Biological Science Technician (Avian)
Department Of The Interior - King Salmon, 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% for King Salmon, 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 landbird, shorebird, and waterfowl field projects in Southwestern Alaska. When not in the field, the duty station is at the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in King Salmon, Alaska. The work is temporary not-to-exceed 1,039 hours for the season (approximately 6 months). However, the work typically last 4-6 months and starts in early April 2013.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties.

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

DUTIES:
As an Biological Science Technician (Avian), you will:
Lead a small group of volunteers in gathering field data and provide training in techniques and procedures

Participate in the development of work plans and schedules

Conduct surveys to collect and analyze various types of information on bird populations

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

Use computer to input data or perform basic word processing

Operate a variety of field equipment including generators, radios, radio tracking equipment, handheld GPS units, satellite phones, cars and trucks, and cameras

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Susan Savage at (907) 246-1205.

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 - 05) 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-0404-06, you must possess one of the following:

A. Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level or higher in the Federal service which involves a variety of support tasks related to wildlife. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: conducting avian surveys and any other work that is performed in a controlled environment which includes research activity or control program work in support of a wildlife or avian program.

OR

B. Have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate level education in biological sciences with course work directly related to the work of this position such as ecology, ornithology, wildlife biology, animal biology, field zoology, etc.

OR

C. Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and undergraduate education as described in A and B 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.

You will be required to safely carry, handle and use firearms for bear defense of self and others. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.

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 the principles of avian identification, avian biology, and ecology sufficient to complete field projects.

Knowledge of bird habitat and capturing, handling, banding, and collection of morphometric data from birds.

Skill in living and working at remote field locations and using associated equipment.

Knowledge of computer use for data entry, management, and summarization.

Skill in coordinating and 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:
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 80 on the rating criteria for this position.

Travel in government aircraft, including small, fixed wing and helicopters over long distances in sometimes turbulent flying conditions to remote locations is required as part of the duties of this position. If you have a private life insurance policy, travel in a government aircraft may affect the benefits payable in the event of an accident.

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