Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service
$33,394.00 to $43,414.00
Open & closing dates
$33,394 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade
Term - 13 Months
2 vacancies in the following locations:
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Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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This position is part of the Southeast Idaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Biological Science Technician you will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data from surveys to perform habitat restoration and management activities.
There are only two vacancies at this time and you may be placed in any of the five locations.
This is a Term appointment, not-to-exceed 13 months, which can be extended for a total appointment of 4 years.
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As a Biological Science Technician, you will be responsible for:
Conducting wildlife census surveys to record a variety of data on species populations, behavioral information or habitat conditions.
Using personal computers, cameras, applications, GPS and GIS equipment or other technical equipment to collect, enter or retrieve data.
Assisting in control of wildlife, plant disease outbreaks, pest plant control, mowing/seeding activities and vegetation removal.
Using hand and power tools to repair and maintain facilities.
Communicating effectively to provide work direction for volunteers and other temporary employees.
Occasional travel - May be required for training, meetings, and field visits.
Job family (Series)
0404 Biological Science Technician
Conditions of Employment
Only experience and education obtained by 02/28/2018 will be considered.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation.
A valid state driver's license is required.
Direct deposit of your salary is required.
Wearing of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is required.
Drivers License: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your appointment.
OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS:
Physical Demands: This position involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged standing, bending, walking, and hiking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces. You will be required to lift items weighing up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: Most work is performed outdoors in remote/isolated field locations. You will encounter risks and discomforts associated with outdoor field work including exposure to variable weather conditions and insects.
To qualify for this position, you must meet the basic qualification requirements specified under either A, B, or C below. Your resume must include sufficient information to substantiate your qualification, or you may be found not qualified.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent non-Federal experience. Specialized experience is defined as conducting wildlife surveys, conducting plant identification surveys, identifying wildlife and/or plant species, collecting, recording and entering data from wildlife and plant studies and surveys.; OR
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study (or at least 24 semester hours) in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as 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, such as wildlife management, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, avian ecology, plant biology, botany, etc.; OR
An equivalent combination of specialized experience (as in A above) and education (as in B above) that, when prorated, combine to meet the qualification requirements for this position. Experience and education are each computed as percentages of their respective requirements and must equal 100 percent when combined. (Only education beyond the second year is creditable to meet this standard.)NOTE: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the academic professor or from your school stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 02/28/2018.
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.
Relocation expenses are not authorized.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
Knowledge of biological principles and techniques necessary to carry out a full range of surveys, research studies, and other related tasks. Knowledge of technical terminology used in wildlife management, and habitat restoration. Ability to operate global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), cameras, and a variety of computer programs such as Excel.
Ability to operate light vehicles and small watercraft. Ability to use small hand and power tools. Ability to perform maintenance on facilities and equipment.
Ability to perform noxious weed/exotic plant control, using mechanical and/or chemical methods. Completes routine surveys of wildlife populations. Ability to coordinate with other agencies to carry out habitat management and restoration projects.
Skill in taking scientific measurements, performing simple mathematical calculations, and keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and assemble data to prepare reports. Skill in identifying native and invasive plants. Monitors water level management, and/or management monitoring studies.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the rule of three but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference in addition to the proof required by that form.
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/28/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
This eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this announcement. You must provide proof of your eligibility (as described below) and will only be considered for the questions that you indicated yes.
Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibility in this section.
To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10114919
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), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/
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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.
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Department Of The Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service
Website : http://www.fws.gov
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages over 565 National Wildlife Refuges and 66 National Fish Hatcheries amongst other facilities. All job opportunities are posted on http://usajobs.gov Learn more about working for us: http://www.fws.gov/humancapital/