Biological Science Technician


Vacancy ID: 798557   Announcement Number: R7-13-798557-AV   USAJOBS Control Number: 332575500

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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 798557
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician
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10. Lowest Grade

04

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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Biological Science Technician

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


020980122 Homer, AK

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that best describes how you meet the minimum qualification requirements for Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04.

A. I have 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 level in the Federal service that provided me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. General experience is (1) work that has demonstrated the ability to perform the duties of this position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with biological work. 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; 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; or taking scientific measurements and performing simple mathematical calculations; assisting in capturing, tagging, collaring, or banding animals; keeping detailed and precise records in order to collect and report data; and any other work that is performed in a controlled environment which includes research activity or control program work.

B. I have two academic years of study above high school (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) that included at least 12 semester/18 quarter 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/9quarter hours of courses must be directly related to the occupation such as wildlife biology, ornithology, avian ecology, animal biology, field zoology, etc.

C. I have an equivalent combination of undergraduate education as described in B above, and qualifying general or specialized experience at the GS-3 grade level or higher as described in A above. To compute this, first determine your education as a percentage of the education requirement and then determine your specialized experience as a percentage; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100% to qualify.

D. I do not have the specialized experience, education, or combination of experience and education as described above.

KNOWLEDGE OF WILDLIFE BIOLOGY SUFFICIENT TO COMPLETE TECHNICAL SUPPORT TASKS.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your level of proficiency acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience and/or training for the tasks listed below. Select only one letter for each task.

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 have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor of senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Conduct counts of birds to estimate abundance.

3. Conduct productivity surveys of birds to estimate demographic rates.

4. Collect other avian biological data such as hatching chronology, food habits, or behavioral observations.

5. Capture and handle birds to collect biological data (e.g. survival, food habits, physiology, etc.).

6. Set up mist-nets and extract birds to collect biological data (e.g. survival, food habits, physiology, etc.)

KNOWLEDGE OF KEEPING RECORDS AND TABULATING DATA FROM BIOLOGICAL STUDIES.

7. Transcribe data into spreadsheets and databases for data tabulation and summaries.

8. Prepare descriptive statistics to summarize field data.

9. Assists with preparing draft text sections of reports describing results.

KNOWLEDGE OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS NECESSARY TO IDENTIFY ANIMALS IN THE FIELD.

10. Identify North American birds by sight.

11. Identify Alaskan seabirds by sight.

12. Identify marine mammals by sight.

SKILLS IN USE OF FIELD AND CAMPING EQUIPMENT WHILE LIVING IN REMOTE CONDITIONS.

13. Operate a GPS to navigate to a specific location.

14. Use binoculars and spotting scopes to make detailed observations.

15. Operate High Frequency Single Side Band (SSB) radios.

16. Operate satellite phones.

17. Operate/maintain camp equipment including temporary structures, stoves, and generators.

SELECT YES or NO TO THE FOLLOWING WORK CONDITIONS.

18. Are you willing to work a temporary seasonal position not-to-exceed 1,039 hours in a field season?

A. YES
B. NO

19. Are you willing to work long days if necessary which may include working on holidays, weekends, and evenings?

A. YES
B. NO

20. Have you spent more than 1 month in remote field camps?

A. YES
B. NO

21. Are you willing to travel, work, and live in remote, isolated locations for 3 to 4 months in Alaska?

A. YES
B. NO

22. Are you willing and able to travel via boat, and ATVs?

A. YES
B. NO

23. Are you willing to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing 50 pounds or more for extended distances?

A. YES
B. NO

24. Are you willing to have access to supplies and amenities available less than once a week?

A. YES
B. NO

25. Do you possess a valid state Driver's License?

A. YES
B. NO

26. I have a satisfactory or better rating on my last performance appraisal.

A. YES
B. NO

27. I have received incentive awards during the last two years and have listed them on my resume.

A. YES
B. NO

28. Your rating is subject to verification based on the application materials that you submit, and through verification of references as appropriate. A deliberate attempt to falsify information on your application materials is grounds for non-selection and for termination. In addition, falsifying information on your application can result in your being barred from Federal employment. Please choose the appropriate response below:

A. I certify that my answers are accurate and complete.
B. I do not wish to certify. I understand that I will not be considered for this position.