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  1. Overview
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Job Title:Biologist

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Job Announcement Number:IMDE-14-327

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$39,179.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 25, 2014 to Thursday, August 7, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Bryce Canyon, UT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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 National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is also concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number (IMDE-14-326). Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.


This position is also career-seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) but generally not more than 48 weeks (24 pay periods) a year. Actual work schedule and period of non-pay is contingent upon operational needs and/or weather conditions.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to check on projects and for training, may occur occasionally.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may 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 current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

DUTIES:

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The appointee will be a biologist assigned to duties involving threatened species conservation, general wildlife, supervision of seasonal employees, volunteers, and interns, budget, compliance, and general collateral duties. Work will be conducted independently and will require the appointee to be self-directed and motivated. Employee will be expected to work in a team atmosphere, be responsible for creating a safe personal environment, and communicate with staff in this and possibly other parks and agencies. Supervision of interns, volunteers, and seasonal employees will be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversight of threatened and endangered species and other species of management concern.
  • Preparation of project proposals for internal and external funding opportunities.
  • Serving as a technical specialist on park-wide planning initiatives.
  • Developing projects to protect wildlife and their habitat in a complex resource environment throughout the park.
  • Overseeing the following park programs and planning initiatives: Utah prairie dog stewardship plan, the park’s annual Utah prairie dog day, the Bryce Canyon circle for the annual Audubon Christmas bird count, and other environmental education and outreach opportunities.
  • Working closely with staff from adjacent land management agencies on projects of joint concern.
  • Supervising term, seasonal, intern and volunteer staff.
  • Biological Evaluations and Assessments and other wildlife-related input to projects to assess the effects of projects on a variety of species, including threatened and endangered, sensitive, management indicator species, and other species of concern.

Applicants must possess skills in NEPA compliance, program management, and administration of budgets, agreements/contracts, and personnel.

For additional job and/or duty location information, please call Daniel Fagergren (435) 834-4760. For questions on the application process, please call Lorraine Atencio-Curry at 303-969-2629.

Area Information:  Bryce Canyon is a national park in southwestern Utah. Named after the Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce, Bryce Canyon became a national park in 1928. Bryce is famous for its worldly unique geology, consisting of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.  In addition to Bryce Canyon's hiking, camping, photography, horseback riding, and star-gazing, recreation opportunities abound outside the park.  Dixie National Forest and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument offer hiking, camping, mountain biking, and fishing opportunities.   In addition, six National Park Service sites and three state parks are less than three hours away from Bryce Canyon!

Because of the high altitude (7,000 - 9,000 foot elevations) summers are relatively mild with daytime temperatures rarely surpassing 90 degrees.  Nighttime temperatures are cool (upper 40's to low 50's F).  Afternoon thunderstorms are common in July and August.

Small grocery stores, restaurants, service stations, a church and K-12 schools are located in Tropic (10 miles away).   The nearest medical facilities are in Panguitch (28 miles).  Cedar City (80 miles) has movie theaters, clothing stores, full-service grocery stores, and department and home improvement stores.

Physical Demands:  The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, long-distance hiking and some backcountry camping may be required.  Some lifiting of heavy equipment may be required.  Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings and adherence to specific safety procedures for backcountry hiking/travel/camping as well as other safety protocols is required.  Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.

Work Environment:  Duties require extended periods of outdoor work and exposure to conditions including temperatures below freezing to in excess of 90ºF. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes and rocky terrain.

Housing:  Park Housing may be available through a bid-system.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, August 07, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.

QUALIFICATIONS
: To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

This is a positive education series and you must submit a copy of your transcripts in order to qualify for this position.

Basic Requirements, Biologist, 0401: 

Education:  Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  OR

Combination:  A combination of education and experience that includes course work equivalent to a major (typically 24 semester hours is considered equivalent to a major field of study) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the the basic requirements, applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the grade(s) they are applying for.

Minimum Qualifications:

GS-0401-07:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service OR one year of graduate-level education OR Superior Academic Achievement OR a combination of education and specialized experience.

