Job

Biological Science Technician (Wildlife): Prescott National Forest

Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Website: http://www.usajobs.gov
Salary: GS-05; ~$15 per hour
Start Date: 04/29/2013
Last Date to Apply: 03/25/2013

The Prescott National Forest, will soon be hiring a seasonal wildlife bio tech position at the GS-404-5 level. This position is located at Chino Valley, AZ. If you are eligible and interested in applying for this position, You need to fill out the outreach form below and email it to me and please apply online at USA Jobs (per the “HOW TO APPLY” instructions below) by Monday, March 25, 2013.

ABOUT THE POSITIONS: This temporary seasonal position will be located on the Prescott National Forest and the duty station will be out of the Chino Valley, AZ Forest Service office. Knowledge and previous field experience conducting both Mexican spotted owl monitoring and northern goshawk surveys are required. The seasonal employee will utilize equipment such as handheld GPS units, compass and maps to accomplish survey work and perform site monitoring duties. Field work at times may require hiking to survey areas during the day and/or night, through sometimes rugged steep and rocky terrain. Therefore, variable work shifts are required, including night shifts while conducting MSO surveys. Added responsibilities may include entering office data, filing, preparing final reports, etc. Selectee must be fit and able to work both independently and as part of a crew and must have a current driver’s license to apply. This is a SEASONAL TEMPORARY position with a maximum six month tour schedule (NTE 1039 hours). The anticipated start date for these positions is early April and ending in mid to late September. There is no Government seasonal housing available.

FOREST RESOURCE INFORMATION

ORGANIZATION: The Prescott National Forest has a unified Forest organization. Three District Rangers (Chino Valley, Bradshaw, and Verde) and three Forest Staff Officers work collaboratively with eight resource program Team Leaders and project managers to accomplish a forest-wide program of work. Zone employees on neighboring forests provide Property and Procurement/Contracting services. The traditional Supervisor’s Office and Ranger District staff organization does not exist on the Prescott NF.

PROGRAMS: The Prescott NF has a full variety of programs to meet our stewardship and customer service objectives. Major programs exist in fire and fuels management, lands, timber, grazing, watershed/soils, wildlife, desert fisheries, recreation, and forest health. Engineering and Administrative staff assists in natural resource program support.

VEGETATION: At the lowest elevation of the Forest, the primary vegetation is of the Sonoran Desert type. As the elevation rises, chaparral becomes common, followed by pinon pine and juniper. Above that, Ponderosa Pine dominates the landscape with mixed-conifer.

LOCATION: Located in central Arizona, the Prescott Tri-City Area is about 100 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona and about 100 miles south of Flagstaff, Arizona. The Prescott area is a rapidly growing, vibrant, full-service community with a charming, small town character. The area is the marketing and cultural center of north central Arizona. Today visitors and new residents come from everywhere to enjoy the area’s mild climate, natural beauty, and historical and cultural points of interest.

ELEVATION: Approximately 5,300’.

CLIMATE: The Prescott area has a fairly arid and moderate climate; annual precipitation is about 18 inches and annual snowfall averages from 6-12 inches; snow is most likely during late winter and early spring. We enjoy 300 plus days of sunshine every year, with four gentle seasons.

HOUSING: There will be no Government Seasonal housing available. Rental housing may be available locally, but will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Community Information – Sources of Research: The Prescott Chamber of Commerce phone number is (928) 778-2193

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce phone number is (928) 772-8857 website: www.pvchamber.org
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce phone number is (928) 636-2493 website: www.chinovalley.org

The USDA Forest Service and the Prescott National Forest are committed to equal employment opportunity for all individuals. Selection is made without consideration of ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, marital status, or association with an employee organization.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Anyone interested in further information and/or have questions regarding this position may contact:

Dan Garcia de la Cadena, Wildlife Biologist at (928) 777-2210; Mailing address: Chino Valley Ranger District. 735 N State Route 89, Chino Valley, AZ 86323 or email: dgarciadelacadena@fs.fed.us

HOW TO APPLY

APPLY ONLINE at www.USAJOBS.gov by Monday March 25, 2013 in order to be considered for this position. Also fill out the outreach form below and email to dgarciadelacadena@fs.fed.us.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.USAJOBS.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. You may want to customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have attained that are directly related to this position, so your application will meet required qualifications. (Ensure you provide exact dates of employment so your qualifications are accurately documented: e.g. May 1, 2010 to Oct 29, 2010 will be calculated as 5 months of experience; listing May 2010 to Oct 2010 may be calculated as only 3 months of experience, assuming a start date in late May and an end date at the beginning of Oct).

Step 3: The link below will take you to the Open Continuous Recruitment roster you need to apply to for this position.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/336135700

Read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. Click “Apply Online” and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required. You should ensure that you address the qualifying skills and accomplishments for the position for which you are applying in another part of your application (Resume or additional attachment). Make sure you select Chino Valley, AZ as the duty station.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on “Application Status”. Click on the position title and then select “Update Application” to continue.

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST
OUTREACH RESPONSE FORM

Position Identification
Position Title: Biological Science Technician (Wildlife)
Series/Grade: GS-0404-5
Location: Chino Valley , AZ / Prescott NF

Applicant Information

Name:
E-Mail Address:
Current Title, Series, Grade:
Current Organization/Location:
Current Appointment: 0 Permanent 0 Temporary 0 Term 0 Not Current Employee

If you are NOT a current permanent (career or career conditional) employee, are you eligible to be hired under any of the following authorities:
0 Reinstatement
0 Disabled Veteran with 30% Compensable Disability
0 Veteran’s Employment Opportunities Act of 1998
0 Other

0 Person With Disabilities
0 Former Peace Corps Volunteer
0 Demonstration Project (external recruitment from the general public)

Position Interest

I would like to be considered for this position identified. 0 Biological Science Technician GS-0404-05

Please feel free to attach a Resume or other supporting document to this outreach response form

Qualifications

Knowledge and previous field experience conducting both Mexican spotted owl monitoring and northern goshawk surveys and report writing are required in order to be eligible for this position.

GS-5 QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Qualifying experience for the GS-05 includes 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level performing work related to the duties of this position. Examples of work experience that meet this requirement include: Performed steps or sections of procedural assignments in providing technical support in a wildlife management field environment; Used designated well-established guidelines to compute, compile, and present data in reports for a biological or scientific program; Participated in wildlife assignments, performing such tasks as collecting, organizing, and analyzing wildlife-related data; Kept detailed records of findings or results of biological science tests and procedures.-OR Successful completion of a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours or the equivalent in a combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics.-OR A combination of education and experience listed above. APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the date a certificate of candidates is issued from the Open Continuous Announcement.

Contact Person: Dan Garcia de la Cadena
Contact Phone: (928) 777-2210
Contact eMail: dgarciadelacadena@fs.fed.us