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Physical Science Technician

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Department Of The Interior Custer , SD 57730

Posted 2 months ago

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The purpose of the position is to perform a variety of complex physical science technical support functions (e.g. in chemistry, geology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, physics, and/or other physical science(s).

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Works with contractor to ensure safety and protection of cave resources during reconstruction of cave tour structures, and to provide technical expertise. Works closely with the project COR and serves as point of contact for all cave resource issues.

Provides training on safe travel and transport of supplies and equipment in a cave environment. Assesses threats and designs mitigation plans. Creates maps and instructions for implementing resource protection. Assists in moving materials through areas that are awkward, slippery, or delicate.

Documents existing conditions and new impacts with photography and written description. Reports new impacts to Chief of Resource Management and Chief Ranger. Designs and implements mitigation and restoration techniques as needed.

Creates manual for offtrail access and procedures for removing human lint detritus from the structures.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
    1311 Physical 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.

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

  • Incidental Driving: 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to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle.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.

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

  • Government Housing: Government housing maybe available.


SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position performs traverses obstacles and protects cave resources, and at least 100 hours of previous caving experience is required. Candidates who do not meet this requirement by close of this announcement will receive no further consideration for this position.

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To qualify for this position at the GS-07 grade level, you must possess at least one or all of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:

EXPERIENCE: Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the federal service.

Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Physical Science Technician. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: work in the fields of astronomy, physics, geophysics, chemistry, hydrology, health physics, engineering, geology, oceanography, and metallurgy. Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited if the work was performed in close association with physical scientists or other technical personnel and provided intensive knowledge of appropriate scientific principles, methods, techniques, and precedents.

  • OR-

EDUCATION: Have successfully completed a full four 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 physical science, chemistry, geology, paleontology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, physics, atmospheric science, soil science, engineering, or any branch of mathematics, except financial and commercial mathematics.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: If you are using education to qualify you must document your coursework and/or degree completed in your resume or other application materials you submit. You must submit a copy of your transcripts or a complete list of college courses taken that identifies for each course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade received, and date completed. If you are qualifying based on education and you do not submit specific coursework information as described previously, your application will be rated not qualified for consideration. (A copy of your official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty, if selected).

  • OR-

COMBINATION: Have a combination of specialized experience as described above and education as described above which total at least one year.

For example, 6 months of specialized experience (50% of the specialized experience) and three years of education above high school (50% of the education) would qualify an applicant for this position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e. beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

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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