Biological Science Technician
Department Of The Interior 274 reviews - Fairbanks, AK

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For additional information about the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska , visit: FWS .

This announcement will be used to fill Biological Science Technician (Avian) positions in Region 7 (Alaska) with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Fairbanks, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska .


U.S. Citizenship Required
You will be required to carry a firearm in performance of your duties.

Background and/or Security Investigation required. DUTIES:
As a Biological Science Technician, you will:
Assit in the collection of data on wildlife/avian populations

Work in remote field camps and operate associated equipment

Assist in the collection of avian morphometric data, mark/recapture data and biological samples

Use and maintain field equipment including radio telemetry scanners, cameras, GPS equipment, binoculars, rangefinders, and computers

Technicians will perform field work at various locations on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), including remote areas in the Alaskan bush. Travel to field camps is primarily by small aircraft or boat.

For more information on the duties of this position contact David Payer at 907-455-1830 .

In order to be rated as qualified we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements.

Your resume must show the number of hours per week worked and the starting and ending dates of employment - month and year - (if the position was seasonal, the periods you worked)

For the GS-04 grade level , the applicant must have at least 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience required are: assisting in the sampling of fish or wildlife populations, capturing fish or wildlife and collecting morphometric data, operating and calibrating water quality instruments, or collecting and summarizing aquatic habitat data. Other examples of qualifying specialized experience include: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.


Have successfully completed 2 years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: biology, ecology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, agriculture, botany, physics, or mathematics and at least 6 semester hours of the courses are directly related to the occupation such as: fish or wildlife biology, limnology, aquatic ecology and toxicology.


Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education, as described above. To compute this, determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement and your experience as a percentage of the experience requirement, then add the two percentages. The total must be at least 100% to qualify.

Applicants must meet the experience and/or education requirements, qualifications, and any selective placement factors that have been specified in the announcement by the closing date of this announcement.

All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance.

Direct Deposit is required.

You will be required to safely carry, handle and use firearms for bear defense of self and others. Applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon. 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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your 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.

Knowledge of the basic principles of fish and wildlife biology and laboratory science to perform biological field work

Ability to capture, identify, measure or mark fish or wildlife species, collect and preserve analytical samples, and collect other relevant samples and data using a variety of field sampling methods and equipment

Skill in using computers and other technical and scientific field equipment in sampling and collecting biological specimens and data

Ability to work and live in remote, isolated locations in order to perform ecological field work BENEFITS:
In addition to the base salary range and locality rate as previously stated, you will receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation 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.

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

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.

Travel in government aircraft; including small, fixed wing and helicopters over long distances in sometimes turbulent flying conditions to remote locations is required as a part of the duties of this position. If you have a private life insurance policy, travel in a government aircraft may affect the benefits payable in the event of an accident.

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