UNITED STATES ~ DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ~ GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT BULLETIN
VACANCY NO: CRS 17-06
POSITION: Biological Science Aid
SALARY: GG-0404-03: $12.53
OPEN PERIOD: 2/17/2016 – 2/22/2016 17:00 MST
TYPE OF APPT: Temporary, Not-to-exceed 1039 paid hours.
TOUR OF DUTY: Full-Time, with possible periods of part-time and
LOCATION: Few vacancies, Southwest Biological Science Center,
Canyonlands Research Station, Moab, Utah
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All U.S. Citizens
THESE ARE TEMPORARY EXCEPTED SERVICES POSITIONS for which all qualified
applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered.
Appointment to these positions, however, will not convey permanent
status in the Federal service. Appointment will only be for the duration
of the position, in this case 1039 hours or less. Positions may offer
rehire eligibility for subsequent appointments, provided the employee
has not exceeded 1039 hours of work in a 12-month period and has
achieved an acceptable level of performance. Temporary employees are
covered by the Social Security Retirement System and annual and sick
leave will be accrued; and employees are eligible for health insurance
The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this
position are not suitable for telework.
The USGS is recruiting for a biological technician to assist with field
work, lab work, and data entry on a range of dryland ecological
investigations. The position will be located in the USGS offices in
Moab, UT. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor
adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at
Description of Duties: Incumbent will perform laboratory and field work.
This position is in the Canyonlands Research Station, Moab, Utah. Work
is performed over a wide geographic area requiring overnight trips (15-
20 nights during the busiest seasons usually in April/May and Sep/Oct)
and possibility of work in remote areas. Incumbent participates in a
research program focusing on the ecology and physiology of plants and
biological soil crusts, the effects of experimental drought on desert
ecosystems, soil science, plant-soil interactions, invasive plants, and
other pressing issues in desert ecosystems. Course work in botany, plant
physiology, range science, and soil science is optimal. Incumbent will
perform routine laboratory and field work. Duties include long days of
collecting field data under extreme conditions, processing vegetation
and soil samples for chemical and physical analysis, use of complicated
scientific instrumentation, and use of excel and/or access for data
entry and summary.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
Conducts field sampling of vegetation and soils of the Colorado Plateau
with accuracy and precision specialized techniques at pre-selected study
sites under supervision of field crew leader.
Prepares samples and performs laboratory analysis of plant and soil
samples to determine specific chemical, physical, and/or biological
characteristics under supervision of a project lead.
Enters data on a Windows-based computer using spreadsheets.
Knowledge of processes, methods & procedures of biological science;
knowledge of routine field data collection procedures; skill in
operation, maintenance, and servicing of biological recording and
measuring instruments; knowledge of procedures utilized in a biological
Work is physically demanding and may involve moderate or sometimes
extreme exposure to discomforts of rain, cold/hot weather, etc. A pre-
employment physical is required.
QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for a GG-3 you need three (3) months of field
party experience OR one (1) year of sub-professional experience OR six
(6) months of college with courses related to the field of employment.
Six months of college is equivalent to 15 semester hours in any
combination of courses such as biological, physical science,
engineering, or math. Sub-professional experience consists of working as
a technician or aid in a laboratory or similar environment.
Field Survey Party — Experience with a field survey party includes
activity associated with making and recording geologic, hydrologic,
biologic, or topographic field observations; collecting geologic,
biological, or water samples for laboratory analysis; applying accepted
data collection techniques and methods in the performance of field work
in support of scientific investigations; and using a variety of
surveying instruments and electronic or mechanical instrumentation in
the making and recording of field measurements and observations designed
to collect data for physical/ biological science investigations. Only
time actually spent in the field can be credited when qualifying
individuals under the field party experience option.
Sub-professional Experience — Sub-professional experience is defined as
technical work performed in support of field or laboratory
investigations relating to the biological sciences, physical sciences,
or closely related disciplines which provided basic knowledge or skills
in gathering, recording, and assembling scientific or engineering data;
using scientific instruments to measure angles, degrees, weights,
strengths, intensities, etc.; setting up and operating test apparatus,
and manipulating quantitative data. Experience may include assisting
professional employees with such duties as calibrating and operating
measuring instruments mixing solutions, making chemical analyses,
setting up and operating test apparatus, and compiling and processing
scientific data. Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or
craft may be credited as experience when the work was performed in close
association with physical or biological scientists or other technical
personnel and provided a good working knowledge of appropriate
scientific principles, methods, and techniques.
