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Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) Full-time

at US Department of Agriculture in Oregon (Published at 03-12-2019)

    Duties

    Summary

    There are 3 positions available in the Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6). For additional information about these positions, please contact the following:

    • Jeff Goldberg at (503) 630-8846 or by email at jeff.goldberg@usda,gov for the position in Sandy, OR.
    • Elizabeth Robinson at (360) 497-1136 or by email at elizabeth.robinson@usda.gov for the position in Randle, WA.
    • Michelle Dragoo at (503) 392-5127 or by email at michelle.dragoo@usda.gov for the position in Hebo, OR.

    Responsibilities

    • As a leader, or part of a team, participates in the development of the unit wildlife project plans and program for habitat management.
    • Schedules, organizes, and executes field wildlife projects for detecting identifying and evaluating habitat management.
    • Resolves regular and recurring problems concerning wildlife project plans for habitat management.
    • Collects, complies and summarizes the data that is obtained on wildlife habitat and vegetation for preparation of wildlife species, range allotment, deer herd, and other maps and management plans.
    • Compiles and summarizes the data from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation types; conducts routine analyses; and biological and vegetation data.
    • Collects data for big game, upland game, raptors, small mammals, and threatened and endangered species. Subsequently, assists with development of reports after higher graded employees have refined and verified the data and analyzed the results.
    • Independently plans and conducts a variety of field studies of sensitive wildlife species to determine numbers, environmental conditions, and the condition of the species and its habitat.
    • Evaluate data and make recommendations for improvement of habitat or species. Data is collected in field locations, away from the unit.
    • Develops work plans to collect required data, determines recording requirements, and factors to use for complete habitat and species condition analyses.
    • Utilizes government equipment, computer systems and associated software for recording, storing and analyzing data.
    • Duties listed are at Full Performance Level.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for field work, site visits, training and/or meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    7

  • Job family (Series)

    0404 Biological Science Technician

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov

    Qualifications

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.
    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    For the GS-05: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: provided technical support in a wildlife management field environment by organized wildlife-related data; collected field data on wildlife habitat and vegetation, species condition, location, and status for habitat management and improvement plans; and maintained records of findings or results of biological science tests and procedures;
    OR
    a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school (120 semester/180 quarter hours) with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics and at least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled such as mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management and zoology;
    OR
    a combination of successfully completed post-high school education (in excess of the first 60 semester/90 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.
    For the GS-06: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Completed wildlife habitat project work, and/or assessed wildlife habitat environments, requirements, and inhabitants; Collected field data on wildlife habitat and vegetation, species condition, location, and status for habitat management and improvement plans; Compiled biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation type, wildlife and livestock use;
    OR
    one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position such as: mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management and zoology;
    OR
    a combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
    For the GS-07: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-6 grade level. Examples of specialized experience are: Inspected wildlife habitat and/or nested sites and collected field data on wildlife habitat and vegetation, species condition, location, and status for the preparation of maps and habitat management and improvement plans; Compiled and summarized biological data obtained from aerial and ground surveys to determine vegetation type, wildlife and livestock use; and/or identify and evaluate habitat management;
    OR
    one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position such as: mammalogy, ornithology, animal ecology, wildlife management and zoology;
    OR
    a combination of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
    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.
    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    See above for creditable education in lieu of specialized experience.

    Additional information

    Hebo, OR
    Position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 grade level
    Work schedule: Permanent Full Time
    Telework: Yes
    TOS: Relocation expenses may be reimbursed at the discretion of management in accordance with agency policy.
    Government housing: No
    Sandy, OR
    Position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 grade level
    Work schedule: Permanent Fulltime
    Telework: Yes
    TOS: Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed for this position
    Government housing: No
    Randle, WA
    Position may be filled at the GS-05, GS-06 or GS-07 grade level
    Work schedule: Permanent Seasonal (18/8)
    Telework: No
    TOS: Relocation expenses may be reimbursed at the discretion of management in accordance with agency policy.
    Government housing: Yes
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).
    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Part-time and intermittent service will be credited only for time actually worked. Non-pay status (such as LWOP) is credited for up to six months in a calendar year; anything beyond six months is not credited. Applicants are responsible for providing sufficient information/documentation to determine if the 24 month criteria is met.
    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.
    PROMOTION POTENTIAL: If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied or guaranteed.
    Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email

    asc_tos@fs.fed.us

    .
    This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW.
    Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
    We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

    • Biology
    • Oral Communication
    • Project Management
    • Research
    • Technical Competence
    • Technical Competence
    • Technology Application
    • Wildlife Biology
    • Writing

    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
    If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.
    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.
    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10664260

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If you are using education to qualify, you must submit: a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

    In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:
    • Current and former Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • Current permanent FSA County employees: most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action, (SF-50 or equivalent) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
    • VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
    • If claiming eligibility under a special hiring authority not listed above, please review the Required Documents for Hiring Authorities Quick Guide on the Forest Service website.
  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



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