Specialized Experience:  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as collecting wildlife related field data, working with GIS/GPS, and other computer programs, field mapping techniques, or analyzing data. 

Education:  Successful completion of one year of graduate-level education from an accredited institution in a directly related field such as biological sciences, natural resource management or related disciplines appropriate to this position. In crediting graduate-level education, one year of full-time graduate education is equivalent to 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours of course work. 

Superior Academic Achievement:  A bachelor's degree in biological sciences, natural resource management or a closely related discipline to this position AND meet Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement is defined as: cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last 2 years of undergraduate study; (2) GPA 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years; (3) Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision; OR (4) Membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies). Note: you must submit a copy of your transcripts if you are using education to qualify for this position. 

Combination:  An equivalent combination of directly-related education and specialized experience. For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 (50% of the experience requirement) and 9 semester hours of directed related graduate-level education (50% of the education requirement for GS-07).

GS-0401-09:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree; or master’s or equivalent graduate degree OR a combination of education and specialized experience.

Specialized Experience:  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as collecting wildlife related field data, working with GIS/GPS, and other computer programs, environmental compliance mitigation or analyzing data.

Education:  Successful completion of two years of progressively higher graduate-level education leading to a master’s degree; or, master’s or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited institution in a directly related field such as biological sciences, natural resource management or related disciplines appropriate to this position.

Combination:  An equivalent combination of directly-related education and specialized experience.  For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 (50% of the experience requirement) and 27 semester hours of graduate-level education (50% of the education requirement for GS-09). 

GS-0401-11:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree; or, Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of education and specialized experience.

Specialized Experience:  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include duties such as collecting and analyzing wildlife related field data, working with GIS/GPS and other computer programs, initiating and completing the environmental compliance process; conceiving and defining wildlife research projects. 

Education:  Successful completion of three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree; or, Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution in a directly related field such as biological sciences, natural resource management or related disciplines appropriate to this position.

Combination:  An equivalent combination of directly-related education and specialized experience.  For example, I have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 (50% of the experience requirement) and 45 semester hours of graduate-level education (50% of the education requirement for GS-11).


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 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.

Requirements

1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.

3. 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 drivers 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 drivers 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 drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your application package, including the online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.
All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

  • Ability to plan, implement and administer natural resource projects, with a particular emphasis on wildlife-related projects.
  • Ability to apply laws, policies, regulations, and guidelines to protect park resources and natural ecosystems.
  • Ability to apply scientific knowledge to the identification, definition and resolution of complex resource management issues.
  • Ability to plan for and manage a diverse wildlife program.

If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

You must include 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".

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who 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. 
Category Group II (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.
Category Group III (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.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance

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Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


2. Promotion Potential: This position may be selected at either the GS-07, GS-09 or GS-11 level. If selected at the GS-07 or GS-09 level, this position has promotion potential to the target grade level of GS-11. Applicants selected for career ladder positions may be promoted to the target grade without further competition when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory and promotion is recommended by the supervisor. Promotion to the next higher grade is not guaranteed and is contingent upon the above criteria. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

3. Relocation expenses may 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 current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

4. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

5. 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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 07, 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 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 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 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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1174341.
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 Thursday, August 07, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
3. Fax 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment)
Transcripts -- This is a positive education series and you must submit a copy of your transcripts in order to qualify for this position.

Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.

Veterans Preference Documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 (member copy - 4) that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found athttp://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

Response to Assessment Questionnaire

Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed.
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. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 89 or above on the rating criteria. 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 www.opm.gov/ctap 

NOTE
: 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 was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. 

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Daniel Fagergren
Phone: (435)834-4760
Email: DANIEL_FAGERGREN@NPS.GOV
Agency Information:
Bryce Canyon National Park
Apply online or by fax only
Please call with any questions
Thank you, UT
84764

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 your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

IMDE-14-327

Control Number:

376504500