Biological Science Technician (Avian)
Department Of The Interior - Bethel, AK

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Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 7.18% Cost of Living allowance (COLA) for Bethel, Alaska. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

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For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska , visit: FWS .

This announcement will be used to fill temporary Biological Science Technician (Avian) positions in Region 7 (Alaska) and focus on waterfowl field projects in Southwestern Alaska. When not in the field, the duty station location is at the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Bethel, Alaska. The work is temporary not-to-exceed 1,039 hours for the season (approximately 6 months). However, the work typically lasts 2-4 months and starts in mid-May 2013.

Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Background and/or Security Investigation required

Be sure to read the "How To Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections

DUTIES:
As an Biological Science Technician (Avian) GS-0404-04, you will:

Assist with surveys to collect and analyze various types of information on waterfowl populations

Use traps and/or nets for measurement, banding, and sampling.

Work as a team member in remote field camps

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Melissa Gabrielson at (907) 543-1043.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS - 03) of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, your resume must show the periods you worked.

To qualify for a Biological Science Technician (Avian) GS-0404-04, you must possess one of the following:

A. Have at least 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience are: assisting in conducting wildlife surveys; assisting in capturing, tagging, collaring, or banding animals; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern diary practice.

OR

B. I have successfully completed 2 years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics and at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours of the courses were directly related to the occupation such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife biology, animal biology, field zoology, etc.

OR

C. I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.

All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance.

Direct Deposit is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

Knowledge of avian biology and ecology sufficient to complete field projects.

Knowledge of waterfowl identification, capturing, handling, banding methods and collection of morphometric data and biological samples from birds.

Ability to maintain field camp and equipment and perform physically rigorous work in poor weather conditions in a remote environment.

Skill in working on and effectively communicating with field crews.

BENEFITS:
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation 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.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition .

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

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