Biological Science Technician Plants Job in BILLINGS, MT

Vacancy No. MT-TEMP-2020-0036 Department Bureau of Land Management
Salary $16.26 to $20.14 Grade 05 to 07
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 12/3/2019 Close Date 12/17/2019
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
BILLINGS, MT


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 12/03/2019 to 12/17/2019

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 05 - 07

  • Salary

    $16.26 to $20.14 per hour

  • Appointment type

    Temporary - This is a temporary appointment, not to exceed 1039 hours (6 months). 2020 summer season - generally from May-November.

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full-time

Locations
  • Billings, MT FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

Announcement number

MT-TEMP-2020-0036

Control number

553226300

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

    BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the seasonal team to serve as a Biological Science Technician (Plants) for the Billings Field Office in Billings, Montana.  Information about the Billings Area can be found at www.billingschamber.com.

    Housing is not provided for this position.

    For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

     

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities

    Biology Technicians (Plants) make observations and record data relating to plant studies; documents occurrence and distribution of identified species; inventories rare and endangered species habitat; participate in environmental studies documenting factors affecting plant species and habitat; they lead or conduct field searches for populations of sensitive, threatened or endangered plant species; photograph, collect and mount plant specimens encountered at different stages of development; collect ecological site information for population distribution, condition, trend, associated species, geology, soil type and prepare reports. Work is performed in an outdoor environment that ranges from very cold and wet to very hot and dry. This work may require physical exertion over very steep, wet, muddy, slippery, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; and also may include bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, and similar activities.

     

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel to field will be required. The amount of overnight travel to be determined by the nature of the work.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    No - These positions have no promotion potential; if you want to be considered for a higher grade, you must apply for the higher grade.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • Direct Deposit Required
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can
    • you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
    • Background Investigation is required.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Qualifications

    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the one year of specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. 

    GS-5 Biological Science Technician (Plants)- one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-4 level. Examples of specialized experience may include basic plant ID; knowledge of monitoring methologies; inventorying plant species habitat based on guidelines; taking soil samples by layer; and taking root samples. -OR- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours of courses must have been directly related to the position to be filled.  -OR- A combination of experience and education to meet total experience.

    GS-7 Biological Science Technician (Plants) - one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level.  Examples of specialized experience may include plant ID; experience with monitoring methodologies; surveying, mapping and documenting a variety of plant species and habitat conditions; compiling occurrence and distribution data, cover maps, and herbarium study mounts; assisting in performing botanical studies and in constructing habitat improvement structures; compiling data obtained through soil inventory; and assembling data into a logical sequence for review.

    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.

    Education

    See qualifications section above.

    Additional information

    - RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    - HOUSING: There is no government housing available – securing housing will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. 

    - Land Management Workforce Flexibilty Act: If selected from this or a similar competitive, seasonal announcement, your appointment may be creditable for consideration under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)?. The Act allows certain individuals, who have or had time-limited appointments at land management agencies, to compete for any permanent position in the competitive service under “internal” merit promotion procedures. For more information, see the section under Eligibility, which starts with Question #15 (Q15. Who is eligible for appointment under these provisions?).

    - MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.

    Overnight travel may be required occasionally and employee may be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary. 

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1. Knowledge of technical methods, and procedures of botany management to plan and accomplish a variety of botany projects.
    2. Knowledge of and skill in applying the basic theories and practices of botany to resolve botany related issues.
    3. Knowledge of computer capabilities sufficient to produce reports with graphics; produce simple maps; develop spreadsheets; and enter, retrieve and manipulate data.
    4. Skilled at reading maps and using GPS equipment to determine locations.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume/application material.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    1. If qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, a copy of your college transcript(s).  If selected for this position you will be required to provide an official transcripts.
    2. If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date your application is submitted. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
    3. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    READ THIS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume / application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:
    -Annual and Sick Leave
    -Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential
    -Paid Federal Holidays
    -Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

    https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/reference-materials/reference/eligibility-for-health-benefits/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying online, please contact the HR Office at 406-896-5002 or apply@blm.gov. If applying online poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the Internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you should use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1) YOU MUST HAVE OR CREATE A PROFILE IN USAJOBS. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
      - Current personal contact information.
      - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
      - Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
      - References - personal and professional
      - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING.
    The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) APPLY ONLINE. Start the application process by clicking on the “Apply” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT A RESUME. Select your resume or use the USAJOBS resume builder.
    4) INCLUDE SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION. See the “Required Documents” section.
    5) REVIEW. Review your application packet & complete the acknowledgement.
    6) SURVEY. Complete the one question survey to let us know how you heard about this job.
    7) CERTIFICATION. Certify your application material is complete and accurate.
    8) AGENCY WEBSITE. Continue to BLMJobs to complete the application process.
    9) FOLLOW UP. Check your application status before the announcement closes. It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, online questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.

    Agency contact information Human Resources Human Resources
    Phone

    406-896-5002

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    apply@blm.gov

    Address

    Bureau of Land Management
    BLM Montana State Office
    Branch of Human Resources
    5001 Southgate Drive
    Billings, Montana 59101
    United States
    Learn more about this agency

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Land Management, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://www.blm.gov/montana-dakotas/

    Next steps

    Next Steps:  You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment email from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your online assessment questionnaire and resume. It is your responsibility to ensure that additional supporting documentation is received. You will be notified of the status of your application and/or referral to the hiring official via your USAJobs account after the evaluation process is complete. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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