Biological Science Technician


Vacancy ID: 803908   Announcement Number: GETT-13-06DEU   USAJOBS Control Number: 333857300

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1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician
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05

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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:


424086091 King of Prussia, PA

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-04/05, position with Valley Forge National Historical Park's Natural Resource Management Program. Your response choices to this questionnaire, in conjunction with the other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated to determine your qualifications for this position. Please carefully follow all instructions before selecting your responses. You must select only ONE response for each item. Please note that your responses to the questions below will be reviewed / verified against the information you provide in your resume / application package and information your references provide. (Note: The quality, type, and scope of your experience and/or training must demonstrate that you are fully qualified to perform the duties of this position.) MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave these question(s) 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.

1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best and most accurately describes how your education and/or experience demonstrates that your meet basic qualification requirements for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404 position at the GS-05 grade level. Read all of the responses before your make your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped me (the applicant) with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position include, but are not limited to: assisting with the performance of research activity or control program work, nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants and control of weeds in a controlled environment, and assisting with the performance of wildlife inventories and monitoring activities for a variety of wildlife species.

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in A above; however, I have successfully completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as environmental sciences, biology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences / monitoring, or other directly-related subject area. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position being filled (e.g. vertebrate zoology, ecology, aquatic ecology). IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must document your degree in your resume and you must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. We cannot determine eligibility without this information. (An official copy of your transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

C. I have less than the one year of specialized experience as described in A above and I have not yet completed a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree concentrated in a field as defined in B above. I do have, however, a combination of the specialized experience as described under letter A above and the required education as described under letter B above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. (For GS-05 grade level position, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable may be used in this calculation). To calculate your percentage of education, first determine the total number of semester hours that exceed 60 semester hours (or your school's definition of two years of study), then divide the total number of your excess semester hours by 60 (or your school's definition of two years of study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal or exceed 100%. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours in order to qualify based on the combination option).

D. My education and / or work experience do not meet or exceed any of the above statements.


2. Select the response below which best reflects your status with respect to having or obtaining a valid state driver's license as a requirement for this position. I possess a current valid state issued driver's license. Prior to entry on duty, selected candidate(s) will be required to demonstrate that they meet this requirement.

A. Yes - I possess a valid state issued driver's license and confirm that I have a safe and violation free driving record.

B. No - I do not possess a valid state issued driver's license and will not be able to obtain one prior to entry on duty.

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. Select only one letter for each task. If you select more than one response or leave any question blank, your rating as a candidate for this position will be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: For each question below, you must document your applicable work experience that demonstrates that skill level in your resume or application. This means, for example, that if you select the extensive experience response (E) for a particular work activity, your resume / application should document when and where you have gained extensive experience performing that work activity on a regular basis. Your application package will be reviewed to verify that you have documented your work experiences and skills. Your failure to properly support your answers to the assessment questions for this position in your resume / application package may have a negative impact on your final ating as a candidate for this position.

A- I do not have education, training, or experience in performing this activity, but I am willing to learn.
B- I have limited experience in performing this activity on the job. I have had exposure to this activity through education or training but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it on the job at a satisfactory level.
C- I have a fair amount of experience and demonstrated capability in performing this activity on the job. I can perform this activity satisfactorily but my work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have considerable experience and considerable demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I have performed this acitivity as a regular part of the job and can perform this activity independently and effectively.
E- I have extensive experience and extensive demonstrated capability in performing this activity. I am considered an expert; I am able to train or assist others; and my work is typically not reviewed by a supervisor.

3. Visually identify anuran and salamander species occurring in Northeastern United States.

4. Visually identify reptile species occurring in Northeastern United States.

5. Identify mammal species occurring in Northeastern United States.

6. Safely capture and handle amphibian and reptile species found in Northeastern United States.

7. Safely capture and handle mammal species found in Northeastern United States.

8. Collection of biological data from white-tailed deer to determine changes in population structure and health.

9. Conduct necropsy procedures and collect tissue samples.

10. Experience with use of automated technology such as data loggers to collect ecological data such as water temperature and soil moisture.

11. Ability to hike up to 5 miles over varied terrain in sometimes inclement weather.

12. Visually identify non-native plant species occurring in the Northeastern United States.

13. Visually identify common native plant species occurring in forest habitats in the Northeastern United States.

14. Experience using mechanical methods including the use of hand tools (hand saw, lopper) and power tools (weed whip, mower) to control non-native plant species.

15. Experience using chemical methods (herbicide applications) to control non-native plant species.

16. Experience growing plants from seed in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or nursery.

17. Experience using mechanical methods to control non-native crayfish species.

18. Familiarity with safe handling procedures associated with the application of herbicides.

19. Ability to carry up to 40 pounds over varied terrain in a backpack.

20. Use of Global Positioning System technology to navigate to a location to find a sample collection site.

21. Use of Global Positioning System technology to map point, line, and polygon features identified in the field.

22. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to create maps depicting basic geographic layers such as roads, trails, and streams as part of a field survey project.

23. Utilize ArcMap Geographic Information System software to manipulate how a map is displayed such as color-coding sample collection sites by soil type.

24. Organize and maintain a computer database to input, compile, summarize, and display scientific or technical data as part of a field survey project.

25. Utilize Microsoft Access to enter basic biological data on wildlife and wildlife habitat.

26. Summarize ecological data in graphic and tabular form for use in reports and presentations.

27. Utilize Microsoft Publisher or similar software to create and present interpretive materials related to natural resources.

28. Communicate effectively with co-workers in order to exchange information and coordinate activities.

29. Communicate effectively with park visitors and volunteers, one-on-one or in small groups, regarding natural resource protection measures.

30. Train volunteers and interns on the proper procedures of collecting ecological field data and conducting hands-on natural resource protection and management projects.

31. Serve as a team leader for established long-term volunteer programs to control non-native plants and animals and/or vegetation projects such as native tree plantings.

32. Conduct background research and contribute to the preparation of technical reports describing and discussing activities or issues related to ecological investigations or natural resource management.

33. Develop and present basic information on resource management programs through informal or formal interpretive programs for variety of audiences that will educate and inform the public.

You will be asked to verify that you haven't overstated or understated your level of experience and demonstrated capability as related to the job related tasks and responsibilities of the position for which you are applying. As previously explained, 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 during the probation period.

34. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to the assessment questions above to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statements 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 the statement below will disqualify you form further consideration for the position.

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

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