Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)

Job Description

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Remote
  • Temporary
  • Roseburg
  • $49,025 - $63,733 per year

Bureau of Land Management

Summary

This position is located in Springfield OR and/or Roseburg OR as part of the BLM OR/WA, Northwest Oregon District, Siuslaw Field Office or Roseburg District, Swiftwater and South River Field Offices.

Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    05/24/2024 to 06/07/2024
  • Salary

    $49,025 – $63,733 per year
  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7
  • Locations

  • Remote job

    No
  • Telework eligible

    No
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No
  • Appointment type

    Term – 4 Years
  • Work schedule

    Full-time
  • Service

    Competitive
  • Promotion potential

    None
  • Job family (Series)
  • Supervisory status

    No
  • Security clearance
  • Drug test

    No
  • Position sensitivity and risk
  • Trust determination process
  • Announcement number

    OR-24-DE-12416086-JCL
  • Control number

    792158300


This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

Duties

This position would perform a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices in the assigned area in order to support field projects and program planning activities, such as:
  • Plans and aids in the design of surveys and conducts surveys of wildlife and their habitat for Field Office projects using established protocols, especially for Federally listed Threatened and Endangered Species; analyzing the data and reporting the findings; determine factors such as occupancy and fate of reproductive efforts of selected sites and identifies habitat types.
  • Plans, aids in design, and lays out Field Office projects and buffers for wildlife habitat improvement or protection. Reviews forestry, watershed, and fuels reduction project proposals for compatibility with wildlife needs and recommends to the Field Office Biologist project design features or modifications needed to protect or enhance wildlife and habitat quality.
  • May serve as co-lead for a 4-6 member seasonal survey crew, trains in data collection and the use of wildlife protocols, coordinates daily schedules and workloads, aids in the survey of threatened and endangered, and sensitive wildlife and habitat data in the field including for spotted owls, eagles, peregrine falcons, and others; identifies survey requirements and equipment needed in accordance with approved protocols; verifies accuracy of data collected in the field and compiles results; identifies problems and recommends solutions to lead biologists and Supervisor.
  • Uses and interprets aerial photos, LIDAR, transportation maps and topographic maps to determine habitat suitability and survey access.
  • Utilizes word processing, spreadsheets, Geographical Information System, and Global Position System to plan surveys, and collect, organize, and summarize data.
  • Compiles and organizes survey data in current files, enters and retrieves data from automated sources, prepares brief narratives, and summaries.
  • Implements safety protocols and safety briefings for field work.
  • Effectively communicates with Field Office staff to discuss issues discovered during the course of field surveys related to other disciplines such as ingress/egress, road conditions, etc.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • May be required to complete background investigation and drug screening.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Understanding that this is a TERM position not to exceed 4yrs.


Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application if using education to meet the minimum qualifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education described below:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained either in the private or public sectors) performing the following: (1) Conducting surveys of wildlife and their habitats using established protocols for Federally listed Threatened and Endangered Species, such as spotted owls, eagles, peregrine falcons, or others; (2) Evaluating data collected for accuracy to determine causes of variances and applicability of data to overall program or project goals; (3) Entering, retrieving and manipulating data to develop spreadsheets and reports to include reports with graphics and maps; (4) Reading maps utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to determine locations; and (5) Communicating orally and in writing to exchange factual/technical information.

OR

Education: Successful completion of 1 full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education leading to a Master’s degree or a Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.

OR

Combination of Education/Experience: Have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and graduate level education described above. To calculate the percentage, first compute the amount of specialized experience as a percentage of the requirement listed above; then determine the amount of your education as a percentage of the requirement listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to meet this requirement.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-6 is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-7 level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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 and hours per week worked 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”.

Education

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school’s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

Additional information

  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 5 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
Physical Demands: Work requires some physical exertion such as bending and walking in terrain that is rough, rocky, mountainous, and densely vegetated. You will be required to lift and carry equipment necessary to efficiently perform the work of the position, and to provide for personal comfort and safety. This can include tools, personal protective equipment, food and water for extended periods of work away from vehicles.

Working Conditions: Office work is performed in an adequately lighted, ventilated, cooled, and heated area. During fieldwork you will be subject to cuts and bruises, extreme and adverse weather conditions, and injuries and discomforts from pests and animals. Employee will adhere to all safety rules.

Telework: The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, please contact San Antonio Services Branch at SASBMailbox@opm.gov or 816-541-8101.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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 your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated ‘ineligible’, ‘not qualified’, or your score may be adjusted accordingly. 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.

You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the additional assessments required for this position.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran’s preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
  • Best Qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
  • Well Qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
  • Qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Applies Technology to Tasks
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Project Management
  • Technical Competence


  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have – whether you’re a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you’re eligible under their policies.

    The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/07/2024.
    1. 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.
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. College transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
    4. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
    • :
      • 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 . If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the .
      • 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 , you must submit all additional proof required by the , and if applicable, a completed . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
      5. Documentation for 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 90 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.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency’s staffing offices.

    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 .

    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.