Professional Experience — Professional work experience in the physical
and biological sciences may be credited in lieu of or in conjunction
with sub-professional experience as defined above.
If you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are
required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate,
etc) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and
grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be
disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed,
emailed or hand delivered to the point of contact listed in the “How to
Apply” section of this announcement.
Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently
employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as
the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United
States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide
acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to
that received in an accredited educational institution in the United
States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated,
visit: http://www. http://ift.tt/2m7ACrv
BASIS OF EVALUATION: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All
applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification
requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official
in preference eligible order. Applicants must meet all qualifications
and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
A background investigation will be required for this position.
Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful
completion of a background security investigation and favorable
adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be
grounds for termination.
A pre-employment physical is required.
Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (I)
possession of a valid State driver’s license, and (2) possess a safe
driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide a proof of
a valid State License and a copy of your driving record. Familiarity
with 4WD vehicles is desirable.
Temporary appointees expected to work at least 130 hours per month for
at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health
Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule receive the
full government contribution to their premiums regardless of work
schedule and will also be eligible to participate in the Flexible
Spending Accounts and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
Temporary appointees are not covered by the Federal Employee Retirement
System and are ineligible for Federal life, dental, or vision insurance.
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HOW TO APPLY: Carefully read all information and instructions. It is
the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is
completed. The personnel office will not be responsible for soliciting
additional information from applicants or from official personnel
records, but will consider individuals based on their applications as
Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to
be considered. If you are e-mailing applications, supporting materials
such as transcripts not available electronically, can be faxed
separately or mailed under separate cover but must arrive by 5:00p.m. of
the day following the closing date of the announcement (not including
Saturdays, Sundays, or government holidays), and must include the
announcement number of the job for which you are applying.
* Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information
which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such
as their name, social security number, biometric records, etc. alone, or
when combined with other personal or identifying information which is
linked or linkable to a specific individual, such as date and place of
birth, mother’s maiden name, etc. Please ensure that yon have removed
all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to
submitting or uploading your application material.
If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit a copy of your
DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the
closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active
military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document,
award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference
and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are
claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the DD-214, you
must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official
statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of
the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected
disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of
the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference.
Additional information on veterans’ preference can be found in the Vet
Canyonlands Research Station
U.S. Geological Survey
Moab, UT 84532
The following must be included in your application form:
• Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the job for which you are
• Full name, mailing address (with zip code), email, day and evening
phone numbers (with area code)
• Country of Citizenship
• Veterans preference (with supporting documentation, DD-214)
• Highest Federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates
• High school (name, address, including zip code if known)
• Colleges and universities (address including zip code if known)
Majors, Type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total
credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours)
• Send a copy of your college transcripts or list of college courses
completed. Specify title of course, semester or quarter hours earned
for each course, date completed, grade earned.
Give the following information on your paid and non-paid work experience
related to the job for which you are applying (do not send job
• Job Title (include series and grade if Federal job)
• Duties and Accomplishments
• Employers name and address
• Supervisors name and phone number
• Starting and ending dates with Month and Year (Example: Feb 2001 thru
• Hours worked per week (e.g., 40 hr/wk, 20 hr/wk, etc.)
• Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor
• Job-related training courses (title, length, date taken)
• Job-related skills (other languages, computer software/hardware,
tools, machinery, typing speed, first aid, etc)
• Job related certificates and licenses (current only)
• Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (IE,
publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership
activities, public speaking, and performance awards). Give details but
do not send documents unless requested.
APPLICATIONS, WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION, MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE
CLOSING DATE AND TIME SHOWN ON THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE CONSIDERED.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or
information in their application package will be ineligible for further
consideration for this position.
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals
(residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil
service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very
limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available
for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section
(a) have any persona, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or
mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal,
private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral
enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys
or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L.
93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine
qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC,
Section 3302 and 3361.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.