USGS Seasonal Internship Opportunity at NPS Parks

United States Department of the Interior
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street Southeast
Jamestown, ND 58401-7317

Announcement Number: NPWRC-FY21-02
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Position Title: Biological Field Assistant
Hiring Agency: INTERIOR, Geological Survey
Open Period: January 19, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Duty Location: 1 vacancy in Sharpsburg, MD
Series/Grade: GG-0404-07

For More Info:
U.S. Geological Survey
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
Name: Jennifer Larson

Salary: $23.32/hour – $30.31/hour
Promotion Potential: GG-07

Duration of Appointment: This is a temporary excepted service position not-to-exceed 1 year but may be extended up to a maximum of 2 years without further competition. Employment may not exceed 180 working days in a service year. 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. 

Work Schedule: Full-Time 

Travel Required: No overnight travel is required. 

Relocation: Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

Why Is It Great to Work for The USGS? 

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

Salary: GG-07: $23.32/hour (Step 01) to $30.31/hour (Step 10)

NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

Key Requirements

–Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.—Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.

–A valid state driver’s license and safe driving record are required.

–Completion of a medical examination at Federal expense.

–More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Major Duties


The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Center is seeking a Biological Science Technician for the 2021 summer field season to work on the following project. 

NATIVE BEE AND VEGETATATION RESPONSE TO MANAGEMENT AT NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HISTORICAL SITES, MID-ATLANTIC REGION, U.S:  The project will inform park biologists on the relative impacts of haying and grazing of cool-season grasses on native bee abundance and whether existing restoration of warm-season meadows increases diversity and abundance of native bee communities, relative to existing cool-season grasslands.
DUTY STATION: Antietam National Historical Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 


GG-07: The position will last up to 20 weeks with approximate beginning date of May 10, 2021.

DUTIES: The incumbent will perform a variety of tasks to gather and manage field data necessary to meet objectives of bee and vegetation ecology research at the National Historic Sites of Antietam, Monocacy, Manassas, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The incumbent is assigned to Antietam National Battlefield, with principal responsibility for bee surveys via pan trap and hand collection, as well as flower counts along belt transects at pre-selected fields at each study site. The incumbent works under the general supervision of a Principal Investigator, who outlines the objectives, responsibilities, and priorities to be met. The incumbent (1) navigates to data collection sites and/or establishes experimental plots, (2) follows protocols in daily data collection, (3) builds experimental structures as needed, (4) cares for and maintains equipment, (5) maintains data records, (6) enters data into an established database, (7) checks and corrects data entry; (8) tracks all tasks and accomplishments related to data; and (9) maintains data and protocol consistency. The incumbent acts daily as a member of a 2-person field crew and performs correct use of field forms and techniques, organizes field equipment, confirms quality and accuracy of data, and alerts supervisor to procedural, technical, and logistical problems. The incumbent applies and adapts existing methods to accomplish project objectives. The incumbent works independently in most phases of duties and updates the supervisor occasionally to ensure coordination of all phases of the project. The supervisor and other project partners are available to offer guidance, but the incumbent is responsible for the work. Completed work receives general review by the supervisor.

Physical Demands: Field work may be strenuous at times. Position demands hiking moderate distances in varying temperatures, carrying equipment, and lifting objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Field work is extensive and may require long hours of walking, bending, squatting, and/or kneeling; extensive exposure to sun and insects and potential exposure to bison and rattlesnakes; and walking over rough terrain in grasslands. Most office work (data management and computer use) is performed while seated, although occasional periods of standing, walking, bending, or carrying light objects are required.

The U.S. Geological Survey has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

Work Environment: The work is performed primarily in a field environment. Field work involves moderate or sometimes extreme exposure to the discomforts of rain, cool temperatures, heat, wind, and sun. Special safety precautions are required in some cases. The employee will typically wear sturdy hiking boots, long pants, and sun protection. If selected, you will be required to complete a pre-employment physical. 

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? 

–A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. 

–Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possession of 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 License and a copy of your driving record. 


Basis of Rating: Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official in preference eligible order. 


For the GG-7 level:  Experience or education beyond high school as described below is required: 2 years, 9 months field party experience OR 5 years sub-professional experience OR 5 years college study (with 18 hours of graduate level course work or equivalent) plus 3 months  of field and/or laboratory experience (satisfactory completion of a field course of study may be substituted for the 3 months of field and/or laboratory experience).


Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above 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:

If you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration.  Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Field Survey Party – Experience with a field survey party includes activity associated with making and recording geologic, hydrologic, biologic, or topographic field observations; collecting geologic, biological, or water samples for laboratory analysis; applying accepted data collection techniques and methods in the performance of field work in support of scientific investigations; and using a variety of surveying instruments and electronic or mechanical instrumentation in the making and recording of field measurements and observations designed to collect data for physical/ biological science investigations. Only time actually spent in the field can be credited when qualifying individuals under the field party experience option. 

Sub-professional Experience – Sub-professional experience is defined as technical work performed in support of field or laboratory investigations relating to the biological sciences, physical sciences, or closely related disciplines which provided basic knowledge or skills in gathering, recording, and assembling scientific or engineering data; using scientific instruments to measure angles, degrees, weights, strengths, intensities, etc.; setting up and operating test apparatus, and manipulating quantitative data. Experience may include assisting professional 

employees with such duties as calibrating and operating measuring instruments mixing solutions, making chemical analyses, setting up and operating test apparatus, and compiling and processing scientific data. Experience as a laboratory mechanic or in a trade or craft may be credited as

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

How to Apply 

All application materials must arrive by midnight Central Time on the closing date of the announcement, and must include the announcement number of the job for which you are applying.

Important Note: You only need to submit one application for any grades in which you are interested, but you can only be considered for the grades that you specify in your application. Thus, we strongly suggest that you apply for multiple grades to improve your chances of fitting our needs, but if you have preferences please make them clear.  

This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at midnight Central Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement.  Any application received prior to midnight Central Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered.  You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached.  Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

Submit the following to complete the application process: 

  • Resume – if qualifying based on field party or sub-professional experience, you should include dates of work and hours worked per week.
  • Transcripts – if qualifying for grade level(s) based on education, you must submit college transcripts (can be unofficial) or a list of college courses, specifying title of coursework, completion date, semester or quarter hours earned by course title, and grade earned.  If selected you will be required to provide official transcripts.

 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.


U.S. Geological Survey, NPWRC   
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th St SE
Jamestown, ND 58401


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. 

Other Information 

–Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. 

–Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. 

–DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

–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 United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

— Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

If you misrepresent your experience or education, or provide false or fraudulent information in or with your application, it may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. Making false or fraudulent statements also may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. 

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

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