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Job Title:Biological Science Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-SRA-14-149

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 17, 2014 to Thursday, May 01, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a CAREER SEASONAL Position. For additional information see the summary section.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cascade, ID View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-SRA-14-161 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Biological Science Technician. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-07 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-07 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location – Cascade, Idaho http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

The employee will be guaranteed a minimum of 6 months, not-to-exceed 11 months, of work each season.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
  • Subject to physical examination

DUTIES:

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- Educates public to the Resource Management Plan

- Oversees contract work and volunteer habitat improvement projects

- Assists with preparation and presentation for public meetings

- Inspects, designs, and replaces signage and performs other minor maintenance

- Monitors contractors, inspects materials, and reports contract progress

- Uses GPS tools and software and other office software


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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For the GS-06 level: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-05 in the federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as 1) assisting in the identification and assessment of any problems wildlife has caused; compiling data from surveys, biological evaluations, and/or pilot tests; 2) assembling basic information on wildlife populations such as habitat use, sex and age structure, seasonal movement and harvest characteristics; 3) collecting anatomical materials and making preliminary assessments of such things as habitat preference and population dynamics.

For the GS-07 level: 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-06 in the federal service OR, one full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7, if related.

Specialized experience is defined as 1) collecting wildlife samples and assisting in the identification & damage assessment of any problems they have caused; compiling and summarizing data from surveys, biological evaluations, and pilot tests; and running routine computer programs and checking resulting data for inconsistencies; 2) assembling basic information on wildlife populations such as habitat use, sex and age structure, seasonal movement and harvest characteristics; 3) assuming responsibility for limited projects such as maintaining a network of seasonal traps; 4) collecting anatomical materials and making preliminary assessments of such things as habitat preference and population dynamics.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. This experience is typically within this field or a field that is closely related.

 


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

 

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge and understanding of natural resource management programs and public processes.

2.  Knowledge of contracting and contract oversight processes.

3. Ability to use common hand and office tools and computer software, to include GPS equipment and maps.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, you will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 120 days of the date the referral list was issued.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you’re ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

-- Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to scolson@usbr.gov

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1433, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

VEOA: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities, visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/index.asp

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, 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 you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306), http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: scolson@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1433
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-SRA-14-149

Control Number:

367407000