Biological Science Technician


Vacancy ID: 1064743   Announcement Number: NESHRO-DD-1064743-14-53   USAJOBS Control Number: 364420800

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1. Title of Job

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2. Biographic Data

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10. Lowest Grade

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05

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12. Special Knowledge

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 Biological Science Technician

21. Geographic Availability

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250120025 Boston, MA

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the basic experience or education requirements for a Biological Science Technician (Plants), GS-404-05, 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.

THE 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 possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. 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 "A" above; however, I have successfully completed at least four years of education above high school (120 semester hour or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work in a related field (such as in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, ecology, or mathematics, or other directly-related subject matter); and at least 6 semester hours of this coursework was in plant or botany-related subjects.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. If your degree was not in one of the directly-related fields listed above, 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. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (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 "A" above, or the 4 years of education as indicated in "B" above, but I have an equivalent combination of education and experience. NOTE: Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and 3 years of college study from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) which included at least 12 semester hours of related coursework of which at least 3 semester hours was in plant or botany-related subjects (50% of the related coursework required).

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

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. Use Garmin GPS unit to map vegetation or other features in a natural outdoor setting.

3. Use a GPS unit to find a location by foot in a natural area.

4. Download data from a GPS unit into a GIS.

5. Use ArcGIS software to make maps.

6. Use ArcGIS software to upload files onto a GPS unit.

7. Enter data into an established scientific database using Microsoft Access.

8. Use Microsoft Excel to create graphs for more than five different datasets.

9. Operate all of the following hand tools as part of professional work controlling invasive non-native plants: pruners, loppers, shovels, and hand saws.

10. Maintain hand tools as part of a professional team doing field work.

11. Operate gas-powered vegetation management equipment such as chainsaws, weed whips, or brush cutters in a professional capacity.

12. Operate a chipper in a professional capacity.

13. Handle and apply herbicides in a professional capacity.

14. Have a state pesticide applicators license (whether current or expired, in any state).

15. Mix herbicide according to label directions in a professional capacity.

16. Conduct field work under adverse weather conditions.

17. Conduct field work in areas that have high populations of mosquitoes and/or ticks.

18. Identify invasive non-native plants in the field as part of an organized project or course of study.

19. Identify plants using plant keys as part of an organized project or course of study.

20. Demonstrate knowledge of plant species in coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.

21. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological impacts of invasive non-native plants.

22. Collect native plant seeds in the field.

23. Demonstrate knowledge of common mammals, herpetofauna, and birds in coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.

24. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological processes of coastal and adjacent upland areas of the Northeastern United States.

25. Demonstrate knowledge of the ecological processes of marine and intertidal ecosystems of the Atlantic coast.

26. Conduct field surveys to determine vegetation management needs.

27. Collect vegetation data as part of an organized project or course of study.

28. Collect data on wildlife populations and/or behavior as part of an organized project or course of study.

29. Keep detailed records of daily activities as part of an organized project in a natural area.

30. Use a camera to systematically document field activities as part of a scientific study or long term monitoring project.

31. Use Microsoft PowerPoint to develop presentations or posters for public audiences.

32. Develop written interpretive materials regarding historic or natural features for public audiences.

33. Design materials including graphics and text for public audiences (e.g. flyers, brochures etc...).

34. Develop web pages or other online media regarding historic or natural features for the general public.

35. Lead groups conducting field work.

36. Facilitate the work of a team in a professional capacity.

37. Assist in coordinating the work of a group that includes people of diverse ages.

38. Assist in coordinating the work of a group that includes people with a wide range of experience levels.

39. Assist in managing volunteers as part of an organized project or program.

40.

Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, narratives and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you form the position following acceptance.

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.

Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement 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 from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes. I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or 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.