Open to the first 75 applicants or until 06/25/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.
Career-Seasonal positions are guaranteed to work at least 6 months but not more than 50 weeks per year and include all the benefits of permanent employment and can vary due to workload and funding.
Assists in conducting wildlife surveys and assembling basic information on wildlife species and populations such as habitat use, sex, age structure, and seasonal movement. Raptors and Desert bighorn sheep are a focus. Collects data on habitat condition and makes preliminary evaluations of the cause of any problems noted (e.g., drought, disease). Assists in the preparation of reports, plans, and guidelines regarding issues such as seasonal closures of recreational use to protect sensitive species by collecting and compiling specified data. Uses standard statistical methods and procedures in performing routine and recurring testing of field data and applies findings in assisting with the preparation of reports relating to field activities. Enters and retrieves data from Geographic Information System (GIS) and/or other information management systems. Prepares graphs, charts and illustrations for reports and technical publications. Monitors and assists in control of wildlife including non-native invasive Burros. May participate in the capture of wildlife or wildlife research programs, applies visual and radio tags, and gathers physiological and spatial data on wildlife.
Assists in conducting surveys of individual plant species and vegetation communities and assembles basic information regarding location, plant and community health, and changes in vegetation communities with time. Helps with control of non-native invasive species by hand-pulling, use of herbicides, chainsaws, or mowing or other mechanical means. Involved in collecting, cleaning, storing and sowing native seed, native plant salvage, replanting, and other revegetation activities. Occasionally serves as a leader for interns, conservation corps crews, and volunteers. Keeps written field notes and assists team leader in preparing written trip reports. Provides data collection and management and assistance in other projects related to vegetation management.
Collects various types of hydrologic data including spring and stream discharge, water quality parameters, depth to groundwater. Evaluates qualitatively sediment transport, and geomorphic effects caused by changes in spring or stream discharge. Records observations of fluctuations that may affect the interpretation of the data. Checks and reduces data to be used for modeling and statistical analysis. Recognizes gaps or inconsistencies in the information; evaluates and compares previous records to ensure quality of data. Conducts non-complex modeling and statistical analyses. Prepares preliminary reports relating to individual hydrologic study assignments, including draft text, maps, charts, and other illustrative material.
Backcountry Conditions and Visitor Contact
Conducts backcountry patrols and visitor contacts in a manner that provides for protection of park resources and assures compliance with the Canyonlands backcountry permit system. Patrols are planned and implemented to optimize actions and the collection of data described above. Patrol results are provided to the relevant individuals or groups and include appropriate information and detail. Engages positively with visitors, providing explanation of field activities and interpretive information as needed. Provides courteous, accurate, and timely information regarding resource stewardship and park regulations. Observed safety concerns are brought to the immediate attention of visitors, or other park employees.
May monitor the condition of cultural sites in the Maze District following protocols established by the 2013 Southeast Utah Group Archeological Site Monitoring and Associated Guidelines for data collection and information management. Utilizes databases to enter and organize collected field data and uses standard statistical methods in the preparation of draft reports. Enters and retrieves data from a geographic information system (GIS) and other information management systems. Uses a variety of software programs to prepare graphs, charts and illustrations for reports and technical publications. Recommends modifications to field activity procedures to accomplish project objectives, and prepares draft reports and correspondence relating to field activities and results. Provides logistic support and area orientation for contract or cooperating scientists and provides technical information to cooperators. Provides advice, assistance, and training to lower graded technicians, interns, volunteers, and youth corps in gathering field data. Adheres to established control/quality assurance protocols and safety procedures.
*Moab position will perform vegetation duties only
The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.
0404 Biological Science Technician
TO QUALIFY FOR GS-6 Level:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: coordinating projects related to resource management such as: utilizing a computer database to record and summarize collected biological data; drafting resource reports or sections of reports; performing activities in support of field resource management projects (e.g., environmental monitoring, vegetation management, invasive species, wildlife studies, etc.). You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one full year of graduate education above a bachelor’s degree (18 semester hours is considered one year of full-time study, unless otherwise defined by the graduate institution) directly related to the biological sciences. This education was obtained in an accredited college or university. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours and course titles in order to qualify based on education).
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, for example first take, 6 months of the specialized experience described in above (50% of the experience requirement), and 9 hours of graduate study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) as specified in above, equals 100% of the total requirement. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours in order to qualify based on the combination option).
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as “varies”.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay.
A Recruitment Incentive May Be Authorized for a newly selected employee when appointed to a permanent, temporary, or term position. A Federal employee who is transferring to the National Park Service from another component, bureau or Federal agency and who does not meet the conditions under 5 CFR §575.102 is not eligible for a recruitment incentive.
A Relocation Incentive May Be Authorized for a Federal employee when the employee must move, as directed by the National Park Service (NPS) either through a management directed reassignment or selection for employment, to a different location at least 50 miles away from the one where his/her position of record held at time of selection is currently located, due to a need of the NPS. A relocation incentive is not the same as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move and, as such, may be granted in conjunction with one another.
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Physical Demands: The work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.
Working Conditions: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather and terrain conditions, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, snakes, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position. A review of your 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 your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.
Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran’s preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires successful completion of additional assessments. These assessments measure the critical competencies listed above that are required to successfully perform the job.
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/25/2021:
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