Biological Science Technician
Interior, National Park Service - Arizona

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Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified persons. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

AREA INFORMATION:
Tonto National Monument is comprised of 1120 acres and was established to preserve, protect and interpret prehistoric cliff dwellings, archeological sites in the Monument, and the natural and cultural values of the Upper Sonoran ecosystem. The Monument is located in a desert environment in central Arizona, approximately 20 miles south of Tonto Basin, 30 miles northwest of Globe, 50 miles south of Payson, and 125 miles east of Phoenix. No park housing available.

Valid state driver's license is required and must be maintained.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

Incumbent of this position will be required to wear a NPS uniform.

This is a TERM, Subject to Furlough position:
"Subject to Furlough" which means the position is seasonal in nature and does not provide for employment on a full-time year-around basis. The employee will work or be in pay and duty status at least 16 pay periods and not more than 25 pay periods in any service year.

TERM position not-to-exceed 13 months but may be extended up to 4 years depending on workload and funding. The work schedule is full-time, 80 hours per period.

This position may require evening, weekend, and/or holiday work.
Occasional travel may be required for project work, up to 5 nights per month.

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KEY REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship required

This position is required to serve a trial period of 1 year

Duties

Additional Duty Location Info:
1 vacancy - Southern Arizona, AZ

Conducts a variety of Resource Management projects including restoration, invasive plant control, vegetation monitoring, and integrated pest management (IPM). Duties will include: carrying out surveys for exotic plant species, re-locating past reports of exotic vegetation, recording and mapping populations using global positioning system (GPS); conducting exotic and invasive plant eradication (manually and chemically); returning to sites to assess efficacy and applying follow-up treatment as needed; assisting with site revegetation activities (site reconstruction, planting, plant salvage and transplant, follow-up care); and coordinating with volunteers (individuals and groups), park staff, researchers, and others on projects.

Assists with the IPM program by monitoring pests, documenting damages, advising on treatment needs, etc. The incumbent must be familiar with basic Integrated Pest Management principles and have successfully taken three or more courses in the standard biological sciences such as biology, entomology, geology, chemistry, physics, botany, plant pathology, soil science, etc.

Performs data collection using advanced technology, data entry, and carries out quality control checks on data collection and entry performed by others. In addition, incumbents make field observations of natural resource conditions, which may include vegetation, wildlife, water, pests, and/or weather.

Provides assistance, as directed, in maintaining plant and animal specimens and collection.

Provides field assistance in monitoring, collecting, investigating and photographing (digital/other) of pest species (especially Africanized bees).

Evaluates and observes conditions and problems, and makes preliminary determinations on the cause of problems noted.

Assists in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines. Assists with electronic and paper data file management and organization.

Provides administrative support such as copying, collating binders, preparing technical information packets, filing, etc.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Currently hold or able to obtain State of Arizona herbicide applicator’s certificate. Applicants will be required to work with herbicide.

Work Conditions

In addition to working in an office/field setting, the work involves walking and standing for extended periods of time; lifting heavy items; bending or stooping for long periods; and frequently working under inclement (hot, cold, snow, wind, rain) weather conditions. Field work includes exposure to biting insects, wild animals, high pollen levels, dermatitis-causing plants, and poisonous snakes.

Incumbent must be able to work independently in remote locations and extreme environments.
Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.
Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, and standing, and working in cramped p ositions and climbing.
Work requires lifting and moving heavy items.

Who should public contact with questions about this position?

Chief of Resources Management, Roger Dorr 928-467-2241 x 8300

Qualifications and Evaluations

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and education as described in the Occupational/Assessment Questions section.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Monday, August 29, 2011. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

Basic Qualifications:
GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level or o ne full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in below, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Experience must have been related to the work of the position for which application is made. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. 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.

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities you will be rated on are:
1. Knowledge in habitat restoration in arid environments, including native plant salvage, planting, seed collection, restoration site monitoring and maintenance, and exotic plant mapping, eradication, and monitoring.

2. Knowledge of plant and animal identification systems, and Southwest mountain and desert flora and fauna. Experience with field identification of plants and vegetation sampling design. Experience with wildlife management.

3. Ability to perform collection and recording of resource-related data, include collection techniques (GIS/GPS/PDA), database management, word processing, resource management field data collection in remote field environments, and relocation of previously collected data points using GIS/GPS

4. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills applicable to conversation,telephone use, internet, and written documents (both scholarly and for the public).

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 50 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

NOTE: Graduate Education: One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. 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.

Examples of related education include: biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics.

Combining Education and Experience: Compute your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-7; then compute your education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-7. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for GS-7.

WHEN QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION, YOU MUST INCLUDE COPIES OF YOUR UNOFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S). FAILURE TO INCLUDE THIS PAPERWORK WILL DEEM YOU INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION. THE COPIES WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be well-qualified for this vacancy, a displaced Federal employee must be rated at 85 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.

This position is required to serve a trial period of one year.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. To ensure registration or to register, go to www.sss.gov .

CITIZENSHIP: You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

UNIFORM: Incumbent of this position will be required to wear a uniform & comply with NPS standards.

DRIVERS LICENSE: You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid state issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year or more frequently if management determines such need exists.

Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). Do not submit narratives, just complete the Occupational Questionnaire. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions.

The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities you will be rated on are found under the Qualifications Section .

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. You should be aware that your responses are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume OR if your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Later steps in the selection process may be used to verify your stated level of experience and capability.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Section Procedures. We will review your résumé and supporting documentation and compare this information in your responses on your occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you are basically qualified for the job, we will evaluate your application package using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to access the quality depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience and education as they related to the critical competencies or tasks listed below. We will then place you in one of the categories described below.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Qualified- applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE : Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran. Please note that documentation must be provided by the closing date of this announcement to be credited with veteran's preference (refer to "How to Apply" section).

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