This is a temporary excepted service position for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position however will not convey permanent status in the Federal service. Appointment will only be for the duration of the position, normally 6-9 months. Temporary employees are covered by the Social Security Retirement system, may accrue annual and sick leave depending on work and are ineligible for life insurance coverage.
Temporary appointees expected to work at least 130 hours per month for at least 90 days will be eligible to enroll
in a Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan. Individuals eligible under this rule receive the full government contribution to their premiums regardless of work schedule and will also be eligible to participate in the Flexible Spending Accounts and Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. Temporary appointees are not covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System and are ineligible for Federal life, dental, or vision insurance. Temporary employees are covered by the Social Security Retirement system, annual and sick leave will be accrued if working a full time or part time work schedule.
Duties: Incumbent performs technical work in a laboratory or field environment in support of professional or technical employees engaged in data collection activities or analysis of biological data collection activities or analysis of biological samples. Particular emphasis will be placed on supporting genetic studies. Performs one or more of the following duties:
- Collects biological and wildlife data from study files, monitoring stations, and field
- Performs laboratory processing of biological samples to extract DNA, run diagnostic PCR tests, and determine specified chemical, biological, or physical characteristics.
- Enters and performs routine analysis of biological, botanical and wildlife
- Operates a government motor vehicle as an incidental driver.
Note: You will be required to operate a government-owned or leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties.
Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid state driver’s license, and
(2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid state driver’s license and a current copy of your complete driving record.
Other Information: A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Travel (if required): Occasional travel up to 5 nights per month may be required.
Physical Demands: Field work may involve bending, walking and hiking over rough and uneven terrain with exposure to conditions ranging from hot and dry to cold and wet. The incumbent may be required to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. Lab work may require sitting for extended periods of time. Hand and finger dexterity and physical coordination in the lab and office may involve fine and precise work or exact measurements.
Taking and passing a pre-employment medical examination at Federal expense is required due to the physical demands of this job.
Qualifications: 9 months field survey party experience or 3 years sub-professional experience or 3 years college study (equivalent 90 semester/135 quarter hours) plus 3 months of lab or field work experience.
For all appointments: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the qualification requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html
Basis of Evaluation: Applicants will receive a basic eligible or ineligible rating based upon the qualification requirements. First preference in referral will be given to eligible applicants with 10-point veteran’s preference who have compensable service connected disability of 10 percent or more. All other qualified applicants entitled to veteran’s preference will be given preference over qualified applicants not entitled to veteran’s preference.
All applicants must be United States Citizens. Under regulations contained in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employment in this position is limited to those persons who are authorized to work in the United States. Verification
of employment eligibility will be required at the time of appointment.
As a condition of employment, all new employees reporting for duty with the Department of the Interior will be paid through direct deposits to a financial institution of their choice.
Applicants selected for federal employment will be required to complete a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring the applicant or for firing after he/she begins work.
Also he/she may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. code, Title 18, section 1001).
Prior to or at the time of the appointment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will have to certify that they have registered with the selective service system in order to be appointed to a position with the United States Geological Survey, unless legally qualified for an exception.
Employees of the U.S. Geological Survey are subject to the provisions of Title 43, U.S. code, Section 31 (a) and may not according to this legislation and related regulations: (A) have any personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in lands or mineral wealth of such lands or a region under survey and whose title is in the U.S.; (B) Execute surveys or examination for private parties or corporations; or (C) have personal or private interest, direct or indirect in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business in the U.S. except where specifically authorized by the director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Other Information: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Federal Government. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
Telework: The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook
How to Apply: Carefully read all information and instructions. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure the application is completed. The personnel office will not be responsible for soliciting additional information from applicants or from official personnel records, but will consider individuals based on their application as submitted.
Applications must be received by Steven Ancheta, email@example.com, by the closing date on the announcement to be considered.
Submit resume and college transcript or a list of college courses, specify title of course work, completion date, semester or quarter hours earned by course title, and grade earned.
If claiming 5 point veteran’s preference, a DD-214 showing character of discharge is required.
If claiming 10 point veteran’s preference, a SF-15 with proof of claim is required.
If you are claiming veterans’ preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, in addition to the 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). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans’ preference can be found in the VetGuide.
Where to Submit:
U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center Kilauea Field Station
Attn: Steven Ancheta, Vacancy Number 17GGWSZB01006
P.O. Box 44
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii 96718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever form of application you choose, the following must be included:
Vacancy Number: If applying by mail reference the vacancy number in the attention line. If applying by email reference the vacancy number in the subject line. If applying by fax reference the vacancy number on the fax coversheet.
Job Information: Announcement number, title, and grade of the job for which you are applying
-Full name, mailing address (with zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (include area code)
-Country of Citizenship
-Highest Federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held)
-High school (name, address, including zip code if known)
-Colleges and universities (address including zip code if known)
-Type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours)
-Send copy of your college transcripts or lists of college courses completed. Specify title of course, semester or quarter hours earned for each course, date competed, grade earned.
-Give the following information on your paid and non-paid work experience related to the job for which you are applying (do not send job descriptions):
-Job Title (include series and grade if Federal job)
-Duties and accomplishments
-Employer’s name and phone number
-Supervisor’s name and phone number
-Starting and ending dates (month and year)
-Hours worked per week
-Job related training courses title, length, date taken
-Job related skills (i.e., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, and typing speed)
-Job related certificates and licenses (current only)
-Job related honors, awards and special accomplishments (i.e., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking and performance awards). Give details but do not send documents unless requested.
Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to be considered.
USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
The USGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, marital status, national origin, non-disqualifying handicap conditions, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.