Biological Science Technician (Wildlife), GS 0404-07

Vacancy ID: 771700   Announcement Number: AKRO771700DECB   USAJOBS Control Number: 332956600

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 (Wildlife), 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. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 advanced technician level conducting wildlife inventory and monitoring programs for a variety of wildlife species. This experience includes conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess animal presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics using established protocols and standard scientific equipment (including GPS); following established protocols; and managing and summarizing wildlife data using computer software (such as Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, ArcGIS, Pathfinder Office, or comparable ones).

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in A above; however, I have one year (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) of graduate education in courses in a field of study directly related to the position to be filled (for example, wildlife biology or wildlife management).

C. Experience and Education: 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.

KSA-1. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of wildlife biology and wildlife management.

For each of the following questions, 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 essential 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 for landbirds.

3. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for ungulates such as moose, caribou or wild sheep.

4. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for bears or wolves.

5. Performed wildlife inventory and monitoring activities for small mammals.

6. Collected and managed wildlife data at remote field sites.

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

8. Planned field projects such as selecting site locations, sampling techniques, appropriate equipment, logistics, etc.

9. Recorded data collected and provided preliminary assessment and classification of the information.

10. Recommended wildlife management actions based on prescribed guidelines in existing management plans.

11. Evaluated and observed wildlife or natural resource conditions and problems and made preliminary determinations on the cause of problems noted.

12. Provided results to higher-level specialists for analysis with suggestions for protection, mitigation, etc.

13. Made field observations of natural resource conditions.

14. Provided advice, assistance, and/or training to students, assistants, or volunteers involved in resource management projects or field research.

15. Conducted long-term wildlife monitoring projects.

KSA 2. Knowledge of data collection techniques, including installation, operation, and maintenance of testing and sampling equipment, and laboratory procedures.

16. Installed, operated, and maintained tools, traps, and sampling equipment for field studies.

17. Conducted equipment inventories.

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

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

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

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

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

23. Operated and tested sampling equipment.

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

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

26. Ensured adequate quality control of data collected.

27. Performed field and laboratory analysis of collected samples.

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

28. Collected and managed wildlife data at remote field sites

29. Lived in a primitive, remote field camp to carry out field studies for up to 2 weeks or more (describe related experience in your resume).

30. Operated small motorized boats or sea kayaks (describe the type of craft and your experience in your resume).

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

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

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

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

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

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

37. Travelled across glaciers/snowfields.

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

39. Prepared equipment for scientific field trips.

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

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

41. Summarized wildlife data in tabular and graphic form.

42. 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.

43. Maintained and organized computer databases.

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

45. Used ArcGIS equipment and software to collect field data.

46. Used Pathfinder Office software to process GIS data.

KSA-5. Oral Communication Ability

47. Worked and communicated with coworkers dealing with wildlife management response actions, such as bear management concerns.

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

49. Provided information to the public about wildlife management topics to answer questions or inform them.

50. Explained the significance of wildlife management such as bear management concerns.

51. Provided logistical support and area orientation for contract or cooperating scientists.

52. Provided advice, assistance, and/or training to others involved in resource management projects and/or field research.

KSA-6. Written Communication Ability.

53. Performed literature research for wildlife studies/projects.

54. Prepared project reports, including descriptions of methods, graphs and charts, and summary of findings.

55. Developed effective educational and informational materials and resources on technical and/or scientific topics.

56. Prepared sections of wildlife management reports.

57. Prepared project reports.

58. Provided written comments on environmental assessments, resource management plan reviews, planning documents, etc.

59. Provided preliminary analysis and classification of wildlife data collected.

60. Prepared reports related to wildlife management.

61. Prepared plans, and/or written study guidelines related to wildlife management.

New Scale:  For each of the wildlife species named in the following questions, select from A through E below to indicate your level of knowledge/experience (also describe in your experience - the type and level of experience must be supported in your resume). 

A- I have no knowledge, training, or experience with this wildlife species.
B- I have no experience, but have had college level study or specific training with this wildlife species.
C- I have performed wildlife monitoring and inventory or other research work related to this wildlife species.
D- I have independently planned and conducted wildlife studies related to this species; or have completed relevant advanced college study (graduate level thesis, for example).
E- I possess expert knowledge of this species, including the biology, habitat, and ecology.

62. Raptors

63. Seabirds

64. Shorebirds

65. Other birds

66. Small mammals

67. Ungulates

68. Bears

69. Other wildlife not described above

70. 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.