[Coral-List] Buck Island Reef NM Biological Aid

Ian Lundgren ianlundgren at gmail.com
Mon May 8 09:45:44 EDT 2006



SALARY RANGE: 22,519.00 - 29,278.00 USD per year
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, May 04, 2006 to Wednesday, May 10, 2006
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0404-04
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Temporary NTE 1039 hours
DUTY LOCATIONS:   01 vacancies - St. Croix, VI
U.S. Citizens

Interior is the guardian of the Nation's most precious natural and cultural
resources and the steward of its trust responsibilities to American Indians
and Alaska Natives. If you are interested in helping us manage the nation's
resources to benefit the American people and preserve the rich and precious
heritage of this country we hope you will visit the web pages dealing with
employment with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This is a Temporary Appointment Not-to-Exceed (NTE) 1039 hours.

Incumbent implements basic field functions of Buck Island Reef National
Monument Sea Turtle research program and provides assistance in the
collection and processing of field data.


The incumbent implements Buck Island Reef National Monument (NM) Sea Turtle
research program collecting and processing field data on sea turtles
examining the biology and ecology of threatened and endangered animal
population, coastal processes, and mitigation of threats to nesting success.
Coordinates and works with project volunteers conducting night time beach
patrols. Operates motorized vehicles and boats; uses measuring and tagging
equipment on animals, survey instruments, radios, and other electronic
equipment; processes of field data, and maintains equipment and inventory of

Area Information:

The position is located within the US Territory of the United States Virgin
Islands (population 52,000) on the island of St. Croix. English is the
primary language; Spanish is secondary. Average daily temperatures are 75-95
degrees, high humidity, St. Croix is situated 1200 miles by water from
Miami, Florida or 2 ½ hour flight from Miami. They are three National Park
Areas on St. Croix: Christiansted National HS, Buck Island Reef NM and Salt
River Bay Historical Park and Ecological Preserve.

Buck Island Reef National Monument is accessed only by boat. It is a 176
acres uninhabited island surrounded by 18,000 marine acres of extensive
coral reef and fisheries resources. It supports a variety of, threatened and
endangered animals and plants while providing visitor use, education and
recreational activities. The Division of Resource Management manages
research and monitoring programs ranging from coral reef ecology, endangered
nesting sea turtles, juvenile sea turtles in their developmental habitat,
migratory birds, exotic species control, and native plant restoration.


A. Have two years of education above the high school level which included at
least 12 semester hours in any combination of subjects such as biology.
chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics,
agriculture or mathematics.


B. Have six months of general experience performing duties such as filing,
maintaining records and word processing; AND six months of specialized
experience performing duties duch as making field observations of natural
resource conditions; cataloging, labeling and storing plant materials;
entering scientific data; and making simple repairs to technical equipment,


Submit a narrative statement individually addressing how you meet each
knowledge, skill, and ability. Be sure to provide specific examples of what
you actually did that would demonstrate your possession of each factor.
Failure to provide this information may affect your numerical score or
eligibility for this position and result in non consideration for this

1.  Knowledge of biological or physical sciences working with field research
projects including, but not limited to sea turtles, threatened and
endangered species.

2. Ability to collect and analyze data and maintain records according to a
standardized protocol.

3. Skill in oral communications.

4. Skill in written communications.

5. Skill in operating motorized vehicles and boats.

6. Skill in maintaining and/or repairing equipment (boats, outboard engines,
animal tagging and scanning equipment, etc.).

Conditions of Employment:

1.  Possess or be able to obtain a Basic CPR Certification.

2.  Salary will include a 22.5% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).

3.  Selectee must possess or be able to obtain a valid state driver's

4.  Selectee must complete a security background investigation.

5.  Selectee must be able to swim.

6.  Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

7.  Selectee will be required to work nights, weekends, holidays, and


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will
be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are
qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation
will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational
questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to
the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your
background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this
position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a
determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or
experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect
your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect your rating.

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