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Thank you for your interest in the Biological Science Technician,(Vegetation-Endangered Species) GS-0404-05, 1039 Seasonal position at the Grand Canyon National Park. Your responses to this questionnaire in conjunction with other portions of your completed application will be evaluated to determine your qualifications. Please carefully follow all instructions before submitting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. If you change a response, be certain to erase (unclick) the incorrect response before you submit the application. Once you have submitted your application, items with more than one response or that are left blank will not receive credit.
1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your experience/education meets the minimum qualification standards for the Lead Biological Science Technician position.A. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the federal service. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Lead Biological Science Technician. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; or work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
2. Ability to independently identify western US native and non-native plants with a dichotomous key.
3. Ability to recognize and differentiate between wester US biotic communities and ecotones.
4. Ability to perform horticultural and applied botanical tasks including native plant propagation by seed, cuttings and divisions and plant care including watering, fertilizing, pruning and vertebrate and invertebrate pest control.
5. Ability to actively apply nursery management techniques including production scheduling, greenhouse, shade house and propagation structure management, and supply ordering.
6. Ability and knowledge to perform native seed collection techniques including processing, storage, seed treatments, germination, and planning.
7. Ability and knowledge to perform native habitat restoration and field activities including rare plant reintroduction, monitoring and data collection.
8. Ability to lead and direct interns and volunteers.
9. Ability to train and counsel subordinate staff, interns and volunteers.
10. Ability to develop project orientations and present them to large groups of volunteers/staff during work projects.
11. Ability to work independently.
12. Ability to adaptively manage priorities and to coordinate and implement complex field work plans.
13. Ability to successfully work as part of a team.
14. Ability to present to, answer questions for, and interact with large groups with a diverse audience.
15. Ability to complete scientific and general audience writing assignments.
16. Ability to implement fine-scale repetitive tedious tasks for long periods of time.
17. Ability to perform and apply native habitat restoration and conservation techniques and concepts, including planting, seed collection, cutting collection, hand-pollination seeding, mapping, field work, monitoring and data collection.
18. Ability to operate 4WD vehicles, manual transmission and nursery vehicles (Cushman, Polaris).
19. Ability to operate, maintain, and care for various equipment including but not limited to water pumps, power tools, small engines, digital cameras, GPS units, and hand and power tools.
20. Ability to work in stressful situations with quickly changing conditions where creative, diplomatic and independent decision making must be employed.
21. Ability to prepare job hazard analyses and risk assessments, develop and implement safety protocols and risk management techniques for the nursery and field activities, and maintain a safe workplace for volunteers and staff.
22. Ability to work near the rim of the canyon in close proximity to precipitous drops and unstable surfaces, to kneel and stoop for long periods of time, and to do scrambling and rudimentary rock climbing using safety equipment and techniques.
23. Your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please take this opportunity to 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.