National Park Service Lead Biological Science Technician (EPMT) in Boulder City, Nevada
These positions are located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, in the Resource Management and Visitor Services Division, Exotic Plant Management Team in Boulder City, Nevada. Please visit find a park for additional park information.
Under this announcement, we are accepting applications from: 1. Current career or career conditional competitive service employees with the Department of the Interior; 2. CTAP Eligibles; and 3. Current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).
These are Career-Seasonal positions and subject to release and recall procedures. A permanent career-seasonal positions includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a full year-round basis. As such, selectees will be in a non-pay/non-duty status for at least 2 weeks to 6 months per year based on project requirements or weather conditions. Selectees are guaranteed to work at least 6 months per year but not more than 50 weeks per year, with the work schedule to be determined upon appointment. The typical season for Lake Mead National Recreation Area is July through May, but can be variable during these months due to project requirements or weather conditions.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.
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Leads a field squad that is responsible for conducting exotic plant control involving the use of chainsaws and herbicide application. Instructs crews on standard procedures, implements treatments, collects and organizes field data. Communicates effectively with supervisors, subordinates and co-workers. Leads a multi-person field crew implementing labor intensive natural resource related projects. Develops effective professional working relationships with internal and external partners. Conducts exotic plan inventories and performs post treatment monitoring following exotic plant control. Collects and enters field data into appropriate computer programs and assists crew supervisor with data analysis. Provides project reconnaissance and development through site visits. GPS data collection, and communication with collaborating agency's personnel. Completes projects follow-up reconnaissance/treatment and determines treatment efficacy and recommends beneficial changes to treatment techniques. Safely handle, transport, mix and apply herbicides to target weeds according to label restrictions. Operates, repairs and maintains various herbicide sprayer application equipment. Safely operates, repairs and maintains chainsaws while conducting natural resource related projects. Removes exotic trees, brush and weeds using chainsaws, power brush cutters and hand tools such as axes, hatchets, machetes, and handsaws.
76% or greater - You will be expected to travel for this position.
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0404 Biological Science Technician
- Biological Technicians
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
- Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
- Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
- Any individual who is currently holding, or has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent in the Federal service). Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- You will be required to operate a government vehicle, therefore, must be able to acquire and hold a valid state Driver's License. If selected, a three (3) year driving history check will be required.
- You will be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.
- You will be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
- If you are a new employee in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
- You will be required to travel and/or backcountry camp overnight away from home up to 14 days per month.
- You will be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Specialized experience for these positions is conducting exotic plant control projects in remote natural settings; identifying target exotic plant species from desirable native plant species; collecting exotic plant control data and records according to standard protocols; surveying and mapping exotic plant populations using GPS handheld devices; handling and applying herbicides; and operating chainsaws while conducting natural resource related projects. You must include hours per week worked.
Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must include months/years, hours per week worked and salary to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".
There is no substitution of education for experience at the grade level of this announcement.
For additional information about this position please contact:
Tarl Norman, Supervisory Exotic Plant Specialist TarlNorman@nps.gov (702) 293-8790
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.
Physical Demands: The duties of the position require that the employee be in good physical condition. Considerable time will be spent in driving, hiking in hazardous terrain, and using tools and equipment. The work requires strenuous physical activity, including periods of standing, walking, climbing and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some time will also be spent in an office environment reviewing files, data, and transcribing information. Mental alertness and stability, and tact are required.
Working Conditions: This position is predominately field oriented, working in a desert and mountainous climates with temperature ranging from mid-20 to highs of 120. Topography will range from flat to rugged, precipitous mountains. Work does include some standard office environment periods for planning, and data entry/analysis. Work requires frequent extended travel away from home and includes camping in backcountry conditions. Flying in fixed wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
- Technical Competence
Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/26/2018.
- Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed, with dates specified in month and year format, and indicate hours worked per week. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
- A complete Occupational Questionnaire
- Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentation:
- Current permanent Federal employees of the Department of the Interior must submit a copy of their latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, such as the initial hire, promotion, or reassignment, showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 unless it provides the necessary information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held.
- Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes ALL Appointment AND Termination SF-50s for EACH appointment as well as ALL performance evaluations, for each qualifying period of temporary employment claimed.
- Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
- Veterans Preference Documentation:
- If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
- If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
- If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
- Due Weight for Performance Appraisals and Awards:
- Please submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and a list of any incentive awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. You must provide performance appraisal/evaluation and incentive award documentation which will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will use this documentation to assign a due weight point value to be considered during the overall selection process. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
- If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
- Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position. Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/26/2018. * WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.*
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Agency contact information
Lake Mead National Recreation Area 601 Nevada Way Boulder City, NV US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495901200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/13/2018 to 04/26/2018
Salary: $41,766 to $54,295 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 7
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent - Career Seasonal (Subject to Non-Pay Status)