Biological Science Technician (General)
Department Of The Interior - Dugway, UT

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Employees in these positions serve as a Biological Science Technician (General) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System in full-time temporary positions 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. Incumbent may be terminated or placed on an intermittent work schedule (no pre-scheduled tour of duty) at any time. There are no promotions for temporary positions.

The positions to be filled are located throughout CO, MT, ND, NE, SD, and UT.

STATIONS HIRING DURING THIS PERIOD:
Position availability - It is anticipated that each station listed will fill at least one position. However, limited number of stations may fill multiple positions. Please note: You are limited to choosing a maximum of 3 locations. Government housing (bunkhouse, no pets/no family) is available with housing costs at locations marked with an asterisk *.

COLORADO
--Browns Park NWR, Maybell, CO* (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

MONTANA
--Charles M. Russell NWR, Roy, MT* - Travel possibly 25% within the Refuge - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)
--Medicine Lake NWR, Medicine Lake, MT* - Travel possibly 1 to 2 trips during summer - (Anticipated starting date April 1 to May 31, 2013)
--Red Rock Lakes NWR, Lima, MT* - (Anticipated starting date May 15, 2013)

NORTH DAKOTA
--Arrowwood NWR, Pingree, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)
--Chase Lake WMD, Woodworth, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex (Anticipated starting date Mid-April to Mid-May 2013)

--Crosby WMD, Crosby, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting date April 1 to May 31, 2013)
--Kulm WMD, Kulm, ND - (Anticipated starting date Late April 7, 2013)

--Long Lake WMD Complex, Moffit, ND* - Travel within Refuge complex (Anticipated starting dates April 15, 2013 AND May 20, 2013) Selectees will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2013

--Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting dates April 1, 2013 and May 31, 2013) --Souris River Basin Complex, J. Clark Salyer NWR, Upham, ND* - Travel 1 to 2 nights per week - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 12, 2013
--Tewaukon NWR Complex, Cayuga, ND* (trailer/no pets, immediate family welcomed) - (Anticipated starting date June 1, 2013)

NEBRASKA
--Crescent Lake NWR Complex, Crescent Lake NWR/North Platte NWR (Garden County), Ellsworth, NE* - Travel within Refuge Complex - (Anticipated starting date April 15, 2013)
--Fort Niobrara/Valentine Complex, Valentine, NE* - Travel within Refuge complex - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN May 20, 2013

SOUTH DAKOTA
--Lacreek NWR, Martin, SD* - (Anticipated starting date May 1, 2013)
--Sand Lake NWR, Columbia, SD* - Possible travel within Refuge - (Anticipated starting date April 15 to May 1, 2013)

--Waubay NWR, Waubay, SD* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 3, 2 013
UTAH
--Fish Springs NWR, Dugway, UT* - Selectee will be required to begin work NO LATER THAN June 1, 2013

SELECTIONS: If an applicant is selected for a position, and accepts that offer, their name will be removed from further consideration at any other location(s) they may have applied unless the subsequent selection is at a higher grade level.

OTHER INFORMATION:
These positions may be filled at the GS-04 or GS-05 levels

Travel required at some refuges

Valid state driver's license required

Ability to operate a government-owned or lease vehicle required
Uniform may be required at some refuges

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. citizenship required

A background investigation may be required

DUTIES:
Employees will perform a variety of tasks in support of daily work operations at a National Wildlife Refuge or Wetland Management District. Typical but not all inclusive duties are:
--Collects, measures, and records biological information such as species, size, weight, sex, age, percent mortalities, etc. Computes, compiles, summarizes and assesses data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form (e.g., production reports, distribution reports, reporting unusual or unexpected results in detail. Assists or performs biological studies/surveys for determining the manner and extent to which wildlife, or plant populations are affected by management activities. Monitors appearance and activity of wildlife for obvious signs of illness, disease, discontent, and general physical condition. May conduct resource management activities such as GPS/GIS mapping, recording, marking, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, fencing, invasive weed management, vegetation identification, etc. Operates and performs limited maintenance on a variety of equipment and structures. May be required to operate passenger vehicles, light trucks, tractors and boats. May participate in prescribed burning activities. May be responsible for providing work direction for volunteers, YCC enrollees, temporary employees, etc.
-- Duties at Lostwood NWR Complex, Kenmare, ND; Crosby WMD, Crosby, ND; and Medicine Lake NWR, Medicine Lake, MD include conducting piping plover and other avian monitoring; analyzing data and preparing reports; collecting and recording scientific measurements; and keeping detailed and precise records.
-- Duties at Arrowwood WMD, Pingree, ND include GPS/GIS mapping, recording, marking, etc., and vegetation identification.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work involves standing, bending, walking and a moderate amount of physical exertion. The incumbent may be required to lift containers weighing up to 25 pounds in performance of assigned duties. Most work is performed outdoors where the incumbent may encounter variable weather conditions and exposure to insects. Work performed indoors is in an office or workshop setting. Incumbent is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger, self, fellow workers or property.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp .

GENERAL AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-04: Applicants must have at least 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience.

General Experience: any type of work that demonstrated the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or experience that provided a familiarity with biological work.
Specialized Experience is that which 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. Specialized experience is assisting with conducting biological surveys related to wildlife or their habitat; collecting data on plant or wildlife species; controlling invasive species by mechanical or biological techniques; fencing, facility maintenance; taking or recording scientific measurements; and keeping records on habitat conditions in order to report data.

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. Specialized experience is conducting biological surveys related to wildlife and their habitat, collecting biological data on plant and wildlife species, controlling invasive species by mechanical, biological or chemical techniques; fencing, facility maintenance and other miscellaneous duties, taking and recording scientific measurements; and keeping detailed and precise records on habitat conditions in order to report data.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-04: Successful completion of 2 years of study above high school in an accredited college or university that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical 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 leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major 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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

Knowledge of habitat management techniques

Ability to collect biological data

Ability to compile biological data

Ability to complete biological reports and maintain biological records

Ability to conduct resource management activities in a natural resource setting (e.g., mapping, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, maintenance on buildings, fencing, invasive weed management, prescribed burning, etc.)

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

4. 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:
The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

Some positions covered by this announcement may provide wildland fire support/respond to emergencies requiring National Wildland Coordination Group (NWCG) qualifications. As such, this would allow eligibility for FEHB health insurance.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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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