Biological Science Technician (Vegetation)

Department Of The Interior, N...
Washington D.C.
Mar 08, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
Full Time

Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service, as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.

This position is located in the Center of Urban Ecology at the National Capital Region (NCR) in Washington, D.C.This position is located in the Center for Urban Ecology at the National Capital Region in Washington, DC. The incumbent will work with the National Capital Region Network of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Division (

The incumbent serves as the Biological Science Technician and is responsible for routine biological science tasks common to natural resource management. Incumbent collects and records field data and provides preliminary assessment and classification of the information. Provides logistical support, ensures quality control, and solves operational problems within the scope of the incumbent's knowledge and authority.

This appointment is not to exceed 1040 hours in a twelve month period, although position may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. This position is covered under a rehire authority. At management's discretion, the incumbent may retain non competitive rehire/extension eligibility to the same position, in the same location, with the same title and grade as long as 1040 hours are not exceeded in a service year.

This position is being announced at the full performance level.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work is partially sedentary with prolonged standing, walking, and bending often required. Heavy items (e.g., packs and equipment up to 50 pounds) must be lifted and carried on a routine basis.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in an office, laboratory, and in the field. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Laboratory work may involve exposure to hazardous chemicals.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION. Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print" above "Job Summary."

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Svs.
  • Incumbent must wear a National Park Service Uniform
  • Possess and maintain a valid State or District of Columbia driver's license
  • In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: TAG:Closing Date

    Minimum Qualifications for the GS-05 grade level

    Specialized experience: Must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 grade level which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience includes collection of field data concerning plant ecology using established network monitoring protocols. Perform various field tasks related to quantitative plant ecology, including: installation and maintenance of permanent forest monitoring plots; navigation to remote field sites using global positioning system (GPS) technologies, maps, and a compass; measurement of trees, shrubs, herbs, ferns, sedges, and grasses; description of forest canopy and habitat characteristics; collection of GPS and photo point data; and identification and collection of plant specimens. OR

    Education: Successful completion of a full four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. OR

    A combination of education and specialized experience as described above.

    Resume must reflect the responses to the online questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, etc.) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious, spiritus); community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translate directly to paid employment. You may receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    If you are qualifying based on education, please submit a legible copy of your college transcripts so that we can verify your course work. It need not be an official transcript; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit an official transcript prior to entering on duty.

    Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, visit:


    • Appointment will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. Under the requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal Employees must pass a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate's Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory. A credit check may be required for this position if any financial issues arise during the background investigation process.
    • New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.
    • This is not a drug tested position; however all Federal government employees are subject to reasonable suspicious testing as appropriate.
    • Applicant must be able to work alternative work schedules, shift rotations, including night shift, holidays, and weekends.
    • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Incumbent will be required to work outdoors, often under adverse conditions.

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