NPS Seasonal Biological Technician Job – Closes December 27

​​Sent by Paul Di Salvo ’13, ES grad


Biological Science Technician GS-0404-05


3 vacancies in the following location: Yankton, SD

Work Schedule is Full Time – Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

Opened Monday 12/19/2016

Closes Tuesday 12/27/2016

Salary Range: $15.49 to $15.49 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0404-05/05

Job Overview


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 on the National Park Service, click:

This is a temporary seasonal full time position, not to exceed 1039 hours, duty stationed at Missouri National Recreational River, Yankton, SD.

The primary work schedule for this temporary seasonal position will be full time, however due to, special projects, and/or special events, this position may be changed to a part-time or intermittent schedule during short periods of employment at the agency’s discretion.

Who May Apply: All U. S. Citizens

Area Information: The Missouri National Recreational River is made up of two free- flowing segments totaling 98 miles that still exhibit the river conditions and adjacent natural landscapes encountered by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The employee will be stationed at the Missouri National Recreational River headquarters located in Yankton, South Dakota. Yankton has a population of 14,000 situated in southeast South Dakota. Schools, medical facilities and shopping facilities are located in Yankton. Recreational amenities include hiking, hunting, fishing, and boating at the famed Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. Rental housing is available. Summers are generally hot and humid, and spring and autumn are mild with moderate temperatures.

Number of Vacancies: Up to three (3) positions will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.

If required, additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement within 90 days after the closeout.

Anticipated entrance on duty date: April 2017


The selectee assists in conducting surveys and research on a variety of plants and animals, some of which are exotic or rare, threatened and/or endangered. The selectee will make field observations of natural resource conditions and assist in the preparation of resource inventories and management plans. The selectee will utilize resource management equipment (e.g., 4-wheel drive vehicles, motor boat, canoe, digital camera, Global Positioning System and Geographic Information System technology) and computer software programs to enter and summarize field data in concise graphic and written form. Much of the field work will be accomplished from canoe/kayak and competence in the use of 4-wheel drive vehicles and canoeing is valuable. Field work includes exposure to extreme weather conditions, poisonous plants, biting insects, and wild animals. Additional duties include routine maintenance on grounds owned by the National Park Service.


All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for review on OPM’s website at

To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience and/or education listed below as well as the selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.

Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications.

For GS-05

Experience: GS-5 requires one year of related specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level. Specialized Experience is experience related to the work of the position. The specialized experience is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Utilizing various techniques to gather biological samples; identifying, measuring, or counting organisms or the environment, and recording the date; or performing a variety of behavioral or measured data collection activities in support of field resource management projects. Research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience. Full time work experience is defined as 40 hours per week for 12 months. 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.

OR Education: A 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours of related course work. Related course work includes scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least six (6) semester hours of courses must be directly related to this position

OR a combination: A combination of experience and education is also qualifying, a percentage of experience and a percentage of education as described above and when the two percentages are added together they total 100%.

**If using education to qualify you must submit a copy of your college transcripts.** Education cannot be credited without copies of transcripts. 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.

Your 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.

Physical demands: This position requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs to perform certain work tasks, such as carrying packs and equipment.

Work environment: Work is performed inside and outside. Outside work exposes the employee to inclement weather, which includes, heat, cold, rain, and wind. Worker is subject to cuts, abrasions, and insect bites.

Driver’s license: You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. You may 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.

All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Male applicants born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Security Clearance: Not Applicable


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