Biological Science Technician
Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Marble Falls, TX

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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a full-time, temporary position with the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Marble Falls, Texas.

All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).

U.S. Citizenship Required

Background Investigation Required

Medical Examination Required


Additional Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - Marble Falls, TX

  • Develops databases and analyzes data using standard statistical methods and procedures in preparation of wildlife reports.
  • Enters and retrieves data from the Geographic Information System and/or other information management systems.
  • Develops graphs, charts and illustrations using computer software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Harvard graphics.
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of wildlife censuses and surveys and recommends wildlife management practices.
  • Identify flora to genus, species, variety or subspecies using taxonomic keys and/or a dichotomous key.
  • Survey areas to locate rare plants or exotic weed species.
Qualifications and Evaluations

By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below. This handbook can be viewed at .

Basic Requirements for this position:
A. At least 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level. Examples of specialized experience may include: collect and report vegetation, habitat and other biological monitoring data and field investigations; assist others in planning wildlife studies; gather physiological and spatial data on wildlife; use a geographic information system in conducting biological studies.


B. Successful completion of 1 full year of graduate education directly related to the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

Transcripts : You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.

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.

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Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Field work requires strenuous activity for significant periods of time, often walking over rough terrain and in muddy conditions; on rough or uneven surfaces; wading through vegetation choked marshes, lifting and carrying heavy objects, and in many instances during difficult weather conditions. Collection of bird survey data requires good vision and field work results in exposure

to such things as: poison ivy insects, sun, wind, temperature variation and many varieties of pollen. Data interpretation and processing require extensive time at a computer terminal.

Seasonal field studies involve considerable physical demands, such as frequent, extensive travel on foot; bending; crouching; and climbing; exertion from lifting and carrying equipment; and energy drain from cold, wet and windy weather. The incumbent must be in good physical condition and anticipate the demands of each field trip. Occasionally lifts containers weighing up to 35 pounds.

Subject to extreme physical effort and may be required to lift objects weighing over 50 pounds Work includes office and outdoor settings. There is regular exposure to high and low temperature extremes, inclement weather, dusty/noisy environments, working near heavy equipment. The incumbent is expected to perform duties in a safe and orderly manner, so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property. Field activities are normally conducted in remote locations and often under primitive living conditions. Small boats, canoes, or small aircraft may be used for travel or as a survey platform. Firefighting: exposure to intense heat, inhalation of smoke, etc; long and exhausting work hours.

Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of animal identification and ability to conduct wildlife surveys.

Knowledge of plant taxonomy and ability to conduct vegetation surveys.

Knowledge of descriptive statistics and spatial data technologies & skill in producing maps and graphs with GIS software and computer software.

Knowledge of descriptive statistics and spatial data technologies & skill in producing maps and graphs with GIS software and computer software.

NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.

Benefits and Other Info

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veteransÂ’ preference see

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ). - 3 years ago - save job - block
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