$16.00 to $23.18
Open & closing dates
$16 to $23.18 per hour
Pay scale & grade
GS 5 - 6
3 vacancies in the following location:
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.
Clarification from the agency
United States Citizens, CTAP, ICTAP
These positions are located in Bozeman, Montana with the Greater Yellowstone Network within the Inventory and Monitoring Division. Please visit find a park
for additional park information. Bozeman is situated in the southwest portion of the state and is 90 miles north of the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Bozeman is a lively, Western university town with a local population of approximately 38,000. Montana State University, with a student population of 16,000, is one of the primary employers in Bozeman and is a central hub for many cultural activities. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International airport is a short distance from the city limits as are alpine and Nordic ski centers, renowned fishing venues, hiking trails and wildlife/nature opportunities. In addition, Bozeman supports a vibrant downtown with a multitude of restaurants, theaters, shops, and seasonal entertainment. While housing is not provided, there are many lodging prospects in this college town. For more information on Bozeman, see ****
The GRYN comprises 4 units in the Greater Yellowstone area of Montana and Wyoming: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. In addition, GRYN also conducts monitoring on five National Forests: Custer-Gallatin, Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Caribou-Targhee, Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands in Wyoming. You may learn more about the GRYN by visiting: ****
These positions are Full-Time temporary position not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.
The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for Inventory and Monitoring Data Networks is May through November, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2018.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.
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Major Duties: The incumbent serves as a Biological Science Technician for vegetation monitoring protocols in the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring program. Protocols include uplands (vegetation), riparian/wetland (vegetation, hydrology, amphibians, and geomorphology), and/or five-needle pine monitoring within the Greater Yellowstone region. The incumbent visits field sites to implement data collection, with the GS-6 position having more of a lead role. The position will involve a combination of office (10%) and field work (90%). This position works 8 to 10-hour days, depending on the season and requires travel to remote locations in parks and public lands. Crew members will be required to hike off trail in wilderness settings with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot or cold weather conditions or through thick vegetation and on steep terrain. The anticipated field season is from late May through mid-September and includes training at the beginning of the season with potential for office work at the end of the season. We anticipate hiring up to 3 (three), GS- 05/06 for the Greater Yellowstone Network (GRYN) located in Bozeman, Montana.
Major Duties include:
1. Collecting plant data and other associated data (geomorphology, hydrology, amphibian, etc.) using established network monitoring protocols.
2. Accurately identifying vegetation to the species level using standard floras.
3. Accurately identifying biota associated with wetland habitats.
4. Accurately identifying forest pathogens associated with 5-needle conifers.
5. Conducting fieldwork in remote backcountry settings and under difficult conditions in a safe and efficient manner.
6. Using 4WD and off-trail hiking to access monitoring sites.
7. Ensuring crew safety.
8. Entering data and following quality assurance procedures to ensure accurate data entry and transcription into established databases.
9. Supervising field data collection and training crew members in appropriate data collection, entry, and verification methods. (GS-6 only).
10. Assist staff with protocol revisions and summary data reports. (GS-6 only).
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0404 Biological Science Technician
Conditions of Employment
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; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
You may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.
You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
This position may have a mixed work schedule based on the varying workload, and your work schedule is subject to change from part-time to full-time to on-call as workload dictates.
You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 16 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
Valid State Drivers License.
Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
U.S. Citizenship required.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-05: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience performing biological science tasks common to natural resource management, particularly collecting and organizing field data related to vascular plants. For example, I conducted field surveys in remote locations to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions using established protocols and standard scientific equipment. I ensured adequate quality control of data collected and recorded data and provided preliminary assessment and classification of the information.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-05:
Successful completion of at least a full four year course of study above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field of scientific or technical study, such as in biology, ecology, botany, forestry, horticulture, chemistry, agriculture, range science, or plant ecology. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be in plant biology, plant taxonomy, botany, ecology or biology. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. You must provide transcripts.
AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE GS 05:
An equivalent combination of education and experience. For example, 6 months of the specialized experience equivalent to the GS 04 (50 percent of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (75 percent of the qualifying education). NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS 06: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: experience performing biological science tasks common to natural resource management, particularly leading, collecting and organizing field data related to vascular plants. For example, I conducted field surveys in remote locations to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions using established protocols and standard scientific equipment. I ensured adequate quality control of data collected and recorded data and provided preliminary assessment and classification of the information.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-06:
Successful completion of at least 6 months (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of graduate education with courses in a field of study directly related field of scientific or technical study, such as in biology, ecology, botany, forestry, horticulture, chemistry, agriculture, range science, or plant ecology. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be in plant biology, plant taxonomy, botany, ecology or biology. You must provide 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.
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.
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
These vacancies are for Full-Time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (approximately 6 months). Positions may be terminated earlier if requested by management. Individuals selected from this vacancy MAY be eligible for rehire in subsequent years.
You may be asked to answer a narrative questionnaire prior to the interview process.
Physical Demands: For portions of the work prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lift and carried on a routine basis over long distances.
Working Conditions: This is a field position. Extensive, arduous backcountry travel and camping will be common under a wide range of climate conditions from possible rain and snow conditions to long hikes in temperatures exceeding 100F. Heavy lifting and backpacking will be required for this position. Much of the hiking will occur off trail, in difficult terrain. Data entry will require long periods in an office setting. Employees will be required to complete relevant safety training and follow safe working guidelines at all times.
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:
Physical Strength and Agility
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/16/2018:
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 **** 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 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.
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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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 02/16/2018. 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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