Department of the Interior National Park Service Redwood National Park Biological Science Technician (Plants) Job Announcement: REDW 08-18-STEP Series & Grade: GS-0404-04 Position Information: Full-Time Student Salary Range: $12.73 per hour Open Period: 03/10/2008 – 3/24/2008 Duty Location: 2 - 3 vacancies - Orick, CA Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time in accredited institutions. SPECIAL NOTE: Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) constitute a formal partnership between the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR). Similar temporary positions in the State Parks within RNSP will also be available. Please contact Jay Harris, Senior Environmental Scientist for CDPR at 707-443-6547, extension 19, for information on temporary positions with California State Parks within RNSP. Major Duties: Redwood National and State Parks will be implementing a two-month long Harding grass (Phalaris aquatica) control project during June and July, 2008, in the Bald Hills, east of Orick, CA. We are recruiting a team of individuals to aggressively treat this infestation this summer using Aquamaster herbicide, and to work on other invasive plant control projects as needed. These positions will be temporary and are only funded for approximately 8 weeks. Job duties will include herbicide application (~80%), manual invasive plant control (~15%) and data collection and processing (~5%). We are looking for people who: • Have an understanding of the principals of plant taxonomy. In particular, we need people with a good eye and the ability to learn to quickly distinguish Harding grass by sight from other grasses in the grassland setting. • Are willing to apply a non-restricted herbicide (glyphosate) with a backpack sprayer (with proper training and supervision provided), on an ongoing basis. • Are enthusiastic about working hard, outdoors in all weather conditions, all day, most days. • Have an interest in invasive plant control. • Get along well with a variety of other people with diverse backgrounds. Qualifications: To qualify for a GS-4 position, you must have 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience OR a combination of education and experience. Specialized experience is typically in or related to the work of the position described. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Education: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester units in any combination of courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, natural resources, range management, or mathematics. At least 6 semester units of courses must be directly related to the duties of this position. If you believe that you qualify for this position based on your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript(s). Other Requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position. Have you been employed by the Department of the Interior as a temporary employee within the last two years? If yes, please make sure your application contains the following information specific to the position(s) you held: Start and End Date, and Employing Agency Name, address, phone number and position title. You will be required to complete a 'Declaration of Federal Employment' (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Work is performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions. Work requires frequent bending, stooping, walking, standing, working in cramped positions and climbing. Work requires prolonged standing and walking over a rough and uneven terrain. Work requires lifting and moving heavy items. 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, you will 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. How Will You Be Evaluated: You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined in the Major Duties section above. Other Information The duty station is South Operations Center, in Orick, CA (35 mi. north of Arcata, CA), and the work schedule will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Orick, California, is a small community approximately 40 miles north of Arcata. Orick features several stores, an elementary school, several souvenir shops and two cafes. The town is located a few miles downstream from the Tall Trees Grove, site of some of the world's tallest trees. How to Apply: Mail your applications so it will be postmarked by closing date and received within five (5) working days of that date. If hand delivered, be sure your application is received by closing date. 1. Application: Submitting any of the following types of application: 1) “Optional Application for Federal Employment”, OF-612; or 2) a Resume; or 3) any other written format you choose. A Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat version of the OF-612 can be obtained at www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.htm. 2. Proof of Enrollment: Submit proof of current and/or future enrollment, such as a letter of acceptance, registration receipt, etc. 3. Transcripts: If education is used to qualify for this position, please include sufficient information in your resume so you can be evaluated. You may mail a list of college courses that includes hours and grades to provide detail. 4. Background Survey, DI-1935: A Background Survey Questionnaire, DI-1935 (this is optional, but highly desired). The information is being collected for statistical purposes only. The information is maintained in a strictly confidential manner and is not used in the selection process. This form is attached following the How To Apply section. For additional information about this position, please contact: Human Resources Office, (707) 465-7321 or 465-7323 or Stassia Samuels, Plant Ecologist, (707) 465-7784 Submit your application materials to: Redwood National Park, Attn: Human Resources Office, REDW 08-18-STEP, 1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531 What to Expect Next: Once your complete application is receive we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. Qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified by mail of the outcome. Due to the response we receive and our staff size, we are unable to answer individual requests regarding receipt of applications or ranking. This information will be mailed to you once the evaluation process is completed. If you want to confirm that your application was received timely, we suggest that you send your application "return receipt requested". Other Information: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Social Security Number - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials, will result in your application not being processed. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361. Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR APPLICANT BACKGROUND SURVEY DI-1935 General Instructions: The information from this survey is used to help ensure that agency personnel practices meet the requirements of Federal law. Your responses are VOLUNTARY. Please answer each of the questions to the best of your ability. Please print entries in pencil or pen. Use only capital letters. Read each item thoroughly before completing the appropriate code number in the blank. Vacancy Announcement Number: REDW 08-18-STEP Today's date (month, day, year): ____ - ____ - ______ 1. Name (Last, First, MI): _____________________________________________________ 2. Year of Birth: ______ 3. Social Security Number: ____ - ___ - _____ 4. How did you learn about the position or exam for which you are applying? ____ 01 Private information service 02 Magazine 03 Newspaper 04 Radio 05 TV 06 Poster 07 Private employment office 08 State employment office 09 Agency Personnel office (bulletin board or vacancy system) 10 Federal Government recruitment at school or college 11 Federal/State/local job information 12 Religious organization 13 School/college counselor or official 14 Federal/relative working in agency 15 Federal/relative not working in agency 16 Other (Specify): __________________________ 5. Please categorize yourself in terms of race and sex using the definitions below. In the space after number 7, place the RACE/ETHNIC Code which indicates the group with which you identify yourself. DEFINITIONS: A - American Indian or Alaskan Native B - Asian or Pacific Islander C - Black, not of Hispanic origin D - Hispanic E - White, not Hispanic origin 6. Do you have any disabilities? Yes ___ No ___ 7. RACE/ETHNIC Code: ____ 8. SEX: ____ PRIVACY ACT INFORMATION: This information is provided pursuant to Public Law 935-579 (Privacy Act, 1974), December 31, 1974, for individuals completing Federal records and forms that solicit personal information. AUTHORITY: Sections 1302, 3301, 3304, and 7201 of Title 5 of the U.S. Code. PURPOSE AND ROUTINE USES: The information from this survey is used for research and for a Federal equal opportunity recruitment program to help ensure that agency personnel practices meet the requirements of Federal law. EFFECTS OF NONDISCLOSURE: Providing this information is voluntary. No individual personnel selections are made based on this information. INFORMATION REGARDING DISCLOSURE OF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER UNDER PUBLIC LAW 93-579, SECTION 7(b): Solicitation of Social Security Number by the Office of Personnel Management is authorized under provisions of Executive Order 9397, dated November 22, 1943, and is used to relate this form with other records that you file with Federal agencies.
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