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Biological Science Technician (Plants)

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Department Of The Interior Ajo , AZ 85321

Posted 4 months ago

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TERM positions do not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed thirteen months, with possible extensions up to a total of four years without further competition.

Open to the first 50 applicants or until 10/09/2018 whichever comes first. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration.

HOUSING: Park housing is not available. Numerous rental units are available in Ajo, AZ.

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This position is located in the Resource Management Division at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI). The position will be responsible for restoration of disturbed sites within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The incumbent will be responsible for native plant seed collection, seed storage, soil mix preparation, propagation and nursery plant care. The incumbent will be responsible for out-planting nursery grown plants on disturbed sites, conducting follow-up monitoring and documenting mortality/survival of nursery transplants.

The incumbent will participate in nursery and restoration work requires bending, stooping, and lifting of heavy objects. This position will also involve some extended periods of office work, working on computers entering data, organizing digital data and photos, managing GPS and GIS data, and preparing a summary report.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


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    0404 Biological Science Technician

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.

  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.

  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.

  • 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, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), 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. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.

  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

  • You will be required to complete a one-year trial period.

  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 5 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.

  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.


EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-06 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: nursery management including seed collection, soil mix preparation, plant propagation and plant care; ecological restoration including eradication of exotic species, restoration of natural vegetation and plant communities; using technology and technical equipment such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) technology. Plant inventories, monitoring, and research involving data collection, data management, statistical analysis, and reporting. You must include hours per week worked.

  • OR-

EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least one full graduate year of graduate education (One year of graduate education is 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) directly related to biological sciences. You must include transcripts.

  • OR-

Successful completion of a combination of specialized experience as described in A above and education as described in B above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the experience) and 9 graduate level semester hours (50% of the education), would qualify an applicant for this position. 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".


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

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Biological Science Technician (Plants)

Expired Job

Department Of The Interior