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Lead Biological Science Technician Aquatic Ecosystems

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Us National Park Service

$19.82 to $25.77

Sequoia National Park, CA

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$19.82 to $25.77 per hour

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GS 7

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Multiple Schedules

Appointment type

Term - 13 months


1 vacancy in the following location:

Sequoia National Park, CA

Sequoia National Park, CA

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

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Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we continue our second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. For more information about the National Park Service, visit:

Area of Consideration is all qualified persons. Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 50 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of 50 applicants, or 03/20/2018 is reached. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the 50 applicant limit.

This is a Multiple Schedules TERM position. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed thirteen months, with possible extensions up to a total of three years and three months without further competition.

Work Location: Ash Mountain, Sequoia National Park Headquarters Area

Anticipated entry on duty: Late-April, 2018

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

Housing information: Government housing (some accessible to persons with disabilities) within the park MAY be available on a limited/bid basis, and assigned based on management needs.

Area Information: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (96% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,505 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. These parks provide a wealth of recreational opportunities via 835 miles of trails, wild and scenic rivers, alpine lakes, and caves, along with a full range of overnight lodging prospects to choose from that include 14 campgrounds. For detailed area information visit:

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This is a term, mixed-tour, Lead Biological Science Technician for the Aquatic Ecosystems Program within the Division of Resources Management and Science in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), California. This position serves as the lead technician on a one to four year project to restore high elevation aquatic ecosystems in which native species have been adversely affected by non-native species.

The Lead Biological Science Technician primarily assists the SEKI Aquatic Ecologist with implementation and management of aquatic ecosystems projects, including but not limited to restoration of endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs and high elevation aquatic ecosystems, monitoring of lakes, streams, amphibians, fish, and other aquatic biota, and facilitating scientific research of aquatic ecosystems. The incumbent will assist the Aquatic Ecologist with 1) recruiting personnel for field crews, 2) managing logistics in preparation for fieldwork, 3) providing supervision, orientation, training and mentoring for field crews, 4) overseeing field operations, 5) managing aquatic datasets, and 6) providing logistic and field support to the parks' Inventory and Monitoring Program and to scientific research studies being conducted in SEKI. Other duties include conducting electronic entry, quality assurance/quality control and summary reporting of field data, and organizing and maintaining field equipment and supplies. Work will occur throughout SEKI, and will entail cooperation with other agencies, organizations, and cooperators. The incumbent will be supervised by the Aquatic Ecologist, will supervise temporary staff and function as crew leader for field crews, and will occasionally work with other division staff. The position will require extensive wilderness travel within SEKI, and occasional travel to meetings and/or trainings. Possession of a valid driver's license is required.

Due to the nature of the duties for this position, the employee must have the physical capacity to hike and conduct field work in remote, high elevation wilderness locations in order to implement field operations. Carrying heavy backpacks and other equipment is required. The employee must be comfortable working in and around ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams, and thus should be a confident swimmer.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Job family (Series)

0404 Biological Science Technician

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Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required.

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

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.

You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

This position has a mixed work schedule based on the varying workload, and your work schedule is subject to change from part-time to full-time as workload dictates. Approximately 42 weeks in the 13 month appointment period will be full-time.

You will be required to complete a one-year trial period.

You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). For this position, specialized experience is experience performing biological work relating to the biological components of aquatic ecosystems or their subparts such as: fish, amphibian or other aquatic vertebrate animal presence; benthic invertebrate sampling; zooplankton sampling; abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics; conducting aquatic environmental monitoring and management activities to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions; or other similar biological resource management and assessment activities using established protocols and standard scientific equipment; and that has included as a duty and responsibility data entry and data management using Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, or comparable software programs. You must include hours per week worked on your resume.


EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one year of graduate study leading to a Master's degree with major study in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, ecology, fisheries, herpetology, statistics, or entomology. At least 6 semester hours in any of these courses must be directly related to the position to be filled. IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).


Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 6 months of graduate level college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 3 semester hours of related coursework (50% of the related coursework required). The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer 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, intermittent or part or full-time.

In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone.


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. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities

to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Additional information

Physical Demands: The work is divided among the field, laboratory, and office. The office portion of the job is usually sedentary and involves the usual amount of sitting, walking, standing, and bending associated with office and work, informal meetings, and use of office equipment such as computers and copying machines.

The field portion of the job includes driving, hiking, carrying equipment, and camping. Incumbent carries a heavy backpack (up to 50 lbs) and hikes over rough, uneven, rocky terrain or slippery surfaces at elevations from 1,000 ft to over 10,000 ft and in temperatures from 20F to 110F. Field work requires field trips to diverse areas of the park, including hiking up to 20 miles per day at elevations up to 14,000 feet, and driving to sites up to 375 miles from park headquarters. Field work involves extended periods outside at high elevations (over 10,000 feet) under a wide variety of conditions, including rain, hail, snow, cold, and extreme heat. Weeks at a time will be spent in remote wilderness locations camping in tents, and hiking on- and off-trail in rugged, mountainous, uneven terrain. Fieldwork requires long recurring periods of sitting, crouching, or kneeling while repairing gill nets; sitting in float tubes in cold mountain lakes while gill-netting; and wading in streams while backpack electrofishing. Control of nonnative fish in select restoration areas may involve storage, transportation and application of piscicides.

Working Conditions: Office and lab work is performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Field work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions (below freezing to over 100 degrees F), steep and uneven terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Work sites may occur at various points along a steep elevation gradient, in a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters at low elevations and mild summers and frigid winters at high elevations. High elevations may receive snow storms in the middle of summer. Risks include smoke inhalation, steep slopes, rocky terrain, snow and ice, rivers and lakes, extreme cold or heat, and forests.

Air Quality: Poor air quality afflicts Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, especially during summer months - generally May to October. High ozone levels may be the most harmful pollutant here. In summer months, concentrations often exceed the federal ozone health standards. For more information:

Dual Career Opportunity: This is a dual career opportunity. Please see other vacancy(s) currently being advertised at this location. For current vacancies see: National Park, California&p=1

This is not a drug and/or alcohol testing designated position; however all Federal government employees are subject to reasonable suspicion testing as appropriate.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and 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 are proficient in most of the requirements of the job

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies:

Fishery Biology




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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Not Applicable

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/20/2018:

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and, indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.

A complete Occupational Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as: Veterans Preference Documentation

: If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15

. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives

If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.

If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran

, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15

, and if applicable, a completed SF15

. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from

or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.

Documentation that you meet Selective Factors.

College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.

Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan

consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

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

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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 apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/20/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account

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Agency contact information

Alexis Brooks Alexis Brooks


(559) 565-3753



Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

47050 Generals Highway

Three Rivers, CA


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Next steps

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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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.

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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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