Biological Science Technician - USFWS

Biological Science Technician (YCC Group Leader)

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

1 vacancy in the following location:

  • De Leon Springs, FL

Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1040 hours

Opened Tuesday 4/4/2017 (1 day(s) ago)

Closes Monday 4/17/2017 (12 day(s) away)

  • Salary Range

    $29,356.00 to $38,158.00 / Per Year
  • Series & Grade

  • Promotion Potential

  • Supervisory Status

  • Who May Apply

    United States Citizens
  • Control Number

  • Job Announcement Number


Job Description

Job Description

Job Summary


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No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.


This position is located at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in De Leon Springs, Florida.


This is a full-time, temporary appointment not to exceed 1 year with the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in De Leon Springs, Florida.  This is a temporary appointment not to exceed 1040 hours in a service year.  Incumbent may be rehired in subsequent years as long as 1040 hours has not been exceeded in the previous year. 


All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference documentation). 




Participates in conducting field work including collection and sorting of samples.

Prepares maps, graphs, and figures to support biological plans.

Assists with compilation of Ecosystem plans and projects.

Oversees a YCC crew in work projects.


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required to attend training and meetings.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Valid State Issued Driver's License Required



By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in this announcement below.  

Minimum Qualifications for the 0404 Occupational Series at the GS-4 grade level:

At least 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-3 grade level AND 6 months of general experience. Examples of specialized experience may include: General knowledge of principles, practices and terminology related to wildlife and/or fish biology; Ability to conduct biological field work; Ability to instruct others in proper work methods. OR

Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must be directly related to the position to be filled. OR

A combination of education and experience. Determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the 1 year of experience required for GS-4; then determine your education as a percentage of the 2 years of education that meets the requirements for GS-4. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for GS-4.

Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments.  Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration.  Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position.  College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying. 

Foreign Education:  Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:View Occupational Questionnaire

The employee selected will be required to work a non-standard tour of duty that may include weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required. 

Must be able to frequently lift and carry parts and equipment weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally over 40 pounds.

This positions sensitivity level has been designated as non-sensitive.  Accordingly, the selectee must undergo a background investigation prior to appointment.

No PCS/moving benefits are authorized.

Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).

Work schedule may be changed 90 days after hire at the request of management or the employee with management approval.


Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information

What To Expect Next


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 the status of your application.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

View Occupational Questionnaire





The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To find out more click here:



Other Information


1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.  For more information on CTAP/ICTAP see

3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).


This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

Your complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, April 17, 2017

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

Apply online:

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the Assessment Questionnaire.

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Apply via fax:

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 17, 2017 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the Assessment Questionnaire and submit via fax:   

1. Click the following link to view and print the Assessment Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

3. Fax your completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): 


General knowledge of principles, practices and terminology related to wildlife and/or fish biology and wildlife management and familiarity with related disciplines sufficient to independently perform repetitive tasks or assist higher level employees with more complex technical duties.



Ability to conduct biological field work such as collecting, sorting, and labeling samples; measuring habitat characteristics; and recording field data.



Ability to instruct others in proper work methods, relay work instructions, check work in progress, communicate with supervisor, complete required paperwork, and ensure that safe work procedures are followed by enrollees.


NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability.  If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.


Required Documents

Required Documents

1.     Resume (Writing Your Federal Resume - video

2.     Completed Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Transcripts (if applicable)

4.     Veteran's documentation (if applicable)

At a minimum, the experience listed in your resume must contain the job title (include job series and grade if Federal), detailed duties, starting and ending date (month and year), hours per week worked and salary.  If you do not provide the minimum information requested, it may prevent you from qualifying for this position.

Faxing Supporting Documents:

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the Assessment Questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. Fax your documents using this required cover page ( and provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1935192. Fax your 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

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail.  If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.