[Tweeters] Wildlife jobs at Mount Rainier in 2005

Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney festuca at olywa.net
Fri Dec 17 15:30:22 PST 2004


Hi Folks - hope there's someone on the list that can use this info.  Please
reply to Rainier Natl Park, not to me.
Merry Christmas,
Jon. Anderson
Olympia, WA


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Don Utzinger and Kathe Tillman" <tillzinger at communitynet.org>
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2004 1:55 PM
Subject: Fw: Wildlife jobs at Mount Rainier in 2005


> WA Chapter TWS members,
> Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.  The
announcement below is also posted on the website at:
> http://www.washingtonwildlifesoc.org/shared/nps_job.htm.  Deadline is
December 30.
> Don.
>
> Donald R. Utzinger
> 706 7th Ave. S.
> Okanogan, WA 98840
> (509) 826-0420
> tillzinger at communitynet.org

> This was forwarded by:
> > Jim Schaberl
> > Wildlife Ecologist
> > Mount Rainier National Park
> > Jim_Schaberl at nps.gov
> > (360) 569-2211 x3373  phone
                    -2191  fax

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> >
> > Please see http://www.usajobs.gov/ (STARTING DEC 20) for the job
advertisement open Dec. 20-30 2004 for details.  Applications must be
postmarked by Dec 30.

> > TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:  Temporary, not to exceed 1039 hours.  Length of
position may vary based on availability of work and funding.

> > WHO MAY APPLY:    United States citizens.

> > The National Park Service is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Selections
for these positions will be made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and
qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, marital
status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, or any other
non-merit factors.

> > BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
> > The incumbents will work within the confines of one of the following
primary duties:  1) Monitoring Northern spotted owls, 2) Telemetry study of
Northern spotted owls, 3) Conducting corvid surveys, 4) Conducting marbled
murrelet surveys.  The work may include conducting daytime, nighttime or
early morning surveys according to protocols, recording visual and audio
detections of birds in the field, mapping detections, monitoring
reproductive success, assisting with banding, identifying birds by color
bands, establishing and locating monitoring sites, tracking and mapping
VHF-telemetered owls in extreme mountain terrain, data entry/proofing and
assisting in report production.  Incumbent uses knowledge of computer
programs (Microsoft Word, Access and ArcMap GIS), and GPS, flexibility with
work schedule, knowledge of avian biology and monitoring techniques, and
experience collecting biological/survey data.
> > Occasionally there may be other wildlife survey and management duties
assigned.

> > Extensive field work is required, work is performed in remote and
extremely steep terrain, weather is variable and extreme.  These positions
involve considerable and sometimes rigorous outdoor activity.  Employees
must be able to perform strenuous work under all conditions (cold, snow,
wet, steep terrain).  Duties of these positions require hiking off trail in
a forest environment where terrain is uneven, steep, rocky and covered with
thick, tangled vegetation, possible stinging insects, and various other
hazards where climatic conditions are variable.  Employees use a compass and
read topographic maps to assist in the performance of field work.  Work is
performed as a team member or alone depending on assignment.

> > Positions at the GS-6 level will be crew leaders and help coordinate
fieldwork conducted by lower graded positions and interns.  Additional
duties for the crew lead would be assisting in crew scheduling, data and map
proofing, counseling crew when field questions arise, assisting in training
and periodically updating the crew supervisors on progress, difficulties and
needs.

> > The incumbents to these positions may be able to participate in
emergency fire suppression operations once the field season duties are
complete for the year.  The extent and level of participation depends on
fitness level, prior training and completion of priority duties.

> > QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the Office of Personnel
Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for Biological Science Technician
GS-0404 at the grade levels indicated.  These standards are available for
review at the OPM web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.htm

> > SELECTIVE FACTOR:  Positions require the applicants to meet a selective
factor which includes skill and knowledge of inventory and monitoring of at
least one of the following:
> > 1) surveying Northern spotted owls or
> > 2) murbled murrelets or
> > 3) landbird monitoring or
> > 4) skill in ground-based radio telemetry of birds in extremely
mountainous terrain.

> > The basic requirements for these positions are:

> > (A)  EDUCATION-
> > GS-5:  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to
a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester/36 quarter
hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology,
chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics,
agriculture, or mathematics, and at least 6 semester/9 quarter hours must
have been Wildlife (e.g. - Vertebrate Biology, Vertebrate Zoology, Animal
Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Mammalogy, or Ornithology.
> >
> > GS-6:  One half year of graduate education may be qualifying for the
GS-6 level, only if it is directly related to wildlife.

