Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Science Technician in Whiteriver, Arizona

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Whiteriver, AZ
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Temporary NTE 1 year

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

This is a temporary appointment, not-to-exceed 1040 hours in a service year. The employee may be rehired in subsequent years as long as 1040 hours has not been exceeded in the previous year.

In November and early December, the duties will be intermittent in nature, 10-15 hours a week. Starting in late May or early June, 2017, the position will be 40 hours a week, up until 1039 hours have been reached within the first year of service.

The employee will perform a variety of basic operational tasks in support of programs conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. The employee will be stationed in Whiteriver, Arizona, but will assist with projects across the entire state.

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

  • Conduct biological surveys.
  • Collect, handle, identify, and tag endangered, native, and recreational fish.
  • Maintain field equipment and vehicles, repairing when practicable.
  • Compile data in tabular, graphic, or narrative form.
  • Assist professional biologists by cataloging and filing technical publications and material; performing literature reviews; and by extracting and compiling information as needed for report preparation.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Field work
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background Investigation
  • One-year probation period
  • Physical Examination
  • Possess and maintain a valid State driver's license
  • May be required to wear the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uniform

By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.

One year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service, but could have been gained in the private and/or public sectors. Examples of specialized experience may include: enter and analyze biological data using various computer programs; collect biological data including age, sex, species, and mass; operate a variety of equipment; collect biological data on plant species; identify invasive plant species, OR

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled. PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts, OR

Possess a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to a major in a biological science. Only 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. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience.

Transcripts*:* You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to support your educational claims if you are qualifying for the position based on education. 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

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

**Work is often strenuous and conducted in remote locations. Weights carried over rough terrain regularly exceed 50 pounds. Considerable driving, hiking, climbing, rafting, and aircraft transport are required. Camping outdoors for extended periods of time in remote locations will be required.

Employee must have average to above average dexterity and must be able to function under stress, unexpected interruptions, and delays while trying to accomplish work in coordination with activities of Tribal, State, and Federal cooperators.

Work includes both office and outdoor settings. As much as 90% of the work is performed outdoors. The office is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. In the performance of outdoor work, temperature extremes vary from below zero to above 115° F, depending on the season and location.

During the summer, the lower body, hands, and arms are not protected from the elements, and are exposed for extended periods of time. During winter, the lower body is kept dry with hip boots, waders, or dry/wet suits, but the arms and hands are exposed to water temperatures below 50° F.

The employee is expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self, fellow workers, or property with which entrusted.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

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 ).

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $42,012.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0404-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452930000

Job Announcement Number: R2-17-1820982-CL-DEU