Department of the Interior National Park Service Redwood National by mr8ball3


									                                        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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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