Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Department Of Agriculture - John Day, OR

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.
Three positions will be filled from this vacancy. All three positions are in Region 6 on the Malheur National Forest, attached to Prairie City Ranger District, Blue Mountain Ranger District, and the Emigrant Creek Ranger District. Duty locations are in Prairie City, John Day and Hines, Oregon. Please indicate your preferred duty location(s). Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Tee Voigt at 541-820-3810 (Prairie City, OR) or email at, Rick Vetter 541-573-4369 (Hines, OR) or email at , or June Gallaway 541-575-3352 (John Day, OR) or email These are Biological Technican (Wildlife) positions and responsible for performing a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of wildlife habitat on the unit.

Work Schedule: These positions are Permanent Seasonal. The incumbent will guaranteed 18 pay periods of full-time work. However, there may be a possibility to work more. You will then be placed in non-pay/non-duty status for the remainder of the year.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 13-06040004-3325G-RH . Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service. DUTIES:

The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of complex and recurring duties in support of wildlife habitat on the unit.

Incumbent works as a team leader or as a member of a team to collaboratively achieve mutual goals and objectives.

Individually, as a leader, or part of a team, participates in the development of the unit wildlife project plans and program for habitat management. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-7: Qualifying experience for the GS-07 includes 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level.

Specialized Experience:
Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience are:

Schedules, organizes, and executes field wildlife projects for detecting, identifying, and evaluating habitat management.

Collects, complies and summarizes the data obtained on wildlife habitat and vegetation for preparation of wildlife species, range allotment, deer herd, and other maps and management plans.

May supervise a crew.


Successful completion of one (1) year of graduate level education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.


A combination of education and experience listed above.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.

May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit designated position.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
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