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Biological Science Technician (Invasive Species/Restoration)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Term NTE 13 MONTHS Full Time You too can make a difference in our world. The work of the US Fish and Wildlife Service is meaningful and varied. Want to know more about what it is like to work for us?
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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.
This is a full-time TERM position Not-to-Exceed 13 Months, but MAY be extended up to 4 years at management's discretion.

The employee will serve as a Biological Science Technician (Invasive Species/Restoration) at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Roswell, NM. As such, the employee is vital to plan, implement and monitor invasive species occurrence on the Refuge and assist with Refuge Restoration projects.

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All application materials and supporting documentation _must_ be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation).
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U.S. Citizenship Required Background Investigation One-year trial period Pre-Employment Medical Examination
Assists in the planning and conducts biological surveys for the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered species resources.
Assists in planning multifaceted fish and wildlife studies by contributing ideas, determining research methods, establishing practical procedures for accomplishing and reporting the work, and determining other needs, such as costs, equipment and personnel.
Conducts surveillance to detect colonization by aquatic species.
Assists in planning the operation of nuisance species control, stocking efforts, and working with cooperators to monitor aquatic species and any impacts on vulnerable native species.
Assists biologists in studying and preparing reports on monitoring and research projects for fish and/or other wildlife with emphasis on federally listed species.
Uses specialized techniques and methods to collect biological and water resources data from field investigations and reports findings to determine actual and potential impact on fishery and/or wildlife resources from water development projects, wetland restoration projects or habitat improvement projects.
Work includes locating, capturing, censusing, marking and tagging aquatic species.
Develops and uses automated databases to enter, organize and perform preliminary analysis of collected field data, using standard statistical methods in preparation of technical reports.
Enters and retrieves data from geographic information systems and/or other information management systems.
Operate a variety of field equipment commonly used in research studies, including, fish sampling
gear (such as fish traps and seins), specialized monitoring equipment, cars and trucks, and cameras.
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


Qualifications for GS-0404 Biological Science Technician:

_GS-06: You must meet A, B or C below:_
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A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include: Assisting others in collecting biological data including vegetation and habitat data as well as assistance with conducting biological surveys and field investigations; assisting others with implementing habitat restoration techniques to wetland habitats for the benefit of various species, with emphasis on invertebrates and waterfowl; assisting others with the manipulation of water levels within wetland units through a water control system (ditches, canals, drains, dikes, and water control structures) to implement moist soil unit prescriptions; assisting others with conducting invasive species removal efforts.
B. Possess at least 9 semester hours of graduate education directly related to the work of the position.
C. Possess a combination of qualifying specialized experience and education.
_GS-07: You must meet A, B or C below:_
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A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include: Independently collecting biological data including vegetation and habitat data, as well as experience conducting biological surveys and field investigations; implementing habitat restoration techniques to wetland habitats for the benefit of various species, with emphasis on invertebrates and waterfowl; manipulating water levels within wetland units through a water control system (ditches, canals, drains, dikes, and water control structures) to implement moist soil unit prescriptions; and independently conducting invasive species removal efforts.
B. Possess at least 18 semester hours of graduate education directly related to the work of the position.
C. Possess a combination of qualifying specialized experience and education.
__Transcripts__ _:_ You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to support your educational claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education. _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.
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire
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_Requirements:_
Background investigation
1-year trial period is required (if one has not yet been completed)
Must wear the Service uniform
Must possess a valid State driver's license
Pre-Employment Medical Examination
_Physical Demands and Work Environment:_
The work requires physical exertion such as regular and recurring walking or climbing over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending; crouching, stooping, lifting or reaching to observe, collect, or record field data.
May require carrying objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Works indoors and out. Exposure to adverse weather conditions or weather extremes such as cold, dampness, humidity and insects are often encountered in the performance of the outdoor work.
Safety precautions and protective clothing or gear are required when working around water, and with chemicals and equipment.
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):
1. Knowledge of habitat restoration techniques of wetland habitats for the benefit of various species, with emphasis on invertebrates.
2. Ability to collect biological data, vegetation, and habitat data, conduct biological surveys and field investigations.
3. Ability to conduct resource management activities (ie, mapping, surveying, seeding, habitat monitoring, maintenance on buildings, fencing, invasive weed management, etc).
4. Ability to communicate in writing in order to convey technical and general program data to a variety of audiences.
5. Ability to communicate orally in order to present biological field data in reports.
6. Ability to work effectively with others.
7. Skill in leading biological technicians and/or volunteers in performing work in a variety of field situations
8. Skill in using a computer to input, edit, retrieve, and process scientific data.
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.
To apply for this position, you must complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the _Required Documents_section below.
Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
_Apply online_:
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
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 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.
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 you application will be incomplete.
1. Resume
2. Completed Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts (if applicable)
4. SF-50 (if applicable)
5. Veteran''s Preference Documentation (if applicable)
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_Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:_
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the Occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use this cover page ( ) and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1121597. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the Occupational Questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire .
3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to .
If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.
DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail. If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.
If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at .
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
View Occupational Questionnaire
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 veterans' 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 berated at 90or 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
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3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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