The employee in this position serves as a full-time, temporary Biological Science Technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, Fisheries, Colorado River Fishery Project, located in Grand Junction, Colorado.
This is a full-time temporary position not-to-exceed 1 year that will total less than 1040 hours (6 months), excluding overtime in a service year. The service year is the calendar year that begins on the date of the employee's initial appointment in the agency. These appointments may be extended from year to year. Extensions of appointment without further competition may be granted based on work needs, funding, or any other condition of employment. The employee may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time.
This position may be filled at the GS-04 or GS-05 levels
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.
U.S. citizenship required
A background investigation may be required
Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required
Collects, measures, and records biological information such as species, size, weight, sex, age, percent mortalities, etc.
Computes, compiles, summarizes and assess data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form.
Assists with performing biological studies to determine the manner and extend to which fish, wildlife, or plant populations are affected by management activities.
Monitors appearance and activity of wildlife and aquatic species for obvious signs of illness, disease, discontent, and general physical condition.
Operates and performs limited maintenance on a variety of equipment and structures. May be required to operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, tractors and boats.
Physical demands are sometimes exhausting. Work days often exceed 8 hours and may include weekends. Some work only involves day trips away from the duty station. Other work may require overnight trips that may require being in travel status one to two days per week. The work involves lifting, pulling, stooping, bending, hiking over rough terrain, and wading in lakes and rivers. Items up to 50 pounds are lifted frequently. The incumbent must be in good physical condition. The work environment covers a wide spectrum ranging from temperature controlled office to field conditions where temperatures vary from 100 F to a wind chill factor of 0 F. Much of the work is conducted over or near water.
Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-04: Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience. General experience is (1) any type of work that demonstrated your ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work. Examples of specialized experience include taking and recording scientific measurements; assisting with the conduct of biological surveys; keeping records on habitat conditions in order to report data and any other work that is performed in a controlled environment which includes research activity or control program work.
GS-05: One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04 grade level is qualifying for GS-05) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Qualifying specialized experience include conducting biological surveys of wildlife or habitat; keeping detailed and precise records on wildlife or habitat conditions; collecting biological data on habitat and wildlife species; recording and compiling technical data using computer programs and using Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System technology.
NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-04: Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school at an accredited college or university that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics.
GS-05: Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major field of study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-04 and GS-05 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.
If substituting education for the Specialized Experience requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will results in disqualification from further consideration.
If substituting education for experience, ALL APPLICANTS, including those who currently, or have previously, occupied a position in this job series, MUST submit a copy of their transcripts (official or unofficial) to document that they meet these educational requirements. If you have attended more than one university/college or have completed more than one degree, you must submit documentation from each university/college. (Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online.) If the position being filled requires specific classes or a specific number of credits, applicants must ensure that the transcripts submitted show completion of those courses or credits. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. You must submit the credential evaluation with your application to have your education considered.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:
Ability to conduct fish, aquatic and wildlife surveys
Ability to perform fish and wildlife collection techniques
Ability to collect biological data
Ability to compile biological data
Ability to perform general maintenance Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified
2. Well Qualified
3. Better Qualified
Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
Applicant referral may be conducted utilizing a Two-Phase process. If the Two-Phase process is used, Phase 1 will consist of a review against the criteria described in this announcement to determine a pool of applicants for the Best Qualified category, who in turn will be further evaluated in Phase 2. In Phase 2, those applicants will be notified via email to provide a written narrative explanation to further detail their qualifications and experience as it relates to the requirements and criteria described in this announcement. Information, including deadlines for submission of narratives will be provided in the email. Phase 2 applicants will then be further evaluated to determine final placement into categories for referral.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.
Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.
Benefits are not typically offered for temporary positions. For more information on benefits, visit https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits
Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .
Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov ).
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