Bureau of Reclamation Biological Science Aid/Technician Positions

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 Bureau of Reclamation

Department of the Interior

1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100

Boise, Idaho83706


POSITION: Biological Science Aid/Technician, GS-404-3/4  $11.95 - 13.41 per hour






LOCATION: Pacific Northwest Region Office, Wenatchee AND Twisp, Washington; AND La Grande, Oregon


OPENING DATE: April 9, 2010                             CLOSING DATE: April 30, 2010


SCHEDULE: This is a full-time summer position from mid/late May to September. 


This position is being filled under the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  Job opportunities under this component offer you temporary employment.  Employment can range from summer jobs to positions that can last as long as you are a student.  These employment opportunities need not necessarily be related to your academic field of study.


The Bureau of Reclamation is a multicultural organization and a world-recognized center of technical excellence in water and related resources.  The mission of Reclamation is to manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.  Join us for a challenging career in engineering, sciences, information technology, administration, or trades and crafts.  For additional information about the Bureau of Reclamation, go to www.usbr.gov and/or www.usbr.gov/pn


WHO MAY APPLY:  Students must be enrolled in a degree program and taking at least a half-time course load at an accredited institution; must be in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale); at least 16 years of age; a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States; and meet the position’s qualification requisites.  For information regarding Federal employment of non-citizens see www.opm.gov/employ/html/citizen.asp.

DUTIES: You will be performing the following duties:


 The students will perform the full range of standardized support duties and limited technical duties in support of natural resource management and wildlife management.  Performs the following or duties of similar complexity:


·         Makes observations, monitors, and records data relating to habitat improvement projects in river basins containing salmon and steelhead.

·         Inventories water, wetlands, and upland habitats for plant diversity and use, following guidelines furnished.

·         Performs habitat improvement work in fish and wildlife habitats, such as planting trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.

·         Monitors and maintains existing riparian plantings.

·         Enters and retrieves data from databases, including MS Word and Excel.



The selected student will be appointed at either the GS-03 ($11.95 per hour) or the GS-04 ($13.41) federal pay grade level, which is determined by meeting the following qualification requirements.  For the GS-03 level, successful completion of 1 academic years (30 semester hours) of post-high school study that included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics OR 6 months of general experience.


For the GS-04 level, successful completion of 2 academic years (60 semester hours) of post-high school study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses listed above OR 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 1 year of specialized experience.


General Experience: (1) Any Type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


Specialized Experience (for position at GS-4):


Experience that involved work performed in a controlled environment.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:


  • Research activity or control program work.

  • Nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment.

  • Work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice.


Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work requires some physical exertion such as bending and walking in terrain that is rough, rocky, mountainous and/or densely vegetated.  Required to lift and carry material weighing up to 44 pounds.




Submit the following application materials: 


1.      Application may be in the form of an OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment, other federal application form (i.e., SF-171); resume, or document you choose, provided you include the following information:  name, address, phone number, work experience with start and end dates (month/year) and hours worked per week, college major, anticipated graduation date and citizenship information, do not include your social security number on your resume or other document you choose;

2.      Indicate preference/s of job location (i.e. Wenatchee or Twisp, Washington, or La Grande, Oregon);

3.      A copy of your current college transcripts and proof of enrollment (acceptance letter or course schedule); and

4.      If you are claiming veteran preference, you MUST submit a copy of all DD-214’s (member-4 copy), Report of Separation from Active Duty.  Disabled veterans MUST submit a copy of all DD-214’s, SF-15, and a letter from the Veterans Administration, verifying percentage of disability;

5.      A copy of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment.  You can access this form at:  http://www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.asp. 

6.      DI-1935 Applicant Background Survey.   You can access this from at:



In order to be considered you must have your application with applicable materials to the Human Resource office by the closing date, no exceptions.


Graduated students are not eligible for this position, unless you plan on pursuing a higher degree.


Return application package to: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Attn:  Luz Moreno, PN-7444, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83706-1234, or by e-mail to Lmoreno@pn.usbr.gov, or by fax to (208) 378-5023. For additional information about this position, contact Luz Moreno at (208) 378-5160.


Positions filled from this notice will require a SECURITY CLEARANCE.  Because of this requirement applicants will be subject to a background investigation to determine their ability to obtain and retain a security clearance.  This process may include, but may not be limited to, criminal, financial, and personal investigations.  Job offers and reporting dates for applicants selected from this notice may be delayed or rescinded based on unfavorable results from these investigations.  Because this is a condition of employment, employees may be terminated if they have already reported to work and are subsequently denied a Security Clearance.


If you are applying as a person with disabilities, you MUST submit a copy of a certification of disability from a counselor of either the Veterans Administration or a State vocational rehabilitation agency.


This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Nate Shimatsu at (208) 378-5052.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Reclamation is an equal opportunity employer