Biologist (Exotic Plants)

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Department Of The Interior
United States Citizens Term NTE 13 months. Full Time Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click NPS web site.
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED : Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.
This is a Term position. Initial appointment is 13 months with possible extensions up to 4 years. This position is also seasonal in nature and does not provide employment on a year-round basis. You may work a minimum of 26 weeks (13 pay periods) but generally not more than 48 weeks (24 pay periods) a year. Actual work schedule and period of non-pay is contingent upon operational needs and/or weather conditions.
Government housing is not available.
This position is proposed to enter on duty February 22, 2015; however this is subject to change pending position management needs that may push the date into early spring of 2015.
U.S. Citizenship Required Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
AREA INFORMATION: Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The climate is generally hot with daytime temperatures averaging 100 in the summer and 55 in the winter. Nighttime lows range from 85 in the summer to 30 in the winter. Minimal shopping is available in Springdale, Utah located (2) miles from Park Headquarters. Full range of shopping, medical, dental, religious and recreational facilities are available in Hurricane (25 miles), St. George, (45 miles) and in Cedar City, Utah (63 miles). Elementary school (grades K-6) is available in Springdale with bus service provided. Junior high and high school is available in Hurricane with bus service provided. Dixie College is located in St. George and Southern Utah University is located in Cedar City.
Major Duties: Plan and implement invasive exotic vegetation projects in front and backcountry locations. Responsibilities include prioritizing projects, selecting appropriate exotic plant control methods and leading work crews. Maintain inventory of all necessary supplies and materials for exotic plant management. Manage the proper use and storage of herbicides. Collect and manage field data. Supervise up to 4 seasonal Biological Science Technicians. Supervision is less than 25% of the duties and will include preparing work schedules, recruitment, staffing, employee relations, and developing and evaluating performance standards.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, December 12, 2014 . Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.
QUALIFICATIONS : To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
Basic Educational requirements:
Successfully completed a full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position.
OR
Combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely related to biology; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination demonstrates that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.
Submit a copy of your transcripts or you will not be considered.
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements indicated above, you must meet the additional specialized experience and/or education requirement as described below:
Specialized Experience: At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying specialized experience is experience performing biological science tasks common to natural resource managementsuch as collecting and organizing field data, conducting vegetation inventory and monitoring programs for a variety of species and communities; coordinating, leading, or administering and executing a wide variety of field techniques pertaining to exotic plant management; plant identification, using plant keys. Other experience may have included conducting field surveys to document and assess animal and/or plant presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, population dynamics and climate conditions using established protocols and use of standard scientific equipment.
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Education: Successfully completed two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines, and which has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work of this position.
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Combination of education and specialized experience: Example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience requirement), and27 semester hours or 41 quarter hours of directly-related graduate level education in an accredited educational institution (50% of the qualifying education).
EDUCATION: You must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE .
Transcripts do not need to be official at this time but if you are selected for this position then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty. You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.
Requirements
1. You may be required to serve a trial period of 1 year.
2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.
3. You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued drivers license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued drivers license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid drivers licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State drivers license.
We will review your application package, including the online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents. All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:
1. Ability to prioritize and plan exotic plant control projects.
2. Knowledge and skill in principles, concepts and methods of exotic plant management.
3. Ability to collect and manage data and communicate verbally and in writing.
4. Ability to supervise and lead staff and volunteers.
If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work 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".
Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.
Order of Consideration : Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 12, 2014 to receive consideration. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents :
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1266870.
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS :
Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed ( including hours per week worked and month and year of employment )
Transcripts -- basic qualifications for this position are based on education.
Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
Veterans Preference Documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at
Response to Assessment QuestionnaireMiscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed.
CTAP/ICTAP -- If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 93 or above on the rating criteria. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to
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NOTE_ : If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at . Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.
DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Such as:
Flexible Spending Accounts
Health Insurance
Leave
Life Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance
Retirement Program
If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
Number of Vacancies: (1). This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.
NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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