National Park Service Biological Science Technician (Wildlife) in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Summary Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner depending on management needs. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is March - October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: March/April 2022 Open to the first 75 applicants or until 12/02/2021 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration. Responsibilities This position is located within the Division of Natural Resource Management, Cape Cod National Seashore. The incumbent serves as the Biological Science Technician for the shorebird management and protection program. The Biological Science Technician for Cape Cod National Seashore's Shorebird Management and Protection Program monitors nesting, migrating, and staging shore birds, and implements management measures to ensure these species are protected. Species addressed include sensitive and special status species such as piping plovers, least terns, common terns, roseate terns, and American oystercatchers. Duties include: ensuring protection measures meet the requirements of federal and state Endangered Species Acts, federal and state management guidelines, park policies and guidelines, the Negotiated Rule for operation of the park's Off-Road Vehicle Corridor and corresponding Environmental Assessment; coordinating with law enforcement staff regarding management of off-road vehicles, dog-walking, and other types of recreation that could adversely affect nesting and staging shore birds; coordinating with the neighboring district Shorebird Biological Technician to provide for consistent and integrated shorebird monitoring, protection, and reporting; preparing weekly reports and assists with preparation of the annual report; directing the work of temporary employees, interns, and volunteers; and educates the public through formal and informal interpretive activities; using a microcomputer to record geographic data regarding nest and colony locations. Experience with shorebirds is highly desirable. Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males. Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required. Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. You may be required to work evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime. Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program. Park housing is available. Qualifications All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-12/02/2021-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience. To qualify for this position at the GS-05 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement: EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped me (the applicant) with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience for this position include assisting with the performance of wildlife inventories, monitoring and protection activities for a variety of wildlife species. This work may have involved conducting field surveys in remote locations to document and assess animal presence, abundance, reproduction, management issues, and population dynamics using established protocols and standard scientific equipment. You must include hours per week worked. -OR- EDUCATION: Successful completion of a four-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as environmental sciences, biology, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, wildlife sciences, ecology, natural resource sciences / monitoring, chemistry, statistics, physics, agriculture, mathematics, or other directly-related subject area. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position being filled (e.g. Ecology, Biology, and Wildlife Sciences). You must include transcripts. -OR- Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts. 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. Education To qualify based on 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. 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 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 A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected. The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Temporary seasonal employees can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of Temporary NTE less than 1040 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS). If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months and have already worked the maximum temporary appointment less than 1040 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1040 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1040 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1040 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM. Employment may be terminated at any time due to fluctuations in funding levels, project needs, employee performance, or other considerations. Physical Demands/Working Conditions: The majority of the work of these positions will be performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions, including exposure to temperatures ranging from 90 degrees or more in the summer and from 32 degrees or below in winter. Incumbent(s) will be required to walk long distance in soft sand, drive 4x4 vehicles and ATV's on beaches, be exposed to biting and stinging insects including mosquitoes, horse flies, and deer ticks, and at times, will be required to perform heavy labor (digging holes, lifting weights in excess of twenty pounds, and swinging a sledge hammer to drive posts). Work schedule will include early morning starting times (6:00 am) with some later shifts during summer months, working weekends and holidays. Positions may require paid overtime. 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=Alternate_Application_Information.