position, please contact Plant Ecologist Stassia Samuels at 707-465-7784.  For more information about the Park, please visit
For more information about the area, please visit


Applications, resumes and/or documentation sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Ability to perform strenuous physical labor.
  • Valid state driver's license required.


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These positions are located within the Vegetation Management Branch of Redwood National and State Parks.  You will work alone or in a team setting to control invasive plants by a variety of methods, including hand pulling and the application of herbicide.

Spring work includes hand control of Scotch broom, English ivy, and other evergreen invasive plants.

Summer work includes working with a crew to apply herbicide with a backpack sprayer to invasive Harding grass.  You will have leadership responsibilities for a crew of students and interns.


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To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors, if any, as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below:

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  Experience equivalent to one season (3 months) identifying plant species of the northern California, southern Oregon, or Pacific Northwest coastal regions.

In addition to meeting the selective factor described above, you must meet the basic qualifications described below:

Specialized Experience:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service.  Examples include working with one or more aspects of vegetation management such as applying and/or performing a variety of manual, mechanical, chemical or bio-control methds in to manage native or non-native species or weeds; performing basic vegetation inventories, studies or surveys, conducting or assisting with vegetation mapping; conducting or assisting with vegetation sampling to obtain data on structure and composition, or participating in site rehabilitation through soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live planting and/or weeding.



Successful completion of at least four years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major study, or 24 semester hours of coursework, in a related field of scientific or technical study such as botany, biology, chemistry, statustics, entomology, animal husbandry, physics, agriculture, or mathematics, or other directly-related subject matter.  At least 6 semester units must have been in subjects directly related to the work of this position; e.g. botany, plant science, or other natural resoruce topics related to vegetation management.


Combination of Education and Specialized Experience:

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution (LINK:   with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average 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, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities
(LINK:  to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
You will be required to complete a 'Declaration of Federal Employment' (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. 
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You will be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties.  Upon entrance on duty (EOD) and annually 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.
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.  Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, lifting and working in cramped positions and climbing.  Work requires prolonged standing and walking over a rough and uneven terrain with a backpack and/or tools.  Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position for which they are selected.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience 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.

To view the Assessment Questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions

The knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position include:

  • Plant identification and invasive plant control.
  • Ability to use computer equipment and software to record, manage, and present data.
  • Skill in botanical field data collection and management.
  • Ability to perform ardous physical work outdoors.
  • Ability to work independently and as as a team member (clear communication, teamwork, etc.).
  • Ability to direct work crews in vegetation management tasks.

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.
• 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: Veterans 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.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


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You can review our benefits at:

Temporary employees in the Federal Service are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Depending on the tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday, holiday, and shift differential and/or hazard pay. You are also entitled to paid Federal holidays.


Veterans - If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a legible copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility showing character of service (Member Copy 4).  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Program (I/CTAP) -  For information on how to apply as a CTAP or an ICTAP eligible see  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position.
Qualifications - All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification Requirements can be found on OPM's web site at

Government Housing - There is no government housing available.

Relocation - No travel, transportation, or relocation expenses are authorized.

Non-competitive appointment - you may apply 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:

Submitting Application Materials - Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.



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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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

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):
To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the
required information. The Vacancy ID is 1034882.
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 Thursday, February 13, 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:
Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
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.


Stassia Samuels
Phone: (707)465-7784
Agency Information:
Redwood National Park
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Crescent City, CA


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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

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