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Biological Aid/Technician

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a temporary appointment. These positions have no promotion potential. Work Schedule is full-time. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade. Direct Deposit Required; U.S. Citizenship is required; Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections; You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land. Biology Aids or Technicians (Soils) perform any of the following or many similar duties: Work from an outline, check extensive data in the field of fish habitat condition (stream or lake); record results; make census counts of various species or record observations, based on guidelines provided, on species condition or stream surveys; make assist in construction or placement of habitat improvement structures, fences, gabions, trash catchers, etc. The work is performed outdoors in steep rugged terrain; to include steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. Candidates must meet all qualification requirements as identified in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook. For information on qualification requirements please click here Qualifications. You must show that you possess the specialized experience and/or education as described in the job specific questions for this position. Where only a portion of your work experience would be creditable for this position, please provide the percentage of time that you spent on the specialized duties listed. General Experience: (l) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant''s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.
To preview questions please click here. You must meet the qualification requirements to be found qualified. GS-2 Biological Aid - 3 months of general experience; OR A high school diploma or the equivalent. GS-3 Biological Aid - 6 months of general work experience; OR Successful completion of 1 year (45 quarter or 30 semester hours) of study above high school, that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture or mathematics; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-4 Biological Technician - 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience. Examples of specialized experience may include prior specific work experience in wildlife, fisheries, plants, or soils, working from an outline checking extensive data relating to the specific area; and collecting samples, or observing and recording specific information (i.e., vegetative cover, water quality samples, flora or fauna); OR Successful completion of 2 years (90 quarter or 60 semester hours) of study above high school, that included at least 12 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 be directly related to this position; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-5 Biological Technician - one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include, depending on assignment participating in, banding, tagging, and releasing wildlife; inventorying rare, and endangered species habitat based on guidelines; and taking soil samples by layer and root samples; OR Successful completion of a full 4 year (180 quarter or 120 semester hours) course of study leading to a bachelor''s degree that included 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 be directly related to this position; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-6 Biological Technician - one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5 level. Examples of specialized experience may include surveying, mapping and documenting a variety of wildlife species and habitat conditions; compiling occurrence and distribution data, cover maps, and herbarium study mounts; assisting in performing fisheries studies and in constructing fish habitat improvement structures; and compiling data obtained through soil inventory and assembling data into a logical sequence for review; OR Successful completion of one-half year (13.5 quarter or 9 semester hours) of graduate study directly related to the work of the position; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. GS-7 Biological Technician - one year of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-6 level. Examples of specialized experience may include researching, compiling and tabulating a full range of wildlife inventory data; leading or conducting field inventories of soil types to develop intensive soil information; and collecting ecological site information for sensitive, threatened or endangered plants to determine factors limiting distribution and potential for enhancement; OR Successful completion of one full year (27 quarter or 18 semester hours) of graduate education directly related to the work of the position; OR A combination of experience and education to meet total experience. To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. Click on the button "Apply to this Vacancy" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven''t already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password." Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact an appropriate State Coordinator identified in the What to Expect Next section of this job announcement. Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following cutoff dates: January 31, 2014; February 28, 2014; March 31, 2014; April 30, 2014; May 31, 2014; June 30, 2014; July 31, 2014; and August 31, 2014.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
A copy of your college transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. If selected for this position you will be required to provide an original copy of your transcripts.
Veterans'' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans'' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans'' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans'' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans' preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
For 5-point veterans'' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
For 10-point veterans'' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options. Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
The temporary seasonal job announcement you applied to is designed to collect applicant names for these announcements. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. These lists of candidates are only used if and when a manager should determine the need to hire someone for a position to fill in the coming season, and has the funds to pay for it. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests such a list of candidates. Only if a manager requests such a list of candidates for a specific duty location are applications to that duty location looked at. Until such time, applications are on hold pending management decisions to indeed hire someone.
For assistance, contact the following State Coordinators: Montana: Sarah Holm ; Nevada: Patti Kepley ; Oregon: HR Office .
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Click here to register or verify your registration.
Direct Deposit: All new employees of the Bureau of Land Management must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of funds prior to appointment.
If appointed to this position, while a BLM employee you cannot hold an active real estate license, and you cannot have an interest in Federal lands, or hold stocks in firms that have interest in Federal lands. Employees of the Federal Government are prohibited by criminal statute, 18 USC 208(a) and 5 CFR section 2635 subpart D, from participating personally and substantially in an official capacity in any matter in which, to his/her knowledge, he/she or any person whose interests are imputed to him/her under this statute has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest. In accordance with 43 USC section 11 and 43 CFR section 20 subpart D all employees of the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, an interest in any Federal Lands. This includes the obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, a financial interest in an entity that hold an interest in Federal Lands.
If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.
A valid driver''s license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver''s license.
MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.
A pre-employment physical may be required.
Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.
If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee. !benefits.hms?orgId=1&jnum;=108929

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