National Park Service Biological Science Technician in Berlin, Maryland
Summary As a Biological Science Technician, you will support a wide variety of water resource management studies and surveys for the Assateague Island National Seashore. This announcement is open until 12/02/2022 or 11:59 p.m. ET on the date when the 50th application is received, whichever comes first. Responsibilities Independently conduct field work to collect biological data for aquatic ecological research projects, such as water quality or ground water monitoring Carry out field and laboratory research and analyze results to recommend a course of action for protecting, preserving, or restoring a natural resource Assist in writing reports and presentations on the results of scientific monitoring for use by both technical and non-technical audiences Utilize, calibrate and maintain equipment like datasondes, GIS/GPS, and wildlife traps Lead the work of students, volunteers, or co-workers by providing direction, logistical support, advice, and training Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to be qualified for this position, you must posses one of the following: A. One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-6 level in the Federal service, planning and leading the implementation of habitat restoration projects, wildlife recovery/conservation projects or biological field surveys/monitoring; analyzing scientific or technical data to identify trends, relationships or problems; and summarizing data from field research in order to prepare portions of recommendations reports for management. You must include hours worked per week. B. Completed at least one full year of graduate education in a field such as biology, wildlife or natural resource management, ecology, ornithology, zoology, or another field directly related to the work of the position. One year of full-time graduate education is the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. You must include transcripts. C. A combination of education or experience as described above. For example, I have 6 months of the specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement) and 9 semester hours of graduate study described above (50% of the qualifying education). Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. For current Federal employees, if hours worked per week are not included on your resume, you must submit a non-award SF-50 as part of your application to be used to validate your work schedule and determine the amount of specialized experience that you will be granted. An award SF-50 will not be acceptable documentation for which to consider your amount of qualifying experience. For all other applicants who are not current federal employees, your resume must state either "full-time" (or "40 hours a week") or "part-time" with the number of hours worked per week to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. For periods of time that reflect military service, the DD-214 or Statement of Service is sufficient to meet the full and/or part-time hours requirement as the service dates will be reflected. Education Additional Information Time in Grade: 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. Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal civilian employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire This announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.