Biological Science Technician (Plants)
Department Of The Interior - Rapid City, SD

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HO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.

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VACANCY IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN): 589949 (Include on all documents).

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: These positions are seasonal temporary positions, with full-time work not to exceed (NTE) 1040 hours in a service year. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons. Anticipated Entrance on Duty (EOD): MAY, 2012.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required

Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication

PRE-APPOINTMENT CERTIFICATION STATEMENT FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION

Valid State Drivers License

Travel will be required

DUTIES:
The Biological Technicians (plants) will help implement a long-term ecological monitoring program for vegetation in 13 park units in the Northern Great Plains. The incumbents visit field sites to collect extensive monitoring data on grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs, (identifying them to the species level) and fuel loads. The position will involve a combination of office work, field time, and travel to the parks. These positions work 10-hour days and require constant travel to parks within Nebraska, Wyoming, South and North Dakota. Crew members will be required to hike off trail with heavy packs, sometimes in extremely hot weather or through thick vegetation. The position will spend approximately 10-20% of time performing computer work and office work, the majority of which will be done after the field season. The anticipated field season is May through September, with some office work at the beginning and the end of the season.

Area Information: Rapid City is South Dakota's second largest city with approximately 68,000 residents and is the gateway to the Black Hills area of South Dakota. Rapid City offers early childhood programs, public schools, private schools, and a technical college. Rapid City offers entertainment opportunities at the civic auditorium, superior health care facilities, beautiful neighborhoods, and endless outdoor recreational opportunities such as skiing, rock climbing, camping, hiking, and kayaking. Rapid City is within a 90 minute drive of four national park units (Wind Cave National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Badlands National Park), and South Dakota's crown jewel state park- Custer State Park. Summer is warm, dry, and sunny. July and August are the warmest months of the year, when daytime temperatures climb into the 70s and 80s--and sometime 90s. Breezy winds and low humidity levels help make the hot days comfortable. January and February are the coldest months of winter. Daytime temperatures average in the 30s, but Chinook winds can warm temperatures into the 50s and 60s. Average monthly snowfall ranges from five inches in Rapid City to 15 inches in the Black Hills .

No government housing is available

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Wednesday, February 01, 2012 . Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

For the GS-05 grade level: 1 (one) year full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level. Specialized experience includes field work identifying several dozen herbaceous plants and shrubs to the species level in all stages of development. It may also include floral surveys and inventories.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience may 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.

Or

Education: For GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. The successful completion of a full course of study of at least 12 months in a school for clinical laboratory technicians may be substituted for the 1 year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level for positions involving microbiology and biochemistry technician work.

OR

Combination of Education and Experience: An equivalent combination of education and experience. Completion of a percentage of the specialized experience and graduate education listed above when combined totals 100%. (A copy of your transcripts will be required with your application, however, you will need to submit original transcripts at/before entrance on duty, if selected.) QUALIFICATIONS : To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION/RESUME.

(1) JOB INFORMATION: announcement number, and title and grade of the job for which you are applying;

(2) PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name, mailing address (with ZIP Code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code); last four of your social security number; country of citizenship; veterans preference; reinstatement eligibility (you must attach SF 50 for proof of your career or career conditional status.); and highest Federal civilian grade held (Also give job series and dates held.)

(3) EDUCATION: High school name, city, state, (zip code if known) and date of diploma or Ged; name and city and state (zip code if known) of colleges and universities attended, with majors, type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours);

(4) WORK EXPERIENCE: Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job for which you are applying: (a) job title (include series and grade if Federal job), (b) duties and accomplishments, (c) employer's name and address, (d) supervisor's name and phone number; Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor, (e)starting and ending dates (month and year), (f) salary and (g) hours per week, Failure to include hours will result in your application/resume not being considered and you will be ineligible.

(5) OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: Job related training courses (title and year); job related skills (for example; other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed); job related certificates and licenses (current only); and job related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards) give dates but do not send documents unless requested.

Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

If you are using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your transcripts. IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to show how you satisfy the course/education requirements. If you do not provide TRANSCRIPTS that include your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking, you will be rated ineligible. Your rating will be based solely on the information you submit with your application. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply.

1. You must be U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.

2. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties.

3. Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration https://www.sss.gov/

4. New employees of the Department of Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay.

5. Position is subject to rotating shifts, evening, weekends, and holidays.

6. You will be required to travel approximately two weeks each month (more or less depending upon work requirements).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
BASIS OF RATING:
The rater will not make assumptions, guess, or use personal knowledge about your experience or education in the rating process. The rater will use the written information that you provide in your application to verify your responses to the Occupational Assessment Questionnaire. Therefore, you should provide detailed evidence and descriptions of your experience, training, education, awards, hobbies, self-development achievements, pertinent unpaid or volunteer work, and any other aspect of your background as it relates to the position. It is important that you indicate the diversity, level of difficulty, and complexity of your experience.

Method of rating will be Category based.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (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.
Category Group III (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.

You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. You will be rated based on your responses and assigned a score ranging from 70 to 100 points.

The scores will be used to determine the best qualified candidates who will be referred for selection. Best qualified applications rated with a score of 95 or above, will be referred to the selecting official. Additional names from the well qualified list may be added to the referral list if we do not receive enough best qualified candidates.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following Tasks. Note: Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questions. The occupational questionnaire was developed from these tasks.

1. Identify herbaceous vegetation of the Black Hills and Northern Great Plains to the species level .

2. Identify overstory and shrub species of the Black Hills and Northern Great Plains to the species level .

3. Establish vegetation plots and measure forest attributes.

4. Work in a field situation under adverse or demanding conditions.

5. Work effectively while spending a great deal of time in close quarters with others on the field crew implementing natural resource projects

BENEFITS:
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

This link provides an overview of all the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:
1. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 95 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

2. V e t e r a n s' P ref e rence: If y o u a r e e n titled t o v eter an s ' preference , y ou should indicate t he type of veterans ' preference you a r e cl aim in g o n yo u r r es um e. Y o ur v ete r ans ' pre f erence entitlement will be v er i f i ed b y t h e em p loying agency. For more information on Veterans' Preference please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .

3. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. NOTE: If you are current federal employee applying under VEOA you are subject to meeting the time-in-grade restrictions.

4. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

Temporary appointments are not eligible for promotion.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will NOT be paid.

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