Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06


Vacancy ID: 866004   Announcement Number: KLBA-LAVO-13-866004-DE-CD   USAJOBS Control Number: 340556300

Social Security Number


Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 866004
1. Title of Job

Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-06
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address


4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade


06

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date


17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties


001 GS-0404-06 Bio Sci Tech Competitive Eligibles

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:


062185103 Mineral, CA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in Federal service that is directly related to the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position is work involving one or more aspects of vegetation management such as: performing basic vegetation inventories, studies, and surveys; participating in site rehabilitation through soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live planting and weeding; applying/performing a variety of manual, mechanical, chemical, and/or bio-control methods in planned management of exotics (non-natives), native species, and/or weeds, etc.

B. I do not have the one year of specialized experience as defined in 1A above; however, I have 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of graduate education in courses in a field of study directly related to the position to be filled such as botany, plant science, or other natural resource topics related to vegetation management.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your degree in your resume. If your degree was not in one of the directly-related fields listed in this response, 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. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

C. I have not completed 1 full year of specialized experience as described in 1A above or the graduate education as indicated in 1B above, but I have an equivalent combination of education and experience. For example, I have six months of specialized experience as described above, and 5 semester hours (or 7 quarter hours) of graduate study in a field of study that is directly-related to the work of this position and demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the work.

D. I do not meet or exceed any of the statements above.

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.

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 I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.
E- I am regarded as an expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others (or am consulted by others) on how to do it.

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.