Science and Resource Management Positions

Biological Science Technician, GS-404

This series includes positions that require a practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of one or more of the biological sciences (wildlife, plants, fisheries). Biological science technicians provide practical technical support to production, research, operations, or program administration efforts in laboratories, field, or other settings including greenhouses, barns, caves, or wildlife refuges. Examples of qualifying 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.

Education above the high school level with study in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as biology, chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics is qualifying.




 

Hydrologic Technician, GS-1316

This series includes positions of hydrologic technicians who apply practical knowledge of hydrologic methods and techniques; and of the construction, application, operation, and limitations of instruments, equipment, and materials used in hydrologic investigations. They collect, select, compute, adjust, and process data, prepare charts and reports; and perform related duties supporting professional work in hydrology, the science concerned with the study of water, its quantity, quality, availability, movement and distribution. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Technician or aid in engineering, earth, physical, or natural science, forestry, soil conservation, or surveying.
  • Trades or crafts work in maintenance or construction of facilities or equipment related to hydrology.
  • Drafting.
  • Construction estimating.

Education above the high school level in courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics is qualifying.




 

Wildlife Biologist, GS-430

This series includes positions which require professional knowledge and competence in the science of wildlife biology to perform work involving: (a) the conservation, propagation, management, protection, and administration of wildlife species; or (b) the determination, establishment, and application of biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures necessary for the conservation and management of wildlife resources and habitats. The work requires professional knowledge of the distribution, habits, life histories, and classification of birds, mammals, and other forms of wildlife. Qualification requirements require education equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), with at least 9 semester hours in wildlife subjects, 12 semester hours in zoology, and 9 semester hours in botany or related plant science.




 

Ecologist, GS-408

This series includes positions that involve advisory, research, analytical, or other professional work in the science of ecology. Ecology utilizes a systems approach to study the interrelationships of organisms with each other, with their physical and chemical environment, and with society. Such relationships are considered primarily at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Ecologists analyze biological components and processes in the context of ecosystems including environmental factors, physical-chemical relationships, and social relationships. They use quantitative and systems analysis techniques to predict effects of planned or natural changes in ecosystems and to develop understanding of and solutions to ecological problems. Qualification requirements require a degree in biology, or a related field of science underlying ecological research that included at least 30 semester hours in basic and applied biological sciences. These hours must have included at least 9 semester hours in ecology, and 12 semester hours in physical and mathematical sciences.




 

Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-028

This series includes positions that involve advising on, managing, supervising, or performing administrative or program work relating to environmental protection programs (e.g., programs to protect or improve environmental quality, control pollution, remedy environmental damage, or ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations). These positions require specialized knowledge of the principles and methods of administering environmental protection programs and the laws and regulations related to environmental protection activities. Three years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
  • Plan and organize work; and
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing is qualifying.

A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is also qualifying.




 

Outdoor Recreation Planner, GS-023*

This series includes positions whose primary concerns are planning, advising on, and coordinating the use of land, water, and related resources to provide opportunities for the creative use of leisure time outdoors, with due regard to protecting and enhancing the quality of the outdoor environment for the enjoyment of people. The work requires application of knowledge of (a) pertinent aspects of economics, sociology, and other social sciences in the assessment of demand for outdoor recreation, (b) the practices of natural resource conservation involved in the development and coordination of programs to provide recreation resources, and (c) the techniques of area planning. Three years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to:

  • Analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions;
  • Plan and organize work; and
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing is qualifying.

A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is also qualifying.

*Make Note: Positions of a similar nature are reflected as Community Planner, GS-020.




 

Geographer, GS-150

This series includes positions the duties of which involve professional work in the field of geography, including the compilation, synthesis, analysis, interpretation and presentation of information regarding the location, distribution, and interrelationships of and processes of change affecting such natural and human phenomena as the physical features of the earth, climate, plant and animal life, and man's settlements and institutions. Qualification requirements include education in courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.




 

Hydrologist, GS-1315

This series includes positions that involve professional work in hydrology, the science concerned with the study of water in the hydrologic cycle. The work includes basic and applied research on water and water resources; the collection, measurement, analysis, and interpretation of information on water resources; the forecast of water supply and water flows; and the development of new, improved or more economical methods, techniques, and instruments. Qualification requirements include education in course work such as physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. This course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics.




 

Museum Curator, GS-1015

This series includes positions the primary duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform professional work related to research, collections and exhibits in Federal museums. Qualification requirements include courses equivalent to a major in museum work.




 

Fishery Biologist, GS-482

This series includes positions which require professional knowledge and competence in the science of fishery biology to perform work: (a) developing conserving, managing, and administering fishery resources; and (b) evaluating the impact of construction projects and other socioeconomic activities that present potential or actual adverse effects on fishery resources and their habitat. The work also requires an ability to determine, establish, and apply biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures that are necessary for the production and/or management of aquatic resources in their natural habitat and/or within facilities and systems that have been constructed for their benefit and public use. Qualification requirements include education in courses equivalent to a major in biological science (i.e., at least 30 semester hours), of which a minimum of 6 semester hours were in aquatic subjects and 12 semester hours were in the animal sciences.




 

Soil Scientist, GS-470

This series includes positions which involve professional and scientific work in the investigation of soils, their management, and their adaptation for alternative uses. Such work requires knowledge of chemical, physical, mineralogical and biological properties and processes of the soils and their relationships to climatic, physiographic, and biologic influences. This work requires a fundamental background in chemistry, physics, and mathematics and appropriate knowledge in the field of oceanography. Qualification requirements include education in courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics and soil fertility.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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