National Park Service Biological Science Technician (Data Technician) Pathways Internship in Fort Collins, Colorado

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This announcement is limited to applicants within the local commuting area of Fort Collins, CO (65 miles radius). This restriction does not apply to those eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (VEOA).

This is an indefinite, Excepted Service appointment that may continue if you continue to meet the eligibility requirements under the Pathways Internship program and funding is available.

Interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment.

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Responsibilities

As the BRD Data Technician at the GS-0499-05 level, the incumbent will primarily support the invasive plant program, but will also support other program areas as time allows. The major duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Uploading data that is submitted to National Invasive Species Information Management System (NISIMS).
  • Providing technical support to the Exotic Plant Management Teams (EPMTs) in field collection methods and NISIMS data management.
  • Assisting the BRD Data Manager in meeting reporting needs for the Invasive Plants and EPMT Programs, and assisting with writing user guides and Standard Operating Procedures for data management systems and data calls.
  • Maintaining software and hardware used by the EPMTs as related to NISIMS, and assisting with answering data requests and data calls by retrieving data from data management systems.
  • May also make maps and provide data as requested by BRD staff and help with other data management projects on which the BRD Data Manager is working. As the BRD Data Technician at the GS-0499-06 level, the incumbent will perform duties similar to the GS-05, and also maintain the NISIMS database. At the GS-06 level, there will be added complexity of tasks assigned.

As the BRD Data Technician at the GS-0499-07 level, the incumbent will perform duties similar to the GS-05 and GS-06, and also maintain quality control of NISIMS data, design and work with website contractors to provide reports for the Invasive Plants and EPMT Programs. At the GS-07 level, there will be added complexity of tasks assigned.

Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

7 - 07

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0499 Biological Science Student Trainee

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is not required, provided you are lawfully admitted to the united States as a permanent resident or are otherwise authorized to be employed. However, as a Pathways Program participant, you must be a U. S. Citizen to be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a position in the competitive service.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Pathways participant agreement is required.
  • 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 driver's 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 driver's 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 driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.
  • The entire period served under the Intern Program counts as a trial period.
Qualifications

To qualify for this position at the grade GS-05, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-04 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors), performing a majority of the following: 1) controlling, inventorying, or monitoring invasive species; 2) inventorying or monitoring vegetation; 3) uploading data to and exporting data from databases; 4) using GPS equipment to map natural resources; and 5) using ArcGIS to create, edit, and maintain data, and run geoprocessing tasks. This experience should be clearly described in your resume/supporting documents. OR B. Have successfully completed at least 4 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, i.e., in environmental sciences, biology, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences/monitoring, or other directly-related subject area. OR C. Have an equivalent combination of education and experience. For example, have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and 90 semester hours of directly-related post-high school study as described in B above from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education, using 30 semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours). The total must equal 100% of the requirements.

To qualify for this position at the grade GS-06, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-05 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors), performing a majority of the following: 1) controlling, inventorying, or monitoring invasive species; 2) inventorying or monitoring vegetation; 3) uploading data to and exporting data from national databases; 4) providing technical guidance on field collection techniques and data management to others; 5) using GPS equipment to map natural resources; and 6) using ArcGIS to create, edit, and maintain data, and run geoprocessing tasks. This experience should be clearly described in your resume/supporting documents. OR B. Have successfully completed one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, i.e., in environmental sciences, biology, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences/monitoring, or other directly-related subject area. OR C. Have an equivalent combination of education and experience. For example, have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one-half year (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of graduate study as described in B above from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education). The total must equal 100% of the requirements.

To qualify for this position at the grade GS-07, you must meet one of the following:

A. Have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors), performing a majority of the following: 1) leading a crew controlling, inventorying, or monitoring invasive species; 2) leading a crew inventorying or monitoring vegetation; 3) managing, maintaining, updating, uploading data to, and exporting data from national databases; 4) providing technical guidance on field collection techniques and data management to others; 5) using GPS equipment to map natural resources; 6) using ArcGIS to create, edit, maintain, and manage data, and run geoprocessing tasks; 7) automating data processes; and 8) building GIS models. This experience should be clearly described in your resume/supporting documents. OR B. Have successfully completed one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position, i.e., in environmental sciences, biology, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences/monitoring, or other directly-related subject area. OR C. Have an equivalent combination of education and experience. For example, have 6 months of the specialized experience described in A above (50% of the experience requirement), and one-half year (9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours) of graduate study as described in B above from an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education). The total must equal 100% of the requirements.

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 accredited institutionwith 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.

You will NOT be considered under Pathways unless you provide supporting information from your school. Documentation may be provided in letter format from your academic advisor, school counselor, admission office, etc. to prove enrollment OR it may be provided in the form of several official documents from your school such as a copy of your official transcripts and a copy of your class schedule for next semester. Copies of documents from your school website are acceptable if they contain all relevant information as listed above. Letters from advisors or other school officials must be on school letterhead.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

If selected, you will be required to sign a Pathways Agreement which specifies the conditions of your employment as we've indicated in this job announcement. You must continue to meet the Pathways Program requirements throughout the duration of your appointment. To verify that you do, we will require proof of your continued enrollment and good standing each semester or grading period throughout your internship. Failure to do so will result in termination of your internship and employment.

Physical Demands:The work is often sedentary; fieldwork may occasionally require some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking over uneven terrain.

Working Conditions: A majority of the work is performed in an office setting with adequate light, heat and ventilation. Occasional field visits may create exposure to a variety of physical settings and all types of weather.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and the minimum qualification requirements for this job.

Minimally qualified students will be referred to the supervisor in unranked order by veterans preference status:

  1. Preference eligibles having a compensable, service-connected disability of 10 percent or more;
  2. All other candidates eligible for 10 point veterans preference;
  3. Candidates eligible for 5 point veterans preference; and
  4. Candidates not eligible for veterans preference. You will be evaluated on the following competencies:
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Drug test required

No

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The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/17/2018:

  1. Resumewhich 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. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
  4. Veterans Preference Documentation:
  5. 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 SF15. If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives.
  6. 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.
  7. If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or*Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran*, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from www.ebenefits.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to establish proof of disability.
  8. Student Documentation: College transcripts, or acceptance letter from school indicating enrollment of at least half time (if grades have not been posted). 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.

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To apply for this position:You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/17/2018. WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.

  1. Select Apply. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login or create an account.
  2. Start the Application Process by selecting "Start Application."
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  4. To PREVIEW the application questionnaire, select the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10298224
  5. Select or add the resume you want to use for this application. Click here on how to build a resume in USAJOBS.
  6. Select documents you want included in this application.
  7. Review package to acknowledge your documents were reviewed.
  8. Select if you want to include your demographic information.
  9. After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select "Continue to Agency Site."
  10. Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.
  11. Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown.
  12. Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.
  13. Review and Submit Application.
  14. While logged in, you can check the status of your application by selecting "+" next to the job title for this position.
  15. You can review or revise your application at any point during the open period of the announcement.
  16. To update an application, you should log into your USAJOBS account and select "+" next to the job title for this position. Select "Update Application"for this job.
  17. Note: When you click Update Application, you will be prompted to re-select your documents from USAJOBS. Documents submitted with the first application will no longer be associated with the applicant record. So it is important that you select all documents you want to use in the re-application.

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Ester Torrevillas
Phone

(202) 553-1237

Email

ester.torrevillas@opm.gov

Address

Natural Resources Stewardship and Science 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240 US

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Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510230700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/11/2018 to 09/17/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 5 - 7

Salary: $36,317 to $58,480 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Part-Time - Will work 60 hours per pay period.