Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:
1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience or education requirements for a Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06 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.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.
KSA-1. Technical knowledge of general biological and ecological principles as they relate to vegetation management.
For the questions below, 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 important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you obtained the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by the education, training, and/or specific work experience that 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.
2. Make field observations of general biological and ecological conditions as they relate to vegetation management.
3. Identify native and nonnative plants using plant keys.
4. Identify plants using a dichotomous key.
5. Identify native plants in a field setting.
6. Identify exotic plants in a field setting.
7. Collect vegetation samples and data.
8. Use equipment such as trucks and ATV's to perform field work.
KSA-2. Knowledge of invasive exotic plant species and methodology used to control these plants.
9. Identify invasive exotic plants.
10. Safely use and apply pesticides to invasive exotic plant species.
11. Mechanically control invasive exotic plant species.
12. Integrate pest management plans and management programs.
13. Use fire to manage and control invasive exotic plant species.
KSA-3. Skill in field data collection and management.
14. Collect, process, and assist in evaluating soil, water, and vegetation data gathered during the course of inventory and monitoring activities.
15. Prepare preliminary project reports that may include results summaries, data tables, diagrams, graphs, statistics, and maps.
16. Routinely test soil, water, and vegetation samples collected.
17. Use cameras to photograph and record treated areas and/or prospective areas for treatment.
18. Install, operate, and maintain vegetation management equipment (e.g., tools, sampling, monitoring, photographic, and laboratory equipment).
KSA-4. Ability to use computer equipment and associated software programs to record, manage, and present data.
19. Use Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment such as Trimble or Garmin units.
20. Maintain and organize computer databases.
21. Use computer software spreadsheet programs, such as Microsoft Access, Excel, (or comparable) to record, manage and report scientific data.
22. Use software to organize, analyze, and display field data.
23. Use software to download and process Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data.
24. Use word processing software to prepare narrative written documents such as correspondence or reports.
25. Use the internet to research issues and communicate with others.
KSA-5. Skill in oral and written communication.
26. Develop and write reports, plans, and guidelines.
27. Answer questions from the public and interact with a variety of people to provide information about the vegetation management program.
28. Provide advice, assistance, and training to students, student conservation assistants, and volunteers involved with resource management projects and field research.
29. Develop and present interpretive programs to the public.