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Biological Science Technician (Birds)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Temporary NTE 1039 hours Full Time
Experience your America by joining Assateague Island National Seashore. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. For additional park information, visit Assateague Island National Seashore website.
Who May Apply: All United States citizens.
Vacancy ID: 1272951
This position(s) is a full-time TEMPORARY appointment, not-to-exceed 1039 hours. The appointment is expected to provide full-time, 40 hours per week employment. Appointments may be terminated at any time, may be extended, or work schedules may be changed to part-time depending on funding and work availability.
Anticipated Enter on Duty: March 2015 Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill 4 positions at this time; however, the announcement may be used to fill additional similarvacancies.
Full Performance Level: Positions will be filled at the GS-05 and/or GS-06 grade levels.
Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the full announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.
United States citizenship required. Appointment subject to favorably adjudicated background investigation. Social security number required to process your application. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service. Requires a valid state driver's license.
Primary Duties of the GS-05: As a field technician for avian wildlife management programs, the incumbent will work under permanent park staff to carry out field activities including the control and enhancement of wildlife populations, pest species management, threatened species management, population inventory and assessment, habitat restoration and threat mitigation. The primary focus of this position will be related to a breeding population of threatened shorebirds. The technician will collect field observation data for resource monitoring programs evaluating terrestrial wildlife populations, habitat dynamics, ecological processes, and public recreation issues. They serve as an integral part of an interagency team of monitors and also work independently to accomplish team goals. The program relies on skills including wildlife population sampling design, breeding bird behavior recognition, excellent sight, hearing and mobility in a coastal environment, the use of optical equipment, construction of public use closures and wildlife control structures, techniques to manage or control problem species, the use of personal computers and GPS equipment, the use and maintenance of off road trucks. Incumbent will be required to operate an off-road vehicle.
Primary Duties of the GS-06: As a field technician for avian wildlife management program, the incumbent will work assisting permanent park staff to coordinate and independently complete daily field activities including the control and enhancement of wildlife populations, pest species management, threatened species management, population inventory and assessment, habitat restoration and threat mitigation. The primary focus of this position will be related to a breeding population of Threatened shorebirds. The technician will collect field observation data for resource monitoring programs evaluating terrestrial wildlife populations, habitat dynamics, ecological processes, and public recreation issues. They serve as an integral part of an interagency team of monitors and also work independently to accomplish team goals. The program relies on skills including wildlife population sampling design, breeding bird behavior recognition, excellent sight, hearing and mobility in a coastal environment, the use of optical equipment, construction of public use closures and wildlife control structures, techniques to manage or control problem species, the use of personal computers and GPS equipment, the use and maintenance of off road trucks. The technician will also conduct QA/QC and metadata requirements for all aspects of data collection and work output. Incumbent will be required to operate an off-road vehicle.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work requires physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking, hiking, or climbing over wet, rough or uneven surfaces; bending, crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data. Heavy items (e.g. equipment and packs up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis. The work is performed in an office or outdoors. The work performed involves regular and recurring exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals.
Position Location: Assateague Island National Seashore is located on the Atlantic coast of Maryland and Virginia, approximately 130 miles east of Washington, DC. The area is largely rural, with numerous small towns and the seaside resorts of Ocean City, MD and Chincoteague, VA nearby. Complete shopping and medical services are available, as are public and private schools. The small city of Salisbury, MD is about 30 miles west of the headquarters area and has shopping centers, a university and a large hospital. Summers are hot and humid, with high temperatures commonly in the 90's. Winters are mild with little snow and daytime temperatures usually above freezing.
For additional position and/or location information, please contact: Jack Kumer, Natural Resources Manager ,
To qualify for this position , you must demonstrate that you possess either the qualifying experience and/or education described below. Equivalent combinations of experience and education may be used to qualify.
_For the GS-05 grade level:_ SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level of the federal service. For this position, specialized experience is experience that provides the particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience for this grade level includes assisting higher level technicians/biologists in conducting wildlife surveys and assembling basic information on wildlife populations such as habitat use; performing routine and recurring testing of collected biological samples; participating in the capture of wildlife to apply visual and radio tags; and assisting higher level specialists in the preparation of reports. If you are claiming this experience, it must be documented in your resume._OR_ : SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Successful completion of four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours of course work in a related field of scientific or technical study, such as in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, ornithology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, mathematics, wildlife, wildlife management or other directly related subject matter. At least 6 semester hours of this coursework must have been in subjects that were directly related to the work of this position (biology, ornithology, wildlife management, wildlife biology or other related topics). _OR_ : AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF QUALIFYING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.
