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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) CTAP/ICTAP

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:YL1100127

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$35,256.00 to $45,828.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014




Full Time - Term NTE One Year


1 vacancy in the following location:
Yellowstone National Park, WY View Map


Only CTAP and ICTAP eligibles.


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Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click Yellowstone National Park.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Only eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicants within the commuting area (fifty mile radius) of the position’s duty station at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, may apply for this position. If you are a displaced Federal employee seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility you must submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency separation notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; OR an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.


The Northern Rockies Servicing Human Resources Office (NR SHRO) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, is currently seeking applicants to fill one temporary Term position of Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS-0404-06.


Term Employment: This is a Term position. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Initial appointment will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible 1-year extensions up to a total of 4 years maximum without further competition.


This position is also subject-to-furlough since the project or the nature of the work does not provide for employment on a full-time year-round basis.  The employee will work or be in a pay status at least 13 pay periods and generally not more than 25 pay periods within a service year.  When the employee’s services will not be required at certain times due to operations needs and/or weather conditions, the employee will generally be in a non-work and non-pay status.  


  • 50% or Greater
  • Projects require travel within the Park and into the backcountry.


  • No


  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must wear the National Park Service uniform.
  • Must possess a valid state drivers license.
  • Must be CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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Under the guidance and direct supervision of Yellowstone's Wildlife Biologist, incumbent works as a technician with the major duties being wildlife observation, data collection, public outreach and education with daily presentations. The individual will work long hours in the field and deal extensively with the public. Individual will track and observe wildlife in various natural settings and conditions. Public speaking, problem solving and some report writing also required. Will drive a government vehicle on a daily basis.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: This work is performed primarily outdoors, in cold conditions with ice and snow during winter, and temperatures ranging from below 0 in winter to mid 90s in summer, with bison, elk, wolves, and coyotes very likely to be encountered, along with grizzly or black bears in summer. 


AREA/HOUSING INFORMATION:Yellowstone Area Information: This position will be duty stationed at the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, at Silver Gate, Montana. Average elevation of the park is 8,000 feet. Temperatures vary from an average of 70 degrees Fahrenheit in summer to sub-zero at times in winter. Many community facilities such as a grocery store, a drugstore, day care, motels, and restaurants are available in Gardiner - 53 miles from Silver Gate. A medical clinic is available in Mammoth. Silver Gate has 2 gas stations, a small convenience store, a limited general store in summer only , no drug store. All other services are available within 55 to 75 miles north from Mammoth. Red Lodge, MT (68 miles from Silver Gate) and Cody, WY (80 miles from Silver Gate) are fully equiped communities.

Federal government housing is not available.


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To be considered eligible, you must  possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education and the selective placement factor listed below.  All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, June 23, 2014.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in private or public industry.  


U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards:

Specialized experience and/or education - To qualify at the GS-06 level based on experience you must show you must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that provides the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position which must be experience in observing wildlife in the field and recording and collecting scientific data while applying natural resource management principles and techniques; preparing of wildlife management plans and reports; use of personal computers, operate radio telemetry equipment and specialized software to summarize data and perform statistical tests for biological patterns; provided formal and informal public information and presentations on natural resource management programs. Please document specialized experience in your resume.  Experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling work in a controlled environment, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.

Education:To qualify at the GS-06 level based on your education you must show you have completed one year of graduate level education (18 semester hours) with a major study in a related field (see OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE for examples of related graduate education).


Combination of Education and Experience: You may also qualify at the GS-06 level based on a combination of your experience and education. Example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of experience) plus 9 semester hours of graduate level education (50% of education) will meet the qualification requirement.


Selective Placement Factor/Screen-Out  In addition to meeting OPM's qualification standards (specialized experience and/or education) you must also meet this factor to be considered eligible.


Knowledge of, and the ability to track wildlife via radio telemetry and make biological observations according to the Wildlife Techniques Manual (see Occupational Questionnaire).


ATTENTION:   You must include in your resume 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".

Qualifying Based on Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide copies of official transcripts before you enter on duty.

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 click HERE.


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.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the requirements of the position. Your rating will be based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Your answers to the questionnaire will be compared against your resume and other application materials in order to validate your score. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by Monday, June 23, 2014 will be considered.

1. Ability to observe and track wildlife in the field and collect scientific data.

2. Knowledge of computer software programs.

3. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. 

RATING: Category rating procedures will be used to refer candidates.  Candidates will be placed into either the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified category.

Best Qualified - applicants possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Well Qualified - applicants possess experience and/or education that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates will be considered in the following order:  

1.     Applicants with veterans preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more and who scored at least in the Qualified category, and Best Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, followed by all other Best Qualified applicants;

2.     Well Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, and then all other Well Qualified applicants;

3.     Qualified veterans preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability, and then all other Qualified applicants.

Veterans must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm eligibility for preference (see “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS” section), otherwise, no veteran's preference will be granted.

Additional veteran's information is found at


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit benefits.


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be considered under this special selection priority you must fall into at least the Well Qualified category. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2.This vacancy announcement may be used to fill other identical positions as needed within Yellowstone National Park.


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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.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 23, 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 (see required documents section) 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 are 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.




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. You must print the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is YL 1100127.

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 Monday, June 23, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit your entire application 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 6 pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents (see required documents section) to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. Also, faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • *Not using the special cover page listed in the How to Apply section when faxing.
  • *Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • *Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


To be eligible for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:


1.    A Resume - Applicants may use the USAJobs online resume builder to create a resume.  Please preview your resume to ensure all required information is included.  If you choose to use your own resume format, be sure it includes all the same information that is required in USAJobs Resume Builder such as current contact information for all supervisors as well as month/year and hours worked per week for each job experience block.


2.    A complete Occupational Questionnaire.


3.    If you qualify based on education - copy of college transcripts (official or unofficial).  Copies of official transcripts will be required at time of selection.


4.   CTAP/ICTAP documentation as described under the "OTHER INFORMATION" section.


5.    For Veterans:  DD-214 which shows the character of discharge.  If still on active duty, you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed.


6.    For Disabled Veterans:  DD-214 which shows the character of discharge, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, and appropriate Veterans' Affairs letter issued 1991 or later.  


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 23, 2014

Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.


DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

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

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that is linked in the vacancy announcement. Include the appropriate Office Code (YL) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please visit USAJobs Help.


Rogelio Herrera
Phone: (307)344-2044
Agency Information:
Northern Rockies SHRO
Human Resources Office
Do Not Mail Applications
Apply On-line or by Fax
Yellowstone NP, WY


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.

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