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Physical Science Aid Technician

Company name
U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management

$29,847.00 to $41,365.00

Gunnison, CO

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$29,847 to $41,365 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 04 - 07

Work schedule

Full-Time - Work Schedule is full-time.

Appointment type

Seasonal - This is a temporary appointment. These positions have no promotion potential.


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Relocation expenses reimbursed


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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website

All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day.

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Physical Science Aids and Technicians work with Geologists, Physical Scientists, and other professionals performing a wide variety of tasks associated with field studies.

Prepares and maintains information and documentation in hard copy or electronic files documenting information related to the assigned resource issues.

Surveys field sites for facts and information for entry into databases and/or geospatial automated information systems in support of other functions in the office/offices.

Performs tests, procedures and operations with ability to interpret and make adjustments to accomodate differences in situations.

Prepares reports and answers inquiries, where knowledge and understanding is required to make proper interpretation.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

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Job family (Series)

1311 Physical Science Technician



Conditions of Employment

Direct Deposit Required;

U.S. Citizenship is required;

Read the How to Apply and Required Documents Sections;

You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can

you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on qualification requirements please click here Qualifications

. You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the job specific questions for this position. Where only a portion of your work experience would be creditable for this position, please provide the percentage of time that you spent on the specialized duties listed. General Work Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


You must meet the qualification requirements to be found qualified. GS-4 Physical Science Technician - 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience may include taking samples of dust, air, water , soil, grass, etc. from a variety of sites and utilizing various detection devices to examine samples taken; and ascertaining whether samples are within established levels and reporting information to supervisor; OR successful completion of two years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study above high school which includes at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as: physical science, engineering or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience. GS-5 Physical Science Technician - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include testing a variety of items such as paper, textiles, polyethylene sheeting, rubber hose, burlap and other similar materials under normal atmospheric conditions to assure they meet established specifications; and preparing samples and operating equipment such as spectrograph and a gas chromatograph to perform chemical analyses of a variety of materials or performing other tests of similar difficulty; OR successful completion of a full four year (180 quarter or 120 semester hours) course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of physical science or that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as physical science, engineering or any branch of mathematics except financial and commercial mathematics; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience. GS-6 Physical Science Technician - one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include conducting a substantial variety of tests for qualitative and quantitative determinations of various elements found in sewage and selecting appropriate test procedures; and making various determinations such as nitrogen, carbon, iron, ferric chloride, magnesium or potash content in sewage, sludge and filter cake or performing other chemical tests of similar difficulty; OR successful completion of one-half year (13.5 quarter or 9 semester hours) of graduate education directly related to the work of the position; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience. GS-7 Physical Science Technician - one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include work in a metallurgical laboratory , serving as a technician responsible for the full range of metallurgical working testing activities at the facility; and performing Rockwell hardness tests, preparing metallographic samples, or other testing of similar difficulty; OR successful completion of one year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate education directly related to the work of the position; OR a combination of experience and education to meet the total experience.


Additional information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

A valid driver's license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver's license.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.

A pre-employment physical may be required.

Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. If drug testing is required for this position, it will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, you may also be subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.

Knowledge of the basic principles, theories and practices of physical science to analyze data and complete assigned projects.

Ability to communicate orally to answer inquiries, resolve questions, and clarify projects.

Ability to communicate in writing to prepare reports and communicate with diverse audiences.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following cutoff dates: March 31, 2018; April 30, 2018; and May 31, 2018.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

A copy of your college transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. If selected for this position you will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.

For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:

-Annual and Sick Leave

-Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential

-Paid Federal Holidays

-Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. Click on the button Apply to this Vacancy and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the Did you forget your username and/or password. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact an appropriate State Coordinator identified in the What to Expect Next section of this job announcement.

Agency contact information

CO POC in Announcment CO POC in Announcment







Bureau of Land Management

BLM Colorado State Office, CO-953

2850 Youngfield Street

Lakewood, Colorado

United States

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Next steps

The temporary seasonal job announcement you applied to is designed to collect applicant names for these announcements. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. These lists of candidates are only used if and when a manager should determine the need to hire someone for a position to fill in the coming season, and has the funds to pay for it. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests such a list of candidates. Only if a manager requests such a list of candidates for a specific duty location are applications to that duty location looked at. Until such time, applications are on hold pending management decisions to indeed hire someone.

For assistance, contact the following State Coordinator:

Russell Smith, 303-239-3837

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
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Company Profile
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.

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