Biological Science Technician, GS 0404-07

Vacancy ID: 768648   Announcement Number: AKRO768648DECB   USAJOBS Control Number: 332956200

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic experience or education requirements for a Biological Science Technician, GS-404-07, position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.


A. Experience: I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 (advanced technician) level. For this position, specialized experience is experience conducting environmental monitoring and management activities, such as wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for a variety of wildlife species, exotic plant management, monitoring visitor use impact on natural resources, and/or natural/environmental site restoration activities. For example, I served as a crew member or leader conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess environmental or natural resource conditions; animal presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics; conducted ecological/resource assessments or inventories or management activities; exotic plant management; or other similar biological resource management and assessment activities using established protocols and standard scientific equipment. In carrying out this work I followed established protocols and recorded wildlife data using computer software (such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, or comparable ones).

B. Education: I have successfully completed one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, i.e., in environmental sciences, biology, botany, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences/monitoring, or other directly-related subject area.

C. I have a combination of experience and undergraduate education as described in the qualifications section of the vacancy announcement that, when combined, is equivalent to 100% or more of the qualification requirement.
D. I do not meet the requirements as described above. (If you select this response you do not yet have the education or experience required for this position, and cannot be considered.)

KSA-1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of biology to conduct environmental/wildlife studies.

For the questions below, please select from A through E to indicate the skill level that you possess for each task listed. The questions were developed based on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies needed to perform the work of this position.

Be sure to describe your experience that supports your answers to the questions below, in your resume or application materials. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your application packet submitted for this position (application form or resume, transcripts, list and description of training completed and/or other items you submit). If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- Have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

2. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities.

3. Performed vegetation monitoring activities using a variety of methods such as visual-estimate, point-frequency and line interception. (For example, set up transects and monitored vegetation over scheduled time periods to determine changes.)

4. Performed exotic plant management activities (removal, inventory, monitoring of non-indigenous plants).

5. Monitored visitor use and impact on environmental resources (e.g., documenting social trails, soil erosion, and vegetation trampling).

6. Performed resource activities related to site restoration using established protocols and standard equipments (site restoration activities include transplanting native shrubs and trees).

7. Collected and managed natural resource (wildlife, environmental, vegetation ecological) data at remote field sites.

8. Organized and scheduled established natural resource management projects concerned primarily with research, conservation, and management of wildlife.

9. Set up or helped select field site locations, sampling techniques, appropriate equipment, logistics, etc.

10. Recorded data collected.

11. Provided preliminary assessment and/or classification of the information.

12. Made field observations of natural resource conditions. (For example, documented wildlife occurrence and habitat use, visitor use patterns, and environmental parameters).

13. Served as crew lead or provided technical advice to field crew members on data collection and analysis.

KSA-2. Knowledge of data collection techniques, including installation, operation, and maintenance.

14. Installed, set up, operated, and maintained tools, traps, and sampling equipment for field studies.

15. Conducted equipment inventories.

16. Installed, operated, and maintained photographic equipment for scientific studies.

17. Installed, operated, and maintained laboratory equipment for resource management studies.

18. Evaluated quality assurance compliance and calibrated laboratory equipment as necessary.

19. Ordered replacement parts, new equipment, and supplies for laboratory.

20. Provided logistical support and area orientation for participating scientists on research or field projects.

21. Operated and tested sampling equipment.

22. Recognized, recorded, and adapted to unusual conditions or data encountered in the normal course of field or laboratory work.

23. Collected, gathered, and recorded biological field samples.

24. Ensured adequate quality control of data collected.

25. Performed field and laboratory analysis of collected samples.

KSA-3. Ability to carry out biological/scientific work in remote locations.

26. Lived in a primitive, remote field camp to carry out field studies for up to 2 weeks or more.

27. Operated small motorized boats or sea kayaks.

28. Worked and travelled alone in areas involving close-range encounters with bears.

29. Worked and travelled alone in remote areas under adverse weather conditions.

30. Made field observations of natural resource conditions in remote field locations.

31. Hiked long distances through mountainous terrain with a heavy backpack.

32. Worked and communicated closely with team members on extended field trips.

33. Navigated to plots off trail over rugged terrain (such as snowfields, dense vegetation, and/or streams).

34. Travelled across glaciers/snowfields.

35. Performed highly strenuous activities in sometimes extreme weather conditions.

36. Prepared equipment for scientific field trips.

KSA-4. Ability to use computer software programs and equipment to collect and present data.

37. Used computer software spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Access, Excel, or comparable to manage scientific data.

38. Summarized technical/scientific data in tabular and graphic form.

39. Utilized a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, analyze, and report resource management information, data, research, and/or long-term monitoring projects.

40. Maintained and organized computer databases.

41. Used word processing software to prepare narrative written documents, such as correspondence or reports.

42. Used ArcGIS software to organize and analyze field data.

43. Used Pathfinder Office software to process GIS data.

KSA-5. Ability to effectively communicate with others.

44. Perform visitor public contact work such as at an information desk, visitor center, or similar work answering questions, giving directions, and/or resolving conflicts.

45. Provide accurate and thorough information on technical subjects via phone or in person.

46. Coordinate with others to accomplish work-related activities.

47. Work with others to resolve differences for the benefit of the team or project.

48. Work with people from diverse backgrounds and across levels in the agency or organization.

KSA-6. Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

49. Perform literature searches.

50. Prepare project reports or portions of them, including descriptions of methods, graphs and charts, and summary of findings.

51. Prepare sections of natural resource management reports.

52. Provide written comments on environmental assessments, resource management plan reviews, planning documents, etc.

53. Prepare plans and/or written study guidelines.

54. Provide accurate and thorough written information on technical subjects.

55. VERIFICATION STATEMENT: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency.

Please review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning, 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that may application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from consideration.

B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.