Biological Science Technician


$34,576.00 to $44,954.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014




Full Time – Temporary NTE 1039




1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston, MA View Map


United States Citizens


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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


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 recruitment will be used to fill seasonal appointments.  These appointments are not to exceed 1039 hours, although positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25% travel


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • NPS Uniformed Position
  • Will be required to work weekends and holidays and occasional overtime.


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The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Natural Resource Program Manager on all aspects of natural resource stewardship at Boston Harbor Islands NRA, including field and office work.  Specific program areas include invasive plant control, biological monitoring, community-based volunteer programs, and providing natural resource information to staff and partners.  The work involves collecting and organizing field data.  Ensuring adequate quality control of data collected.  Performing routine and recurring testing of collected samples, recording all data collected and providing preliminary assessment and classification of the information.  Evaluate observed conditions and problems and make preliminary determination on the cause of problems noted.  Assists in the preparation of reports, plans and guidelines.   Provide logistical support and area orientation.  Installing operating and maintaining resource management equipment (e.g., tools, traps, and sampling, monitoring, photographic and laboratory equipment).  The work also involves coordinating public programs, carrying tools and materials to field sites, and frequent transit on small landing crafts.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The 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: The work is performed in an office, laboratory, and/or in a field.  Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions and terrain, pesticides, poisonous plants, biting insects.


Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area was established in 1996 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts, encompassing both the north and south shore communities around Boston.  Its purpose is to preserve for public use and enjoyment of the 34 islands and waters comprising the Park, which is spread over a 50 square mile area.  Boston Harbor Islands is significant for containing – within close proximity of a major urban population – a complex array of cultural and natural resources and opportunities for a broad range of recreation, from water sports to tours of historic forts.  The Park includes three National Historic Landmarks, and contains the only cluster of island drumlins in North America.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  Monday, April 07, 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 described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on your work experience, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower graded level of this GS-05 position (comparable to GS-04) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: work involving one or more aspects of vegetation management such as:  performing basic vegetation inventories, studies, and surveys; participating in site rehabilitation though soil preparation, native seed dispersal, live planting and weeding, applying/performing a variety of manual, mechanical, chemical, and/or bio-control methods in planned management of exotics (non-natives), native species, and or weeds, etc.
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on your Education, You must have successfully completed four years of education above high school (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or 24 semester hours of course work, in a related field (such as in biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, ecology, mathematics; and at least 6 semester hours of this course work was in plant or botany related subjects.  One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours. The education must have been obtained at an accredited college or university.  IMPORTANT ; PLEASE NOTE:   If you are using education to qualify you must document your course work and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit.   You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college course taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed.   If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific course work in formation as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected.)
To be qualified for this Biological Science Technician, GS-0404-05 position based on a combination of your work experience and education, you must document having an equivalent combination of education and experience.   Completion of a percentage of the specialized experience and education listed above when combined totals 100%.   For example 6 months of specialized experience described above (50% of the experience requirement), and education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.   One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.   (You must submit a copy of your transcripts indicating number of credit hours in order to qualify based on the combination option).
Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  Applicants can verify accreditation HERE  

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify 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.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3.  Will be required to work weekends and holidays and occasional overtime.

4. Under the Requirements of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), all new Federal employees, must have a background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform the work of this position.
Please Note: if it is determined that your work history, and/or supporting documents do not support your answers, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure your work history provides enough detail to support your answers.  All answers provided must be substantiated in your application package.

Your qualification will be evaluated on the following competencies:

·   Knowledge of and experience with computer software and hardware used to collect and process National Resource data.

·   Knowledge of and professional experience with the principles and practices of invasive non-native plant control.

·   Knowledge of and professional experience with native and non-native plants and animals, and ecological principles, of coastal northeastern United States.

·   Experience participating in natural resource scientific studies, including inventory, monitoring, and/or research, using a variety of techniques.

·   Experience writing and designing materials related to natural or cultural resources for public audiences.

·    Experience coordinating people, including volunteers, as part of organized programs. 

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) – applicant 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, 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


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Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: Leave


1. 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 for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. 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

2. 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.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans’ preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must attach an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. 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

4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

5. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation will not be paid.

7. 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.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your 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.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 07, 2014.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1064743. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

If you cannot apply online:

1.Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3.Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below. 


Step 2

  • 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).
  • Transcriptsif qualifications 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.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Miscellaneous — any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Submitting Documents


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  


  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 1064743
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Dorothy Drakoulas
Phone: (617)223-5058
Agency Information:
New England Servicing HR Office
15 State Street 7th floor
Boston, MA


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.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire

Boston, Massachusetts
National Park Service
Dorothy Drakoulas
15 State Street 7th floor
Boston, MA