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Job Title:Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:MWW-EX-14-024(1071866)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$16.89 to $16.89 / Per Hour


Monday, March 24, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE One Year


1 vacancy in the following location:
Interior, SD View Map


United States Citizens Contiguous To The Area Applicants


Not Applicable





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This is an excepted service position not to exceed one year, duty stationed at Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota.  Positions may be duty stationed at any of several locations within Badlands National Park.  Duty stations and housing locations may be separated by several miles.  Public transportation is not available.  

WHO MAY APPLY: APPLICANTS MUST BE CONTIGUOUS TO THE AREA:  Must have maintained a permanent and exclusive residence, contiguous (within 35 miles of park boundaries) to Badlands National Park, Interior, SD for at least the last two years AND expected to continue indefinitely.  In addition, the applicant's livelihood is dependent primarily upon employment available within the park.  Both conditions of residency and dependency must be met to be eligible for this appointment.

Area Information: Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota 75 miles east of Rapid city (population 57,000), and 30 miles from Wall., Kadoka, and Philip. Limited grocery shopping, service station, K-8 school, and post office are located in Interior, 2 miles from park headquarters. Shopping, medical and dental facilities, and schools K-12 are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. The area is a beautiful place to live and raise a family but winters can be harsh with occasional cold temperatures, high winds, and blizzard like conditions. Summers can be hot and dry with temperatures topping 100 degrees. For additional information, contact (605) 433 - 5361. 

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 excepted examining procedures and is open to all US Citizens residing contiguous to the area.

Number of Vacancies: Two positions will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to five nights per month


  • No


  • US Citizenship required
  • Appt contingent upon background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must possess a valid state drivers license
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, and weekends
  • Government housing is not available for rent
  • Must possess a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License


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The employee serves as a leader of a field crew working on exotic plant management projects in Badlands National Park. Specific work assignments include 1) managing exotic plants using chemical, mechanical, and biological techniques, 2) survey and inventory work, such as plant identification, map reading, data collection, and record keeping, will be done using global positioning systems (GPS), computers, and cameras, and 3) assisting in vegetation restoration projects. Restoration includes planting and caring for native trees, shrubs, and grasses. The employee will be required to mix, load, and apply herbicides. The employee will be responsible for installing, calibrating, operating, and maintaining resource management equipment such as backpack sprayers and all-terrain vehicles. Following instructions and standardized procedures, the employee collects and organizes field data and makes field observations of natural resource conditions. These data will be organized, processed, and sent to a data manager for review. While standard methods, practices, and procedures are available to reference, the employee is frequently required to use judgment to make adjustments. The employee will evaluate observed natural resource conditions and problems and make preliminary determinations on the cause of problems and provide information to higher-level specialists for analysis along with suggestions for protection, mitigation, etc. The employee will provide leadership to other employees and respond to changing conditions without on-site direction. The use of standard pesticide application methods and standard safety equipment will be required. Operation of on-and off-road vehicles is a job requirement. Training for many activities may be acquired on-the-job including an ATV rider course and First aid/CPR. The employee must obtain a South Dakota Commercial Applicator License to do this job. The required examination for the license may be taken on work time. An employee must pass the exam within 30 days of his or her start date. This is a summer seasonal position expected to last from mid-May through mid-August. Normal work shifts will be Monday-Thursday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some weekend and evening work and travel is required. Work involves walking, climbing, and hiking while carrying a 3-gallon backpack sprayer through rough terrain, sometimes for extended periods of time; lifting moderately heavy items; bending and stooping for long periods; and working under occasionally inclement (cold, hot, rain, wind) weather. The employee will provide logistical support and area orientation to contract or cooperating scientists within the scope of his or her knowledge and authority; and will provide advice, assistance, and training for new employees and volunteers. The Employee will be stationed at Badlands National Park and may travel to other national park units to assist in exotic plant management.  Transportation, lodging, and per diem allowance for meals will be provided while in travel status.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Friday, March 28, 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 required education and selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Applicants must meet the following selective factors in addition to the basic qualifications.

Specialized Experience:  At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as:   1) Independently complete vegetation monitoring field work and enter the data in databases; And 2) Leading employees, volunteers, or students in the completion of vegetation monitoring field work; Or research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.

Combination of Specialized Experience and Education - A combination of specialized experience and education may be considered qualifying. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable as specialized experienceAll qualifications must be met before the closing date of this announcement.  If you rate yourself as qualified for this position, and your resume and supplemental documents do not support that, you may be considered ineligible for the position. If you rate yourself such that you receive an automated rating of ineligible, we will not review your resume and supporting documents further.

**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.


SELECTIVE FACTOR: Contiguous to the Area: You must have maintained a permanent and exclusive residence, contiguous (within 35 miles of park boundaries) to Badlands National Park, Interior, SD for at least the last two years AND is expected to continue indefinitely. In addition, your livelihood depends primarily upon employment available within the park.  Both conditions of residency and dependency must be met to be eligible for this appointment.    

SELECTIVE FACTOR: Valid State Driver's License:  Applicants must possess a current valid state driver's license in good standing. Driving a government owned vehicle is a necessary part of this job. A driver's license is required to operate a U.S. Government-owned or leased vehicle.

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



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 in one of the following categories, ) Best Qualified = 95 or above, 2) Well Qualified = 85 to 94, 3) and Minimally Qualified = below 85. 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

-        Selective Factors – Screen out

-        Exotic Plant Management

-        Knowledge of and the ability to use equipment and vehicles

-        Use computer software programs and equipment to record and manage data

-        Lead a field crew


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Temporary employees are entitled to limited benefits such as sick leave and annual leave. For information visit: information on the General Schedule (GS) pay salary charts please click on the following link  Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.


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  Applications 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 95 or above on the rating criteria for this position .  To receive preference you must submit proof of eligibility.  For information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

Federal employment requires 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 ).

You will 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.

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.


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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), Friday, March 28, 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.

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

Friday, March 28, 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 Identification Number (VIN) is 1071866.

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, March 28, 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 for specialized experience 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 if applicable (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), VA Letter, SF-15, etc) see veterans preference under the other information section.

·        CTAP/ICTAP Documents, if applicable.

·        Selective Factors.



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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