_For the GS-06 grade level:_ SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level of the federal service. For this position, specialized experience is experience that provides the particular knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of such experience for this grade level includes implementing wildlife survey projects; assembling information on wildlife populations such as seasonal movement and harvest characteristics; collecting data on condition of forage, range, and streams and providing results to higher level specialists for analyses; and using standard statistical methods and procedures to test field data. If you are claiming this experience, it must be documented in your resume. O_R_ : SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Successful completion of 9 semester hours or 13 quarter hours of graduate education in a field of study directly related to this position, such as in biology, ornithology, wildlife management, wildlife biology or other related topics. _OR_ : AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.
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. Important Note: Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the applicable educational provisions have been met. To qualify based on education you MUST SUBMIT a legible copy of transcripts or list of college courses with your name, school name, credit or semester hours, major(s), and a grade-point average or class ranking. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For further information on creditable education
Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM website at

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
A review of your application package will be made to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Occupational Questionnaire Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:
Ability to conduct avian field monitoring and management involving breeding piping plovers (or snowy plovers).
Ability to conduct avian field activities involving breeding least terns and other breeding shorebirds/colonial birds.
Ability to operate off road vehicles, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units, GIS software and an assortment of hand construction tools.
Ability to use a personal computer and software programs including Microsoft Word, Access and Excel, Powerpoint and the ability to use GIS hardware and ArcGIS or ArcMap programs.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing for the purpose of accurately conveying Agency messages and technical scientific information.
Basis for rating: Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into three categories: 1) Best Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and excels in most requirements of the position; 2) Well Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards and meets most requirements of the position; 3) Qualified - meets the minimum qualification standards, but does possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree. Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Applying On-line: 1. To begin the application process on-line, click on the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJobs account. Follow the prompts to complete the on-line Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end at the process.2. Other required/supporting documentation (resume, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.): You may upload documents through your USAJobs account. If you unable to load documents, you may fax your documents by completing the required Official Fax Cover Page found at using the Vacancy ID: 1272951. Fax your documents to .3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJobs account, , select the Application Status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will quickly display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.4. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click update application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.
If you cannot apply online, you will need to: 1. Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.2. Print the 1203FX form found to provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Each page must contain your SSN and the Vacancy ID 1272951.3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to .4. Print the required Official Fax Cover Page ( ) and include it with any other required/supporting documents you fax (e.g., resumes, transcripts, veterans preference documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.Please do not complete steps 1-4 if you are applying on-line. Applications submitted to the SHRO email or mailing address below will not be accepted. Applications must be typed or printed clearly in dark ink. Forms or additional information on how to apply for Federal jobs can be obtained from the Internet at /. NOTE: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at . Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the appropriate Vacancy ID Number 1272951 so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. The SHRO will not be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.
To apply for this position, provide a complete application package, which includes all of the following parts:1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire.2. Your resume or application form. The job/work/volunteer experience in your resume MUST include the employer name and address, employment month and year start and end dates, hours worked per week, supervisor name and phone number, and a description of your duties. If this information is not provided, you may lose credit for this work experience and lose consideration for this position. _ _3_._ Any other supporting documents needed (such as legible DD-214 with honorable discharge Member 4 copy to show veteran's preference, college transcripts, CTAP/ICTAP documents, SF-50, etc.). DO NOT SUBMIT personal photographs or copies of certificates and/or licenses unless specifically requested in the vacancy announcement.All application materials and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) collectionoffice located in Macon, GA. The VA SHRO (advertising office) will not accept any materials submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. You must apply online or via fax (see instructions above).
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. An evaluation of your application will be made. Based on applicant ratings, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when referral has been made.
Selectee(s) may be eligible for Annual Leave. /
Selectee(s) may be eligible for Sick Leave. /
Selectee(s) may be eligible for Federal Employee Health Benefits.
Social Security Number is required to process your application.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.
Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
Employees must have federal payments made by direct deposit (PL 104-134).Government housing may beavailable.
Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. Weekends, nights, holiday and overtime work may occasionally be required.Wearing a uniform is required.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department.
CTAP/ICTAP - If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria. 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 your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your 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 additional guidance, please visit the following website: /.
Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific documents to support all claims such as: your legible DD-214 (Member 4 copy) that shows honorable discharge, SF-15, VA Letter, and proof requested on the form. Applications lacking a legible DD-214 and, if applicable, associated SF-15/VA Letter documentation will not receive veteran's preference. For more information about eligibility for Veteran's Preference, please visit
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