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Biological Science Technician (Plants)
This position is located in Kalaupapa National Historical Park, in the Natural Resources Management Division.
This is a Career-Seasonal position; selectees will be in a non-pay/non-duty status for at least 2 weeks to 6 months per year based on project requirements or weather conditions. Selectees are guaranteed to work at least 6 months per year but not more than 50 weeks per year, with the work schedule to be determined upon appointment. The typical work season for this position is from April to February.
A permanent career-seasonal position includes all the benefits of permanent employment, but does not provide employment on a year-round basis. The salary information listed reflects a full year.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) was established in 1980, and is located midway along the north coast of the island of Molokai, in the State of Hawaii. The park is situated entirely within Kalawao County, which is governed by the Director of the State Department of Health. The County includes the historic Hansen's disease isolation settlements of Kalawao and Kalaupapa. The park was established to commemorate and preserve the story of those afflicted with this dreaded disease and their forced exile from family and friends. Hansen's disease patients were physically isolated from society. For more information, please visit the park's Facebook page.
The Biological Science Technician GS-0404-7 will train and lead field crews on a wide variety of field activities in support of such programs as the inventory and monitoring of native Pacific Island plant communities and native target plant species and invasive plant species management.Duties Include:
- Use databases to enter, organize and perform preliminary analysis of collected field data and use standard statistical methods in the preparation of reports; using a variety of computer software programs.
- Prepare draft project reports which include research, methods, data analysis, graphs, charts, results, and recommendations for planning, protection and mitigation activities.
- Assist Vegetation Management field crews under direction of a field lead. Work as a team member on field crews controlling weeds and restoring rare native Hawaiian vegetation. Perform weed control.
- Assist park field crews under direction of a field lead. Work will occur in coastal, stream, forest, and subalpine shrub-land habitats working with plants, animals, or other natural resource survey efforts
- Serve as a helicopter operations crew member.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status - No
Promotion Potential - 7
To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-6 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as:leading a biological field crew in the completion of vegetation monitoring field work and developing a natural resource management project related to plant species in the Pacific Islands.. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one year of graduate study concentrated in a field that is directly related to the work of this position such as botany, plant science, or other natural resource topics related to vegetation management.. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of completed graduate education by 18 (or 27 for quarter hours). Add the two percentages. The total percentage 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.
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".