Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Department Of The Interior - Lakeview, OR

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BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Biological Technician (Plants) with the Lakeview District of the BLM.

The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website .

Contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 877-947-6040 (Toll Free) or www.lakecountychamber.org for more information on Lakeview and Lake County.

For information about the Lakeview District visit: www.blm.gov/or/districts/lakeview/index.php . KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship is required;
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
Direct Deposit Required;
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. DUTIES:

Performs the full range of duties to support botany programs. Duties include: Plans and conducts botany inventories and studies; analyzes inventory or studies data; and prepares data for inclusion in plans or studies; photographs, collects and mounts plant specimens to facilitate field identification by less experienced personnel; identifies and processes specimens for herbarium; researches and catalogues and identifies status of various species through current literature or other sources; collects ecological site information for sensitive, threatened, or endangered plants as well as population distributions, conditions, trend, associated species, land form of occurrence, geology and soil type to determine factors limiting distribution and potential for enhancement through management measures; compiles data into appropriate reports; enters and retrieves data from automated databases. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Specialized Experience Requirements:
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 equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS-5 for the GS-6 level and GS-6 for the GS-7 level) of the position to be filled. Examples:

For GS-6: Duties similar to those described for the GS-7, below, but performed under greater supervision and with greater review of work products.

For GS-7: Using knowledge of the technical methods and procedures of botany management to plan and accomplish botany related projects.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Substitution of education for experience: As a general rule, education is not crediable, however, graduate education may be credited if directly related to the work of the position.

For GS-6: Six months of directly related graduate level education

For GS-7: One year of directly related graduate level education.

Equivalent combinations of experience and directly related graduate education are qualifying.

**You will be required to drive both 2 and 4-wheel drive vehicles and ATV's in this position. You must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license as a condition of employment. If selected, you will be required to provide proof that you meet this requirement. **

Summary of Requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5 for the GS-6 level and GS-6 for the GS-7 level) OR directly related graduate level education as listed in the Qualification section of the announcement.

If you are qualifying based on education, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades. 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. If you meet the qualification requirements, you 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.'

KSA's:
1. Knowledge of technical methods and procedures of botany management to plan and accomplish a wide variety of projects.

2. Knowledge of the basic theories and practices of botany combined with practical experience sufficient to resolve botany related issues.

3. Knowledge of computer capabilities sufficient to produce reports with graphics, produce simple maps, develop spreadsheets and enter, retrieve and manipulate data.

4. Ability to read maps and use GPS equipment to determine locations.
To preview questions please click here .

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

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a 1 year trial period;

Travel 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.

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

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

This is a term position for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

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