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Job Title:Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) GS-0404-07

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:MWW-DE-14-084 (1128573)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$39,179.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Tuesday, June 24, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


Not Applicable




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 on the National Park Service, click:

This is a permanent, full time position duty stationed at Badlands National Park near Interior, South Dakota. The primary purpose of the position is to perform a wide variety of complex biological science technical support functions.

Area Information:  Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota, 75 miles east of Rapid City (population 75,000) and 30 miles from Wall, Kadoka, and Philip.   Shopping and medical and dental facilities are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip and Rapid City.   Limited grocery shopping, service station, and post office are located in Interior (2.5 miles from park headquarters).   K-8 grade school is located in Interior, and grades K-12 are located in Wall, Kadoka, and Philip with no housing available.   Limited housing for rent or purchase is available in the surrounding towns of Wall, Philip, and Kadoka.   The area is beautiful place to live, but the climate can be severe, ranging from cold and windy in the winter to dry and very hot in the summer.   For additional information, call 605-433-5361, extension 254. WHO MAY APPLY: All US Citizens
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 delegated examining procedures and is open to all US Citizens.  The vacancy is concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures, and can be found on USAJOBS as MWW-MP-14-30 (1129337). Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

Number of Vacancies: One position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.

Anticipated entry on duty date: July 2014


  • Occasional Travel
  • One to five nights per month travel


  • Yes
  • In accordance with governing directives


  • US citizenship required
  • Background investigation and favorable adjudication required
  • A valid state driver's license is required
  • Government housing may be available for rent
  • Must wear a NPS uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards
  • Initial probationary period is required
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required


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Brief Description of Duties:  Assist park wildlife biologist with black footed ferret, swift fox, burrowing owl, bison, bighorn sheep and other wildlife related duties within the Resource Management Division of Badlands National Park. Specific duties will entail evaluation of potential black footed ferret, swift fox, burrowing owl, bison, bighorn sheep and other wildlife habitat with GPS mapping.  Assist with the collection of specific behavioral, survival/mortality rates utilizing radio telemetry and trail camera tracking equipment. Provide communication and data exchange among field crew personnel.  Assist with writing reports summarizing activities and collected data assigned.  Will work a maxi flex schedule throughout the season including long shifts, weekends, and night work. Some wildlife monitoring will entail foot travel into the wilderness area of the park over rugged and uneven terrain carrying equipment for 5 plus miles in a variety of weather conditions, day and or night.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, June 24, 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 the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.

Experience: Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in Federal service that is directly related to the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience for this position is experience such as using standardized data collection protocols to document wildlife management or habitat activities; assisting with or preparing sections of wildlife management reports; collecting and managing wildlife field data at remote locations; and maintaining and organizing wildlife data using computer software. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months. 

OR Education: Have successfully completed one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position such as biology, wildlife management or other directly related subject matter. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

OR a combination: A combination of experience and education is also qualifying, a percentage of experience and a percentage of education as described above and when the two percentages are added together they total 100%.  For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement) combined with nine semester hours of graduate study from an accredited institution as outlined above (50% of the education).  

**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.


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 bases.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in an office, laboratory and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Drug Tested Position: This is a drug tested position. All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Incumbents will also be subjected to random drug testing.

Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year or a two year trial period, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement.  


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.  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.  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.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, your score will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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:

- Possess a current valid state driver's license (screen out).

- Knowledge of the principles and practices of wildlife biology.

- Ability to capture and handle wildlife species, particularly carnivores or small mammals.

- Knowledge of various methods of telemetry.

- Knowledge of standard Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) procedures and other data management systems.

- Ability to navigate and reach remote locations.

- Writing


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations. However, there will be NO guaranteed home sale.

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement 

Veterans Information

Legal and Regulatory Guidance 


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 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position .  For information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

Incumbent must operate a government vehicle.  A valid state driver's license is required.  You may 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. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.  
All federal employees are required 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 ).
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) on Tuesday, June 24, 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 View 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 (Tuesday, June 24, 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 ID is 1128573

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 Tuesday, June 24, 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.


If you are not using the USAJOBS resume builder, 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 to qualify 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 (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), VA Letter, SF-15, etc.) see veterans preference under the other information section.
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documents, if applicable.
  • Selective Factor Documents, if applicable (i.e., licenses, certifications, etc.).


Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest Region 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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