Biological Science Technician (Avian)


Vacancy ID: 798733   Announcement Number: R7-13-798733-AV   USAJOBS Control Number: 332574400

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1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician (Avian)
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20. Occupational Specialties

001 Biological Science Technician

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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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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that best describes how you meet the basic requirement for Biological Science Technician (Avian), GS-0404-6.

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level or higher in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include; performing biological studies for determining the manner and extent to which avian populations are affected by management activities; conducting avian surveys; responsibility for field camp logistics; participating in the development of work plans and schedules; leading small groups of technicians and providing the necessary training in techniques and procedures; and any other work that is performed in a controlled environment which includes research activity or control program work.

B. I have 6 months of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of this position (9 semester/13 quarter hours) such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife management (birds), etc.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and education as described 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.

2. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that best describes how you meet the basic requirement for Biological Science Technician (Avian), GS-0404-7.

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level or higher in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: providing technical support to professional biologists in completing all phases of a biological study or project including: project planning, logistical arrangements, field work, correlation and analysis of data, and completion of reports or other documents related to the project; leading a group of lower graded technicians in gathering field data. The work must be comprised of duties related to avian biology with responsibility for independently preparing final drafts of reports or sections of reports and applying a wide range of conventional, established approaches, methods, techniques and solutions to new situations.

B. I have one full year of graduate education (18 semester/27 quarter hours) in biological sciences with course work directly related to the work of this position such as avian ecology, ornithology, wildlife management (birds), etc.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience and education as described 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 or graduate education as described above.

KNOWLEDGE OF AVIAN BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY SUFFICIENT TO COMPLETE FIELD PROJECTS.

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.

3. Identify North American birds by sight.

4. Identify Alaskan seabirds by sight.

5. Conduct counts of birds to estimate abundance.

6. Conduct counts of colonial birds to estimate abundance.

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

8. Conduct productivity surveys of seabirds to estimate demographic rates.

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

SKILL IN LIVING AND WORKING AT REMOTE FIELD LOCATIONS AND USING ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

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

11. Operate small boats (up to 21ft) in an open ocean environment.

12. Work in remote field camps collecting biological data.

KNOWLEDGE OF CAPTURING, HANDLING, BANDING METHODS, AND COLLECTION OF MORPHOMETRIC DATA FROM BIRDS.

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

14. Capture and handle seabirds to collect biological data (e.g. survival, food habits, physiology).

15. Set up mist-nets and extract birds from them.

16. Apply auxiliary markers (e.g. legbands or radio transmitters) to birds to collect biological data.

SKILLS IN USE OF FIELD EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO COMPLETE BIOLOGICAL STUDIES

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

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

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

20. Operate satellite phones.

KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTER USE FOR DATA ENTRY AND ANALYSIS.

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

22. Prepare descriptive statistics to summarize field data.

23. Prepare draft text sections of reports describing results.

24. Layout and produce final reports from project study.

SKILLS IN LEADING AND COMMUNICATING WITH FIELD CREWS.

25. Lead field crews in collection of biological data.

26. Provide instruction to others on data collection protocols.

27. Develop daily work schedules and set priorities.

28. Balance multiple field projects and competing work priorities.

SELECT YES or NO TO THE FOLLOWING WORK CONDITIONS.

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

31. Have you spent more than a combined total of 6 months in remote field camps?

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

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

A. YES
B. NO

39. 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.