> > OR

> > (B)  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE ? One full year of specialized experience,
equivalent in responsibility and scope to the next lower grade level in the
Federal service to which you are applying.  Specialized experience must
include substantial knowledge of wildlife surveys and data analysis and
should include detailed knowledge of regional wildlife, and the
inter-relationships of various natural and man-made habitats and their role
on the distribution and viability of the local and regional wildlife
populations.

> > OR

> > (C)  Combining Education and Experience: In some cases, an equivalent
combination of qualifying education and experience may also be substituted.
    For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60
semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is
creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements.  Two full
academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is
equivalent to one year of specialized experience.

> > BASIS OF RATING:
> > Applicants will be rated based on information provided in the
application and placed in one of three categories: eligible, well-qualified,
or superior qualifications.  This rating is based on knowledge, skills and
abilities reflected in the application and responses to the following job
elements.  Therefore it is important to provide clear, concise examples of
experience examples which show the depth of knowledge, level of skill or
degree of ability within your application and responses.  Relate experience
to the position for which you are applying.

> > FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING JOB ELEMENTS MAY RESULT IN A REDUCED
OR INELIGIBLE RATING.

> > 1.  KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL IN WILDLIFE SCIENCES SPECIFICALLY IN (Selective
Factor-Screen Out):
> >       a.  surveying Northern spotted owls or
> >       b.  marbled murrelets or
> >       c.  landbird monitoring or
> >       d.  skill in ground-based radio telemetry of birds in extremely
mountainous terrain

> > 2.  SKILL IN CONDUCTING SCIENTIC FIELDWORK AND OFF-TRAIL ORIENTEERING IN
REMOTE, RUGGED, MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN IN A VARIETY OF WEATHER CONDITIONS TO
INCLUDE WINTER-LIKE CONDITIONS.

> > 3.  KNOWLEDGE, ABILITY AND SKILL IN FACETS OF DATA MANAGEMENT TO INCLUDE
FIELD DATA COLLECTING, ENTRY IN DATABASES, DATA PROOFING, AND SUMMARIZING
DATA (USING TOOLS SUCH AS HAND-HELD GPS UNITS, MS ACCESS AND MSWORD, AND
ARCMAP OR SIMILAR GIS PROGRAMS).

> > 4.  SKILL IN LEADING A FIELD-BASED CREW OF PEOPLE TO INCLUDE ORGANIZING
FIELD LOGISTICS AND TOOLS FOR THE CREW, SCHEDULING CREW WORK, MONITORING
PROGRESS AND QUALITY OF WORK, AND ASSISTING WITH DAILY ASSIGNMENTS (used
only for GS-6 eligibles)

> > CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

> > *This position is TEMPORARY ONLY and do not confer or lead to permanent
appointment.

> > *The length of appointment may vary based on availability of work and
funding.

> > *Applicant must have a valid driver's license, verified on first day of
work.  Driving to work assignments may be on winding and sometimes
treacherous roads.

> > *Extensive field work is required.  These positions involve considerable
and sometimes rigorous outdoor activity under all conditions (cold, snow,
wet, steep terrain).  Hiking off trail in a forest environment where terrain
is uneven, steep, rocky and covered with thick, tangled vegetation, possible
stinging insects, and other hazards.  Work also involves camping overnight
in backcountry areas of the park.

> > *Physical demands ? able to hike 15 or more miles in a day carrying a
pack of up to 60 lbs and to use a compass and read topographic maps.  Hiking
may be done as a member of a team or alone cross country, sometimes before
sunrise.  Incumbent must be able to obtain a Marbled Murrelet Survey
Certification, which includes a hearing test.

> > *Incumbent will be required to work variable work schedules (i.e. very
early morning or late evening hours which includes weekends).

> > *Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they
have registered with the Selective Service System (the draft), or are exempt
from having to do so under Selective Service law.

> > HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be mailed/or delivered in person to the
following address:

> > National Park Service
> > Mount Rainier National Park
> > Attention: Human Resources Office
> > Tahoma Woods, Star Route
> > Ashford, WA 98304.

> > (PLEASE NOTE THE ASHFORD POST OFFICE IS RURAL AND DOES NOT HAVE
OVERNIGHT DELIVERY OF MAIL.)

> > Please contact the park Human Resources Office for further details.



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