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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Natural Resources)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Forest Service

Job Announcement Number:14-0921-40881DP-BFP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$28,269.00 to $31,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 05, 2014 to Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Parsons, WV View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0921-40881G-BFP. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

Permanent Seasonal: The incumbent will be guaranteed 18 pay periods of full-time work. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay / non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

This position is located on Monongahela National Forest, Chest/Potomac Ranger District; duty location is Parsons, West Virginia.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Troy Waskey at 304-257-4488 ext. 13 or 304-478-2000 ext. 104 or twaskey@fs.fed.us.

The incumbent performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources, i.e., water, land, food, plants, animals, and soils.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 or less nights per month may be required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.

DUTIES:

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Duties listed are at the full performance level.

Performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources, i.e., water, land, food, plants, animals, and soils. Assignments support field projects and program planning activities. Such tasks might include:

Independently, or as part of a team, makes browse surveys; takes and records data, counts, sorts, identifies species, and performs measurements. Analyzes information; prepares reports of findings with appropriate recommendations; assembles information for development of natural resource plans and coordination of resource need information for analytical reports.

Utilizes topographic maps; photographs, and data that identify a variety of natural resource areas and conditions. May drafts maps or diagrams of survey areas.

Utilizes a variety of tools to collect and record data such as numbers, measurements, weights, samples, and special notes. Keeps records of all data and develops these into statistical reports.

Identifies and classifies principal natural resource types in assigned geographic areas. Collects natural resource samples and makes determinations, such as species identification, habitat condition, injury, disease. Makes qualitative observations of injury and disease and makes recommendations for resolution of problems.

On an individual basis or as a crew leader, constructs or completes habitat projects such as watershed development, fencing, or clearing areas to establish more desirable food or cover habitat.

Participates in developing new or improved prevention practices relating to conditions and findings of natural resource areas where information and data have been collected.

Assists in layout of field experiments, pilot projects, impact evaluations, and specific natural resource projects. Assists in determining validity of survey or evaluation techniques. Suggests improvements of methods and techniques.

Is fully responsible for compliance with safety rules and regulations.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-04: 6 months of general experience & 6 months of specialized experience at the GS-3 level. General Experience is defined as: Performed farm/ranch labor, such as feeding and tending livestock or general maintenance of farm/ranch facilities; Worked in a greenhouse or nursery moving, watering, and tending plants & performing other general labor; Worked on a landscape or construction crew; Other work experience, paid or unpaid, that demonstrates an ability to learn & perform the work of this position. AND Specialized Experience is defined as: Recorded simple data during tests & sampling procedures performed in support of natural resource-related biology activities; Assisted technical or professional personnel by performing routine field and/or laboratory tests in support of natural resource-related projects; Employed standard biological techniques to carry out repetitive, routine field and/or laboratory tests in support of natural resource-related biology projects.-OR

Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled-OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level performing work related to the duties of this position. Examples include: Collected biological samples using established methods and appropriate procedures for preserving the physical, chemical or biological integrity of samples; Used designated, well-established guidelines to compute, compile, and present data in reports for a biological or scientific program; Applied standardized biological procedures, such as surveyed planted tracts, employed growth deterrents, sampled vegetation inventory plots, and inspected for disease or infestation by insects.-OR

Successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled.-OR

A combination of education and experience listed above.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.


REQUIREMENTS:

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Note: 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 / will be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

Clicking on the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does no initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.


To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=5bc084a1-0d81-423f-8270-a2fb010871cd


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:  http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment/

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

• BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

• Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. 
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HRM contact Center
Phone: 877-372-7248, option 2
Fax: 866-339-0719
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: fsjobs@fs.fed.us
Agency Information:
USDA Forest Service
Do not mail in applications, see instructions on the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
87109
United States
Fax: 866-339-0719

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate.

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Job Announcement Number:

14-0921-40881DP-BFP

Control Number:

368899500