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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Water Quality)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R4-14-1119713-NM-DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$37,304.00 to $53,890.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to Monday, May 19, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0404-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 months

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boynton Beach, FL View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

This position is located within the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, FL.

 

This is a TERM position. At management's discretion, this appointment may be extended up to the 4-year limit. This TERM position provides eligiblity for the incumbent to earn leave and to receive Federal retirement coverage, health insurance, and life insurance. However, TERM appointments do not confer competitive status and do not lead to permanent employment.

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation). 

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required to numerous meetings within a 70 mile radius of the Refuge

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation Required

DUTIES:

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  • Assists in the planning and implementation of wildlife censuses and surveys.
  • Monitors and assists in control of wildlife, pest plant control, mowing/seeding activities, vegetation removal and mapping/GPSing of pest plant species.
  • Participates in field surveys of fish populations.
  • Applies chemicals to impounded waters to control undesirable aquatic vegetation and algae.
  • Applies fish toxicant to control undesirable fish species.
  • Conducts fish sampling.
  • Makes public presentations and gives tours of Refuge.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.  This handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.


Minimum qualifications for the 0404 Occupational Series at the GS-06 grade level:

Completion of at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education that is directly related to this position.

OR

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include collecting biological data, sampling and monitoring water quality, and developing reports and other illustrations.

 

OR


A combination of graduate education AND qualifying specialized experience at the GS-5 grade level.


Minimum qualifications for the 0404 Occupational Series at the GS-07 grade level:

Completion of at least 18 semester hours of graduate level education that is directly related to this position.

 

OR


At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include performing a variety of computations, collecting and assessing biological data, and assisting in the planning and implementation of wildlife and water quality studies.

 

OR


A combination of graduate education AND qualifying specialized experience at the GS-6 grade level.

 

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. 

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire


The employee selected will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

 

The employee will be frequently required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.

  

The incumbent will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.

 

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 

 

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-critical sensitive.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a limited background investigation prior to appointment. 

 

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

Work schedule may be changed 90 days after hire at the request of management or the employee with management approval.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 

 

Knowledge of the principles, practices and terminology related to environmental science

Knowledge of water quality monitoring methods, practices and procedures in low nutrient wetlands

Ability to communicate orally

Ability to communicate effectively in writing

 

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.  If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To find out more click here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. 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

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

 

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

 

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they 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 notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap

 

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

 

Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, May 19, 2014

 

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

 

Apply online:

 

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 Assessment 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 you application will be incomplete.

 

Apply via fax:

 

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, May 19, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

 

To complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit via fax:   

 

1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

 

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire http://www.opm.govforms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

 

3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.

 

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

1.     Resume

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

4.     Veteran's documentation (if applicable)

 

Faxing Supporting Documents:

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 Assessment Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. Fax your documents using this required cover page (https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf) and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1119713. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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 mentioned above.

·   Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

·   Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

 

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Nicole Martinez
Phone: (505)248-6861
Email: CHRISTINA_NICOLE_MARTINEZ@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Georgia
Division of Human Resources
500 Gold Ave SW Rm 5222
Albuquerque, NM
87102

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

R4-14-1119713-NM-DEU

Control Number:

369841900