Job opening: Biologist/Physical Scientist
Salary: $60 597 - 78 776 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located at El Malpais National Monument (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) in the Resource Management Division.
This is a term position (more than 1 year) with an initial appointment expecting to last at least 13 months but may be extended up to a total of four years, or more based on any changes to regulations governing the number of years term appointments may last, without further competition. Term positions do not convey permanent status in the Federal service. The National Park Service retains the right to extend the duration of this appointment after selection and/or appointment, based on changes to the regulation governing the number of years term appointments may last. This change, which may be made at the agency's sole discretion and without further competition, shall not be construed or interpreted as the granting of a right to a selectee or employee to such an extension. No extension to a term appointment shall be granted to a selectee/employee to an amount of time that exceeds the maximum number of years authorized under any present or current regulation, unless such regulation expressly allows such action.
Major duties for this position may include but are not limited to:
Serves as park specialist on wilderness management. Elements may include, but are not limited to, recreational use, vegetation, wildlife, control of exotic and pest species, soundscape, aircraft overflight, air and water quality, caves, mines, soils, geology, and historic.
Writes and/or edits various documents related to planning projects and studies, including project reports, resource analyses, management alternatives, impact analyses, and briefing statements.
Communicate orally and represent wilderness on interpdiscplinary teams and comittees in regards to El Malpais Wilderness.
Inventories and monitors wilderness resources to analyze data to make informed decisions about wilderness management.
Physical Demands: The position may require strenuous physical activity including periods of standing, walking, climbing, and lifting and carrying heavy objects. Some activities will occur in physically dangerous areas or settings. Documentary research and report writing work is sedentary, which entails the ability to concentrate and write for long periods of time.
Working Conditions: Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Assignments may be performed in potentially hazardous areas including steep slopes, rocky terrain, volcanoes, caves, fire lines, arctic environments, swamps, deserts, and forests. Flying in fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters is possible.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-02/19/2024-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.
This is an Interdisciplinary position; you must meet the BASIC educational requirement for at least ONE series *AND* meet the ADDITIONAL Specialized Experience and/or Education in order to qualify for this position.
BASIC EDUCATION for the Biologist GS-0401:
A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, as listed above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
BASIC EDUCATION for the General Physical Science GS-1301:
A. Degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors listed above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience, or additional education.
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: understanding and communication of wilderness law and policies, representing wilderness interests in interdisciplinary teams, providing formal or informal wilderness education and training, reviewing and editing planning and analysis documents directly related to wilderness management. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. You must include transcripts. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. Note: only graduate education in excess of 1 year is creditable. To combine education and experience, first divide your total months of qualifying specialized experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year (18 semester hours) by 18. Add the two percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts and hours per week worked.
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.
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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