Biological Science Technician
Department Of Agriculture 497 reviews - Shaver Lake, CA

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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.

This position is located within the Conservation of Biodiversity Program of the USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station. This position provides technical assistance to professional and technical research personnel by accomplishing biological support work.

The expected work environment will include flying in a fixed-wing aircraft, to perform aerial and ground telemetry work.

This position is located on the Pacific Southwest Research Station, Research, Conservation of Biodiversity/Fuel&Fire Program Area, Conservation of Biodiversity Wildlife Team in Shaver Lake, CA.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Craig Thompson at 559-868-6296 or

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Positions may be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year which can be extended 1 additional year.

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

DUTIES: Individually, or as a crewmember, conducts established wildlife-related research activities. Performs fieldwork associated with a research project on the status, behavior and distribution of fishers (Martes pennanti) which may include: safe capture and handling of fishers and other wildlife, installing and monitoring remote camera stations, aerial and ground radio telemetry work, and helping with scat detection dog surveys. Assignments may involve monitoring the presence and movement of wildlife, data management, equipment maintenance, and facilities upkeep.

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-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level performing work related to the duties of this position. Examples of work experience that meet this requirement include: Performed steps or sections of procedural assignments in providing technical support in a wildlife management field environment. Used designated well-established guidelines to compute, compile, and present data in reports for a biological or scientific program. Participated in wildlife assignments, performing such tasks as collecting, organizing, and analyzing wildlife-related data. Kept detailed records of findings or results of biological science tests and procedures. -OR

Successfully completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in a combination of courses related to the position. -OR

Combination of experience and education, for the education portion you may only use the excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree which is equivalent to 1 year of work experience as defined above.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

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

No Additional Requirements

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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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BENEFITS: Health Insurance Coverage: As of July 17, 2012 certain temporary employees who are firefighters or who are qualified to provide direct on-site support to fire incidents are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Upon appointment you will be notified if you are eligible to enroll under the FEHB program.

For more information on the available federal health insurance plans go to:

OTHER INFORMATION: 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.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Government housing is available.

Federal day care facilities are not available.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

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